Sunday, September 27

Bowling for Sukma gold


State of preparedness as Sarawak schedule tournaments to clear cobwebs away

KUCHING: The Sarawak Sukma XIII lawn bowls squad will be playing a few tournaments as part of their preparations for the biennial games in Melaka from May 29 to June 8.

State coach Muhd Akhbar Busman said the tournaments would also be used by the players to gain more exposure and experience in their quest for medals in Sukma.

“The squad, consisting of six men and six women, is more or less finalised except for one slot in the men’s team left vacant after the withdrawal of Rosman Majunit,” he said here yesterday.

HIGH HOPES: Players undergo training on the newly resurfaced green at Lawn Bowls Green Kuching. • Photo by Davidson Kho

HIGH HOPES: Players undergo training on the newly resurfaced green at Lawn Bowls Green Kuching. • Photo by Davidson Kho

Akhbar said the hopefuls vying for the final spot were Mohd Fairuz, Mohd Sham Sulaiman and Franky Jilan.

The men’s team comprise Mohd Mustaffa Yaakub, Mohd Nurarnizam Johari, Zhariq Sollehudden Zuraidy, Yusuf Amminuddin and Syed Iqmalluddina Wan Azman.

Making up the women’s team are Alfiza Abdullah, Siti Nadiahusna Saimi, Azreen Hadari, Nor Asmah Hassan, Nursyamiezan Jamil and Bessy Jorina Joseph.

The first test for the state team is the Malaysian Indoor Singles and Pairs Championship at Bayuemas Stadium in Klang, Selangor from Jan 13-16.

It is followed by the National Singles Championship at Bukit Kiara, Kuala Lumpur from March 27-30 and the National Youth U-21 Singles and Pairs Championship in Alor Setar, Kedah from April 1-4.

The team will also play in an invitational in Sandakan, Sabah from March 1-3, held to mark the soft opening of a new green there.

“We are going there at the invitation from Sabah Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Peter Phang who is also the Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture,” said Akhbar.

The trip will be fully sponsored by the Sabah government except for the air tickets.

Meanwhile, Akhbar said the state team would be going for two gold medals in Sukma XIII, with hopes pinned on winning the  men’s and women’s team events.

“We will try for the individual events and hopefully, we can spring a few surprises in Melaka,” he said.

The team are now training hard at Lawn Bowls Green Kuching, State Stadium in Petra Jaya from 4pm to 7pm from Monday to Thursday, 6.30pm to 9.30pm on Friday and 7.30am to 11am on Sunday.

The green had been resurfaced last December at the cost of RM280,000, funded by Ministry of Youth and Sports.