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Shalin is ready for showdown with Maxine Nable

Wednesday July 8, 2009

By RAJES PAUL

KUALA LUMPUR: The old rivalry between Shalin Zulkifli and Maxine Nable of Australia is expected to heat up in the women’s world championships, which will be held in Las Vegas from July 25-Aug 2.

Although they are good friends, Shalin and Maxine have been out to outdo each other in competitions since their days as juniors.

And the battle has now taken a new height with both trying to make a name for themselves as professional bowlers.

The 31-year-old Shalin said that she was looking forward to bowling alongside Maxine for the first time in the world championships as professionals.

“Some of the bowlers from my batch turned professional much earlier. With the decision to allow pros to compete in the world championships for the first time, it will be interesting to see how we fare,” said Shalin.

“Nable and I are good friends but I am looking forward to renewing our rivalry in the world championships.”

Shalin turned pro last year while Maxine has been in the business for almost 10 years.

Although a quiet battle between Shalin and Nable has been ongoing, the pinnacle of a showdown between Malaysia and Australia took place at the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur.

Then, Australia had banked on Nable and several other top guns, among them Cara Honeychurch and Ann Maree-Putney, to silence the Malaysian challenge.

This time, Australia will not have their Commonwealth Games star performer, Honeychurch, who won three gold medals, at the world championships but Shalin still has not ruled them out as main challengers.

Besides Nable and Maree-Putney, the others in the Australian team are Carol Gianotti, Bianca Flanagan, Kara Triulcio and Natalie Shelley.

Shalin said that Nable would not be the only one from her batch who would be out to impress at the world championships.

She has also rub shoulders with Stephanie Nations of the United States in her younger days.

“Maxine, Stephanie and I are bowlers from the same era. We know what we are capable of doing since our junior days. I foresee an exciting time ahead in the world championships,” said Shalin.

Besides Shalin, the others in the Malaysian team are Esther Cheah, Wendy Chai, Siti Safiyah Amirah Abdul Rahman, Zandra Aziela Ibrahim Hakimi and Sharon Koh.

Except for debutant Siti, all the others were member of the team who won the gold medal in the previous championships in Mexico two years ago.

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How to apply the 3:1:2 Ratio System

 Today’s post is dedicated to all you fathers out there. Have a Happy Fathers’ Day!

 

Here is a very simple but proven system.

 

THE 3:1:2 RATIO

ADJUSTMENT FOR VARYING LANE CONDITIONS

 

Strikes occur more frequently when the ball strikes the 1, 3, 5 and 9 pins. But this accuracy is seldom achieved on the first few balls of practice or game. You should be trying to find a line.

 

When rolling practice balls, you should strive to establish an accuracy line. This line will be found when the ball hits the head pin and causes that pin to take out the 2, 4, and 7 pins, that is, those on the left side. To establish this accuracy line, you should use the 3:1:2 spot bowling ratio system to make the necessary adjustments.

 

This ratio system means that to create a 3-board difference or adjustment at the pins, a 2-board adjustment must be made at the starting position.

 

The 3:1:2 ratio system means that a 2-board adjustment at the starting position causes a 1-board difference in the finishing position at the foul line and a 3-board difference at the pins.

 

This adjustment technique can be used on any evenly-dressed lane condition and with any speed of delivery or any size of hook or curve. The system depends on ratios that exist between the various markers-spots on the approach and the lane.

 

The explanation of the 3:1:2 system is fairly simple. The pins are 45 feet from the arrows. The arrows are 15 feet from the foul line. The starting dots are 30 feet from the arrows. The initial ratio of all these points is thus 45:15:30. Dividing by 15, the greatest common divisor, reduces the ratio to 3:1:2.

 

Because the ball is delivered and pivots on the second arrow, a move of 2 boards at the starting position results in a change of 3 boards at the pins.

 

All bowlers should be encouraged to use this ratio adjustment system. It is a positive method for making adjustment and eliminates guesswork. Adjustments should always be positive and deliberate. However, as in all successful bowling methods, the delivery should be consistent.

 

To celebrate Fathers’ Day, I have a Special Bowling Report for you. You can download it for FREE here: http://probowlconsult.com/special_report/optin_fr.html

  

Enjoy your FREE Report and I hope you’ll be able to find some invaluable tips there that can assist you in improving your bowling.

 

Till the next post, happy bowling.

 

Jonathan

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It was Sharon’s day at Singapore Open Finals

2009/06/07

Bowling: Sharon shines in Singapore

Sharon Koh won her first international Open title in Singapore yesterday.
Sharon Koh won her first international Open title in Singapore yesterday.

SHARON Koh killed two birds with one stone when she, after three near misses, finally nailed the Singapore Open title at the Superbowl Safra Mount Faber yesterday.

The win, which was Sharon’s first international Open’ title, has also guaranteed her a spot in the six-woman team for next month’s World Championships in Las Vegas.

Sharon, the 2006 world youth champion, stunned teammate Siti Safiyah Amirah Abdul Rahman, who won the World Ranking Masters last month, 211-181 for the title.

It was also a perfect ending for Sharon, considering that she only booked a spot in the Masters round after the 11th try in the Qualifying stage.

However, she turned her game around, with the help of national coach Holloway Cheah, to top the Masters round with a 16-game total of 3,772 pinfalls.
Sharon finished second in the 2006 and 2007 editions and fifth in last year’s tournament.

“I am extremely happy to have won the Singapore Open after three near misses. I hope with my performance here today (yesterday), I will be included in the team to the world meet,” said Sharon, who earned the winner’s cheque of S5,000 (RM12,250) yesterday.

‘My focus now is to train harder and help Malaysia achieve greatness in Las Vegas if I’m selected for the world meet.”

Siti Safiyah, who finished sixth in the Masters, had to bowl two extra rounds in the stepladder finals before earning a shot at the title against Sharon.

In the first match of the stepladder finals, Siti Safiyah bowled 245 as compared to Zandra Aziela’s 238 and Singapore’s Jasmine Yeong Nathan’s 228 to advance to the next stage.

Siti Safiyah also won the second match, against Singapore’s Cherie Tan and professional bowler Shalin Zulkilfi, on 248-226-222.

The encouraging performances of the bowlers prove that Malaysia are on the right track for the World Championships.

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