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45th Qubica AMF Bowling World Cup

courtesy of The STAR Sports

PETALING JAYA: The newly-built 52-lane Malacca In­­ter­na­tional Bowling Centre, which will stage the 45th Qubica AMF Bowling World Cup from Nov 15-19, has received mixed reviews from national bowlers Zulmazran Zul­kifli and Siti Safiyah Amirah Abdul Rahman.

The duo, who will represent Malaysia in the tournament, took to the lanes for a two-hour practice session on Tuesday.

Zulmazran, who will turn 26 a day after the tournament ends, said he was generally satisfied with the lane conditions there.

“Although the actual lane conditions were not laid out when we practised, the lane conditions for World Cup competitions are generally easy as the organisers want to see many strikes,” he said.

“Hence, it will be an open field.”

The Indonesian Open and Jakarta Super Classic champion said he aimed to make it into the top eight of the tournament and “then I will take it from there to bring honour for the country”.

Siti, however, had a different spin to the conditions at the bowling centre, saying she felt a bit cramped with the split-house style of the lanes – where 26 lanes sit on each side of the centre. “I am quite used to playing in big bowling centres but somehow I feel cramped there,” said Siti, who will turn 19 a day before the tournament begins.

“I’m also concerned that the fans may crowd the centre and the heat generated may alter the lane conditions.”

However, Siti – the reigning World Ranking Masters champion – admitted that her concerns were minor and she would focus on giving her best on tournament day.

For the record, the best Malaysian efforts in the men’s and women’s events of the World Cup were the runner-up finishes by Michael Chuah (1983 in Mexico) and Shalin Zulkifli (1996 in Belfast).

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Shalin is ready for showdown with Maxine Nable

Wednesday July 8, 2009


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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It was Sharon’s day at Singapore Open Finals


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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