Saturday March 9, 2013
Adrian itching for action and aims to shine in Munich
By SHAMSHUL FITRI
PETALING JAYA: National bowler Adrian Ang is ready for his sternest test since returning from an injury when he lines up for the Brunswick Euro Challenge in Munich from March 19-24.
Adrian has been sidelined since last October after the condition of his right ring finger, which he hurt during the 2011 SEA Games in Jakarta, worsened.
In a recent roll-off, Adrian finished fourth behind back-up bowler Timmy Tan and national elites Zulmazran Zulkifli and Alex Liew.
Although the final six-man team to Munich will only be officially announced by Malaysian Tenpin Bowling Congress (MTBC) today, Adrian is in line to be selected as there are only six bowlers in the elite squad.
The others are Syafiq Ridhwan Abdul Malek, Muhd Nur Aiman Khairuddin and Isaac Russell Paul.
“I’d like to think of the result as a positive one for me ... although there’s a lot more catching up for me to do,” said Adrian.
“Of course, it’s difficult when you come back from an injury and everyone else around you is performing well ... but I’m confident things will work out for me.”
Adrian’s last tournament was in September last year.
He failed to defend his KL Open title because of the injury. It was then that he decided to take some time off to let the injury heal properly.
“If I had continued playing, I wouldn’t have been able to produce the same form I showed before the injury. So, it was better for me to rest,” he said. “Now that everything’s okay, I’m very excited to feature in the tournament. It’s something I’m looking forward to.”
Adrian is also experienced enough to know not to set any lofty targets for himself in Munich.
“As an athlete, I never go into tournaments thinking about just getting through them. There must be a desire to win.
“But the circumstances are different for me now. I’ve just recovered and I’d like to see how well I can do here,” he said.