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The Tale of the Lucky and Not-So-Lucky bowler

The 10th Edition of the MILO International Junior All-Stars saw perfect games from 8 youths aged 23 and under. There were many near misses.

Six of the perfect games were achieved during the Masters Qualifyings (MQs) and two were achieved during the Masters Finals. While the MQs only awarded a daily prize reward of RM1000, the first bowler to achieve a 300 game during the Masters Finals would be rewarded with a cool RM50,000 to take home.

Malaysian youths who bagged the daily 300-High Game awards were Kang Bo Long (Elite Back-Up), Esther Cheah (Elite Squad), and Khoo Beng Khai (National Youth).

Others were Korean youth Woo Sang Young, 18-yrs old Australian Sam Cooley, and 17-yrs old Singaporean Gregory Gan.

18-yrs old Malaysian National Youth member, Aris Ardila, must be the biggest winner in the whole tournament. His 300 game was shot in Game 8 of the Masters Finals. He pocketed RM50,000 for his efforts. Korean youth Jang Hong Jun’s 300 game came a bit too late. He achieved it on Game 9, and so he ended up empty handed.

Two notable near misses came from Kim Sun Woo of Korea who had a day earlier shot a 299 game in the Boys Graded Masters and Malaysian youth Syimir Abd Razak who also shot a 299 game in Game 4 of the Boys Open Finals.

Check out the Tale of the Lucky and Not-So-Lucky bowler.

Better luck next time. Have a great day!

Jonathan

 

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Esther Cheah achieves her dream

The 10th MILO International Junior All-Stars was to be Esther’s swan song. She will be over aged for next year’s edition. In befitting style, the 2005 World Women Singles Champion had pushed her way up from a fourth placing after a 10-game roll off in the Girls Open Division, to make the stepladder cut. She later edged out second seed Jo Hyun Jung (227-Korea) and third seed Shayna Ng (205-Singapore) with a superb 279 game during the stepladder semi-final to determine the challenger to face top seed Lee Young Im of Korea.

In the steppladder final against Young Im, Esther triumphed with a 198-170 win to force a sudden death game with the Korean. Young Im was unable to stop the Nebraska-Lincoln University psychology undergrad who shot a 217 second game to defeat Young Im’s 198 second game. As top seed, Young Im had two chances to dislodge her challenger.

With Esther’s win, Lee Young Im who had finished on 2382 pinfalls after 10 games (avg 238), had to settle for second placing with Jo Hyun Jung also from Korea in third position. Early leader, Shayna Ng of Singapore finished fourth. Esther took home RM 17,000 for her victory win.

In the Boys Open Division, top seed Kim Jong Wook had a close call with team mate Park Jong Woo when he shot a 212 game and Park replied with a 211 game. However, the 1-pin advantage was all he needed to claim the Boys Open Challenge trophy. Fourth seed Park (254-Korea) had earlier edged out second seed Aloysius Goh (179-Singapore) and third seed Aris Ardila (143-Malaysia) in the stepladder semi-finals to earn his right to challenge top seed Kim for the Championship title and a crack at the RM30,000 prize money.

Kim Jong Wook had earlier finished with a total 2412 pinfalls averaging 241.20 in the Boys Masters Finals. With Koreans dominating the Boys Open Division, Aloysius Goh of Singapore had to settle for third placing and Aris Ardila Of Malaysia finished on fourth position.

In the Boys Graded Division, Choi Tae Seung and Kim Soon Woo made it a 1-2 finish for Korea. Third position went to Jason Syow of Malaysia. The Masters Finals saw a keen tussle between the top two Koreans throughout with Choi finishing strongly with games of 269 and 259  averaging 240.30 (10-games) to shut out his team mate who shot commendable games of 231 and 223. Although Jason finished strongly with a high 277 game to pip another Malaysian youth, Muhd Aizudeen, it was not enough. He finished 141 pinfalls behind Choi and 111 pinfalls behind Kim.

Final position standings: Choi Tae Seung-Champion (2403); Kim Sun Woo-2nd (2373); Jason Syow-3rd (2262).

The top ten position standings saw a good mix of Koreans, Singaporeans and Malaysians in the fray. But it’s a totally different story in the Girls Graded Division.

In the Girls Graded Division, it was an all-Korean affair. Top five placings went to Korea. Malaysian youth Victoria Chin was the spoiler when she claimed her stake in the sixth position only to see the Korean girls dominating the next three positions with another Malaysian youth, Selva Nivashini making up the top ten positions. The intersting part here is all 8 Korean qualifiers were in the top ten…an interesting poser to our youth development?

Final position standings: Kim Kyung Sil-Champion (2091); Kang Soo Jim-2nd (2066); Kim Yeo Jin-3rd (2025).

In the Boys 15 & Under Division, Singaporeans dominated the top three positions with Malaysian youth Qalif Adnor tied in third place with Alexander Tan. Jaris Tan finished on 1733 pinfalls averaging 216.63 (8 games). There were 10 Singaporean youths in the field of 18 youths who qualified for the finals.

Final position standings: Jaris Goh-Champion (1733); Ryan Wee-2nd (1727); Alexander Tan (1684)/Qalif Adnor (1684)-3rd.

In the Girls 15 & Under Division, Malaysian youth Selva Nivashini bowled well to capture her first All-Stars title with a 209.13 average (8 games). Second position went to another Malaysian youth, Nur Fatimah and Stacy Lian of Singapore came in third. Although there were 12 Singaporeans in the total field of 18 qualifiers, position standings were spread out.

Final position standings: Selva Nivashini-Champion (1673); SH Nur Fatimah-2nd (1666); Stacy Lian-3rd (1640).

In the Boys 12 & Under Division, two Malaysian boys ruled the lanes. Muhammad Qayyum ruled supreme with 1512 pinfalls over 8 games (189 avg). Finishing second was another Malaysian youth, Muhammad Rafiq Ismail and coming in close was Chong Tai Wei of Singapore.

Final position standings: Muhammad Qayyum-Champion (1512); Muhammad Rafiq Ismail-2nd (1503); Chong Tai Wei-3rd (1498).

In the Girls 12 & Under Division, Faten Najihah of Malaysia averaged 186 to claim her first All-Stars title followed closely by Rena Ng of Singapore and another Malaysian, Nur Amirah Auni in third position.

Final position standings: Faten Najihah-Champion (1488); Rena Ng Yan Ling-2nd (1469); Nur AmirahAuni-3rd (1388).

For more detailed scores, please go to MTBC official website: http://www.mtbc.org.my/

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Have a great day

Jonathan

 

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10th MILO International Junior All-Stars

The 10th edition of the MILO International Junior All-Stars is already in progress at Sunway Megalanes, Malaysia. Qualifying rounds commenced on Dec 9 and will continue until Dec 18, with the Open Masters on Dec 19.

Touted as one of the most popular Youth Tournaments in the world, this year’s tournament is expected to attract 600-700 youths from 12 countries.

Top youths aged 23 and below from Australia, Chinese Taipei, Germany, Hong Kong, Korea, Holland, India, Indonesia, Japan, Philippines, Singapore and Vietnam, together with Malaysian youths, will pit their skills to topple the two defending Champions who happen to be Malaysia’s Sin Li Jane and Adrian Ang.

Meanwhile, Malaysia’s National Elite Back-Up Squad member, Kang Bo Long, shot the tournament’s first Perfect Game on the opening night of qualifyings. The 23 yr old youth who was promoted to the Back-Up squad this year, has been bowling since he was 13 yrs old. He was the 2007 Singapore Youth Champion, 2008 Malaysian Open second runner-up, and together with teammates Rodson Tong, Kelvin Keong and Syafiq Ridhwan, won a silver medal for Malaysia at the 3rd Asian Indoor Games 2009 in Ho Chi Minh City. This is Bo Long’s first perfect game at an official tournament…although he has shot 6 perfect games during training times.

Be seeing you at the Junior All-Stars,

Jonathan

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