Singapore misses podium

11th December, Bangkok: Both Singapore men and women missed the podium in the Team event of the 24th SEA Games Bowling Championship when they finished fourth as Malaysia women and Thailand men shared glory with victories.  With an inspired performance in the Trios event yesterday after singles gold medalist, Shaun Ng Qenn led teammates, Jason Yeong-Nathan and Remy Ong to win Singapore's second gold medal, the team went into the Team event in high spirit.

Shaun, Jason and Remy partnered Lee Yu-Wen and Carl De Vries in the first block posting 959, 921 and 908 but found Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand too strong to finish fourth with 2788 team total.

Swaping rookie Justin Teng in place of Carl in the second block did not pay off as the games debutant could only score 469 series leading the team to remained in fourth and missing out the medal with 5567.

Thailand won their second medal to the delight of the local crowd with a team total of 5832. Malaysia settled for the silver medal with 5812 while Indonesia took home the bronze medal with 5690.

Meanwhile, Singapore women had a chance to finish in the podium especially after ending the first block in third position with 2748, 38 pins from leader, Malaysia. A 937 in the fourth game allowed the Singaporeans to remained in third but a bigger gap had developed.

A poor 896 in the fifth game forced the team needing a strong run in the deciding game but as they posted 948, other teams also scored higher ending Singapore's chance of winning a medal and settling for fourth position with 5529.

Malaysia stormed home with a stunning 1011 to snatch the gold medal with 5723 as Indonesia also improved to clinch the silver medal with 5612. Thailand, who led before the final game, took the bronze medal with 5604.

Singapore, however still has a chance to bag more medals as Shaun Ng Qeen, Jason Yeong-Nathan and Remy Ong made the cut for the Masters finals finishing fifth, ninth and tenth in the All Events standings.

Jennifer Tan and Jasmine Yeong-Nathan were the only two to make the cut in 10th and 12th spots in the women's All Events. Jazreel Tan missed by 40 pins in 18th, Cherie Tan in 20th, Amanda Ng in 22nd and Evelyn Chan 23rd. Carl De Vries, Justin Teng and Lee Yu-Wen ended in 22nd and 23rd.

Detailed scores: Women's Team 2ndBlk | Men's Team 2ndBlk | Women's All Events | Men's All Events | Photo Album.

Photos courtesy of MTBC.