Friday August 31, 2012
Holloway: Bowlers could stray off course due to tricky lane
By KNG ZHENG GUAN
PETALING JAYA: National chief coach Holloway Cheah believes that the bowling squad are fully prepared for the Asian Championships, which start on Sunday, in Hong Kong but is wary of the tricky lane patterns.
The tournament will use the short and medium oil patterns – conditions which the national keglers have struggled to adapt to.
Holloway hopes that his charges will adapt quickly in order to get the desired results.
“The oil patterns will be a tricky challenge for our bowlers,” he said.
“The medium patterns will be the ones that we need to be careful of because it is a little unusual since tournaments usually have short and long patterns.
“But the organisers will allow the bowlers to practise at the alley before the competition and hopefully they’ll adapt fast.
“Generally, it has been a good preparation for the Asian meet, especially with the added training sessions, and our bowlers are bonding well as a team.”
His sentiments were echoed by the elder statesman of the men’s squad – Alex Liew, who believes that the team are uniting well and ready to put up a good challenge.
“We have been training from Monday to Saturday, twice a day and there is a positive mood about the squad, both the men’s and women’s,” said the 36-year-old Alex.
“We have retained the men’s squad from last year’s SEA Games and we know each other very well, which is important for tournaments like this.
“The only problem we might face is the medium oil patterns because we seldom practise on such a surface and we will have adapt fast.”
The others in the men’s squad are Adrian Ang, Aaron Kong, Mohd Nur Aiman, Mohd Syafiq Ridhwan and Zulmazran Zulkifli.
The women’s team comprise Shalin Zulkifli, Esther Cheah, Zandra Aziela, Siti Safiyah Amirah, Sin Li Jane and reigning world champion Jacqueline Jenelee Sijore.
The national squad will depart for Hong Kong tomorrow morning.