Category: Malaysia 7’s Under 20 Women

SRU to take responsibility in Under 20

5 July 2018 – Sabah Rugby Union (SRU) will take the responsibility to send their whole team and represent Malaysia in the Asia Rugby 7s Under 20. The annual tournament will take place at the Kings Park Stadium in Hong Kong.

SRU will send their Women Under 20 team to represent Malaysia. It is not the first time for SRU to take such action as in 2017, SRU sends the whole Women Under 17 squad to the United Arab Emirates to represent Malaysia.

Sabah will take the full responsibility to bear all the team cost during the tournament. An insider also informed us that although SRU will have to manage all cost, they still have to follow all the guideline given to them by MRU especially in term of sponsorship to avoid any conflict.

Last month, Malaysia Rugby Union (MRU) received the application from SRU after the news that Malaysia will take the decision to pull out from the tournament. The upcoming SUKMA game believed to be the reason for the decision. However, Sabah will likely to use this tournament as another preparation for the upcoming SUKMA with their target to bag gold in Ipoh.

On the other side of the story, there’s no news of the Men Under 20 participation in Hong Kong. The men team finished in the 6th position out of 10 teams while the Women team was ranked 6th out of 7 competing team.

The Asia Rugby 7s Under 20 tournament will be held form 10 to 11 August 2018 at the King’s Park Stadium, Hong Kong

Photos from Muizzuddin Yahaya/ragbionline

Meet Abbygale – Malaysia women referee on the raise

11 November 2017 – Rugby fans who came to the COBRA 10s Ladies last week will certainly notice a rare sight of a girl as the referee for rugby matches. Abbygale Rayone Michael Lojinggu is a qualified woman referee in Malaysia.

This 21 years old came all the way from Panampang, Sabah. She herself is still actively playing for Sabah Angel Warrior Rugby Club. She started playing when she was 16 years old as she was in form 4 of Sekolah Menengah St. Joseph, Penampang under the guidance of coach Josephine Joseph.

Started playing for Malaysia at the age of 19

This young girl is an outstanding player in her playing career. She played for Malaysia when she was 19 years old during the 2015 Singapore SEA Games. She also played for Malaysia during the South East Asia 7s as well as for Malaysia Under 20 at Johor last year.

Abby with Malaysia 7s Women team

Abby takes the decision to take the referee course as she wants to understand the game better as a player. She wants to know and understand the rule better. She took the level 1 referee course at the Universiti Malaysia Sabah conducted by Dr. Nizam Nazarudin and Sir Madi Kawi of Singapore.

She had her first experience as a referee back in 2016. She blew in two tournaments, UPM Rugby Rumble Festival 2016 and UPSI 10s.

Abby taming boys during UPSI 10s

Other than level 1 referee, Abbygale also obtained Coaching level 1.

This Kadazan Rungus young girl has a high hope of working his way back into the Malaysia team setup. She is excited to see more women get involved in the rugby as well as proud of the women team achievement during the 2017 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games where they won Bronze.

Abbygale is also hoping to see more women referee get recognition in the near future. We expect to see more from her. Abbygale excel in both sports and academy as she pursues her study at the Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) Shah Alam.

Very best of luck to Abby and we are as excited to see her as a referee on our Malaysia Rugby scene.

Photos from Abbygale personal collection

Under 20 Girls finished 6th

6 July 2017 – With only a month of preparation, the Malaysia Under 20 Women teams unable to provide much challenge to other powerhouse nation in the Asia Rugby 7s Under 20 at the Kings Park Stadium, Hong Kong. The team is the combination of players only from Sabah and Sarawak. Malaysia won 1 out of 6 matches in this 2 days tournament.

Malaysia opened the tournament on a positive note as they overcame Uzbekistan in the first match of the tournament. Christini Johanes, Claire Gabriel, Imidah Ibrahim completed 3 tries for Malaysia while Divine Juvinol completed the only conversions in the match for Malaysia. Malaysia overcome Uzbekistan 17 – 5.

Malaysia lost the next two matches on the first day. They had their chance against India but unable to replicate the same form they had in the first match. Ruchi Shetty and Swapna Oroan try sealed the deal as India beat Malaysia 10 – 0.

Hong Kong proved to be too much for Malaysia. They were better in all aspect of the game especially in term of physical. 4 tries and a conversion gave Singapore 22 – 0 lead in the first half. They added 4 more tries and another two conversions as Hong Kong battered Malaysia ladies 46 – 0. Rosanna Wright played the important role in Hong Kong win with 2 tries.

Malaysia started the second day against the champion, China. Malaysia suffered the biggest lost of the tournament. Malaysia lost 0 – 52 to China. Huimin Zhou had an outstanding game against Malaysia with 3 tries.

Thailand who finished runner-up steam rolled Malaysia in our 5th match. Thailand scored 6 tries with 2 successful conversions. They beat Malaysia 34 – 0.

Malaysia ended the tournament with another defeat. Singapore who had a better preparation as they too joined the ELITE 7s in MBPJ proved to be too strong. 4 tries and 3 conversions put Malaysia to bed as Singapore won the match 26 – 0.

The standing is :

1. China
2. Thailand
3. Hong Kong
4. India
5. Singapore
6. Malaysia
7. Uzbekistan

The Malaysia team should be able to perform much better if they had more time to prepare for the tournament.

Photos by Muizzuddin Yahaya/ragbionline