Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Bowling: Malaysia determined to maintain Games supremacy

SAN Marino Open champion Alex Liew and world champion Jacqueline Jenelee Sijore will lead the men's and women's squads respectively at the Indonesia Sea Games.

The national team are favourites to retain their status as the best team in Southeast Asia after having won the overall title at the 2007 Korat edition. Bowling was not contested at the 2009 Laos Games.

Liew leads the men's team comprising former Ankara Open winner Adrian Ang, Zulmazran Zulkifli, Muhd Nur Aiman, Shafiq Ridhwan and Aaron Kong. Daniel Lim dropped out due to injury.

The Malaysian Tenpin Bowling Congress (MTBC), however, has not finalised the women's squad as seven bowlers are in contention for six spots.
Team manager Cheah Ban Cheng said the women's team will be named after the Kuala Lumpur Open (Oct 21-29).

"Six bowlers from the world meet squad and Dayang Khairuniza Dhiyana are on trial for the Sea Games," said Ban Cheng. "The KL Open will also be the final tournament before the bowlers leave for Jakarta."

National coach Holloway Cheah, however, is not expected to drop his regulars for the Sea Games.

Jacqueline, who won the singles title at last month's World Championships in Hong Kong, along with two-time world champion Esther Cheah, Zandra Aziela Ibrahim Hakimi, Zatil Iman Abdul Ghani and Sharon Koh are expected to make the squad. The final spot will be a toss between Sin Li Jane and Dayang.

Among those not considered are former world champions Shalin Zulkifli, Wendy Chai and Siti Safiyah Amirah Abdul Rahman.

Shalin has just returned to the game after delivering her first child while Wendy and Siti Safiyah are nursing injuries.

On the Sea Games medal target, Ban Cheng said his team are good for titles.

"Singapore and Indonesia are the other contenders but we will be prepared for them," he said.

Read more: NST

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