13th Milo International Junior All-Stars Championships

Courtesy of StarSports: ASHREENA PILLAI and PHUAH EU JIN

KUALA LUMPUR: It was double joy for Malaysia at the 13th Milo International Junior All-Stars Championships at the Sunway Pyramid Mega Lanes yesterday with Mohd Rafiq Ismail and Sin Li Jane emerging triumphant.

Mohd Rafiq was the first into action. Having lost the title to Singapore’s Tay Hui Chiang in last year’s boys’ Open final, Mohd Rafiq was very determined not to let the title slip away again.

Playing with a strapped left bicep and blisters on his left thumb, lefthander Mohd Rafiq fought through the pain barrier to beat Singapore’s Danish Ramlan 235-231 to emerge as champion. It was a rewarding day as he took home RM25,000.

“I was more relaxed this time around. I was happy to reach the step-ladder finals again, but I didn’t want a repeat of last year’s final. I didn’t want to lose,” said Mohd Rafiq.

He has another chance to pick up a fat paycheque. He will be playing in today’s Masters finals, which offers a top prize of RM35,000, by virtue of being the defending champion.

“I’m going to try my best to forget the pain and try my best to make it two wins in a row,” said the 15-year-old who is member of the Malaysian Tenpin Bowling Congress special squad. National coach Holloway Cheah counts Rafiq a success story in the MTBC special squad programme.

“Danish was good, but Rafiq was better today. He didn’t let the pressure get to him,” said Holloway.

“Hopefully, he makes the top six tomorrow (today) and if he does he has a very good chance of winning the Masters. My advice to him is simple – stay grounded,” added Holloway.

Boosted by Mohd Rafiq’s win, Li Jane went into the step-ladder finals full of confidence. She proved too strong for Singapore’s Joey Yap, scoring a 257-193 win to take home RM18,000.

“I’m very happy. The last time I won in 2008, it was also a Malaysian double with Adrian (Ang) winning the boys’ title. This time it’s Rafiq. It’s just great,” said Li Jane. “ I didn’t really feel any pressure at all. Experience has taught me not to let the pressure get to me. I told myself not get too excited. Bowling is really anyone’s game. I didn’t really pay much attention to Joey’s game and and just concentrated on my game,” added Li Jane, the 2010 and 2012 national champion.

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Syafiq Creates History At QubicaAMF World Cup 2012

Story courtesy of Rajes Paul-StarSports

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia finally completed the collection of all the major bowling titles in the world, thanks to Syafiq Ridhwan Abdul Malek.

The 26-year-old, who reached the men’s step-ladder finals by the skin of his teeth, bowled the match of his life to beat top seed Marshall Kent of the United States 236-225, 237-221 in the final to clinch the prestigious AMF World Cup crown in Wroclaw, Poland, on Saturday.

Malaysia came close twice in the championships. The late Michael Chuah was placed second in the men’s category in Mexico ‘83. In the women’s section, Shalin Zulkifli’s best show was second in Belfast ‘96. Read the rest of this entry »

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A Tribute To A Great Bowling Coach

Some of you may have wondered why our bowling blog has been inactive for many months now. Some of you may know why.

It has been difficult to pen the reason, as there’s a feeling of finality that is always painful when we have to let a loved one go.

Jonathan was diagnosed with prostate metastatic cancer in January of 2009. Whilst we were told he had between 2-5 years to live, our hopes were always high that he would respond well to treatment and beat the death sentence. Truth be told, only a handful of people were aware of his illness as he responded well to his medications. However, we knew the day would come when the cancer cells would become uncontrollable.


We knew his days of coaching on the lanes were limited. Because of his love and passion for the sport of tenpin bowling, we decided to set up a membership site where bowlers could learn online, a comprehensive home study training program to take their bowling to the next level. Read the rest of this entry »

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