BorneoPost Online | Borneo , Malaysia, Sarawak Daily News » Bowling Largest English Daily In Borneo Fri, 19 Sep 2014 23:00:13 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 Sarawak dominate junior circuit qualifier Sat, 09 Aug 2014 17:07:43 +0000

Top six winners of the Girls Open with Robert Lu after the prize presentation.

KUCHING: Sarawak bowlers stamped their supremacy again in the Sarawak Leg of the Sportexcel-NSC-Milo-MTBC Junior Circuit at Megalanes Adventure World bowling centre on Friday when they scooped four out of six categories contested.

Mohd Uzair Irsyad Noorazrul staved off a determined challenge from Sabah’s Mohd Azmeel Wasli to lift the Boys Open title.

Seeded top in the step-ladder finals, the runner-up in the Sabah Leg in June lost the first game 212-220 to Azmeel but bounced back strongly in the second game where he made nine consecutive strikes for a total 279 pins against Azmeel’s 213 pins.

Third was Sushanor Sihanor of Sabah while fourth to sixth  finishers were Ervin Lim Wai Mun, Melvin Gilbert Tingau and Razif Safini who were all from Sarawak.

The Girls Open title was won by Gillian Lim from Miri who defeated teammate Jacelyn Ng Shuh Wun 212-189 in the final.

Coming in third was another Sarawakian Jocelyna Judith Jonathan while fourth was Nur Syafiqah Sajeli, fifth Amanada Than Yin Xin of Sabah and sixth was Raylin Ang Ke Xin.

In the Boys Graded competition, Allexiss O’Neil Edward prevented teammate and Sabah Leg champion Alistair Ting Lik Yang from Miri from completing a double by beating him 194-214 and 227-177.

Abang Afiq Yazid Abang Azman was third, followed by Sabah’s Nevern Netanel Marcellinus Petrus, Abner Loo Chun Lik and Donovan Rhomesh Manogran in fourth to sixth positions respectively.

Donovan was richer by RM1,000 for scoring a perfect game of 300 in game 4 of the Boys Graded second round.

The Girls Graded title went to second seed Caroline Chua of Sabah who also took two games to overcome top seed  and teammate Nurul Alyssa Junaidi 182-171, 225-201 in the final.

Third to sixth spots were occupied by Nur Shasya Nazria Sazali, Nur Fatin Aqilah Abdul Raxly, Siti Nur Aisyah Satar (Sabah) and Ennette Faith Solomon.

Sabah’s Mohd Julhilmey Zulkiplee put on another great display to stop a clean sweep by Sarawak in the Boys U12 category when he knocked down a total of 1,842 pins over eight games to emerge the champion.

The Sabah lad also ensured his ticket to the grand finals as he had won the Sabah Leg of the national junior circuit.

In second to sixth placings were Jardel Sean Marcel (1,729), Kenny Goi Tze Shian (1,689), Surin Pubalan (1,624) Mohd Nur Syafiq Mohd Amran (1,619) and Muhammad Farhan Mohd Shokkri (1,548). Sarawak swept the top six positions in the Girls U12, with pint-sized Asya Dania Azree downing 1,559 pins to emerge the champion.

Second was Nur Haziqah Ramli with 1,506 pins and three pins further back in third place was Rachel Loo Yee.

The fourth to sixth finishers were Dayang Yumi Azreen Abg Azman (1,495), Tang Jin Suan (1,454) and Rasya Aleeya Zainuddin (1,431).

Amateur Tenpin Bowling Association of Sarawak vice president Robert Lu gave away the prizes to the winners.

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Local bowler aims for Taiwan honours Tue, 15 Jul 2014 17:03:43 +0000

SIBU: National youth bowler Christopher Tiong is aiming for a breakthrough at the Taiwan Open to be held in Taichung from July 28 to Aug 3.

The 17-year-of Form Five student of SMK Sacred Heart qualified for the last 15 in the past two editions of the tournament but faded away in the final rounds.

He is cautiously optimistic this time round.

“Honestly, I really hope to win a medal. But it is just not that realistic as I know where I stand. However, if I perform to the best of my ability, there is every possibility that I can return with a medal,” he said.

Tiong, recently crowned champion in the youth category of the Malaysia Open Bowling championship, will spearhead the Malaysian squad of four players.

“The pressure is always there in any tournament. However, if I can keep my nerves under wrap and blaze the lane to my true ability, I am confident that I can return with something to showcase,” he added.

It has been a great year for Tiong so far.

He won two gold medals in the Men’s trios and team event at the recent Sukma in Perlis.

The Taiwan Open will probably be his last tournament for this year as he has decided to skip the upcoming Philippines Open, Indonesia Open and World Junior All-Stars.

Tiong will sit for the SPM examination in the later part of the year.

“My bowling career may have to take a back stage for the time being. Nevertheless, I promise to be back after my SPM,” he said.

For now, he is putting in several hours of training daily at a local bowling centre.

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Sarawak bowler eyeing medal at world youth championship in HK Sun, 06 Jul 2014 23:27:31 +0000

Daniel Tan Han Yan and Nerosha Keligit with the Open and Ladies trophies, in this file photo.

KUCHING: Sarawak-born bowler Jonathan Ding Sagan hopes to win something at the 13th World Youth Tenpin Bowling Championships in Hong Kong next month.

“I am grateful that I have been selected to receive national training for the championships in Hong Kong and I will train hard to preparae for the competition.

“Hopefully I can win something for the national team there,” said Jonathan.

Besides Jonathan, another female bowler from Sarawak, Nerosha Keligit Thiagarajan has been called up to represent the national team at the chanpionships to be held at the 60 Brunswick Synthetic lanes of South China Athletic Association bowling centre in Hong Kong from Aug 6 to 15.

Jonathan and Nerosha are Perlis Sukma gold medallists.  Malaysia will be sending four male and four female bowlers to the  championships.

Jonathan won two gold medals in the masters and team events at Perlis Sukma last month while Nerosha won gold in the women’s double and silver in the all-events and team event.

“We are happy that Jonathan and Nerosha have been called up to represent the national team for the championships in Hong Kong and we are confident that both of them will put up a tough challenge at the tournament,” said Amatuer Bowling Association of Sarawak (ABAS) deputy president Robert Lu.

Lu said it would be good to see another Sarawak bowler win at international championships after Jacqueline Jenelee Sijore won a gold medal in the women’s singles at the world championship in Hong Kong in 2012. — Bernama

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Jonathan, Nerosha going for World Youth meet Fri, 04 Jul 2014 16:58:51 +0000

KUCHING: National youth kegler Jonathan Ding Sagan and state kegler Nerosha Keligit Thiagarajan will don the national colours for the 13th World Youth Bowling Championships in Hong Kong, China from Aug 6-15.

Nerosha Keligit

The two Sarawakians were selected to the national youth team based on their good showing at the recent Sukma XVII in Kangar, Perlis, the Interstate Bowling Championship and the Malaysian Open.

They are part of the four-boy and four-girl team from Malaysia who will challenge for top honours at the South China Athletic Association Bowling Centre.

In fact, another state bowler Daniel Tan Han Yan was also included in the selection list but the selectors opted for Jimmy Tan of Kuala Lumpur and Muaz of Kedah.

At Sukma XVII in Perlis, Daniel Tan won the gold medals in men’s singles, men’s trios and men’s team and a bronze in the all-events while Jonathan was a double gold medallist, winning in the men’s masters and men’s team.

Nerosha won the gold in the women’s doubles, silvers in women’s all-events, women’s trios and women’s team.

“We are pleased to have Jonathan and Nerosha playing for the country at the world championship and I am very sure that they can give a good fight in Hong Kong,” said Amateur Tenpin Bowling Association of Sarawak (Abas) deputy president Robert Lu yesterday.

The national team are now training at Sunway Pyramid Mega Lanes under Halloway Cheah.

“We believe they can do well and we would like to see another Sarawakian becoming a world champion after Jacqueline Jenelee Sijore won the World Women’s singles gold also in Hong Kong in 2012,” said Lu.

Meanwhile, Lu said he was impressed by the performance of the six state bowlers in the recent 8th Singapore Sports School-Opulent International Bowling Championships at SSP Bowling Centre.

“Although defending champion Jocelyna Judith Jonathan did not retain the title, she still made it to the top six in the stepladder final qualifying for the U18. Also in the top six of the stepladder finals for the U14 section was Mohd Zuhayr Redza Noorazrul,” he said.

Jocelyna was sixth while Mohd Zuhayr finished in fifth spot.

Jocelyna advanced to the stepladders final as the sixth ranked bowler with 1,268 pins and could only manage a 206 pins in the play-off against teammate Ahmad Aidil Abd Halim (203) and Kuek Qi En (202) of Singapore.

Ahmad Aidil (205) went on to beat second seed Charmaine Chang (196) of Singapore and Nur Amirah Auni Azman (186) of Malaysia in the semi-final only to lose 207-214 to the top seed Marcus Kiew Jiawei from Hong Kong in the final.

Mohd Zuhayr, who made it to the stepladders final as the fourth best finisher on 1,189 pins, could only knock down 169 pins in the play-off for the semi-finals berth against compatriot Wan Muhamad Naquib (174) and Singapore’s Oh Han Qin (164).

Wan Muhamad, the sixth seed, then emerged the winner in the semi-final with 222 pins over second seed Cheah Ray Han (204) and third seed Jarred Lim Jia Le (209) also from Singapore.

In the all-Malaysian final, Wan Muhamad managed to beat the top seed Hazim Ali Hanafiah 198-183 in the first game but Hazim rebounded strongly with 214 pins against his challenger’s 193 pins to lift the U14 title.

Other members of the Sarawak team were Mohd Uzair Redza Noorazrul, Nur Syafiqah Sajeli, Nur Aina Kamalia Abd Ayub and Anthony Luang Cheng, all part of the state’s back-up team for Sukma 2016 and 2018.

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Sarawak and Sabah share honours in bowling circuit Wed, 25 Jun 2014 17:17:12 +0000

Ervin Lim won the Boys Open title in the Sabah leg of the Sportexcel-NSC-Milo-MTBC Tenpin Bowling Junior Circuit at CPS Bowl Kota Kinabalu, Sabah recently.

KUCHING: Ervin Lim Wai Mun won the Boy’s Open title as Sarawak and Sabah shared the spoils in the Sabah leg of the Sportexcel-NSC-Milo-MTBC Tenpin Bowling Junior Circuit at CPS Bowl Kota Kinabalu, Sabah recently.

The 18-year-old kegler from Miri, who finished as runner-up in last year’s competition, had qualified as the top seed with 2,514 pinfalls. He beat teammate Mohd Uzair Irysad Noorazrul convincingly 222-175 in the step-ladder final.

Uzair, the third seed, had earlier disposed of second seed Sushanor Sihanor from Sabah 192-167 in the semi-final.

Finishing in fourth to sixth positions were Mohd Amir Syafiq Rozlan of Sabah, Razif Safini of Sarawak and Mohd Azmeel Wasli of Sabah.

Sarawak also bagged the Boy’s Graded title through top seed Alistair Ting Lik Yung who defeated second seed Nevern Netanel Marcellinus of Sabah 175-158 in the step-ladder final.

The Sabah lad had advanced to the final after beating Sarawak’s Abang Afiq Yazid Abang Azman, the third seed, 203-182 in the semi-final.

In fourth to sixth spots were Sarawak’s Abner Loo Chun Lik, Sushil Pubalan and Syazwan Hakim Sanin respectively.

Sabah swept the Girl’s Open and Graded titles through Kristie Ellie Jauw Shian Huei and Caroline Chua respectively.

Kristie, who qualified for the final as the top seed, had little difficulty in overcoming third seed Nur Safiqah Sajeli of Sarawak 211-164 in the Graded step-ladder final.

Third was second seeded Amanda Than Yin Xin of Sabah who had lost 191-197 to Nur Syafiqah in the semi-final. The fourth to sixth placed bowlers were Jocelyna Judith Jonathan, Jacelyn Ng Shuh Wun and Nur Aina Kamallia, all from Sarawak.

In the Sabah-dominated Graded contest, top qualifier Caroline lifted the title after beating second seed Siti Nur Aisyah Safar 204-172 in the step-ladder final.

Third was third seed Nurul Ayunni Junaidi who had lost 184-201 to Nur Aisyah in the semi-final.

Meanwhile, Sabah’s Mohd Zulhilmey Zulkiplee knocked down a total of 1,796 pins to win the Boy’s U12 title.

Muhd Nur Syafiq Mohd Amran from Sarawak was second on 1,725 pins while Nabil Aiman Mantaib of Sabah was third with his score of 1,538 pins. Another Sabah lad Douglas Dwayne Aldryne was fourth (1,511) while Awg Irfan Muqri Awgku Husni (1,505) of Sarawak and Sabah’s Abdul Hannan Taslim (1,475) finished in fifth and sixth spots respectively.

The Girl’s U12 crown was captured by Sarawak’s Dyg Yumi Azreen Abg Azman who felled 1,551 pins, followed by Intan Qistina Tamring of Sabah with 1,522 pins.

Third to sixth spots were occupied by Sarawak’s Asya Dania Azree (1,480), Rasya Aleeya Zainuddin (1,450), Nur Haziqah Ranli (1,425) and her sister Nur Hazirah Ramli (1,382).

Bowlers from both states will next compete in the Sarawak leg of the national junior circuit at Crystal Bowl in Kuching from August 7-8 to earn their berths to play in the Grand Prix finals later this year.

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Miri bowling tourney set for July 13 Wed, 18 Jun 2014 18:02:59 +0000

MIRI: A ‘Friendly Match 9 Pin Tap’ tournament will take place at Megalanes East Miri bowling centre in Bintang Megamall here on July 13 for grade A and below bowlers.

Spokesperson Jestini Kaboh said the team event will be conducted in a 9-pin bowling format.

Registration fee is RM120 per team and the deadline will be July 11.

Each team must have three players and one of them must be a ‘A/SB’ ranked bowler.

“There will be four games for each team and the total score will be calculated based on the best of the four, plus handicap. A blind score of 100 will be given to absentees.

“When a tie occurs, the bowler or team with the lower handicap shall prevail. If another tie occurs, another tie-breaking procedure will take effect,” explained Jestini.

The top four teams will receive cash prizes of RM400, RM300, RM200 and RM100.

The players will also be judged individually with the best two male and best two female bowlers walking away with RM30 (first prize) and RM20 (second prize).

Those interested to take part can contact Jestini, Madelina or Jessica at 085-430141 or email them at

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Sarawak bowler Daniel Tan strikes gold in Perlis Wed, 28 May 2014 18:57:13 +0000

Daniel Tan, state bowling team and officials posing with deputy chef de mission Affandi Keli (right, standing), assistant chef de mission Gerald Rental (fourth right), Amateur Tenpin Bowling Association of Sarawak deputy president Saifulbahri Shukri (seated left), team manager Robert Lu (second right) after the prize presentation. — Photo courtesy of Amateur Tenpin Bowling Association of Sarawak.

I came here with the target on winning gold in my final Sukma outing and I am very happy today to have achieved my aim. Daniel Tan, Sarawak bowler

DANIEL Tan Yan Han got the Sarawak bowling team to a golden start when he bagged the boys singles gold at the Perlis Bowl, Kayangan Square Mall in Kangar yesterday.

Daniel bowled lines of 226, 192, 160, 256, 257 and 246 for a total pinfalls of 1,337 to finish on top in the 84-bowler field which was divided into Squad A and Squad B.His average game was 222.8 pinfalls.

Finishing 16 pinfalls behind Daniel in second place was Ahmad Adil Abdul Halim from Melaka while Syed Muhammad Syed Hussien came in third with 1,315 pinfalls.

Jonathan Ding Sagan was unfortunate to miss the bronze medals by nine pins and other Sarawakians finishing in the top 30 were Mohd Uzair Irsyad Noor Azrul (6th), Muhammad Syafiq Sajeli (9th) Christopher Tiong Lee Siong (18th) and Anthony Luang Cheng (21st).

“I came here with the target on winning gold in my final Sukma outing and I am very happy today to have achieved my aim,” said a delighted Daniel when interviewed after the prize presentation.

It was also a marked improvement for Daniel who won the team gold in Melaka in 2010 and the team silver in Pahang in 2012.

“This is a very good start for me and I hope my winning the gold today can inspire myself and teammates to go for more golds in Perlis,” he said.

He will be competing in six more events namely doubles, trios, team, mixed doubles, all-events and masters.

On the men’s singles competition, Daniel said he bowled with less pressure when compared to the previous two Sukma as he is now more experienced and also one of the senior bowlers in the Sarawak squad.

Meanwhile, head coach Jackson Ting felt happy for Daniel in winning the gold as it was the last Sukma outing for the 21-year-old bowler.

“Actually, the boys were bowling late into the night and finished their games at 1pm today and I am glad that they all were able to bowl under such conditions,” he said.

According to him, Daniel was initially struggling along the lines and with Jackson’s and team technical coach Paul Robert Delany’s assistance and guidance, Daniel was able to complete his games with a flourish to land the gold.

“I am also happy for being able to help Daniel achieve his target of winning gold in his final Sukma appearance,” he added.

On the girls, Jackson said they were on par with other bowlers technically but lost out on experience to the national elite bowlers.

Nerosha Keligit Thiagarajan was Sarawak’s best performer in the women’s singles competition, finishing in sixth place with 1,259 pinfalls.

Others finishing in the top 30 were Jocelyna Judith Jonathan (14th), Jackelyn Ng (17th) and Syafiqah Sajeli (27th).

The gold medallist was Natasha Mohamed Roslan of Selangor who felled 1,339 pins and silver went to Radin Nur Najwa Radin Dzulfakar of Kuala Lumpur with 1,329 pinfalls.

Third was Johor’s Sharifah Fatimah Syed Hussien who accumulated a total pinfalls of 1,265.

“I am hoping that the girls can win golds in the remaining events and they have been trying very hard to win medals for the state,” said Jackson.

He added that Sarawak’s main focus had always been in winning the team event and “we have to make sure that everything especially the equipment is in place.”

The boys and girls doubles started yesterday and will end today, to be followed by mixed doubles, trios on Saturday and Sunday and team events next Monday.

The bowling competition in this 17th edition of Sukma ends on next Tuesday (June 3) with the boys and girls masters.

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Bowling coach confident of striking medals Mon, 26 May 2014 17:47:02 +0000

Sarawak keglers pose before action begins.

SARAWAK keglers will roll off in the men’s and women’s singles in the Sukma XVII tenpin bowling competition at Perlis Bowl, Kayangan Square Mall today.

Shouldering the state’s challenge in the women’s contest are Nerosha Keligit Thiagarajan, Jackelyn Ng Shuk Chuen with sister Jaclyn Ng Shuk Wun and Nur Syafiqah Sajeli who will compete in Squad A.

In Squad B are Jocelyna Judith Jonathan and Nadine Alvina Kong Xiao Fen who will also bowl six games.

They will be followed by the boys Anthony Luang Cheng, Muhd Uzair Irsyad Noor Azrul, Christopher Tiong Lee Siong and Daniel Tan Yan Han in Boys Squad A later in the day.

The boys Squad B competition will start tomorrow and our challengers are Johnatahn Ding Sagan and Muhammad Syafiq Sajeli.

Team manager Robert Lu is hoping that all the 12 bowlers can rise to the occasion and win some medals for Sarawak.

“Every one is capable of lifting the two gold medals, one for the boys and one for the girls and this will depend on how well they perform on competition day.”

“The prospects of winning medals in the singles competition for our bowlers are there,” said Lu, who did not predict who are the medal prospects.

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Buoyed by Masters title Tiong eyes Sukma gold Sat, 17 May 2014 16:48:26 +0000

KUCHING: After capturing the Boys Open Masters title at the 37th Malaysian International Open, national youth kegler Christopher Tiong Lee Siong has set his sights on the Sukma XVII in Perlis.

The 17-year-old student from SM Sacred Heart, Sibu will be competing in seven events namely men’s singles, men’s doubles, men’s trios, men’s team, mixed doubles, all-events and masters.

“I am eyeing the men’s team event gold and any other gold or medals will be a bonus for me,” said Tiong who bagged the men’s doubles gold with Jonathan Ding Sagan and the men’s team silver at the Pahang Sukma in 2012.

His other success this year include winning the men’s doubles gold with Daniel Tan at the Astro Interstate and finishing fourth in the Boys Open of the Malaysian Closed.

At the state level, he did not fare too well, only finishing in sixth place in the Sarawak Closed Open Division.

Last year, he finished third in the Boys Open at the Indonesian Open and was third in the Men’s Open and fourth in the Boys Open of the Penang Pesta International.

Tiong was roped into the national youth squad two years ago.

After Sukma XVII, he will compete in the Taipei Open in July and the Philippines Open in September.

His final competitions will be the Penang Pesta International and the Milo World Junior All Stars at the end of the year.

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State bowlers in positive mood Fri, 16 May 2014 18:57:02 +0000


The state bowling team and coaches with Lu (third right) during a training session Megalanes Adventure World at King’s Centre on Thursday.


Sunny Si (second right) speaks to the state bowlers during his recent visit at Megalanes Adventure World at King’s Centre.

Sarawak aiming for two gold medals and top-three finish in Sukma XVII in Perlis

KUCHING: Things are looking very positive as Sarawak looks forward to the bowling competition at Sukma XVII in Kangar, Perlis from May 26 to June 3.

The state bowling team has completed 80 per cent of its preparation for the tough challenge that lies ahead of them and the remaining 20 per cent is for the input from the team’s technical coach from Australia, Paul Robert Delany.

“We are targeting for a top-three finish and at the moment we are setting a two-gold target in the hope of capturing more come the competition proper,” declared team manager and coach Robert Lu.

The deputy president of Amateur Tenpin Bowling Association of Sarawak (Abas) said although this Sukma’s team are not the best team the State has, it was quite close to the one which competed in Sukma Melaka in 2010 where they emerged overall champions.

“We have two new faces in the boys squad Anthony Luang Cheng and Mohd Uzair Irsyad while the new girls are Syafiqah Sajeli and Jacelyn Ng Shuh Wun,” said Lu.

The rest of the players are retained from the Pahang Sukma squad and the boys are Jonathan Ding Sagan, Mohd Syafiq Sajeli, Daniel Tan Yan Han, Christopher Tiong Lee Siong
while the girls team include Jocelyna Judith Jonathan, Nerosha Keligit, Jackelyn Ng Shuk Chuen and Nadine Kong.

Of the lot, Jonathan is national elite bowler, Syafiq national back-up player and the national youth keglers are Daniel Tan, Christopher Tiong, Nerosha and Nadine Kong.

“Our strength lies in the team events and I am also very hopeful of Christopher Tiong who has just won the Boys Open Masters at the recent 37th Malaysian International Open, to do well both in the individual and team events,” added Lu.

“Asian Youth Championship champion Chong Jun Foo is not making the team because of a
wrist injury which has been troubling him for the past two months.

“He cannot sustain long games. Jun Foo was offered a place in the boys squad but he didn’t not turn up for the training.”

He said the Sarawak team are also prepared for the worst in Perlis – on the bowling facilities, competition atmosphere, environment, food, transport and accommodation.

“Our worry now is from now until the competition, someone get injured during training or competition,” said Lu.

He appreciated the effort made by Abas president Sunny Si to visit and motivate the state bowlers who are currently undergoing centralised training at Megalanes Adventure World at King’s Centre.

Jackson Ting heads the team of coaches including Lu, Reginald Walter Angkas, Angelo Koay and Jeff Chin.

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Sarawak bowlers get technical boost for Sukma Thu, 15 May 2014 17:39:38 +0000

Delany in a discussion with Lu at Megalanes Adventure World at King’s Centre yesterday.

KUCHING: Sarawak’s preparation for Sukma XVII bowling competition has received a big and timely boost with the engagement of technical coach Paul Robert Delany from Australia.

Delany, 37, from Wagga Wagga which is north of Melbourne, will help to prepare the state bowlers on the technical aspects of their training and the bowling equipment.

He arrived yesterday and wasted no time in getting to work with the Sarawak bowling team which was undergoing its centralised training at Megalanes Adventure World at King’s Centre.

Delany was very impressed with the set-up and the team of coaches under both the Sarawak State Sports Council (MSNS) and Amateur Tenpin Bowling Association of Sarawak (Abas).

“There is a very good team in place and they have done a good job in producing good bowlers including a world women’s champion in Jacqueline (Jenelee Sijore).”

“I am here to complement this team and with my set of skills, I hope to help the team produce good results for the coming Sukma,” said Delany who will work with the state team until end of Sukma XVII.

Delany, also here two weeks ago, was pleasantly surprised with the level of the Sarawak Sukma bowlers.

“Put it simply, these kids are good. I hope we can get our boys and girls to perform their best and after that we see where it goes,” he said. “We have to get ourselves ready, we got to be ready and in control with what we can control – our performance, how we prepare and how we act as a team together,” said Delany. “If we can do those things correctly, I think we can have positive results.”

Delany was formerly a British citizen before migrating to Australia in 2004.

The owner of a bowling centre in Shell Harbour near Wollongong worked with former Australian national bowler and current Australian national coach Andrew Frawley in coaching the Kuwaiti national team from 2005 to 2010.

It was also at this time when he got acquainted with Malaysian coaches Holloway Cheah and Foong Tak Meng.

In this period, they produced a World Youth champion in Mohamed Al Zaidan, Asian Championship Masters gold medallist Khalid Dubyan and two-time Asian Schools Games gold medallist Abdullah Ahmed.

Meanwhile, Sarawak team manager and coach Robert Lu stressed on the importance of having a technical coach to prepare the bowlers for the big challenge ahead.

“We had the assistance of Canadian ball specialist and coach Alan Chan for Sukma 2010 in Melaka where we emerged overall champions and in the Pahang Sukma two years ago, we finished among the top five teams,” said Lu who returned to Kuching end of April to help Sarawak prepare for the Sukma challenge.

Lu, also Abas vice president, was attached with the Megastrike Bowl in Bandar Seri Begawan in Brunei for two years.

“Sukma has always been a big event in any state. If we are taking part in a five-star tournament, we need to get outside help and there are many states who are getting foreign assistance,” he pointed out.

He said Delany was engaged by MSNS on the recommendation of Sarawak Sukma XVII head coach Jackson Ting.

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Pacquiao believes in nurturing young amateur boxers Wed, 14 May 2014 17:38:35 +0000

KUALA LUMPUR: World boxing champion and politician Manny Pacquiao believes that more young amateur boxers in Asia could bring pride to their countries if they undergo good coaching and suitable facilities.

“We need to encourage and educate them so that they can be inspired,” he told reporters after a meeting with AlloyMtd Group president and chief executive officer Datuk Dr Azmil Khalid yesterday.

The Asian boxing superstar advised amateur boxers, especially from Asia, to love their career and practice strong discipline to attain success.

“When a boxer loves what he does, be a disciplined individual and believes in God, then may be someday he will become a professional,” the current World Boxing Organisation (WBO) welterweight champion said.

For the record, Pacquiao is the first and only eight-division world champion who won 10 world titles as well as the first to win the lineal championship in four different weight classes.

Meanwhile, Pacquiao, who is on his first visit to Malaysia, was exploring avenues of cooperation with infrastructure conglomerate, AlloyMtd, to scale up and strengthen Malaysia-Philippines business ties.

He was joined by the former governor of the Ilocos Sur province in the Philippines, Luis Chavit Singson. — Bernama

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Special Olympics athletes bowl on Labour Day Mon, 05 May 2014 18:01:04 +0000

SIBU: Eight Special Olympic (SO) athletes and two volunteers from Sibu Chapter of SO Sarawak participated in the inaugural SO Kuching Macam-Macam Ada Fun Bowling 2014 in Kuching on Labour Day.

Sibu chapter SO Sarawak secretary Chew Siok Cheng said the trip to Kuching was their first outstation this year.

“Every year, we try to send our athletes outstation for greater exposure, to make friends and of course to have fun,” she explained.

Last year, some athletes went to Singapore and Miri for fun games as well.

Athletes will also be in Kuching for mountain climbing in August this year.

Chew thanked donors, volunteers and supporters for their generous contribution and support for the recent Kuching trip.

According to her, there are hundreds of SO athletes in Sibu and the Sibu chapter would organize games locally to encourage their participation in SO activities.

“We take them as athletes and let them choose the games they want. We have many games for them to choose.

“The goal is to get athletes for the World Special Olympic Games,” she said.

The next World Games will be held in Los Angeles, United States in 2015.

“We’ve to go through a process. We must have games at the chapter level, then to state games, then national, then only we can go for World Games,” Chew added.

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Sukma bowlers rule the lanes at King’s Centre Mon, 28 Apr 2014 17:09:59 +0000

Winners of the Open and Ladies Division with Sunny Si (right) and organising chairman Jackie Ting (left) after the prize presentation.

Daniel Tan Han Yan and Nerosha Keligit with the Open and Ladies trophies.

KUCHING: Sukma bowlers Daniel Tan Han Yan and Nerosha Keligit ruled the lanes at Megalanes Adventure World, King’s Centre last Sunday when they captured the Open and Ladies titles of the Sarawak Closed Bowling Championships.

Daniel, who finished third in the qualifying with 3,441 pins, moved into the final after knocking down 222 pins in the semi-finals against Nazrin Wagiman’s 203 pins and Nerosha’s 186 pins.

Another Sukma bowler Chong Jun Foo, the winner of the Youth Boys title last weekend, was denied landing his second title in the championship by Daniel.

Jun Foo, the top seed, made the final on the merit of being the top qualifier with 3,613 pins but he lost 169-195 to Daniel in the first game of the final.

In the sudden-death game, he could not lift his game to concede the title to Daniel 170-191.

The champion was rewarded with RM2,500 and a trophy while Jun Foo received RM1,200 and a trophy.

Meanwhile, Sukma kegler Nerosha Keligit was crowned the champion in the Ladies Division when she downed 3,441 pins to finish 10 pins ahead of Youth Girls champion Jackelyn Ng Shuk Chuen.

Caroline Chien was third on 3,429 pins and the top three finishers all received a hamper, trophy and bowling ball.

In fourth and fifth positions were Jocelyna Judith Jonathan (2,886) and Nur Syafiqah Sajeli (2,825) respectively and they both received a plaque.

Amateur Tenpin Bowling Association of Sarawak president Sunny Si closed the event and gave away the main prizes.

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Hopkins pitches 50-50 Mayweather deal Tue, 22 Apr 2014 01:20:11 +0000

WASHINGTON: Bernard Hopkins, boxing’s ageless wonder at 49, is one victory from becoming the undisputed world light-heavyweight champion and already daring unbeaten pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather to a showdown.

Hopkins, the oldest major world champion in boxing history, won a split decision Saturday over Kazak fighter Beibut Shumenov to take the World Boxing Association title and keep his International Boxing Federation crown.

“The only thing I want to know before I leave this game is that I gave it all,” Hopkins said.

“It’s another page. Every page is history. Money is great but history is something you can’t get rid of.”

Now Hopkins, who turns 50 in January, wants to meet Haitian-born Canadian southpaw Adonis Stevenson, who defends his World Boxing Council belt next month against Poland’s Andrzej Fonfara.

Hopkins, who made 20 defenses of his middleweight crown and ruled that division for a decade, says he would even fight Montreal-based Stevenson in Canada, where nearly all of his fights have been staged.

“I want to be the undisputed champion by the end of this year. Between now and January 2015, let’s do it,” Hopkins said.

“I set out to be the best in the light-heavyweight division. I’m thirsty for that like I was at middleweight.”

But when pondering what could be the final act of a career that began in 1988, Hopkins made it clear he hopes welterweight star Mayweather would answer his challenge to jump up in weight while he drops and they meet at middleweight.

“I’ll give anybody a run for their money. If they are unbeaten I will take their 0, give them their first loss,” Hopkins said.

“I could make 165, 168 (pounds) real comfortably.”

Mayweather, 45-0, is nearing one of boxing’s most iconic numbers, the 49-0 career record of the late heavyweight legend Rocky Marciano.

“If I do a fight, it would be one of the biggest in the world. We will do it in a stadium somewhere,” Hopkins said.

“After I become the undisputed light-heavyweight champion of the world, if there was one big fight out there, I know what I would call it — 50-50. He wants to pass Marciano. He wants to get to 50 and I am 50. That would be huge.

“I would love to do that. But let me get past Stevenson first.”

Hopkins listed Mayweather, the sport’s top pay-per-view money spinner, as the top active pound-for-pound fighter with Andre Ward next.

“After that, I’m not too far from that number three. I’m not out there fighting creampuffs,” Hopkins said.

Hopkins said the greatest sports feat he has seen was Michael Jordan’s six NBA titles with the Chicago Bulls.

“I’m up there with the Miami Heat, winning two or three straight. I want to do as much as I can to (put myself in) that conversation,” Hopkins said.

Hopkins knocked down Shumenov in the 11th round but still has not stopped a foe inside the distance since Oscar de la Hoya in 2004.

“I can’t get a damn knockout,” Hopkins said.

“Maybe the knockout will come when I fight Stevenson.” — AFP

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Afiq, Sharmimi triumph in Piala Persatuan Sat, 19 Apr 2014 17:12:07 +0000

Abang Afiq Yazid and Nur Sharmimi Sazali posing with their prizes.

KUCHING: Abang Afiq Yazid and Nur Sharmimi Sazali emerged the boys and girls champions of the Piala Persatuan competition, the first of the categories competed in the Sarawak Closed Tenpin Bowling Championship at Megalanes Adventure World, King’s Centre, yesterday.

In the 15-player field for the boys competition, Afiq knocked down a total of 1,259 pins over six games to walk away with a trophy and hamper.

Finishing 103 pins behind was Melvin Gilbert. Third on 1,138 pins was Marlon Umak Freddy.

The fourth to sixth positions were occupied by Mohd Zuhayr Redza (1,110), Allexiss Oniel (1,097) and Sushil Pubalan.

In a small field of nine competitors in the girls category for those aged 15 and under, Sharmimi overcame stiff competition from Nur Aina Kamalia to finish tops in the contest over six games with total pinfalls of 1,078.

Aina was only 65 pins behind the champion while Nur Shasya Nazira Sazali came in third with 994 pinfalls, pushing Eleeza Ezzette into fourth place on count back after both had a similar score.

The top three finishers all received a trophy and hamper while the fourth to sixth finishers received a plaque each.

Meanwhile, Nur Haziqah and Asya Dania Azree finished fifth and sixth respectively with scores of 952 pins and 934 pins.

The championship continues today with the players rolling off for top honours in the Youth Boys and Youth Girls, starting at 9am.

It will continue next Saturday and Sunday with keen competition expected in the Open Division which offers a total prize money of RM7,350 plus trophies, and the Ladies competition.

Open to all currently paid-up members of Amateur Tenpin Bowling Association of Sarawak (Abas), the championship organised by Abas is aimed at fostering and promoting goodwill, friendship and sportsmanship among its members.

This championship will also serve as a venue to select the state’s men’s and women’s teams to participate in next year’s Inter-state Championship at Pyramid Megalanes, Sunway Pyramid in Selangor.

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Jonathan, Nadine to defend titles Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:19:07 +0000

KUCHING: Jonathan Ding Sagan and Nadine Kong will defend their Open and Ladies’ crowns at the Sarawak Closed Tenpin Bowling Championship at Megalanes Adventure World, King’s Centre from April 19-27.

Jonathan is expected to face a stiff challenge from national back-up kegler Isaac Russell Paul who finished as the Men’s Open Masters runner-up in the Astro 38th Malaysian National Championship in Selangor recently, and Bong Kihow.

In the Ladies Division, Nadine may be challenged by Dayang Khairuniza Dhiyana Jamalidon who has yet to confirm her participation as the closing date for entries is next Friday.

National bowler Jacqueline Jenelee Sijore, who has just resigned from the national bowling squad due to injury, will not be competing.

As for the Boys Youth category, Bong Kihow is all set to defend his title and fend off the competition from Daniel Tan, Mohd Uzair Irsyad Noor Azrul, Syafiq Sajeli and Anthony Luang Cheng.

Jocelyna Judith Jonathan will be looking to defend the Youth Girls crown and the challenge will come from Nadine Kong, Jackelyn Ng, Nerosha Keligit and Jacelyn Ng.

The other category contested in this championship is the Piala Persatuan for the boys and girls.

A total prize money of RM7,350 and trophies await the winners for the Open Division, with the champion getting RM2,500 and trophy, runner-up RM1,200 and trophy, third placing RM800 and trophy and fourth placing to receive RM650 and trophy.

The top three finishers in the Ladies, Youth Boys and Youth Girls categories will receive a trophy and bowling ball while the top three finishers of the Piala Persatuan will get a trophy and hamper. Any bowler who rolls a perfect game of 300 will be awarded RM1,000 and certificate of achievement.

Open to all currently paid-up members of Amateur Tenpin Bowling Association of Sarawak (Abas), the championship organised by Abas is aimed at fostering and promoting goodwill, friendship and sportsmanship among its members.

This championship will also serve as a venue to select the state’s men’s and women’s teams to participate in next year’s Interstate Championship at Pyramid Megalanes, Sunway Pyramid in Selangor.

Competition will kick-start with the Piala Persatuan today and Youth Boys/Girls tomorrow.

The Open Division and Ladies competition will be held next Saturday and Sunday.

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Sarawak finish third in Inter-state bowling meet Sat, 12 Apr 2014 17:12:47 +0000

The Sarawak bowling team in high spirit at Megalanes, Sunway Pyramid during the championship. — Photos courtesy of Amateur Tenpin Bowling Association of Sarawak

KUCHING: Sarawak put on a gutsy performance to finish third overall with two gold, three silver and three bronze medals in the Astro 27th Interstate Bowling Championships at Megalanes, Sunway Pyramid from April 8-10.

It was a very good exposure outing for some of the Sukma shadow team bowlers especially the young Mohd Uzair Irsyad Noor Azrul who finished as the best performer in the competition.

Uzair bagged the gold in the Boy’s All Events after he felled 3,739 pins to finish ahead of Prasert Anansathaporn of Kuala Lumpur (3,665) and Muhd Nashhan Onn of Johor (3,664).

He was also a member of the team which captured the silver in the Boy’s Team event and he picked a personal bronze in the Boy’s Singles event.

The other gold for Sarawak came from the winning combination of Jonathan Ding Sagan and Isaac Russell Paul who downed 2,698 pins in the Men’s Doubles.

Daniel Tan Yan Han and Christopher Tiong Lee Sing made it a one-two finish to grab the silver with 2,557 pins while the Johor pair of Syed Mohd Hafiz Syed Hussin and Muhd Nur Aiman came in third with 2,541 pins. Jonathan also collected a bronze in the Men’s All Events when he managed 3,837 pins.

Uzair and Steffira Zeandra Greater posing with their medals after winning the Boy’s All Events and Girl’s All Events respectively.

Sarawak’s other silver was delivered by Mohd Uzair, Musayyar Khalid, Anthony Luang Cheng and Muhd Syafiq Sajeli who accumulated 4,726 pins in the Boy’s Team event.

Kuala Lumpur took the gold with 4,852 pins while Sabah were third with 4,675 pins.

In the women’s doubles, Jackelyn Ng Shuk Chen and Jocelyna Judith Jonathan felled a total of 2,503 pins to collect the silver. They only lost to the Selangor pair of Siti Safiyah Anuah and Shalin Zulkifli by a mere five pins.

Third were another Selangor pair of Selva Nivashini and Natasha Roslan with 2,437 pins.

Meanwhile, the team of Jackelyn Ng, Jocelyna, Nadine Kong Xiao Feng and Dayang Khairuniza Dhiyana Jamalidon felled 4,664 pins to finish third in the Women’s Team event.

Selangor topped the championships with seven golds, three silvers and four bronzes while runners-up Kuala Lumpur collected five golds, four silvers and two bronzes.

Team manager Robert Lu, who is Amateur Tenpin Bowling Association of Sarawak (Abas) deputy president and also team coach, said he was pleased with the performance of his keglers.

“I think overall, they have done well and it is encouraging to see the youngsters, who form the majority of our men’s and women’s teams, performing well in the competition,” he said in a telephone interview yesterday.

“It is a good exposure for the Sukma bowlers who are preparing for Sukma XVII in Perlis next month.”

Lu added that world women’s singles champion and national bowler Jacqueline Jenelee Sijore did not participate in the two competitions as she was injured.

The state team of four men, four women, four boys and four girls are still competing in the Astro 38th Malaysian National bowling championship at the same venue which is expected to finish today.

Their head coach is Jackson Ting and he is assisted by Angelo Koay and Bong Kihow.

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Bowler Christopher Tiong gears up for Sukma 2014 Tue, 11 Mar 2014 18:38:06 +0000

Chris is getting stronger as he gears up for the Sukma bowling event.

SIBU: National youth bowler Christopher Tiong Lee Siong is determined to put up a strong performance for this year’s Sukma to be held in Perlis in June.

This will be the second Sukma appearance for the 17-year-old student from SMK Sacred Heart.

“It’s hard to get the opportunity and I will make full use of it to help the state team win something again this coming Sukma,” he said in an exclusive interview.

In the 2012 Pahang Sukma XV, Tiong made a golden debut by partnering Jonathan Ding Sagan to collect the gold medal for the Men’s Doubles to add to the team tally of two gold medals.

The other gold medal was won by Bong Kishow in the Men’s Singles event.

Two years on, Tiong is ready for the challenge.

“Nothing should be taken for granted in the pursuit for victory at the Sukma as the standard of the ten-pin bowling players is getting higher. Consistency counts a lot in bowling,” he added.

He will be using the coming Inter-state Schools Bowling Championship to be held at Sunway Megalanes from March 24-28 as a platform to gauge his own standard against some of the best Under-18 bowlers in the country.

Tiong admitted the biggest threat would come from the national elite bowler Rafiq Ismail from Selangor.

There is another possibility of the two locking horns again at the National Closed from April 7 to 9.

After the two tournaments, Tiong would be off to Kuching to join the state Sukma squad for intensive training.

The hectic schedule is not going to bother him.

‘I have a deep passion for the game and I just want to play to keep on playing, strive for excellence and help the state win medals.”

Tiong’s talent in the sport was discovered by chance when he followed his mother to a bowling centre here several years back.

The 11-year-old boy then picked up the ball and immediately developed an interest for the game.

In that same year, he joined the Inter-primary Schools Bowling Championship and got the second placing.

Not satisfied, Tiong worked hard and earned the right to represent the state in the Inter-state Primary Schools Bowling Championship held in Kedah in the following year.

He returned from Kedah with a flourish after capturing his first title.

In 2011, Tiong emerged champion at the National Closed Under-14 Peter Yap Memorial Cup cum Astro 24th Inter-State Bowling Championship held at Sunway Megalanes.

He was roped into the state team following that splendid performance.

In early 2012, he took part in the national roll-off and was subsequently selected for the national youth team.

His achievements since included third placing at both the 41st Penang Pesta International Bowling Championship and Indonesia Open Under-20 Masters.

The Penang Pesta was especially memorable for Tiong as he finished ahead of seasoned national bowlers like Adrian Ang and Syafiq Ridhwan Abdul Malek.

Tiong also qualified for the final in a number of championships including the 2013 Philippines Open, Singapore Open, Taiwan Open and World Junior All-Stars.

The robustly built Tiong is hungry for more.

“There are so much unfinished business and I will continue to train hard and try my best to win more titles for the country.”

Tiong is grateful to long-time mentor Jackson Ting, coach of Sibu Superbowl Desmond Wong and state coach Reginald Walter for their guidance.

“My achievements are made possible through the support and encouragement from these people and also my parents as they have never failed to keep my spirits up and also brought me to the training centre for the training,” he added.

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Kuching and Sibu share bowling honours Sun, 23 Feb 2014 17:49:33 +0000

The winners posing with Lim (in white) at the end of the state-level championship.

SIBU: Kuching clinched four while Sibu claimed three individual titles in the inter-division Sarawak Schools Sports Council Ten-pin Bowling Championship held at Sibu Superbowl last Friday.

Teams from the two divisions almost swept all top three positions in the boy’s and girl’s competition in three age-groups. Miri had two keglers who finished third.

Christopher Tiong Lee Siong from Sibu defeated Mohd Uzair Irsyad Noor Azrul from Kuching to emerge champion in the Boy’s Under-18 category. Third place went to Eric Tiong Jing Kung from Sibu.

In the Girl’s U-18, Nur Syafiqah Sajeli from Kuching won while Agnes Lau Yi Yi and Nur Ameera Abdul Raxly from Sibu grabbed second and third respectively.

Abner Loo Chun Lik from Sibu emerged champion in the Boy’s U-15 ahead of Abang Afiq Yazid Abang Azman from Kuching and Alistair Ting Lik Yang from Miri.

Girl’s U-15 winner was Nur Aina Kamalia Abdul Ayub of Kuching who finished in front of Sibu’s Amanda Ting and Miri’s Gillian Lim Siew Geok.

Kuching walked away with both titles in the U-12 category.

The boy’s winner was Mohd Nur Syafiq Mohd Amran while Sibu’s Kenny Goi Tze Shian and Kerry Goi were second and third respectively.

Rasya Aleeya Zainuddin won the top placing ahead of two Sibu girls namely Rachell Lo Yee and Tang Jing Suan.

The closing ceremony cum prize presentation was officiated by Sibu District Education Office representative Lim Chun Len.

The event served to select players to represent Sarawak in the National School Sports Council Ten-Pin Bowling Championship to be held in Kuala Lumpur from March 24 -28.

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State Sukma bowlers hope for overseas exposure Tue, 28 Jan 2014 18:05:22 +0000

Reginald (second, right) briefing Lee (right) on the progress of the state team at their training centre at King’s Centre here yesterday. Also seen is Mering (third, right) and some state players.

KUCHING: The Sarawak tenpin bowling team is quietly confident that they can improve on their previous Sukma performance.

Two years ago in Kuantan, the state bowlers won two gold, two silver and one bronze medals at Sukma XV.

The shadow team for this year’s Sukma is currently preparing for an exposure trip to Kuala Lumpur in April.

State tenpin bowling team manager Reginald Walter Angkas believes exposure trips can go a long way to provide the competitive edge for his athletes.

“I hope we can go for another exposure trip, preferably outside Malaysia, some time after the Kuala Lumpur trip and before the games start in June,” he said to The Borneo Post yesterday.

He also revealed that they would be setting medal targets once the team is finalised for this year’s Sukma XVII to be held in Perlis.

“Only with the confirmed squad then we set the medal targets for ourselves but as for now we are solely focussed on our preparations and training.

“We must not get distracted,” he added.

Sarawak is expected to send a team of 20 bowlers – 10 men and 10 women.

The current shadow team is a mixture of old and new faces with 10 of them having competed in Sukma previously.

Assistant Minister of Sports Datuk Lee Kim Shin visited the team’s training centre at King’s Centre here yesterday.

Accompanying Lee were Ministry of Social Development principal assistant secretary (sports) Mering Wan and Sarawak State Sports Council (MSNS) coordinator for tenpin bowling Awang Fadilah Jaya.

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Jun Foo grabs first gold for Malaysia Wed, 11 Sep 2013 18:39:07 +0000

Chong Jun Foo

KUCHING: Sarawak-born Chong Jun Foo scored another success in international bowling when he won the boy’s singles gold at the Asian Youth Bowling Championships at SCAA Bowling Centre in Hong Kong on Tuesday.

It was Malaysia’s first gold in the championships.

He registered lines of 194, 207, 256, 237, 259, and 208 for a total of 1,361 pins to beat Billy Mohd Islam of Indonesia.

Jun Foo’s average game was 226 pins.

The 20-year-old managed to convert a three-pin split in the final frame of the last game to win by seven points.

“At first I was a bit nervous, my psychologist was standing behind me all the way and she calmed me down,” said Jun Foo after the competition.

“Until the last game I was a bit nervous, then I tried to calm myself down, focussing more on my physical movements and on the line that I bowled. I was a bit unlucky on the last frame where I got a three-pin split.”

“My coach came to me and told me that I need a spare to win the gold medal so I just focused on hitting pin number 7 because only the number 2, 7, 9 pins were left. I managed to get the spare.”

“I am very happy to win the gold medal for Malaysia and I would like to say a special ‘thank you’ to my manager, coaches, parents and fellow teammates for supporting me,” he added.

Sarawak’s other national youth kegler Jonathan Ding Sagan could only manage 1,143 pins to finish in 35th position.

South Korea’s Lee Ik-kyu was third on 1,322 pins. Jun Foo will partner Ahmad Muaz in the boy’s doubles competition.

In the girl’s singles event, Malaysia’s Faten Najihah Ahmad Faik came close to win a medal, missing the bronze by only three pins with her six-game total of 1,208 pins. The gold was won by South Korean Choi Ae-rim who felled 1,246 pins while the silver and bronze medallists were Shinobu Saito (1,220) of Japan and Cheya Chantika (1,211) of Indonesia.

Nerosha Keligit from Sarawak scored 1,177 pins to finish in 10th spot.

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Eight junior bowlers take up international challenge Mon, 02 Sep 2013 23:04:04 +0000

GREAT EXPECTATIONS: The Sarawak team posing with Koay after a training session at Crystal Bowl recently.

KUCHING: Sarawak’s junior bowlers are looking to make their presence felt at the PBAP-Bevida Storm Classic at Pearl Bowling Centre, Harrison Plaza in Manila, Philippines from Sept 4-8.

The state team of eight members Jocelyna Judith Jonathan, Nur Aina Nur Syafiqah, Jakelyn Ng and her sister Jacelyn, Muhd Uzair Irsyad Noor Azrul, Melvin Gilbert Gimang Tingau, Marlon Umak Freddy and Razif Safini are sent by Amateur Tenpin Bowling Association of Sarawak (Abas).

Team manager Angelo Koay said Abas are sending this batch of young bowlers to Manila as an exposure trip with high hopes for them doing well.

“These are the potential bowlers who will make the 2014 and 2016 Sukma squads and we are making early preparations to give them more exposure.”

“We are expecting Jocelyna, Uzair and Jakelyn to make the finals in the Youth division and also give the seniors a good run for their money in the Classified division,” said Koay who also coaches the team.

The team coach is Jackson Ting, a national youth coach.

“Jocelyna and Uzair have been putting in a lot of effort in training and we hope that the seeds of hard work they have sowed will bear them the fruit of success,” he added.

As for Melvin, Marlon and Aina, Koay, who is also Abas assistant secretary, is expecting them to score a good average and make the finals.

Koay also hoped that this will be a good warm-up competition for Jocelyna, Uzair, Melvin, Jacelyn and Aina who will be competing in the Sportexcel-NSC-Milo-MTBC Junior Circuit Grand Finals at Sunaway Mega Lanes in Kuala Lumpur from Sept 14-15.

Other Sarawakians who will also compete in the meet under the national youth squad are Daniel Tan, Muhd Syafiq Sajeli, Nadine Kong and Christopher Tiong.

Jonathan Ding Sagan, who won the Youth title two years ago, Chong Jun Foo and Nerosha Keligit will not be going because they are competing in the Asian Youth Championships in Hong Kong.

Apart from Jonathan, other members of the Sarawak team who competed in PBAP-Bevida Storm Classic in 2011 were Bong Kihow, Christopher Tiong, Chong Jun Foo and Daniel Tan.

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