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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).

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