Thailand wins third annual Bali 4’s tournament
Showing its continuing progress, Thailand improved on its second place at the Tafisa Cup in Jakarta last year by winning the 2017 Bali 4’s, beating Indonesia in the final with Singapore coming in third.
Now in its third year, the Bali 4’s was a success for the South East Asian (SEA) IWRF sub zone, despite the late withdrawal of Malaysia. Malaysia however was represented by referee Stanley Tong.
Thailand paced themselves through the three days of group games, leading up to finals on Sunday 9 July, whereas Indonesia fielding two teams had a more bumpy road to the finals. Singapore showed its progress supported by SDSC by putting in strong performances.
As part of the overall strategy of developing wheelchair rugby in the Southeast Asia sub zone, classification and refereeing workshops were held, with particular emphasis on SE Asian countries. These workshops were conducted by Deborah Duffield (GBR) for the classification and Emma Stewart (AUS) for refereeing. This resulted in a number of new classifiers in Indonesia and Philippines, as well as new referees in Indonesia and Singapore.
IWRF Sub Zone Vice President Rodney Holt explained “our strategy is to develop wheelchair rugby in the Southeast Asian region step by step. Starting with pioneers Malaysia and Thailand in 2013, followed by Indonesia in 2014, Singapore in 2016, and Timor-Leste in 2017. We are planning for the Philippines in 2018, and to this end I invited a number of potential Philippine classifiers to this year’s Bali 4’s. They will now go back to Philippines with knowledge of the game and knowing what kind of athletes to look for”.
Holt added, "here in Indonesia thanks to the support of the US State Dept grants, the Indonesian Wheelchair Rugby Federation (INAWRF) and BSF Indonesia are introducing wheelchair rugby in other regions of Indonesia. This was a good occasion for both future referee and classifiers to get an introduction to wheelchair rugby officiating with Deborah and Emma here.”
Ms Ju Ha Li of Korea was presented with the tournament Golden Whistle, whilst Ms Ni Made Ratni of Indonesia repeated her performance in Jakarta by winning the MVP again.
Best 4's Awards
Low Pointer - Daniel Bawthan Bin Shamiun - (SGP)
Mid Pointer - Garunphon Gedmongkhon - (THA)
Mid Pointer - Yuyun Apriani - (INA)
High Pointer - Nyoman (Rudy) Rudiawan - (INA)
MVP - Ni Made Ratni (shown in action below on right)
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