KUALA LUMPUR: The national lawn bowls women’s fours ended their campaign in mixed fashion at the Asia Pacific Championships in Gold Coast, Australia.
They soared high on Friday by upsetting world and Commonwealth Games gold medallists Australia in the semi-finals – sparking great hope for a strong finish in the final.
But the combination of Auni Fathiah Kamis, Nurul Alyani Jamil, Azlina Arshad and Nur Fidrah Noh failed to keep their momentum going as they went down 7-16 to New Zealand’s Wendy Jensen, Kirsten Edwards, Katelyn Inch and Val Smith in the final at the Broadbeach Bowls Club yesterday.
They were impressive in the semi-finals by beating home favourites Lynsey Clarke, Carla Krizanic, Bec Van Aschand, and Natasha Scott 20-7 while the Kiwis edged Hong Kong 13-12.
Malaysia’s team manager Syed Zainal Abidin Syed Zain took the final heartbreak in his stride.
“We were confident our girls will shine in the final after winning against the world champions in their own backyard but they failed to reproduce the same form,” said Syed Zainal.
“Overall, we are still happy as they have qualified for next year’s World Championships (May 23-June 7) at the same venue.”
Malaysia also won three bronzes after their representatives in the women’s singles, men’s pairs and men’s triples lost in the semi-finals.
Siti Zalina Ahmad lost to Carmen Anderson of Norfolk Island 21-19 in the women’s singles.
Men’s pair Izzat Dzulkeple-Fairul Izwan Abdul Muin went down 8-15 to Kiwis Shannon Mcllroy and Gary Lawson while trios Mohd Soufi Rusli, Mohd Hizlee Abdul Rais, Zulhilmie Redzuan lost 12-19, also to Kiwis Mike Kernaghan, Jamie Hill and Ali Forsyth.