Malaysia crowns Bo Long and Zandra as new National Bowling Champions


The 3-days 24th Interstate Bowling Championships 2011 culminated with the Finals of the 35th Malaysian National Championships yesterday. Defending Champions Aaron Kong and Sin Li Jane failed in their bid to retain the titles they won last year.

This year’s Interstate Championships’ results have evoked some lingering memories of the 1st Interstate Championships held at the now defunct Kent Bowl in Petaling Jaya.

I then led a relatively inexperienced Team Sarawak to participate in the Men’s and Women’s categories. There were no Youth categories then. After more than 2 decades, Sarawak has emerged as the Overall Champion for the first time. CONGRATULATIONS Sarawak! I feel privileged to have been a part of Sarawak’s overall bowling development at its infancy stage.

In the Masters Finals to lift the 2011 Men’s and Women’s National Championships’ crowns, it was a close tussle among team members.

All top 3 Masters Finalists after 10 games in both divisions were either in the country’s elite or the recently disbanded elite-backup squads.

Eventual Men’s Champion Kang Bo Long who finished as 3rd seed, had to fend off 2-time former National Champion Adrian Ang (213-190) in the first stepladder round. Hence he set up a challenge with his former elite-backup teammate and top seed Yusuf Abdul Raof in a final stepladder Repechage format (1+1). A first game 226-176 win forced a second match that resulted in him again getting the better of Yusuf with a 244-191 win.

The new 25-yrs old Champion was with the National Team for two years. Kang Bo Long, who started bowling at the age of 13, currently works at a Proshop and was disappointd at the MSN’s decision to scrap the elite-backup program. He feels vindicated after his win yesterday. He is still one of the country’s top bowlers. He also pocketed RM7000 for his win.

In the Women’s division, top seed Zandra Aziela had an easier passage. She just had to dispose off 3rd seed challenger and teammate Dayang Khairuniza. Dayang had earlier beaten teammate Zatil Iman (221-195) to set up a challenge with Zandra. Inexperience got the better of Dayang and she had to concede defeat in the second game after an earlier 212-205 win against the top seed. Zandra came back with a 195-179 win.

24-yrs old Zandra Aziela has been bowling since she was 12 and a win in the Peter Yap’s Memorial Cup spurred her to scale new heights. A member of the country’s National Bowling team for the past six years, Zandra has finally achieved her dream of being a National Champion. Her best previous effort had been a third placing. She also took home RM3000 for her win.

Full results of the 24th Interstate and 35th Malaysian National Championships 2011 can be viewed at MTBC homepage: http://www.mtbc.org.my

Have a great weekend and keep a look out for Prelaunch dates of my new BOWLEXCEL Online Academy!

Jonathan

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