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by rajes paul
The national bowling squad going through outdoor training in Las Vegas ahead of the World Championships.
KUALA LUMPUR: Teenage debutants Timmy Tan and Mohd Rafiq Ismail have been making heads turn at the Strike Zone Bowling Centre with their fiery performances during training sessions ahead of the World Championships, which start in Nevada, United States, on Monday.
The duo’s gung-ho approach in their maiden world meet seems to fit in nicely with national chief coach Holloway Cheah’s plans for the men’s team to roar at the world meet in Nevada.
Timmy, 18, and Rafiq, 16, are in Nevada with four of their more experienced team-mates – Zulmazran Zulkifli, Alex Liew, Adrian Ang and Mohd Syafiq Ridhwan Abdul Malek – and it’s important that the newbies hold their nerves if Malaysia are to enjoy a bountiful harvest.
Team manager Cheah Ban Cheng said that Timmy and Rafiq had adapted well to the environment during the 10-day centralised training although it was their first trip to the United States.
“Rafiq and Timmy are gearing up well for their debut. They made quite an impression on the lanes and even caught the attention of the professional coaches from other countries,” said Ban Cheng via Facebook chat.
“During one of the training sessions, Timmy scored the magical 300 game while Rafiq reeled in strike after strike. Rafiq has been shooting over 240 games and just this morning he had eight consecutive strikes for a 279-pin total.
“Our head coach, Holloway, has been working very hard to fine-tune the bowlers’ equipment (to bring out the best in the bowlers).”
Ban Cheng said it was important to get the youngsters in the right mood for the world meet, although he foresees a change in the oil pattern.
“Timmy scored 300 pins on the house oil pattern. We’ll know the exact oil pattern during the official practice Sunday. For now, Holloway is just happy with the fighting quality shown by these boys in training,” he said.
Ban Cheng was also happy with the six-woman bowling team’s performances in training.
Those progressing well are singles defending champion Jacqueline Jenelee Sijore, Esther Cheah, Shalin Zulkifli, Sin Li Jane, Zandra Aziela Ibrahim Hakimi and Siti Safiyah Amirah Abdul Rahman.
The Malaysian Tenpin Bowling Congress (MTBC) have also engaged the services of National Sports Institute (NSI) experts – psychologist Fred Tan and physiotherapist Abraham Joel Victor – to beef up the bowlers’ mental and physical condition. A masseur will arrive on the eve of the tournament.
The men will be in action in the six-game singles event on Monday, followed by the women’s singles on Tuesday.
There are 12 gold medals at stake in the championships – six each for the men and women – in singles, doubles, trios, team of five, All-Events and Masters.
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