(L to R) Mohd Abdillah Tamin, Pg Hj Asmalina Pg Hj Jaya, national petanque coach Somsak Juychunprasert, Badaruddin Hj Murni and Mazlan Hj Yahya in a group photo after winning bronze at the 9th Pan Pacific Petanque Championship in Laos. Courtesy of Mazlan Hj Yahya
BRUNEI bagged bronze medal in the triple category of the 9th Pan Pacific Petanque Championship in Laos on Friday.
The Sultanate which were represented by Badaruddin Hj Murni, Mazlan Hj Yahya, Mohd Abdillah Tamin and Pg Hj Asmalina Pg Hj Jaya made it into the semi-final of the tournament but lost to Malaysia at the Petanque Centre in Luang Prabang.
The result means that Brunei failed to improve their performance of winning the silver medal in the same category of the tournament last year in the Philippines, but team captain Mazlan Hj Yahya is satisfied that they have made it to the top three of the regional competition.
"It was quite a tough campaign this year, but we are happy that we managed to bring home the medal for the country," said Mazlan in an interview with The Brunei Times yesterday. "Host Laos gave a very strong competition in the tournament but Thailand once again dominated the tournament," he added.
Brunei were in the same group with host Cambodia, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Singapore in the triple event at the August 27 to 29 tournament. Mazlan, the country's sole representative in the shooting event was unable to make it to the top three. Manager Hj Karim Hj Ahmad previously told The Brunei Times that he expected the national team to win medal in the triple event.
"We will only be competing at the events that we think that we are capable of winning, which are the triple and shooting category," said Hj Karim who was part of the team that won silver at the 8th Pan Pacific Petanque Championship in the Philippines last year.
The other members were Mohd Abdillah and Hj Mat Rasil Hj Ahmad.
The trio kicked off their campaign with a win over Japan in the first round before defeating Indonesia in the quarter-finals, and then went past Singapore in the semi-finals to book their final with Vietnam where they lost 11-6. The same line up - with Masli Hj Said a new addition - also represented Brunei at the 28th SEA Games in Singapore but they failed to win a medal.