PETALING JAYA: Let’s hit the ground running.
That’s Adrian Ang’s battle cry to his bowling team-mates ahead of the Singapore SEA Games.
Adrian, 26, and Alex Liew, 39, are the two seasoned campaigners leading the men’s charge with the young brigade of Rafiq Ismail, 18; Timmy Tan, 20; Ahmad Muaz Fishol, 21; and Johnathan Chan, 24, backing them up.
“We really click well. Yes, Alex and myself are the seasoned guys but I can see the young ones starting to break into the squad, just like I did when I was younger,” said Adrian.
“At a multi-sport event, there’s always someone who gets the right feel and is able to turn it on. I had that feeling in Palembang and, when that happens, you have to go in full-throttle – ready to fly high.”
Adrian had a stellar campaign in 2011, supplying Malaysia with the lion’s share of the bowling medals – winning four golds and one bronze for Malaysia’s 4-1-3 haul.
He won golds in the men’s doubles with Alex, the men’s trios with Alex and Zulmazran Zulkiflu, the team event with Syafiq Ridhwan Abdul Malek, Muhd Nur Aiman Khairuddin and Aaron Kong and the Masters. His lone bronze came in the men’s singles.
But it’s the team gold that holds fond memories for him from the Palembang Games.
“It’s my favourite,” he said without skipping a beat.
“We had built up a nice lead after the fifth game and just enjoyed the last game. We could even smile at the coaches. In most cases in a team event, it’s always down to the wire. So, to have that ease of just enjoying the game ... I’ll never forget that,” he added.
Adrian agreed that the Orchid Bowl at the Orchid Country Club has been a happy hunting ground for Malaysia in the past two years.
In the last two editions of the Singapore Open held there, Malaysia scored five podium finishes and three wins.
By Ashreena Pillai