KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian women’s lawn bowls team ended up as bridesmaids again in the Asia Pacific Lawn Bowl Championships in Gold Coast, Australia.
The triples team of Auni Fathiah Kamis, Nurul Alyani Jamil and Azlina Arshad had to settle for silver after they went down to Australia’s Carla Krizanic, Natasha Scott, Rebecca Van Asch 18-12 in the final of the second leg at the Broadbeach Bowls Club yesterday.
In the semi-finals, the Malaysians defeated India’s Tania Choudary, Rupa Rani Tirkey and Sania Tirkey 21-11.
In the first leg of the championships last week, Malaysia’s women’s fours of Auni, Nurul, Azlina and Nur Fidrah Noh lost to New Zealand’s Wendy Jensen, Kirsten Edwards, Katelyn Inch and Val Smith (17-6) in the final.
On Thursday, Malaysia also bagged two bronzes through Nur Fidrah and Siti Zalina Ahmad in the women’s pairs and men’s fours of Izzat Dzulkeple, Mohd Soufi Rosli, Zulhilmie Redzuan and Fairul Izwan Abdul Muin.
Malaysia bagged a total of two silvers and five bronzes in the two-leg championships.
Malaysia team manager Syed Zainal Abidin Syed Zain said that the women’s triples gave a good fight to the Australia team but it was unfortunate they lost to their more experienced players.
“The women players have shown improvement as they did well to win two silver medals in the triples and fours and two bronzes in the singles and pairs.
“The good news is that all the men’s and women will feature in the World Championships at the same venue next year in May.
“Judging by our performance in Asia Pacific, we will also start as the favourite to bag golds in the Philippines SEA Games (from Nov 30- Dec 11).