Bowling: Favourite Adrian stays cool

NO amount of pressure is going to derail national bowler Adrian Ang's plans to enjoy the experience of bowling in the Negri Sukma. 

Despite being billed as Penang's best bet to win in the boys' individual categories, the 16-year-old Bukit Jalil Sports School student refuses to be pressured to deliver the gold medals for the islanders. 

To him, Penang's quest to defend the overall title for the fourth consecutive time is more important than personal glory. 

“There is no point discussing about favourites because every bowler will be out to give it their best shot in the competition,” said Adrian. 

“It will be good if I win but I won't be losing any sleep if I don't. As a national player, there is a little pressure on me to perform well.  

“But I will still be enjoying myself out there, just like in any other competition.” 

The Penangite is known to buckle under pressure, as seen in last year's National Championships when he let slip a comfortable lead to lose to Sarawak's Jonathan Lim and also in the 2002 Sukma boys' Masters final against teammate Aaron Kong. 

“I have no regret over past results. I knew that I did my best but the others were just better on the day,” said the Fourth Former. 

“I am only in control of my own game and I cannot affect the results in the other lanes.  

“I can only hope that my best efforts will be enough to win on the day.” 

It will be Adrian's second appearance in the biennial Games.  

In Sabah two years ago, he settled for silver in the Masters but struck gold in the team event. 

But he will be coming into the Games on good form.  

After ending his international victory drought with the International Junior All Stars title in Petaling Jaya in December, he clinched a double in the National Schools Championships at the Seremban Bowl, the same venue for the Sukma competitions. 

He won the singles and partnered Mohd Faiz Shahruddin to the doubles gold medal as well. 

Although Adrian has high hopes of being among the frontrunners in the individual categories, it is the team event that Adrian is confident of Penang striking the gold.  

The strong line-up of Adrian, Aaron, Faiz and 2003 Asian Schools Championships' gold medallist Eric Ang are capable of giving any team a run for the title. 

“It won't be easy but it is possible for Penang to defend our overall title,” said Adrian. 

“I have learnt several valuable lessons since I joined the national team early this year. One is to relax and enjoy the game and the results will just fall into place.  

“I hope to put this lesson to good use in Seremban.” 

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