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Malaysia sweeps Masters gold medals 18th Asian Youth Championships


Natasha Roslan 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.

2015AYCEmilyRigney3.jpg2015AYCFutabaImai2.jpgBoth 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.

2015AYCBillyMuhammadIslam3.jpg2015AYCEnzoHernandez4.jpgOn 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.

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Championship information – Bulletin No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3

18th Asian Youth Championships – Girls Masters Stepladder Finals

2015AYCGirlsMastersTop3.jpgChampionship Round:
1. Natasha Roslan, Malaysia, 424 (2 games)
2. Emily Rigney, Australia, 654 (3 games)
3. Futaba Imai, Japan, 173 (1 game)

Playoff Results:
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

2015AYCBoysMastersTop3.jpgChampionship Round:
1. Muhd Rafiq Ismail, Malaysia, 203 (1 game)
2. Billy Muhammad Islam, Indonesia, 439 (2 games)
3. Enzo Hernandez, Philippines, 216 (1 game)

Playoff Results:
Semifinal Match: No. 3 Islam def. No. 2 Hernandez, 256-216
Championship Match: No. 1 Ismail def. Islam, 203-183.

Herbert Bickel

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