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Nepomuceno concludes busy coaching year with seminars in Manila, Brunei and Hong Kong

20081220PaengHongKongSilver_small.jpg If there were an election for the "Busiest Coach of the Year" title, Paeng Nepomuceno  (pictured left with the new silver level coaches from Hong Kong) would probably win by a landslide. The Philippine legend and USBC International Bowling Ambassador closed out the year 2008 with seminars in Manila, Philiippines, Brunei Darussalam, Brunei and Hong Kong, China. Paeng's training is part of the USBC effort to create an international coach training program and bolster the strength of federations within bowling's world governing body, the Federation Internationale des Quilleurs (FIQ).



Shalin Zulkifli seals 14-year relationship with Azidi Ameran

Republished courtesy of The Star, Malaysia (Dec. 29, 2008)

20081228ZulkifliAmeranWedding_small.jpg A 14-year relationship was sealed when Malaysia's first female professional bowler Shalin Zulkifli tied the knot with former national bowler Azidi Ameran yesterday. Shalin, 30, and Azidi, 36, hosted a wedding reception with a garden theme for relatives and friends at the Menara TM last night. The five-time national Sports­woman of the Year (1994-96-97-2001-02) will be returning to the United States later this week to resume her campaign on the professional tour.



Defending champion Adrian Ang and rising star Sin Li Jane win the titles in 9th Milo Int'l Junior All Stars Championship

Pyramid Mega Lanes in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (Dec. 19-28, 2008)

2008AsCAdrianAng_small.jpg 2008CTBCSinLiJane_small.jpg Defending champion Adrian Ang (l.) and rising star Sin Li Jane (r.), both Malaysia, claimed the Boys and Girls Open Masters titles in the 9th Milo International Junior All Stars Bowling Championships Sunday at Pyramid Megalanes n Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Ang defeated No. 4 Aaron Kong, Malaysia, in the deciding game, 257-175. In the girls final, top seeded Sin Li Jane secured the title with a 222-183 victory in the first game over No. 2 seed, Esther Cheah, Malaysia.



Fukuoka Dai-ichi, Aomori Prefectural win MEXT Cup - 15th All Japan Inter-High School Championships

Kawasaki Grand Bowl in Kawasaki-Shi, Kanagawa-Ken, Japan (Dec. 19-21, 2008)

2008JPNIHSCGirlsChampion_small.jpg 2008JPNIHSCBoysChampion_small.jpg Shusaku Asato and Yusuke Masumizu (left with team mate Dai Miyagi) of Fukuoka Dai-ichi High School and Rie Sakai and Mio Nebuka (r.) of Aomori Prefectural, Aomori Technical H.S. won the boys and girls titles, respectively, in the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Cup - 15th All Japan Inter-High School Championships which were contested at Kawasaki Grand Bowl in Kawasaki-Shi, Kanagawa-Ken, Japan, from Dec. 19-21, 2008.



Paeng not keen on bowling top post By Marc Anthony Reyes

Republished courtesy of Philippine Daily Inquirer, Philippines (Dec. 21, 2008)

2008ISCPaengNepomuceno_small.jpg Paeng Nepomuceno, four-time World Cup bowling champion and a Hall of Famer, on Saturday declined endorsements for him to run as president of the Philippine Bowling Congress. In a text message from Hong Kong, where he is conducting a coaching conference, Nepomuceno said that while he was moved by the gesture, he would rather help the sport through other means. "I am flattered that I am being considered," said the 51-year-old Nepomuceno. "I am not interested and have to decline."



World champ Jasmine heads junior meet By Lim Teik Huat

Republished courtesy of Malaysia Star - Malaysia (Dec. 17, 2008)

20081217MiloJuniorChampionship_small.jpg AMF World Cup champion Jasmine Yeong Nathan of Singapore will headline the stars on parade for the ninth edition of the Milo World Junior All-Stars Bowling Championships at the Sunway Megalanes in Sunway Pyramid from Dec 21-28. The championships have also become one of the richest junior events in Asia with RM30,000 for the boy's Open Masters champion and RM17,000 for the girls' winner. ther notable top foreign names in the fray are San Marino International Open champion Ghislaine van der Tol of Holland, World Youth Championships doubles gold medallist Tina Hulsch of Germany and Commonwealth Championships double gold medallist Jo Allsebrook of England.



Keglers keep on rocking By Ajitpal Singh

Republished courtesy of New Straits Times - Persekutuan, Malaysia (Dec. 20, 2008)

20081220WendyChai_small.jpg Titles were less but nevertheless Malaysian bowling achieved their best this year and Wendy Chai (pictured left) stands out as the country's top performer for winning the World Ranking Masters. The veteran bowler, despite competing with a nagging knee injury, stunned her more accomplished bowlers to win Malaysia's first world ranking title in Jakarta in April. In total, Malaysian bowlers racked in six 'Open' titles and nine gold medals from the World Youth Championships, Asian Competition and Commonwealth Youth event.



Holloway toughening up the women

Republished courtesy of New Straits Times - Persekutuan, Malaysia (Dec. 10, 2008)

20081210HollowayCheah_small.jpg Holloway Cheah's main focus next year is to ensure the national bowlers make an impact in the Women's World Championships in Las Vegas. And to make sure the bowlers deliver, Holloway has opted to make their lives more difficult in training. He has decided to drill the women on tougher lane patterns by mixing up the oiling in every session. He realises that winning medals at world meets is tougher now after the World Tenpin Bowling Association (WTBA) decided to allow pros into the meets.



Windfall awaits keglers By Ajitpal Singh

Republished courtesy of New Straits Times - Persekutuan, Malaysia (Dec. 1, 2008)

20080902CheahBanCheng_small.jpg National bowlers, from next year, can look forward to a windfall of improved incentive schemes, including retirement benefits and monthly wages, if they produced the desired results. The Malaysian Tenpin Bowling Congress (MTBC) management committee has come up with this these attractive package to ensure bowlers enjoy steady income before and after retirement. MTBC high performance manager Cheah Ban Cheng (l.) confirmed that there will be several changes in next year's squads. Ban Cheng also confirmed that Holloway Cheah's contract as national chief coach will be extended.



Singapore team returns triumphant with 6 medals from Commonwealth Championship By Patwant Singh

Republished courtesy of Channel News Asia - Singapore (Dec. 1, 2008)

20081201CTBCTeamSIN_small.jpg Singapore is aiming to be among the world's top five when it comes to bowling. And the country is on track, with its bowlers winning six medals, including two gold, at the recent Commonwealth Championship in Ireland. The four bowlers and their coach returned home on Monday to warm weather and warm smiles for giving Singapore its best performance in the 16-nation tournament. "This result is just part and parcel of what is going to happen more for ten-pin bowling in Singapore. One thing is for sure, we are going to aim towards (to be among) the top five nations in the world," said the coach of Team Singapore, Mervyn Foo.



Veteran Alex hails the rise of Aiman and Syafiq By Rajes Paul

Republished courtesy of Malaysia Star - Malaysia (Dec. 2, 2008)

20081202CTBCTeamMAS_small.jpg Seasoned campaigner Alex Liew welcomes with open arms the entry into the men's elite bowling squad of youngsters Mohd Nur Aiman Khairuddin and Mohd Syafiq Ridhwan Abdul Malek. The 32-year-old Alex, who has been with the national team for more than 10 years, said that the duo's presence would bring a double dose of impact in the big boys' league. The southpaw was proud of their achievements in the Commonwealth Championships, which ended in Belfast last Saturday. In the championships, Malaysia enjoyed one of the greatest weeks in international bowling competitions, raking in a medal haul of 4-3-3 to emerge as the overall champions.



Double dose of good news awaits talented youngster

Republished courtesy of Malaysia Star - Malaysia (Nov. 30, 2009)

2008CTBCSinLiJane_small.jpg A double dose of good news awaits youngster Sin Li Jane (pictured) following her strong performances in the Commonwealth Tenpin Bowling Championships in Belfast. National chief coach Holloway Cheah is expected to recommend the 16-year-old Li Jane to be promoted to the women's elite squad. That means she will also get a chance to fight for a place in the six-member squad for next year's World Championships for women in Las Vegas.



Al-Hajri wins 7th Kingdom of Bahrain Open in decisive game

Adhari Bowling Center in Manama, Bahrain (Nov. 20-27, 2008)

2007QATSaeedAlHajri_small.jpg No. 1 seeded Saeed Al-Hajri (left) from Qatar defeated No. 2 seed, Aziz Jaffar, Bahrain, in the second and decisive game of the title match, 195-158, to capture the title and the $20,000 first prize. Jaffar, who bested the top seed in the first game, 167-159, fell victim to the rule that the top seed must be defeated twice to win the title. The Bahraini was consoled with $10,000. Wu Siu Hong received $6,000 for third place. Chan Shuk Han  both Hong Kong, pocketed $5,000 for fourth place and Basel Al-Onazi, Kuwait, garnered $4,500 for fifth place.



Sponsor hurdle for duo's professional dream By Ajitpal Singh

Republished courtesy of New Straits Times - Persekutuan, Malaysia (Nov. 20, 2008)

2008AsCAlexLiew_small.jpg 2008AsCZulmazranZulkifli_small.jpg Zulmazran Zulkifli (l.), who finished third in the recent AMF World Cup, and Alex Liew (r.) are good enough to turn professional but will need to secure their own sponsors to realise their dream of competing in the United States pro tour. National coach Holloway Cheah said Zulmazran and Alex have the technical and mental abilities to survive in the US. "It will be better if they compete overseas as the exposure will make them better bowlers. However, they will need to secure their own sponsors to make it happen," said Holloway yesterday.



Ryan denied Ancol bowling crown By Damar Harsanto

Republished courtesy of The Jakarta Post - Jakarta, Indonesia (Nov. 16, 2008)

2007BWCRyanLalisang_small.jpg After failing to win the Indonesia Open last month, Indonesia's number one bowler Ryan Leonard Lalisang (pictured) let another title slip when he succumbed to Malaysia's Adrian Ang in the stepladder duel at the inaugural Ancol International Open Tenpin Bowling Championship on Saturday. Taking a 213-204 lead into the final round, the Kuwait leg champion Ryan blew the decisive game, falling to eventual victor Ang, 234-167. "I made mistakes and put myself under pressure," Ryan told reporters after the match.



Myo-Boub, Ang claim women's and men's title in inaugural Ancol Open

Jaya Ancol Bowl in Jakarta, Indonesia (Nov. 6-15, 2008)

2008AsCAdrianAng_small.jpg Joung Myo-Boub of Korea and Adrian Ang, Malaysia, claimed the women's and men's Open Masters titles in the Ancol International Open Bowling Championships in Jakarta, Indonesia. In the women's title match top seeded Myo-Boub defeated No. 2 seed, Vanessa Fung, Hong Kong, 191-182, to earn 40 million Indonesian Rupiah or approx. USD3,500. Men's No. 1 seed Ang (pictured) was forced into the decisive match where he topped local favorite Ryan Lalisang, seeded second., 234-167 to seal the victory worth 100 Million Rp. or $8,760. The top 16 Asians, men and women, advanced to the final event of the 2008 ABF Tour.



Indonesian bowlers need crucial points for ABF tour by Damar Harsanto

Republished courtesy of The Jakarta Post - Jakarta, Indonesia (Nov. 12, 2008)

ABFTourLogo_small.jpg Indonesia's top bowlers will need to win crucial points in the inaugural Ancol International Tenpin Bowling Championship to qualify for the Asian Bowling Federation's Tournament of Champions, to be held in Jakarta next year. Only Kuwait leg champion Ryan Lalisang, now ranked seventh in the ABF's men standings, and Sharon Limansantoso, now 11th in the women's standings, are in the running for tickets at the Champions. Tickets will go to the top 16 bowlers in the ABF table after the Ancol event. The Champions showdown will be held in Ancol on Jan. 16-18, 2009.



More entries at stake at Ancol Bowl

Republished courtesy of Jakarta Post - Jakarta, Indonesia (Nov. 11, 2008)

2006AsCSinglesPuttyArmeinRyanLalisang_small.jpg Around 250 bowlers from 13 countries are taking part in the inaugural Ancol International Open Tenpin Bowling Championship at the Ancol Bowling Lane in North Jakarta. The 10-day championship, which features a total of 17 events beginning Nov. 6, will pick the top 16 men and 16 women bowlers for the ABF Tour of Jakarta series, a statement said Monday. The Indonesian team is spearheaded by Asian Games gold medalist Ryan Lalisang in the men's category and Putty Armein (pictured) in the women's.



Australian Junior scores 300 - again! By David Chapman

Republished courtesy of The Standard - Warrnambool, Australia (Nov. 6, 2008)

20081106ShannonDrake2x300_small.jpg Warrnambool (Australia) tenpin bowler Shannon Drake stunned the sport's community last night when he bowled his second 300 game - at age 16. Shannon bowled his first perfect game last year as a 15-year-old and to repeat the feat 12 months later left many who witnessed it in shock. "I'm still shaking," junior tenpin co-ordinator Gayle Payne said last night. Shannon was bowling in the Teenage League at the Great Ocean Road Tenpin Bowling Centre last night for his side called Nutcases.



Osaka-fu wins Prime Minister's Cup at 37th All Japan Inter-Prefecture Championships

Masaaki Takemoto and Nishiko Kato take MEXT Cup

2008JPNIPCMastersChampions_small.jpg 2008JPNIPCOsakaFuPMCup_small.jpg The 37th All Japan Inter-Prefecture Championships were contested at Round 1 Stadium in Niigata-shi, Niigata-ken. Osaka-fu (left) won the coveted Prime Minister's Cup given to the prefecture which emerges as overall champion based on total points given to the prefectures. Masaaki Takemoto of Osaka and Nishiko Kato (right) from Aichi claimed the men's and women's Masters title en route to receive the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) Cup.

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