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Age doesn’t weary By Nick Berrett

Republished courtesy of News Limited Community Newspapers - Metro, Australia (Oct. 27, 2008)

20081027JimMaher_small.jpg You are never too old to take up a new hobby - just look at Nazarene Retirement Village resident, Jim Maher. Mr. Maher celebrated his 101st birthday on October 17 the way he has always loved to spend previous celebrations - with the company of his family, and a good pie. The week before, he went ten-pin bowling, a hobby he only took up after his 100th birthday. Mr. Maher said he was not sure how he lived to reach 101. "If there is a secret (to living to that age), then I haven’t got it," he said. Cheers ... 101-year-old Jim Maher, center, celebrates his birthday with Ruth and Barry Maher.



Alex game for pro stint By Rajes Paul

Republished courtesy of Malaysia Star - Malaysia (Oct. 23, 2008)

20081023AlexLiew_small.jpg Bowler Alex Liew welcomes the opportunity to raise his game higher by turning professional. But the 32-year-old hopes that the move will not take him away from his family for too long. "It takes a lot of commitment to be a pro bowler. It involves a lot of travelling. But I am willing to give it a shot if it does not take me away from home for a long time," said Alex. "I will have to reconsider if it requires me to be based in the United States for six months or more." The Malaysian Tenpin Bowling Congress (MTBC) want to encourage the reigning Indone­sian Open champion and the other bowlers in the men's national team to rub shoulders with the professionals on the circuit.



Time to go pro, Alex By Rajes Paul

Republished courtesy of Malaysia Star - Malaysia (Oct. 22, 2008)

20081022AlexLiew_small.jpg Alex Liew continued to show that he is one of the most dependable national bowlers by winning the Indonesian Open title on Monday. And after producing good results for the country for over a decade now, the Malaysian Tenpin Bowling Congress (MTBC) are set to encourage the 32-year-old Alex to venture into the world of professional competitions. On Monday, Alex defeated the home favourite, Ryan Lalisang, 226-158, 209-189 to win the Indonesian Open for the third time.



Karnataka crowned 2008 National Team Champion of India

Mayajaal, Chennai (Oct. 13-19, 2008)

2008INDNCTeamKarnataka_small.jpg Team Karnataka (pictured) successfully defended the title at the 2nd National Tenpin Bowling Team Championships in India by securing 4 gold medals, 3 silver and 4 bronze. Delhi was a distant second with 2 gold medals, 1 silver and 1 bronze. Third place belonged to Tamil Nadu with 1 gold medal, 1 silver and 1 bronze. Pratima Hegde was the most successful player of the championships winning 4 gold medals and 1 silver medal. Harshavardhan Sarda of Delhi was next with won 2 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze.



Limansantoso, Liew win the titles in 6th Indonesia International Open

Senayan Bowling in Jakarta, Indonesia (Oct.13-20, 2008)

2008INAOpenLogo_small.jpg #No. 1 seeded Sharon Limansantoso from Indonesia defeated Kim Eun Jung, Korea, 200-193, to win the women's Open Masters title in the 6th Indonesia International Open on Monday evening at Senayan Bowling in Jakarta, Indonesia. On the men's side, fourth-seeded Alex Liew from Malaysia won three consecutive matches to cruise to his third title in Indonesia with four years. In the title match, Liew flew past local favorite and No. 1 seed, Ryan Lalisang, 226-158, to force a second and deciding match. He defeated Lalisang again, this time 209-189, to seal the victory.



Hong Kong bowlers win Guam Open

Republished courtesy of Pacific Daily News - Hagåtña, Guam, USA (Oct. 13, 2008)

2008AsCChanShukHan_small.jpg 2008AsCWuSiuHong_small.jpg Wu Siu Hong (l.) of Hong Kong started the final match of the Budweiser Guam International Bowling Open with three consecutive splits and fell behind. But his opponent yesterday, Norison Catbagan, returned the favor by missing on six different frames to hand the first game to Wu by the score of 183-121, and eventually the title at the Central Lanes Bowling Center. Also yesterday, Chan Shuk Han (r.) of Hong Kong earned her first Budweiser Guam Open Women's Open title with a 186-176, 213-200, 215-176 series win over Leanne Rankin of Guam



Syafiq and three others make the cut

Republished courtesy of Malaysia Star - Malaysia (Oct. 11, 2008)

2008BevidaSyafiqRidhwan_small.jpg Youngster Mohd Syafiq Ridhwan Abdul Malek (pictured left) continued his fine form to win a place for the Commonwealth Tenpin Bowling Championships, which will be held in Belfast from Nov 22-30. The 21-year-old Syafiq made the cut after finishing top in a selection trial for five boys and four girls, which ended at the Endah Parade in Sri Petaling yesterday. The first session was conducted at the Pyramid Mega Lanes last month. Syafiq will be accompanied by Mohd Nur Aiman Khairuddin, Nur Syakirah Yeoh and Sin Li Jane came out tops in the women’s trial.

Hong Kong


Hong Kong Sports Institute Limited searching for Bowling Head Coach

20081009HKSILogo_small.jpg The Hong Kong Sports Institute Limited is dedicated to providing an environment in which sports talent can be identified, nurtured and developed to pursue excellence in the international sporting arena. The HKSIL is inviting suitable candidates for the following vacancy: Head Tenpin Bowling Coach
Candidates should apply in writing / e-mail on or before 22 October 2008 with full resume, current and expected salary, contact telephone number, address and availability.



Fukuoka wins President's Cup in 63rd Japanese National Sports Festival Bowling Competition

OBS Bowl in Oita-Shi, Oita-Ken (Sep. 28 - Oct. 3, 2008)

2008NSFFukuokaPresidentsTrophy_small.jpg The National Sports Festival is Japan's largest annual multi-sports meeting. The Prefectures (Ken) alternate to host and organize the annual event in cooperation with the respective sports federations. Oita-Ken was the host prefecture this year. The bowling competition featured four divisions - Men, Women, Boys and Girls - who competed in Singles, Doubles and 4-player Team events. Fukuoka Prefecture (pictured) was the winner of the 63rd NSF Bowling Competition as the prefecture's bowlers won the most points in the men's division and the second-most in the women's division to earn the Tournament President's Cup.



Limited funding floors Esther By Ajitpal Singh

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

20081001EstherCheah_small.jpg Limited funding has forced two-time world champion Esther Cheah to withdraw from the Herrin Bowl Open in the United States which starts on Friday. This is because the National Sports Council (NSC) decided a week ago to fund her for only one regional tournament instead of three in the US this month. This means, Esther, who is studying psychology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, will only make her professional debut in the Barney Open (Oct 10-12), a Midwest regional event. Unfortunately, this arrangement does not augur well for Esther's preparations for the AMF World Cup in Mexico on Nov 7-15.



Syafiq now tipped to earn berth to Belfast meet

Republished courtesy of Malaysia Star - Malaysia (Sep. 30, 2008)

 A second trial to select the best two men for the Commonwealth Tenpin Bowling Championships will take place after the Hari Raya festival. And all indications are that back-up bowler Mohd Syafiq Ridhwan Abdul Malek (pictured) will come out tops to seal a place in the championships, which will be held in Belfast from Nov 24-30. On Sunday, the 21-year-old Syafiq showed that he was on the right track to join the country's elite group of bowlers when he stunned four-time World Cup champion Paeng Nepomuceno of the Philippines to retain the PBAP-Bevida Storm International Classic title in Manila.



Ridhwan defends title in 11th PBAP Bevida Storm International Classic

Paeng's Midtown Bowl in Manila, Philippines (September 24-28, 2008)

2008BevidaNepomucenoRidhwan_small.jpg Syafiq Ridhwan of Malaysia (right) defeated Philippine legend Paeng Nepomuceno (left) in Paeng's Midtown Bowl in Manila, 234-227, to defend his title in the 11th PBAP Bevida Storm International Classic. The 22-year-old defending champion earned 150,000 Philippine Pesos (approx. US$3,220) for the feat. Nepomuceno, who eliminated Michael Mak of Hong Kong and Christyn Chew of Malaysia in an exciting semifinal match, 220-218-218, pocketed 80,000 PHP for second place. In the opening match Chew defeated Pasut Punsanthanveekul, Thailand and Kelvin Keong, Malaysia, 211-185-194.



National bowlers grounded By Ajitpal Singh

Republished courtesy of New Straits Times - Persekutuan, Malaysia (Sep. 14, 2008)

2008ICSHollowayCheah_small.jpg The days of easy entry into international tournaments are over as from now on, the national bowlers will need to prove themselves in training to be considered for overseas events.  National coach Holloway Cheah (pictured) said bowlers who failed to impress in training will be home-bound until they improve. And to prove his point, Holloway has decided not to send the bowlers for the Ankara Open on Sept 16-21. He made this decision at the Malaysian Tenpin Bowling Congress (MTBC) development committee meeting on Friday.



Injury delays Esther's pro debut By Ajitpal Singh

Republished courtesy of New Straits Times - Persekutuan, Malaysia (Sep. 11, 2008)

20080911EstherCheah_small.jpg A cut on her right index finger has forced bowler Esther Cheah to postpone her professional debut. Esther had entered for the Herrin Bowl Open in the United States, which starts tomorrow, but the injury sustained during training several days ago means she will only debut next month. "The injury is not serious but she has been advised by her doctor to rest for a few days. Esther has decided to pull out from the Herrin event and will only make her professional debut next month," said national coach Holloway Cheah yesterday.



Globetrotting coach Nepomuceno to conduct next course in conjunction with PBAP Bevida-Storm International Classic

2007AMBAPaengNepomuceno_small.jpg USBC ambassador and WBW Hall of Famer Paeng Nepomuceno will once again host a Level One and Bronze Level USBC coaching accreditation program at his very own 'Paeng's Midtown Bowl' right after the 11th PBAP Bevida-Storm International Classic, which will be held from September 24-28, 2008. The bowling globetrotter has gone all over Asia promoting the sport, educating bowlers and coaches alike and encouraging a lot of new aspiring bowlers to take tenpin bowling not only as a leisure activity, but as a sport in which one can excel in as he has done.



National keglers must buck up or face axe By Ajitpal Singh

Republished courtesy of New Straits Times - Persekutuan, Malaysia (Sep. 2, 2008)

20080902CheahBanCheng_small.jpg While the chop is not imminent for the national bowlers who failed to win even one medal in the Men's World Championships in Bangkok, they have been warned that this is not a permanent stand. The Malaysian Tenpin Bowling Congress (MTBC), while disappointed with the showing, won't indulge in rash actions and is prepared to give the keglers another chance. However, with a host of youngsters waiting to be promoted, MTBC high performance manager Cheah Ban Cheng (pictured) said the seniors must perform in training and tournaments to safeguard their positions.



Silver Level Seminar concludes six-day coaching conference in Singapore

 Filipino bowling legend Paeng Nepomuceno USBC certified coach and International Ambassador for Bowling, concluded the last part of his second Tri-Level seminar for 2008 certifying fifteen coaches from Singapore, Indonesia and Brunei. The three-day Silver Level Seminar, Paeng's third of the year 2008, was held from August 17-19, 2008 at the Singapore Polytechnic Graduates' Guild and followed a Level 1 and Bronze Level Coaching accreditation seminar also conducted by the Hall-of-Famer, who has amassed 118 career titles worldwide.



Nepomuceno certifies 13 coaches in Singapore

20080816NepomucenoSIN_small.jpg Rafael "Paeng" Nepomuceno, a United States Bowling Congress coach, International Ambassador for bowling and six-time world champion, concluded another Level One and Bronze Level coaching conference at the Singapore Polytechnic Graduates' Guild bowling center in Singapore. The Level One seminar was held on August 14 and the Bronze Level seminar on August 15 and 16. Paeng will go on to conduct a Silver Seminar for the Bronze level coaches accredited last year starting on August 17.



Shalin can finally play on the pro circuit By Rajes Paul

Republished courtesy of Malaysia Star - Malaysia (Aug. 6, 2008)

20080806ShalinZulkifli_small.jpg A childhood dream to play in the professional circuit has turned to reality for bowler Shalin Zulkifli after a 16-year-long wait. On Monday, the 30-year-old Shalin made it a historic day for Malaysia by achieving two major breakthroughs in Illinois. Superb performances in the US Women's Open made Shalin the first Malaysian and one of the few non-Americans to win an exemption card to play in revived Professional Bowling Association (PBA) Women's Tour Finals this year.



Busy month for Nepomuceno, coaching seminars No. 5 and 6 in Indonesia and Singapore

20080803PaengSeminaJakarta_small.jpg USBC's busiest coach, international bowling ambassador and six-time world champion Paeng Nepomuceno just concluded the first ever United States Bowling Congress Level One and Bronze Level certification seminar in Jakarta, Indonesia. The three day certification seminar was held in Artha Gading Bowling Center from August 1-3. Of the eight newly-certified coaches, seven were from Jakarta and various provinces of Indonesia plus one Taiwanese national. The Indonesia seminar was Paeng's fifth seminar in the year 2008. No. 6 will follow next week in Singapore.

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