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MALACCA (8 FEBRUARY 2015): Malaysia conquered reigning champions Thailand 2-0 within the final of the ISTAF SuperSeries MALAYSIA 2014/15 MELAKA at the Malacca Worldwide Trade Centre today.

It was Malaysia’s first ever ISTAF SuperSeries victory, created in this 753-year-old historic city of Malacca which is also where the online game of sepaktakraw originated in the fifteen th hundred years according to written records in the Malay Annals or Sejarah Melayu .

The Malaysians won 21-7, 21-19 in fifty minutes to capture the desired trophy in this second round of the ISTAF SuperSeries 2014/15, witnessed from the Malacca State Executive Councillor pertaining to Sports and Health, Datuk Hj Ab Rahaman Ab Karim, National Sports Council director-general Dato’ Ahmad Shapawi Ismail and more than 3, 000 fans who had packed the seats in MITC 2 hours prior to the start of play.

The Thais are actually a dominant force since the 2011/12 inaugural event, winning all ISTAF SuperSeries tournaments. It is also the first time the national sepaktakraw team defeated the particular Thais after their gold-medal winning effort at the 2005 SEA Games in Manila, closing a 10-year-old sad chapter.

The particular hosts also played second fiddle to the Thais in the final of the season opening ISTAF SuperSeries MYANMAR 2014/15 following a 2-1 defeat at the Wunna Theikdi Indoor Stadium within Nay Pyi Taw last November.

Malaysian coach Abdul Talib Ahmad, said: “This has become a fantastic moment for us. Our gamers rose to the occasion and this mesmerised the Thais in the first established. Syahir (Rosdi) played some outstanding serves and Farhan (Adam), Hanafiah (Dollah) and Khairol (Zaman) did most of the damage at the net. ”

“We made tactical changes and that served us perfectly. This victory has been a boost within our preparation for the third round of the ISTAF SuperSeries and the SEA Games, ” added Ahmad.

Malaysia made one change to the side that defeated Singapore in Saturday’s semi-finals. The introduction of Hanafiah as striker instead of the regular Khairol in the first set alongside team captain plus feeder Farhan and Syahir ( tekong ) was obviously a tactical change that mesmerised Thailand.

The Thais had ace striker Thawisek Thongsai in their side, rested the left-footed Siriwat Sakha as tekong in place for Kritsanapong Nontakote instead but retained Panupong Petlue in the feeder’s role.

But the day certainly belonged to the Malaysians, who were simply mercurial at all fronts with Syahir serving out seven aces at speeds of 75km/h while Hanafiah plus Farhan combined effectively with a complete of 11 spikes domination the web to win the first set 21-7 in 18 minutes much to delight of the fans.

The second set went Malaysia’s strategies the initial stage with the hosts leading 6-3 but the Thais drew degree at 8-8. However , the introduction of striker Suriyon Koonpimon, replacing Panupong, transformed the momentum of the game, bending very much towards the Thais who the first time shot into a 10-8 lead then 15-12 much to chagrin of the Malaysian bench and fans.

Coach Abdul Talib’s choice to introduce Khairol at this stage, proved to be a turning point for the Malaysians. The particular nippy striker proved to be a bane to the Thais as his leaping spikes and perfect timing to block any attempts by the winners proved fruitful.

The particular Thais rallied back strongly to level at 17-17 and then shut in at 19-19 but an additional ace from Syahir moved the particular hosts to 20-19 and in the particular ensuing rally Siriwat sent the particular ball out much to the special event of fans, players and team officials.

In the suit for third-fourth placing, Korea conquered Singapore 21-16, 21-16 for some consolation while Myanmar edged China 21-16, 21-13 to claim fifth position and Indonesia made up for their group stage disappointment with a 21-18, 21-17 victory over Japan to end seventh.

The National women’s team once again avoided finishing within last position with a 21-8, 21-9 victory over Japan. The unskilled Malaysian side closed fifth within the tournament, emulating their position within the season opening ISTAF SuperSeries MYANMAR 2014/15 in Nay Pyi Taw in November last year. Myanmar, meanwhile, saw off Korea 21-17, 21-15 to finish third.

Thailand, who won every single ISTAF SuperSeries title since the first tournament commenced in 2011, showed no sign of giving up their dominance of the online game by defeating Vietnam 21-8 within the first set 12-12 in the second.

ISTAF SuperSeries MALAYSIA 2014/15 MELAKA is the second leg of the ISTAF SuperSeries after the success of the opening circular in Myanmar. The tournament is jointly organised by the International Sepaktakraw Federation (ISTAF) and Asia Sports activities Ventures (ASV), ISTAF’s exclusive worldwide commercial and developmental partner. It is being held with the support of the Malacca State Government and Sepaktakraw Organization of Malaysia.

ISTAF SuperSeries MALAYSIA 2014/15 MELAKA had been televised on ASTRO Arena, ASTRO SuperSports, ASTRO SuperSports HD plus RTM. For the very first time, fans could also catch all four days of tournament action live on www.sepaktakraw.org .

RESULTS

Men’s Competition

Final: Malaysia bt Thailand 2-0 (21-7, 21-19).

3 rd -4 th Playoff: Korea bt Singapore 2-0 (21-16, 21-16).

Women’s Competition

FINAL: Thailand bt Vietnam 2-0 (21-8, 21-12).

3 rd -4 th Playoff: Myanmar bt Korea 2-0 (21-17, 21-15)

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MALACCA (8 FEBRUARY 2015): Malaysia defeated reigning champions Thailand 2-0 in the final of the ISTAF SuperSeries MALAYSIA 2014/15 MELAKA at the Malacca International Trade Centre today.

It was Malaysia’s first ever ISTAF SuperSeries victory, created in this 753-year-old historical city of Malacca which is also where the game of sepaktakraw originated in the particular 15 th century according to written records within the Malay Annals or Sejarah Melayu .

The particular Malaysians won 21-7, 21-19 within 50 minutes to capture the particular coveted trophy in this second circular of the ISTAF SuperSeries 2014/15, observed by the Malacca State Executive Councillor for Sports and Health, Datuk Hj Ab Rahaman Ab Karim, National Sports Council director-general Dato’ Ahmad Shapawi Ismail and more than 3, 000 fans who had filled the seats in MITC two hours prior to the start of play.

The Thais have been a dominant force because the 2011/12 inaugural event, winning just about all ISTAF SuperSeries tournaments. It is also the 1st time that the national sepaktakraw team conquered the Thais after their gold-medal winning effort at the 2005 OCEAN Games in Manila, closing the 10-year-old sad chapter.

The hosts also played second fiddle to the Thais in the final of the season opening ISTAF SuperSeries MYANMAR 2014/15 following a 2-1 defeat at the Wunna Theikdi Indoor Arena in Nay Pyi Taw final November.

Malaysian trainer Abdul Talib Ahmad, said: “This has been a fantastic moment for us. The players rose to the occasion which mesmerised the Thais in the first set. Syahir (Rosdi) played a few superb serves and Farhan (Adam), Hanafiah (Dollah) and Khairol (Zaman) did most of the damage at the net. ”

“We produced tactical changes and that served us very well. This victory has been a boost in our preparation for the third circular of the ISTAF SuperSeries and the OCEAN Games, ” added Ahmad.

Malaysia made one change to the side that defeated Singapore within Saturday’s semi-finals. The introduction of Hanafiah because striker instead of the regular Khairol within the first set alongside team chief and feeder Farhan and Syahir ( tekong ) was a tactical change that mesmerised Thailand.

The Thais had ace striker Thawisek Thongsai in their side, rested the left-footed Siriwat Sakha as tekong in place pertaining to Kritsanapong Nontakote instead but retained Panupong Petlue in the feeder’s function.

But the day definitely belonged to the Malaysians, who were simply mercurial at all fronts with Syahir serving out seven aces in speeds of 75km/h while Hanafiah and Farhan combined effectively having a total of 11 spikes dominance, superiority the net to win the first established 21-7 in 18 minutes much to delight of the fans.

The second set went Malaysia’s way in the initial stage with the hosts leading 6-3 but the Thais drew level at 8-8. However , the introduction of striker Suriyon Koonpimon, replacing Panupong, changed the momentum of the online game, bending very much towards the Thais exactly who for the first time shot into a 10-8 prospect and then 15-12 much to chagrin of the Malaysian bench and fans.

Coach Abdul Talib’s decision to introduce Khairol at this stage, proved to be a turning point for the Malaysians. The nippy striker proved to be the bane to the Thais as his leaping spikes and perfect timing to block any attempts from the champions proved fruitful.

The Thais rallied back strongly to level at 17-17 then closed in at 19-19 but another ace from Syahir shifted the hosts to 20-19 and the ensuing rally Siriwat delivered the ball out much towards the celebration of fans, players plus team officials.

Within the match for third-fourth placing, Korea defeated Singapore 21-16, 21-16 for some consolation while Myanmar edged Tiongkok 21-16, 21-13 to claim 5th position and Indonesia made up for their group stage disappointment with a 21-18, 21-17 victory over Japan to end seventh.

The National women’s team once again avoided completing in last position with a 21-8, 21-9 victory over Japan. The particular inexperienced Malaysian side closed 5th in the tournament, emulating their position in the season opening ISTAF SuperSeries MYANMAR 2014/15 in Nay Pyi Taw in November last year. Myanmar, meanwhile, saw off Korea 21-17, 21-15 to finish third.

Thailand, who won every single ISTAF SuperSeries title since the first competition commenced in 2011, showed no sign of giving up their dominance of the game by defeating Vietnam 21-8 in the first set 12-12 within the second.

ISTAF SuperSeries MALAYSIA 2014/15 MELAKA is the second leg of the ISTAF SuperSeries after the success of the starting round in Myanmar. The competition is jointly organised by the Worldwide Sepaktakraw Federation (ISTAF) and Asia Sports Ventures (ASV), ISTAF’s special global commercial and developmental partner. It is being held with the assistance of the Malacca State Government and Sepaktakraw Association of Malaysia.

ISTAF SuperSeries MALAYSIA 2014/15 MELAKA was televised on ASTRO Field, ASTRO SuperSports, ASTRO SuperSports HIGH DEFINITION and RTM. For the very first time, fans could also catch all four days of competition action live on www.sepaktakraw.org .

RESULTS

Men’s Competition

Last: Malaysia bt Thailand 2-0 (21-7, 21-19).

3 rd -4 th Playoff: Korea bt Singapore 2-0 (21-16, 21-16).

Women’s Competition

FINAL: Thailand bt Vietnam 2-0 (21-8, 21-12).

3 rd -4 th Playoff: Myanmar bt Korea 2-0 (21-17, 21-15)

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