and Muhd Rafiq Ismail
of Malaysia swept the gold medals in stepladder finals of the Girls and Boys Masters competition, which concluded the 18th Asian Youth Tenpin Bowling Championships Tuesday afternoon at Macau Bowling Center in Macau, China.
Both players finished round robin match play atop the leaderboard to earn the No. 1 seed for the shootout matches and had the advantage that their opponent in the gold medal match had to defeat them twice to win the title.
In the semi-final match of the girls division, Emily Rigney (left) of Australia flew past Futaba Imai (right) of Japan, 248-173, to earn the right to bowl Roslan for the title.
The Aussie, who won bronze in Doubles with Katey Furze, won the first game, 202-180, to force a deciding second game. Roslan threw nine strikes in the second game to rebound with a 40-pin win, 244-204, to wrap up the title and to win her first gold medal after earning two silver medals in Doubles and Teams.
Rigney received the silver medal and Imai got bronze.
On the boys side, top-seeded Muhd Rafiq Ismail made quick work of Billy Muhammad Islam (left) of Indonesia defeating the No. 3 seed in one game, 203-183, to seal the victory.
Ismail started with a doubles and bowled an otherwise flawless game which was good enough for Islam, who was unable to double and missed a single-pin spare in the 8th frame.
Ismail, who won gold in Singles and Doubles, bronze in Teams averaging record 246.83 over 18 games to cruise to the All-Events title, captured his fourth gold medal in the fifth event.
In the opening match of the boys stepladder finals, Islam fired a big game to knock out Enzo Hernandez (above right) of the Philippines 256-216.
Hernandez (in Singles) and Islam (Masters, block 1) rolled the first and the second 300 game of the Championships. Fourth placed Seo Hyo Dong of Korea had the third (Masters, block 1).
With the gold medal sweep in Masters, Malaysia led the boys medal tally (four gold, one bronze) and the girls medal tally (two gold and three silver) as well as the overall medal tally with six gold, three silver and one bronze medal.
The 18th Asian Youth Championships was held March 24-31 at 24-lane Macau Bowling Center inside the Cotai International Sports Complex in Macau, China.
The Championships drew 98 players, 58 boys and 40 girls, from 15 member countries of the Asian Bowling Federation – Australia, Bahrain, China, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Kuwait, Macau, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Saudi Arabia and Singapore.
Up to four boys and four girls per country who must not be born before January 1, 1995, bowled in separate divisions for gold, silver and bronze medals in five disciplines: Singles (contested on medium oil), Doubles (long oil), four-player Teams (first block long, second block medium), All Events (18 games; combined scores in Singles, Doubles and Teams) and Masters match play (top 16 in All-Events; first block medium, second block long).
Competition concluded on Tuesday, March 31, with the boys and girls Masters stepladder finals followed by a victory banquet.
Photos courtesy of Asian Bowling Federation.
Malaysia’s Muhd Rafiq Ismail hopes to win his fourth gold medal in Boys Masters
Malaysia’s Natasha Roslan earns No. 1 seed in Girls Masters stepladder finals
Seo Hyo Dong, Billy M Islam achieve perfection; roll 300 to lead Boys Masters after Round One
Australia’s Emily Rigney leads Girls Masters match play after first eight-game block
Korean girls win third consecutive Asian Youth Championships Team gold
Singaporean boys capture the coveted Team gold medal at Asian Youth Championships
Malaysian boys have their sights set on the Team and All-Events titles
Japanese girls take over pole position as Team event reaches the halfway mark
Strong finish powers Indonesia’s Pramanik, Nabila to victory in Girls Doubles
Malaysia wins third gold medal at Asian Youth Championships in Boys Doubles
Nora Lyana Natasia wins second gold medal for Malaysia at AYC in Girls Singles
Malaysia’s Rafiq Ismail captures first gold medal at Asian Youth Championships in record-setting style
Championship information – Bulletin No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3
18th Asian Youth Championships – Girls Masters Stepladder Finals
1. Natasha Roslan, Malaysia, 424 (2 games)
2. Emily Rigney, Australia, 654 (3 games)
3. Futaba Imai, Japan, 173 (1 game)
Semifinal Match: No. 2 Rigney def. No. 3 Imai, 248-173
Championship Match: Rigney def. No. 1 Roslan, 202-180
and in the decisive match, Roslan def. Rigney, 244-204.
18th Asian Youth Championships – Boys Masters Stepladder Finals
1. Muhd Rafiq Ismail, Malaysia, 203 (1 game)
2. Billy Muhammad Islam, Indonesia, 439 (2 games)
3. Enzo Hernandez, Philippines, 216 (1 game)
Semifinal Match: No. 3 Islam def. No. 2 Hernandez, 256-216
Championship Match: No. 1 Ismail def. Islam, 203-183.