PETALING JAYA: National bowler Adrian Ang (pic) aims to bounce back in the World Bowling Tour Thailand in Bangkok from Sept 22-28 to strengthen his claim for a berth in the SEA Games squad.
The 31-year-old Adrian admitted that his form has dipped a little.
“I’ve been slacking of late but I will bounce back. I need to be mentally strong, ” said Adrian.
“I’ve years of experience, but I need to be positive and keep up with the speed set by our younger bowlers.”
So far, the Malaysian Tenpin Bowling Congress (MTBC) have named Rafiq Ismail for the biennial Games from Nov 30-Dec 11.
Adrian and three others – Ahmad Muaz Fishol, Tun Ameerul Hakim Tun Hasnul Azam and Syafiq Ridhwan Abdul Malek – are eyeing to fill up the remaining three spots.
MTBC will name the final list just before the Games but Adrian said he was used to the waiting game.
“The wait is nerve-wracking but I’m used it. The MTBC will only confirm the names when the lane patterns are announced, ” said Adrian.
“I remember for the World Championships last year, the squad was announced on the day of our trip to Hong Kong. As bowlers, we’ve to be prepared for anything – good or bad.
“We’ve lots of good bowlers, and I’m sure we’ll send our best team to Manila. I’m prepared to bowl under any pattern, but the MTBC have the final say.”
This year, Adrian started the ball rolling by winning the Thailand Open in April, followed by Muaz (Malaysian Open); Rafiq (European Bowling Tour Masters in Madrid, Singapore Open, Hong Kong Open and Hong Kong’s ABF Tour stop); and Ameerul (National Championship).
The team are aiming to win at least four of the nine golds at stake in Manila to continue their domination in the region.
Malaysia have been the overall champions since the 2007 Games in Korat, Thailand.
Adrian has won five golds since taking part in the 2007 Korat SEA Games. His best performance was in the 2011 Jakarta Games when he won the men’s doubles, trios, team and masters.
At the last SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur, the Penang-born bowler won two silvers (singles and doubles).