Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Psychologist puts national juniors on a roll

A timely session with psychologist Jack Neo helped the eight-member bowling team to hit form at the World Youth Championship in Hong Kong yesterday.

The quartet of Rafiq Ismail, Timmy Tan, Jonathan Ding Sagan and Ahmad Muaz Fishol posted a combined three-game total of 2,492 to finish second behind the United States, who amassed 2,573, followed by Peru (2,476) in the boys’ team first block on long oil.

Rafiq was Malaysia’s best performer with 667 followed by Timmy (652), Jonathan (592) and Ahmad Muaz (581).

In the girls’ team event, Malaysia’s Victoria Chin, Nerosha Keligit, Natasha Roslan and Radin Nur Najwa recorded a 2,402 series for third position. Japan led with 2,502 followed by Finland on 2,477.
Radin was in her element posting a three-game personal score of 638 followed by Victoria (606), Nerosha (589) and Natasha (569).

Team manager Cheah Ban Cheng said his bowlers are motivated to finish on the podium today.
“We realised some could not handle pressure so we had Jack to motivate them yesterday (Monday). The session helped them produce good scores on long oil today (yesterday),” said Ban Cheng when contacted in Hong Kong yesterday.

“I believe both teams will make their presence felt in tomorrow’s (today) second block on short oil to make the semi-finals. Our boys did well in singles on the same surface so I am optimistic of a good performance.”

Rafiq could also finish on the podium in the all-events if he bowls well today. He is currently fourth with a 15-game total of 3,291 pinfalls while the others need to try harder to win medals.


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