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Published: Tuesday December 17, 2013 MYT 5:41:00 PM
Updated: Tuesday December 17, 2013 MYT 5:42:43 PM

Elite bowlers to prove their worth in junior event

PETALING JAYA: A considerable amount of pressure lies on the shoulders of several elite bowlers in the Milo International Junior All-Stars qualifiers that is under way at the Sunway Mega Lanes in Sunway Pyramid.

Mohd Rafiq Ismail and Sin Li Jane return to defend their titles despite their stature as elite bowlers in the national squad.

They will be joined by Timmy Tan and former world champion Jacqueline Jenelee Sijore in the tournament, which will end with the step-ladder stage on Saturday.

National chief coach Holloway Cheah said the four have to live up to their status as elite bowlers in the country when they bowl against the juniors in the Under-21 competition.

“They should feel some pressure. Normally I wouldn’t let them compete in the boys’ or girls’ category but in this competition I give them some freedom.

“The others in the national youth and back-up squad look up to the elite bowlers. But they (elite) are not unbeatable, and a lot of the juniors will try to prove this,” said Holloway.

Besides the national bowlers, the tournament has also attracted participants from New Zealand, Australia, Singapore and Indonesia.

“Singapore and Indonesia are also looking dangerous in the tournament. They are fielding new faces in their team and look good for the next few years, especially for the next SEA Games in Singapore in 2015.

“It should be an interesting competition for all and something to look forward to for national bowlers before they go on a break for Christmas,” said Holloway.

The top 46 qualifiers in the boys’ Open will play 10 games and the top four finishers will advance to the step-ladder stage. In the girls’ Open, only 36 qualifiers will make the cut before the top four go into the step-ladder stage.

The winner for the boys’ Open will walk away with RM25,000 while the girls’ Open champion will take home RM18,000.

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