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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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SUKMA XIII 2010 – Bowling

SUKMA (Sukan Malaysia) XIII held in Melaka has proven to be the best for some states, but disappointing for others.

As far as bowling is concerned, it has proven to be the best for Sarawak. With a total haul of 7 gold, 3 silver and 2 bronze medals, they have surpassed their official goal of 4 gold medals. Wilayah Persekutuan gave them a good fight by amassing 4 gold medals, 5 silver medals and 1 bronze medal.

What this year’s results show is a far cry from past SUKMAs when powerhouses like Selangor, Penang and even Sabah, dominated most of the medals on offer. What went wrong? I suppose it’s back to the drawing board for some states to dissect their performance.

Having said that, the youths who dominated this year’s tournament have proven their worth. The majority of them are either in the country’s national backup squad or national youths. Read the rest of this entry »

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