BY Fadhil Yunus
Wirna bin Haji Md Yassin emerged champion in the men’s singles of the National Petanque Open 2021 in conjunction with Brunei Darussalam’s 37th National Day after defeating Md Zunaidi bin Haji Ali 13-6 in the final at the Petanque Court of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex on Sunday.
Masli bin Haji Md Said and Abdillah Tamin shared third place following their passage to the last four.
Meanwhile, Surtini binti Haji Abidin won the women’s singles title after edging Wedy Nurul Suzuna Luon 13-12 in a keenly-contested final. Mulsinah binti Haji Amran and Norhani Juna settled for joint third place.
Masli and Angelyna Vera Jude emerged winners in the men’s and women’s shooting categories.
Abdillah Tamin finished the runner-up in the men’s shooting event followed by Mohammad Zunaidi bin Haji Ali in third place.
Surtini claimed second spot in the women’s event followed by Wedy Nurul Suzuna Luon in third place.
In the under-21 boys’ doubles category, IBTE MC 3 emerged champion while the IBTE MC 1 was crowned winners in the girls’ event.
President of Brunei Darussalam Petanque Federation (BDPF) Haji Mohamad bin Panglima Asgar Dato Paduka Haji Abdullah said the championship enhances the skills of national athletes and those to be absorbed into the national team.
He said, “Besides that, the Brunei Darussalam Petanque Federation is introducing petanque to all four districts. Insya Allah, a petanque workshop will be held in the Tutong district in June.”
The national men’s team bagged bronze in the Asia Petanque Championship in Thailand while the national women’s team finished in the top eight out of 32 teams in the World Petanque Championship in Phnom Penh, Cambodia in 2019.
Organised by the Brunei Darussalam Petanque Federation with the cooperation of the Department of Youth and Sports, Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports, 15 took part in the men’s singles while nine entries in the women’s singles.
Permanent Secretary (Administration, Finance and Estate) at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports (MCYS) Pengiran Mohd Amirrizal bin Pengiran Haji Mahmud presented the prizes.
-- Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin