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13th Milo International Junior All-Stars Championships

Courtesy of StarSports: ASHREENA PILLAI and PHUAH EU JIN

KUALA LUMPUR: It was double joy for Malaysia at the 13th Milo International Junior All-Stars Championships at the Sunway Pyramid Mega Lanes yesterday with Mohd Rafiq Ismail and Sin Li Jane emerging triumphant.

Mohd Rafiq was the first into action. Having lost the title to Singapore’s Tay Hui Chiang in last year’s boys’ Open final, Mohd Rafiq was very determined not to let the title slip away again.

Playing with a strapped left bicep and blisters on his left thumb, lefthander Mohd Rafiq fought through the pain barrier to beat Singapore’s Danish Ramlan 235-231 to emerge as champion. It was a rewarding day as he took home RM25,000.

“I was more relaxed this time around. I was happy to reach the step-ladder finals again, but I didn’t want a repeat of last year’s final. I didn’t want to lose,” said Mohd Rafiq.

He has another chance to pick up a fat paycheque. He will be playing in today’s Masters finals, which offers a top prize of RM35,000, by virtue of being the defending champion.

“I’m going to try my best to forget the pain and try my best to make it two wins in a row,” said the 15-year-old who is member of the Malaysian Tenpin Bowling Congress special squad. National coach Holloway Cheah counts Rafiq a success story in the MTBC special squad programme.

“Danish was good, but Rafiq was better today. He didn’t let the pressure get to him,” said Holloway.

“Hopefully, he makes the top six tomorrow (today) and if he does he has a very good chance of winning the Masters. My advice to him is simple – stay grounded,” added Holloway.

Boosted by Mohd Rafiq’s win, Li Jane went into the step-ladder finals full of confidence. She proved too strong for Singapore’s Joey Yap, scoring a 257-193 win to take home RM18,000.

“I’m very happy. The last time I won in 2008, it was also a Malaysian double with Adrian (Ang) winning the boys’ title. This time it’s Rafiq. It’s just great,” said Li Jane. “ I didn’t really feel any pressure at all. Experience has taught me not to let the pressure get to me. I told myself not get too excited. Bowling is really anyone’s game. I didn’t really pay much attention to Joey’s game and and just concentrated on my game,” added Li Jane, the 2010 and 2012 national champion.

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Aaron Kong is Malaysian Men’s National Champion 2010

 Two new National Champions have emerged from the recent 34th Malaysian National Bowling Championships…one each in the Men’s and Ladies’ Divisions. For Aaron Kong who hails from Penang, it has been a long overdue win as he has not won a title since winning the Youth Masters Gold medal at the 2008 World Youth Championship held in Orlando, USA.

The 24-yr old bowler has had a rather challenging year after trying to adapt to a new bowling style without much success. By clinching his first National Closed title, he has laid to rest his jinx of finishing in second position at numerous tournaments.

On Saturday, Aaron, who trailed in sixth position after a ten-game Masters Finals roll off, managed to defeat third seed, World Cup representative and former National Champion, Zulmazran Zulkifli with a 2-0 win at the quarter finals round (214-204,269-180). He went on to demolish top seed, two-times National Champion Adrian Ang 2-0 in the semi finals (216-185,237-227) to set up a challenge with Defending Champion, Muhd Shafiq Ridhwan. Nothing was going to stop him from claiming his first National Championship title. He breezed through his challenge with Shafiq with wins of 204-163 and 202-182 in the best of three games format. Aaron pocketed RM 7000 for his win.

National Champions 2010

In the Ladies’ Division, National backup squad member Sin Li Jane had a more challenging path to the top. She had trailed top seed and former National Champion Sharon Koh by only nine pins after a ten-game Masters Finals to finish second on the table. In the quarter finals, she defeated Penang Pesta 2009 Champion Zatil Iman in straight sets of 185-162,195-180 wins to proceed to the semi finals against fifth seed and former National Champion Wendy Chai. She rolled games of 236-214-237 to defeat Wendy who only managed games of 203-222-189 for a 2-1 win over Wendy.

In the Grand Finals round, Li Jane also was stretched to a three-game decider with sixth seed Fatin Syazliana, also a member of the National backup squad. Fatin opened with a 246-218 win over Li Jane, who came back with a 229-207 win over Fatin in the second game. In the final decider, Li Jane stormed home with a 215-175 win to claim her first National Closed Championship title. Li Jane won herself RM3000 prize money.

18-yrs old Li Jane, from Perak, has had some time off to prepare for her SPM exams. She’s happy to have done well this time round as she did not fare well at the recent All Stars and Penang Pesta. Li Jane is hoping that this will be the start of better performances in the year ahead.

Men’s Open final results:

CHAMPION: Aaron Kong
2. Muhd Shafiq Ridhwan
3. Adrian Ang
4. Kelvin Keong
5. Zulmazran Zulkifli
6. Mohd Zaim
7. Muhd Nur Aiman
8. Kang Bo Long

Ladies’ Open final results:

CHAMPION: Sin Li Jane
2. Fatin Syazliana
3. Sharon Koh
4. Wendy Chai
5. Nur Syakirah Yeoh
6. Zandra Aziela
7. Zatil Iman
8. Yap Wi Yin

For more detailed scores, visit MTBC official website.

Have a great bowling year ahead.

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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