Published: Friday May 23, 2014 MYT 5:15:00 PM
Updated: Friday May 23, 2014 MYT 9:54:51 PM

Will Victoria win a spot in elite team?

KUALA LUMPUR: Newcomer and back-up bowler Victoria Chin has a good chance to pocket two breakthroughs in the Singapore Open from June 1-7.

The 18-year-old Victoria may get a spot in the women’s elite team – as a replacement for former national bowler Jacqueline Sijore – and land a place in the six-member women’s team for the prestigious Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea, in September.

There’s a spot vacant in the women’s elite squad after Jacqueline quit in April, citing a nagging injury and a desire to further her studies.

National chief coach Holloway Cheah said that he will finalise the Asiad team – and reveal Jacqueline’s replacement in the elite squad – after the Singapore Open.

“All the national bowlers are competing in the Singapore Open. This is the last tournament for me to decide on the best candidates for the Asiad ... I expect them to put up quality performances in Singapore,” said Holloway.

“Some of them have virtually confirmed their places in the Asiad squad but there are several places still up for grabs. I’m closely monitoring some of the youngsters in the team.”

Those in the women’s elite team are Sin Li Jane, Shalin Zulkifli, Esther Cheah, Syaidatul Afifah Badrul Hamidi, Radin Nur Najwa Arifah Radin Dzulfakar, Natasha Roslan and Siti Safiyah Amirah Abdul Rahman.

The 22-year-old Li Jane is the defending champion in the Singapore Open and showed that she’s shaping up well for the Open by nailing the Euro-Med International Masters Challenge in the Philippines last week.

Those in the men’s elite team are Alex Liew, Adrian Ang, Zulmazran Zulkifli, Timmy Tan, Mohd Rafiq Ismail, Mohd Syafiq Ridhwan Abdul Malek, Syimir Abdul Razak and Jonathan Ding Sagan.

Holloway said that Victoria, Natasha and back-up bowler Hee Kar Yen had shown the most progress and that he would be keeping tabs on them.

“Natasha is already in the elite squad while Victoria and Kar Yen are in the back-up squad ... but all three have equal chances. Victoria and Kar Yen will compete in the Malaysia Games (Sukma) for Selangor before heading to Singapore. There is a chance for promotion if the back-up bowlers do well,” said Holloway.

He, however, admitted that it would be more challenging choosing the men bowlers for the Asiad.

“Li Jane and several other women bowlers are almost assured of making the Asiad squad. We are just looking for one or two more to complete the cast.

“It is quite open in the men’s team. Some of the youngsters have done well to keep the seniors on their toes. It will be tough to name the best six,” said Holloway.

At the last Asiad in Guangzhou in 2010, the bowling team did well to rake in a medal haul of 2-1-1, with Alex winning two gold medals – in the singles and doubles with Adrian.

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