There are total of 346 participants taking part at the moment with Penang the largest contingent with the total of 71 players taking part. There's also some support from Labuan which last year also sent their contingent to the National Juniors. There will be another expectation of 50-80 participants on the last minute basis with the deadline & bank in tomorrow according to the organiser. Tomorrow the list will be out for the players, team managers & parents to check whether their children names are registered & correct categories in the official site & my blog. If their names not in the list, please quickly contact the organiser. Here are some previews on each category:
U-16 Boys Category
NM Edward Lee (pic) who is pursuing his studies in ACSI, Singapore will be taking his time off to take part in this year National Age Group. He will be the 1st seed in this category & will face challenges from Sumant Subramaniam (Pahang), Evan Timothy Capel & Gavin Fong (Penang), Muhd Syakir, Muhd Nabil & Low Jun Jian (Selangor), and Muhd Izz Saifuddin (KL).
U-16 Girls Category
NWM Alia Anin(pic) who recently won the MSSM U-15 Girls Individual Gold will spearhead Malacca challenge in this year National Age Group 2009. However she will face Winnie Hong from Selangor, several KL players such as Teh Kai Wen, Lynette Wong, & Latifah Kaiyisah. However Penang have their two representatives Christine Yeap & Adele Lau.
MSSM U-15 Individual Gold Medalist Yeap Eng Chiam(pic) will be the 1st seed in this category & his opponents will most likely from his teammates Wong Jianwen. However not to forget Penang who parade P'ng Ren Chi, their MSSM individual bronze medalist Elgin Lee, & Wong Hao.
U-14 Girls Category
In this category we will see three horse race between Pahang, Penang & Selangor. Amira Syahmina & Vickie Hong from Selangor will lead in this category. However Sarika who was the 2nd runner-up in MSSM while Hoh Tjin Li (pic) runner-up in MSSM will be challenging for it.
U-12 Boys Category
In this category we will see KL sending their junior players whom recently won the gold in the MSSM U-12 team. They are Faisal Roslan, Tan Wei Hao & Tan Ri Hong. Selangor will have Roshan Singh & Muhd Irfan Haqqim Azhar who is MSSM U-12 Individual silver medalist in MSSM 2009. Negeri Sembilan will have Subramaniam Sivanesan who recently played & won 3rd placing in the MSSM Individual event. Penang can be dark horse in this event also.
U-12 Girls Category
NJM Nur Nabila who won 2 major titles last year (National Junior Girls & KL Challengers Champion) & MSSM U-12 Girls Individual Champion 2009 will be the favorite to win this category. However Tan Li Ting who drew with Nur Nabila during the MSSM can become the dark horse.
U-10 Boys Category
MSSM U-12 Champion Yeoh Li Tian will be the favorite to win this category.
U-10 Girls Category
It will be 3 horse race between Selangor, Kuala Lumpur & Negeri Sembilan. Nur Najiha who is also NJM Nur Nabila sister will compete against her teammates Puteri Rifqah while Maisarah will carry KL flag & Nithyalakshmi Sivanesan who's brother is Subramaniam Sivanesan from Negeri Sembilan.
U-8 Boys Category
It will be 3 horse race between Selangor, Kuala Lumpur & Penang.
U-8 Girls Category
In this category Puteri Munajjah looks likely to be the favorite & 200 points rating above than the others player. However upset can happen.