LEADING local junior shuttlers are in for a stiff test in the Prince badminton tournament next month as they are drawn in the same preliminary pool with Asian giants Indonesia and Malaysia. The eight participating teams are divided into two groups for the team event, with the pool winners after a round-robin play-off going through to the final. Hong Kong are in Pool A with Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore while Pool B comprises China, Thailand, Macau and the Philippines. National coach Diana Lo Leung Bik-luen said: ''It's unfortunate to be in the same pool with Indonesia and Malaysia. Our only hope now is to avoid a whitewash by beating Singapore. ''Indonesia and Malaysia are world leaders in badminton and they have top rate youth development programmes, so their teams should be very strong. ''But although we are faced with a daunting task, playing against the Indonesians and Malaysians offer an excellent opportunity for our young players to improve their technique and to gain competition experience.'' Lo believes Hongkong's best hope in the individuals events lie with Jockey Club Ti-I College student Tam Kai-chuen and his doubles partner Tam Lok-tin. The youngsters are being groomed to replace Olympian Chan Kin-ngai and Chow Kin-man in the full national squad as the two senior players recently gave up their scholarship for being full-time athletes.