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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.

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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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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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