Dayang Khairuniza and Tay Hui Chiang are the new Junior All-Stars Champions


The 12th Milo International Junior All-Stars, which is seen as the mecca of tournaments for youths aged 23 and below, has yet again crowned two new Champions.

This year’s lane conditions were in the words of seasoned campaigner Sam Cooley of Australia: ‘a lefties paradise’. Undoubtedly, the lefties were having a field day as the results show at the newly upgraded Brunswick ‘Anvilane’ at Sunway Megalanes. The breakpoint markers were a bonus to those who knew how to capitalize on them. This resulted in extraordinarily high scores throughout the tournament.

 
Tay Hui Chiang of Singapore/SGCC proved he was a worthy winner when he bowled consistently to finish as top seed in the Boys Open Finals, amassing a total of 2492 pinfalls without dropping a game below the 230 mark.

However in the Stepladder Finals against second seed Muhd Rafiq B Ismail of Malaysia/MTBC, Hui Chiang lost 228-268 in game1 to Rafiq, but recovered to oust his opponent with a close 269-256 win in the decider.

Tay pocketed RM25,000 for his efforts and Rafiq was rewarded with RM15,000. Malaysians Muhd Nur Aiman and Rodson Tong completed the top four line up.

Muhd Rafiq deserves a big clap for his achievement as runner-up. This 14-yr old was roped into the newly created MTBC Special Squad after his good performance at last year’s Junior All-Stars and has been in devasting form throughout the tournament. He even added a perfect game to his collections during his qualifying rounds.

The Girls Open Finals saw the top few challengers changing hands several times. National Youth Syaidatul Afifah led after 9 games but dropped to fourth placing after the final tenth game. She fought her way up in the stepladder to earn the right to play against eventual top seed and National Elite, Dayang Khairuniza who had earlier leaped frog to the top with a 290 final game and amassing 2345 pinfalls.

Dayang, like Tay, also suffered a first game defeat with a 181-215 loss. With an initial top-four target, she was however not prepared to let her chances go without a fight. She doubled up her efforts, resulting in a 217-187 win over Syaidatul, who has also had a great run this year.

This is Dayang’s first International title and she pocketed RM18,000 while Syaidatul took home RM10,000. Malaysian Jacqueline Sijore and Clara Lau of Singapore were placed third and fourth respectively.

The 12th Milo International Junior All-Stars also saw Singaporean youths stealing the limelight in most categories other than the Girls Graded and Girls Open.

As in previous years, another year for reflection?

Happy Holidays and MERRY CHRISTMAS, everyone!

Jonathan and Ivy

 

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