A silver and bronze for Singapore
17th November, Jakarta: Singapore added a second silver and second bronze medals at the 26th SEA Games Tenpin Bowling Championship after both the women’s trios finished second and third at the end of the second block. Daphne Tan, Cherie Tan and Jazreel Tan of Singapore continued where they left off in the first block by retaining the lead with a superb 638 after the fourth game of the second block over the short oil pattern.
Thailand’s Yanee Saebe, Tanaprang Sathean and Angkana Netvriseth, who had trailed Singapore by 17 pins in third and Philippines by 8 pins at the end of the first block, rolled 627 to take over second spot, 22 pins behind the leader.
The Singaporeans fired another sizzling 653 to stretch their lead over the Thais to 39 pins as they go into their sixth and final game while the Filipinas and the favourites, Malaysia fizzled off.
The Thais went on a strikefest as the Singaporeans, who were just two lanes away, just could not response. Yanee ended with 211, Tanaprang 246 and Angkana 219 for a scintilating 676 to snatch victory and clinch their first gold medal with 3777.
“We knew we had a decent margin over the Thais going into the last game but they were simply better on the day and we ended up with the silver,” said anchorwomen, Jasreel Tan, who rolled the highest individual 6-games score of 1353.
“We were just pacing ourselves nicely and made sure we dilvered good shots and tried to stay ahead. Unfortunately the better team won. Although we’re disappointed, but we still won the silver and our team-mates took the bronze.”
Meanwhile, Singapore men again missed the chance to pick up their first medal. Keith Saw, Jason Yeong-Nathan and Ng Tiac Pin finished fourth, 43 pins from Philippines, who clinched the bronze with 3628.
Malaysia dominated the men’s division by finishing one-two to win their third gold medal and added a second silver medal. First block leader, Adrian Ang, Zulmazran Zulkifli and Alex Liew fired 628, 636 and 711 to romp home for a total of 3874, 171 pins ahead of their team-mates.
Muhd Nur Aiman, Muhd Syafiq Ridhwan and Aaron Kong, who was second in the first block, bowled consistently with 662, 623 and 654 in the second block for a total of 3703 to win the silver medal.
The other Singapore trio of Ng Chiew Pang, Eugene Low and Basil Low managed a respectable eighth position with 3434.
Malaysia currently lead the Medal Tally with 3 gold, 2 silver and 3 bronze medals followed by Singapore in second with a medal haul of 1-2-2 and Philippines third with a medal haul of 1-2-1.
Competition turns to the 5-player Team event with the first block of 3 games over short oil pattern and the second block of 3 games over the long oil pattern. No medals will be awarded for the All Events but the top 16 men and top 16 women will qualify for the Masters finals.
Detailed scores: Women’s Trios Block 2 | Men’s Trios Block 2 |
Photos by Terence Yaw in Jakarta.