PENANG continued with its dominance of the Youth Cup Milo Ranking Masters Challenge as the bowlers blazed the lanes at the Mega Lanes Bowling Centre in Butterworth.
This was their 16th year of success since the inauguration of the challenge in 2003.
And for youngster Muhammad Hafiz Darwisy Azhlan, he became the toast of the Penang squad as it was his victory in the Mixed category Under-12 event that swayed things for the state when the grand finals challenge ended.
For Muhammad Hafiz, this was his fourth straight success in his age group category.
While he was crowned champion in the All Stars International, he was also victorious in the grand finals of the 4th Excel Junior Circuit.
The 12-year-old, an SK Permatang Damar Laut pupil, scored four As and two Bs at the 2019 UPSR. For his success in both education and sports, he was roped into the “special programme class” and will attend SM Sungai Ara.
Muhammad Hafiz, a bubbly yet shy teenager, said apart from bowling, his ambition was to study law and when asked why, his reply was, “I just feel like I want to be a lawyer”.
He hopes to get an opportunity to play overseas like in Singapore, Thailand and Indonesia to gain more knowledge and experience.
Muhammad Hafiz’s idol is national kegler and world champion Rafiq Ismail, and he has an elder sister, Nur Amirah Farihah Azhlan, a state bowler.
Meanwhile, Brandon Lau Tze How, another young talent from Penang’s pool of bowlers, blew his chances of collecting the gold in the Boys Open category.
In the Boys Open roll-off, the lanky 16-year-old Tze How seemed on the way to capturing honours when he muffed it all at one go.
Muhammad Haziq Afiq Nordin registered a score of 1,742 pins and romped away with an unexpected victory by 18 pins.
Tze How admitted he fumbled in the last game due to drastic changes in the lane conditions which he could not adapt to.
But he shrugged it off as being part of the game, adding that he would go back to training and come back stronger.
RESULTSBoys Open: 1. Muhammad Haziq Afiq Nordin (Perlis) 1,742 pins; 2. Brandon Lau Tze How (Penang) 1,724pins; 3. Muhammad Zharfan Shahidi (Perlis) 1,716 pins; 4. Muhammad Hariz Adlan Azman (Penang) 1,695 pins; 5. Muhammad Nazri Shamshul Bahari (Penang) 1,620 pins. Hi Game: Muhammad Haziq Afiq Nordin (Perlis) 268 (7th Frame).
Boys Under-15: Syed Azfar Danial Syed Saiful Ezam (Penang) 1,534 pins; 2. Muhammad Azim Fitri Zulamri (Penang) 1,527 pins; 3. Kuhammad Isyraf Danish Hafizan (Kedah) 1,518 pins; 4. Muhammad Faiz Haikal Musa (Kedah) 1,497 pins; 5. Arief Najib Azmi (Kedah) 1,467 pins. Hi Game: Dhia Izz Abdul Razak (Penang) 244 pins (2nd Frame).
Mixed Category: Under-12: 1. Muhammad Hafiz Darwisy Azhlan (Penang) 1,167 pins; 2. Nyak Arid Hakimi Nyak Mazlan (Penang) 1,101 pins; 3. Aiden Lim Zen Yao (Penang) 1,045 pins; 4. Muhammad Aliff Irfan Amir (Penang) 1,056 pins; 5. Syed Amsyar Ghazi Syed Shaiful Ezam (Penang) 999 pins. Hi Game: Nyak Arid Hakimi Nyak Mazlan (Penang) 226 pins (3rd Frame).
Girls Open: 1. Anis Hiadirah Anuar (Penang) 1,577 pins; 2. Nurul Aliya Mohd Nizam (Kedah) 1,555 pins; 3. Farissa Najihah Yousmera (Kedah) 1,536 pins; 4. Melissa Khong Xia Yi (Penang) 1,525 pins; 5. Amiera Dannia Mat Isa (Perlis) 1,428 pins. Hi Game: Anis Hiadirah Anuar (Penang) 247 pins (8th Frame).
Girls Under-15: Nurul Izzati Muhamad Nazdan (Kedah); 2. Nurblis Anis Nabila Mohd Nizam 1,474 pins; 3. Eileen Ong (Penang) 1,298 pins; 4. Nurhani Yasmin Mohd Saad (Perlis) 1,391 pins; 5. Nurul Aqielaah Rohaizat (Penang) 1,368 pins. Hi Game: Nurul Izzati Muhamad Nazdan (Kedah) 248 pins (5th frame).