PETALING JAYA: National bowling coach Holloway Cheah is pleased with the progress shown by the new recruits in the elite squad thus far.
It has been almost six weeks since the new-look squad were formed on Jan 16 and Holloway’s early assessment of the six newcomers is on the positive side.
The six are Natasha Roslan, Radin Nur Najwa Arifah Radin Dzulfakar, Syaidatul Afifah Badrul Hamidi, Timmy Tan, Syimir Abdul Razak and Jonathan Ding Sagan.
“They are responding well to my coaching and I’m happy with it. They understand what I want them to do in training and most of them are showing signs of improvement since they came in the team,” said Holloway.
Bowlers retained in the elite squad are Esther Cheah, Shalin Zulkifli, Jacqueline Jenelee Sijore, Siti Safiyah Amirah Abdul Rahman, Alex Liew, Adrian Ang, Mohd Rafiq Ismail, Zulmazran Zulkifli and Mohd Syafiq Ridhwan Abdul Malek.
“But this is just training. I don’t know how they would fare in tournaments because things are different in a competition,” said Holloway.
Their first tournament is the Brunswick Euro Challenge in Munich from March 15-23. After that, they will compete in the National Cham-pionships at the Sunway Mega Lanes in Sunway Pyramid from April 5-12.
Holloway said three trainees would miss the tournament in Munich due to injuries and time off for studies.
“Rafiq and Jacqueline are injured while Radin is preparing for her college final exams.
“The three of them should be able to come back in time to compete in the National Championships.
“The major objective this year is the Asian Games in South Korea (Sept 19-Oct 4). I still have ample time to evaluate all the bowlers.
“We have a good competition schedule beginning next month until June to prepare for the Asian Games. We might even pay a visit to the bowling venue (Anyang Hogye Gymnasium) in Incheon and play there for a few days in July to get used to the place,” said Holloway.