21st MWA Asian Junior Tenpin Bowling Championships
Fabulous victory for Hong Kong and Singapore

17th August, Bangkok It took Hong Kong 16 years to claim the Boy's Team gold medal after a superb performance at the 21st MWA Asian Junior Tenpin Bowling Championships on Wednesday while Singapore regained the Girl's title they last won in 2018.

Hong Kong Team A's Louis Lam, Jason Lam, Amen Yuen and Jeremy Wong, who were third after the first block of three games, rolled 842 in their fourth game to remain in third as Singapore's B team of Leroy Kwek, Brian Ngoi, Mathieu Louis and Ryan Goi posted a much higher 880 to move into the lead.

First block leader, Kuwait A slipped down to second with 812 while Malaysia shot 897 to move into contention. The Hong Kong quartet added a stunning 937 in the fifth game to take over the running as Malaysia continued their good pace with 930 to move into second.

Hong Kong Team A with their well-earned gold medal

Kuwait A continued to fall down the field with another poor 804 so did brief leader, Singapore B, who also suffered a poor 760. Hong Kong ended the second block with another superb 912 in their final game to seal victory with 5299. Coincidentally, Hong Kong's last team victory was back in the 9th edition of the championships in Bangkok, Thailand in 2006. Malaysia kept their good pace with 920 to claim the silver medal with 5240 while Singapore B was lucky enough to clinch the bronze medal with 5060.

In the girl's division, first block leader of Shirlene Wong, Rachael Ong, Ashley Lim and Lim Shi En of Singapore A cruised to commanding victory when they led all the way to capture the gold medal with 4873. Japan's Ishida Manon, Kondoh Mao, Totsuka China and Hamasaki Riria, trailed the leader all the way to win their first medal of the championships with 4661.

Malaysia, who was third after the first block, was beaten to the bronze medal by Singapore B team of Ashley Lok, Jerlyn Lam, Taneisha Kaur and Nur Irdiana Bte Hazly by 32 pins with 4611, ahead of the Malaysian quartet.

Singles bronze medallist and overnight leader, Ramita Sarntong gave host nation plenty to celebrate when she sealed the Girl's All-Events gold medal with 3884 after another superb 6-game score of 1279 in the team event. Sarntong shot 1289 in the Singles and 1316 in the Doubles.

Singles gold, Doubles and Team bronze medallist, Ashley Lok added a silver medal to her collection when she finished second with 3863. Two gold medallist, Shirlene Wong settled for the bronze medal with 3748.

Singapore A quartet with their second gold medal from the Team event

Doubles gold and Singles silver medallist, Lan Shao-Kang of Chinese Taipei, earned his second gold medal of the championships after topping the Boy's All-Events with 4163. Doubles silver medallist, Hassan Qasem of Kuwait captured his second silver with a second-place finish on 4090.

Singles gold and Doubles bronze medallist, Shaqeem Izwan Teh of Malaysia added his second bronze medal with 4060. The top 16 boys and top 16 girls based on the All-Events standings qualified for the Masters Finals.

All four Malaysian boys, three Singapore B boys and two Singapore A boys, two Kuwait A boys, two Hong Kong A boys and two Chinese Taipei boys and one Qatar boy made up the 16 finalists.

All four Singapore A girls and two Singapore B girls, three Malaysian girls, three Japanese girls, and one each from Hong Kong, Philippines, Chinese Taipei and Thailand made up the 16 finalists.

Ramita Sarntong and Lan Shao-Kang proudly displaying the All-Events gold medals

The finalists will contest the Masters Finals over two blocks of eight Round-robin matches on August 18 and 19. The top 3 boys and top 3 girls at the end of the two blocks will advance to the stepladder shootout finals to determine the champions of the coveted Masters crown.

Photos by Terence Yaw in Bangkok, Thailand.

Debutants vying for glory at Asian Junior

14th August, Bangkok Hong Kong Tenpin Bowling Congress has 10 debutants vying for glory at the 21st MWA Asian Junior Tenpin Bowling Championships 2022 underway at Blu-O Rhytmn & Bowl, Ratchayothin in Bangkok.

HKTBC has fielded two boys team - Team A and Team B while only two girls will represent Hong Kong in the girls division. Louis Lam, Jason Leung, Amen Yuen and Jeremy Wong are in the Boy's Team A and Jimmy Lee, Jovi Ma, Cyrus Lau and Brian Leung are in the Boy's Team B.

Melanie Chan and Crystal Chang will make their debut at the championships in the girls division. The team is led by Team Manager, Ms Christine Chan and the coaches are 2019 QubicaAMF WOrld Cup champion, Francois Louw, Kent Li and Tilda Shum.

The team were at the Blu-O Rhythm & Bowl, Ratchayothin for the official opening ceremony ehld at 10.00am local time. The ceremony was graced by the Honorable, Mr Prachoom Bootiem, Deputy Governor for Elite Sports and Sports Science, Thailand.

Team Hong Kong before the start of the official practice

Also represent were Ms Vivien Lau, BBS, JP, Honorary Life President of ABF and Chairman of HKTBC, representing Sheikh Talal Mohammed Al-Sabah, President of ABF; Mr Simla Charunmilinda, President of Thai Tenpin Bowling Assocaition; Mr Michael Seymour, President of Oceanic Bowling Federation and Ms Suwalai Satrulee, Vice President of ABF and secretary general of Thai Tenpin Bowling Association.

Other guests included Mr Bandar Al-Shafi, Executive Committee Member of ABF and Head of Delegation for Team Qatar; Mr Choi Jang-Kyu, Vice President of ABF and Dr Danny Santos, Tournament Director.

Later in the afternoon, official practice divided into two squads were held. A total of 64 boys, 40 girls and 37 team officials from 11 countries will be vying for honours. Four events will be contested consisting of Singles, Doubles, Team of 4 and Masters Finals.

The top 16 boys and top 16 girls based on their standings in the All-Events (after 18 games played) will qualify for the Round-Robin Matchplay Masters finals to be held over two blocks of 8 games each on August 18 and 19. The top 3 boys and top 3 girls with the highest pinfalls at the end of the two blocks will proceed to the Stepladder shootout finals. Live video streaming of all the events will be available, including medal ceremonies.

Photos by Terence Yaw in Bangkok, Thailand.

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