Malaysia are just a step away from a garnd double at the Dodgeball World Championships being held in Cancun, Mexico.
Both the Malaysian men’s and women’s teams have qualified for the finals due to be held early tomorrow morning. In both finals, the Malaysians would be up against teams from the USA.
Malaysia would be looking to repeat the double feat they achieved in Toronto two years ago. They were the only country after the USA to achieve the feat then.
Last year in Los Angeles the Malaysian men emerged as the champions defeating USA 5-4 in sudden death but it was the reverse in the women’s competition with the Americans emerging victorious 8-5.
With Malaysia and USA qualifying for both finals, there is bound to be more fireworks between the two top teams in the world.
The Malaysians men qualified for the finals after gunning down Great Britain 11-5 and Canada by the same margin in the playoffs.
They had finished second in the preliminary rounds, having lost only one match against the Canadian by a 7-8 margin. It was sweet revenge for the side against the Canadians in the playoffs.
They had beaten Australia (7-5), Great Britain (13-4), Norway (21-1), Hong Kong (13-1), Mexico (12-3), Argentina (11-1), New Zealand (13-1), Italy (19-4) and the USA (6-5).
If their preliminary round match against the Americans is any indication, the final is expected to be another close affair. The Americans beat both New Zealand (10-2) and Australia (8-4) to book their final berth.
The Malaysian men squad comprises of Teh Wee Sheng, Simoneit Norm Adam, David Hwong Yie Hong, Piong Shun Zhe, Sean Lim Zhenxun, Fam Jia Yi, Ng Weng Kent, Robert Ng Chee Keong, Ravichandran Harigaran, Nigel Chia Yunhan, Low Heng Wei and Goonting Carlso Benjamin.
The Malaysian women had also finished second behind the Americans in the preliminary rounds, having lost to the Americans (5-7) and Canada (5-8). They defeated Mexico (13-1), Hong Kong (7-6), Argentina (12-0), Australia (4-2) and Italy (11-2).
In the playoff for the finals, the Malaysian girls exacted revenge on the Canadians with a 8-3 victory. USA had a much tougher time in overcoming Australia 8-7 in their playoff match.
Like their male counterparts, the Malaysian women can also expect a close fight with the Americans for the title.
The Malaysian women squad comprises of Cheng Khai Xuan, Kelly Kah Lai Lau, Megan Mei Kei Eng, Ng Ying Shuang, Cheah Yun Fang, Chong Hwei Xian, Low Yi Heng, Tan Wei Xin, Annabelle Cho Yan Ting, Onn Xin Hui and Siti Nur Alia Azmi.