Zainuddin will look
to do Brunei proud
at the 5th Golden
in Kuala Lumpur.
Picture: BT file
Brunei will be looking for a strong outing at the 5th Golden Break 9-Ball Invitational Championship 2013 in Kuala Lumpur.
The Brunei Cue Sports Association (BCSA) are looking at sending the quartet of Ahmad Taufiq Murni, Pg Anak Hj Abdul Awadi ZH Pg Anak Hj Latifuddin, Hj Md Alirani Hj Besar and Mohd Qusyairi Zainuddin to tackle the August 17-24 competition.
According to Hj Abd Lani Hj Mahmud, the BCSA secretary-general, this is the cueists' chance at fighting for a berth on the Brunei contingent to the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Myanmar in December.
"This is the benchmark tournament for them. The aim is to make it into the semi-finals," said Hj Abd Lani in an interview with The Brunei Times when met at the Billiards and Snooker Hall of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium in Berakas on Thursday.
National cue sports coach Lim Tat Hwe is preparing his charges the best he can in hopes of achieving their target.
"We have not slowed down in training during the month of Ramadhan with six sessions a week," said Lim.
"They will have to work harder and double their efforts in training. I'll help them the best I can but the players need to be independent and put in the extra work as well," he added.
"They will need to work on their weaknesses from the last tournament. They cannot stick with the same kind of performance but (must) instead improve themselves," continued Lim.
Taufiq is coming off a string of good performances. He finished fifth out of 48 players at the 4th Asian Indoor & Martial Arts Games in South Korea earlier this month and followed that up by capturing the Labuan 9-Ball International Championship Open 2013 last week.
However, his teammates didn't fare as well at the July 9-12 tournament.
Both Pg Anak Hj Abdul Awadi and Hj Md Alirani were stopped in their tracks in the top-16 while Mohd Qusyairi stumbled in the group stage.
"Taufiq has a good chance and should have no problem moving into the second round," said Lim.
"The others have the potential and they will have to play their game. But it will also be dependent on the draw since there will be a lot of strong players," he added.
Some big names from China, Taiwan and the Philippines are expected to turn up for the annual tournament.
The competition offers a cash prize of US$8,000 to the winner while the runner-up will take home US$4,000.
Semi-finalists will be awarded US$2,000 while quarter-finalists will get US$1,000.
The last-16 will take home US$500 while the last-32 will get US$200.
Trophies and medals will also be awarded to the respective winners.