National elite bowler Adrian Ang finished fourth in the recently-concluded National Championships at the Sunway Mega Lanes. He also scored a perfect game of 300 in the tournament. - Filepic
KUALA LUMPUR: Asian Games gold medallist Adrian Ang came out fourth in the recently-concluded National Championships at the Sunway Mega Lanes but he can still afford a big smile.
The 25-year-old Adrian hit the magical score of 300 at the national meet – for the 17th perfect game of his career.
And it’s glorious moments like this which keeps Adrian going in bowling.
“It was my ninth perfect game in a tournament ... and I’ve hit 300 eight times during training. I remember hitting my first when I was just a 15-year-old,” said Adrian, who has been a regular in the national team for a decade.
“It was good to score the perfect game but, overall, I could have done better in the national meet. This is my second fourth position,” said the two-time national champion.
He finished fourth with 2,093 pinfalls. The top three were Zulmazran Zulkifli (2206), Isaac Russell Paul (2174) and Timmy Tan (2115). Zulmazran went on to win the national title after triumphing in the stepladder finals on Saturday.
Adrian said that letting slip a chance for his third national title has only whetted his appetite for more success.
Although he is eyeing a roaring return to the Malaysian Open from May 2-10 at the Sunway Mega Lanes, his main goal is to strike a gold again at Incheon Asian Games in South Korea in September.
He won the men’s doubles gold with Alex Liew at the last Asiad in Guangzhou in 2010.
“I’m hungry for success and determined to get it right at my next assignment,” said Adrian, who won the Singapore Open last year.
“It seems like just yesterday but I’ve been with the national team for 10 years now. I joined the team at a very young age but I’m very passionate about the game.
“The highlight for me this year is the Asian Games ... I hope to get selected and contribute medals again. Last year was okay but, I believe, I can raise my game this time.”
Despite the emergence of a few younger players in the national team, seniors like Adrian, Zulmazran and Alex have done well to keep delivering the goods.
The others in the men’s elite team are Timmy, Mohd Rafiq Ismail, Mohd Syafiq Ridhwan Abdul Malek, Syimir Abdul Razak and Jonathan Ding Sagan.
Meanwhile, the elite bowlers in the women’s squad are reigning national champion 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 women’s team lost a key bowler when Jacqueline Jenelee Sijore announced her retirement after battling with injuries. The Malaysian Tenpin Bowling Congress (MTBC) have yet to name a replacement.