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Muiz shows the way (The Star/Central 2-July 10)

Friday July 2, 2010
Muiz shows the way

FORWARD Abdul Muiz Abdul Hamid was part of the Federal Territories Schools Sports Council (MSSWP) forward pack that went down fighting against hosts Kelantan in the Under-18 rugby championship encounter at the national schools meet (MSSM) over the mid-year school break last month.

Despite finishing second best in the contest for the gold medal when Kelantan fended off the city boys’ challenge with a solitary converted try (25-18) victory, the 17-year-old SM Sains Selangor (SMSS) student captured the best forward award for his sterling display and role in getting his side to the final.

The youngster, who also contributed four tries in the tournament, said he was surprised with his feat in convincing the selectors to pick up a consolation in his second appearance at the tournament.

“Last year, we finished as the runners-up in the bowl section. For the team, we achieved a tremendous improvement in booking a place in the final. We just went out there and gave our best. We showed good discipline and gelled well together. Honestly, I did not think that I was in the running and deserve the Best Forward award. But, I am pleased with attaining the best personal achievement thus far,” he added.

In addition, his younger team mate Fariz was also voted as the Man of the Match as they went on to finish as the eventual runners-up in the recent MSSM outing.

SMSS long-serving coach said the duo played well with the other teammates in producing a respectable performance at the MSSM.

“After back-to-back title in 2002 and 2003 in the Under-18 age-group, we have not gone so far in the recent years at the national schools competition. Muiz played a pivotal role and was very effective throughout the national schools competition. It was also remarkable that the 15-year-old Fariz stamped his mark against the seniors,” Raja Idris added.

Muiz only took up the robust contact sport when he joined the renowned boarding school in Form One.

The former SK Danau Kota, Keramat pupil said he signed up for the introduction programme as a beginner because he wanted to be part of one of the leading secondary education institutions’ proud tradition and heritage in rugby.

“Although they offered rugby training at my primary school, I did not get the chance to learn the game earlier. But, I am glad that I have found a team sport that I am really passionate about. It was only by chance that the coaches put me in the forward row because of my physique.

“Rugby provides the opportunities for character building especially in the crucial stages of a match. I have learned a lot about dealing with tricky situations during the intense moments in a match and will definitely apply the similar qualities in my life,” Muiz said.

Despite his team settling for the second spot in the Under-15 category of the Milo Cup in 2008, he had memorable outing and first taste of personal glory when he clinched the best forward award.

This year, he started his season on a good note as SMSS retained their status as the top Under-18 side in the state competition and he also named the best player of the tournament.

Over the years, he has also been featuring as a flanker for his school team and relishing victories in various age-groups for the seven-a-side and 10-a-side format tournaments.


Name: Abdul Muiz Abdul Hamid
Date of Birth: Feb 7, 1993
Ht: 1.65m Wt: 70kg
School: SM Sains Selangor (Form Five)
Hobbies: Drawing, badminton, handball
Ambition: Doctor
Favourite Sports Personality: Jonah Lomu (New Zealand)
Coach: Raja Idris Raja Ali (SMSS)


- MSSKL Under-15 champion

- MSSKL Under-15 champion
- Tunku Mahkota Johor Under-15 runner-up
- Milo Cup boys’ Under-15 runner-up and best forward award recipient
- SEMSAS 7s Under-15 champion

- MSSKL Under-18 champion
- MSSM Under-18 bowl runner-up
- Tunku Mahkota Johor Under-15 champion
- SMSS 10s Under-17 champion
- SEMSAS 7s Under-18 champion
- Ansara 10s champion

- MSSWP Under-18 champion and best player recipient
- MSSM Under-18 runner-up and best forward recipient
- BRC 10s Under-19 runner-up
- RMC 10s Under-18 champion
- VI 10s Under-18 runner-up
- Ansara 10s Under-17 champion
- SMSS 10s Under-17 champion

-Ragbi Cabaran Iskandar Malaysia - 18 runners-up

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