Kuwaiti, Taiwanese captures Masters gold

6th May, Hong Kong 2017: Second-seed, Mostafa Almousawi of Kuwait and third-seed, Tsai Ying-Ying of Chinese Taipei concluded the 17th Asian School Tenpin Bowling Championships with victory in the Boy's and Girl's Masters Stepladder finals.

Two bronze medallist, Mostafa easily defeated top-seed, Ivan Tse of Hong Kong Team A, 477-402 over the two-game total title match. The 18-year-old Kuwaiti led by 42 pins after winning the first game, 242-198 and went on to another easy victory in the second game, 235-204 to win his first gold medal.

The champion had earlier denied last champsionship Masters silver medallist and third-seed, Ivan Malig of Philippines Team A, 224-207 to earn a crack at the title. Tse settled for his second silver medal while Malig earned the bronze.


Mostafa Almousawi winning Kuwait's first and only gold medal in the Masters finals

In the earlier second block round-robin finals, Tse earned top seed after winning all his eight matches for a 16-game total of 3829 over two blocks. Mostafa won only four matches but finished second with a total of 3736 and Malig took third spot with 3680.

Nicolas-Michel Breant of Hong Kong Team A and All Events gold medallist, Merwin Tan of Philippines Team A both missed the cut for the stepladder finals by a distant 95 pins after tieing with 3585.


Meanwhile, third-seed, Tsai Ying-Ying defeated top-seed, Chi Yun-Fan 394-363 in the all-Taiwanese Girl's title match to win her first gold medal. Tsai had erlier edged triple gold medallist and second-seed, Wong Son Ian of Macau, 189-183 to set up final match with her team-mate.

Chi, who led the first block with six wins, again won six matches in the earlier second block round-robin finals with 16-game total 3285 to advance to the stepladder finals as top seed. Wong also won six matches to finish second with 3276.

Tsai, who was fourth and 14 pins behind Singles gold medallist and compatriot, Wu Jie-Yu before the position-round match, got the better of Wu, 205-181 to clinch the third and final stepladder spot with 3042. Wu missed the cut by 48 pins on a total of 2994 while Sou Chin Cheng of Macau completed the top five with 2969.



Tsai Ying-Ying winning her first gold medal and Chinese Taipei's second

Macau emerged as the overall champion with a medal haul of 3-1-2 and Philippines Team A finished second with 3-0-2. Chinese Taipei Team A took third spot with a medal haul of 2-4-3. Hong Kong Team A and Kuwait were the two other teams to pick up a gold medal each. Macau also emerged as Girls champion with 3 gold and two bronze medals while Philippines Team A was the Boys champion with 3 gold and two bronze medals.

36 boys and 20 girls from six countries participated at the 17th Asian School Tenpin Bowling Championships. The next edition will be held in Kuching, Sarawak in Malaysia from 11 to 17 November, 2017.

Photos by Terence Yaw in Hong Kong.

Kuwaiti, Taiwanese leads first block

5th May, Hong Kong 2017: Two bronze medallist, Mostafa Almousawi of Kuwait and two silver medallist, Chi Yun-Fan of Chinese Taipei Team A led the first block of the Boy's and Girl's Masters finals at the 17th Asian School Tenpin Bowling Championships on Friday.

Two gold medallist, Kenzo Umali of Philippines A won his first match of the round-robin Masters finals with 252 to lead Saud Alkheliwi of Saudi Arabia by four pins with All Events gold medallist, Merwin Tan of Philippines A a further 10 pins away in third.

Mostafa won his second straight match with 261 to leapfrog the Filipino into the lead. Doubles gold medallist, Ivan Tse of Hong Kong A also won his second match to take over second spot with Umali and Saud sharing third spot.

Umali bounced back with a stunning 275 victory in his third match to regain the lead and to move 17 pins ahead of the Kuwaiti with Tse and Saud staying close to the leading duo.



Block 1 top 3, Ivan Tse, Mostafa Almousawi and Ali Heedar


Mostafa responded with his fourth straight wins with 279 to take over the running for the second time. Umali trailed in second, 27 pins pins adrift. The 18-year-old Kuwaiti leader went on to win three of the remaining four matches to lead the first block with 1967 from seven wins.

Tse clinched second spot with 1856 from seven wins as well. Ali Heedar of Kuwait stormed home to snatch third spot with 1808 from five wins. Umali slipped down to fourth with 1807, just one pin adrift ahead of his compatriot, Ivan Malig, who completed the top five with 1737 with just three wins.


In the girl's division, Chinese Taipei dominated the early stages with as much as four Taiwanese occupying the top four spots. Two silver medallist, Chi Yun-Fan led from start to finish to top the block with 1652 from six wins.

Triple gold medallist, Wong Son Ian of Macau stormed home in the second half of the block to snatch second spot with 1635 winning seven matches. Singles gold medallist, Wu Jie-Yu of Chinese Taipei A settled for third position with 1612 from six wins.

Sou Chi Cheng of Macau and best Filipina finisher, Grace Gella rounded out the top five with 1532 and 1499 respectively. The boys and girls will resume with their second block over seven matches followed by a position round match to determine the top three boys and top three girls stepladder finalists.

The championships will end with the medal ceremony of the Masters event and will close out with the victory banquet at Panda Hotel in Tsuen Wan in the evening.



Top 3 finishers, Wong Son Ian, Chi Yun-Fan and Wu Jie-Yu


Photos by Terence Yaw in Hong Kong.

Philippines add two gold medals

4th May, Hong Kong 2017: Philippines Team A added a second gold medal with a convincing victory in the Boy's Team of Four and a third in the Boy's All Events of the 17th Asian School Tenpin Bowling Championships at SCAA Bowling Centre on Thursday.

Ivan Malig, Louis Cantora, Singles gold medallist, Kenzo Umali and Merwin Tan led the first block of the Team of Four with a total of 2495, 16 pins ahead of Chinese Taipei Team A and Hong Kong Team A a further 16 pins in third.

Nicolas-Michel Breant, Owen Ip with Doubles gold medallist, Ivan Tse and Alex Yu resumed the second block stronger than the Filipinos with 846 to take over the running as Philippines Team A managed 806. Chinese Taipei Team A slipped down to third.


Philippines Team A with their second gold medal

Philippines Team A bounced back after the fifth game with a superb 864 to regain the lead when Hong Kong Team A stumbled with 759 while Chinese Taipei narrowed the gap from Hong Kong to remain in third. The leader wrapped up the event with 820 to win their second gold medal with 4985.


Hong Kong Team A could not respond to settle for the silver medal with 4843, 142 pins adrift. Chinese Taipei Team A also failed to overhaul Hong Kong to take home the bronze medal with 4809. Saudi Arabia finished a distant fourth with 4615.

Merwin Tan gave Philippines Team A their third gold when he topped the Boy's All Events with 3991. Ivan Tse clinched the silver medal with 3907 while Mostafa Almousawi of Kuwait took the bronze medal with 3899.

In the girl's division, Doubles gold medallist, So Cheng Lam and Wong Son Ian teamed up with Sou Chi Cheng and Cheang Lok In to win Macau's second gold medal of the championship in the Team of Four event with 4310.

Chinese Taipei Team A's Singles gold and silver medallists, Wu Jie-Yu and Chi Yun-Fan teamed up with Peng Hsiao-Ting and Tsai Ying-Ying finished second to win their second silver medal with 4249, 61 pins adrift the champion.



Second gold medal for Macau Girl's Team


Philippines Team A's Daphne Custodio, Jeika Yutero, Noelle Campos and Grace Gella clinched the bronze medal with 4075. The second Chinese Taipei team missed the podium by 27 pins to finish fourth with 4048 while Philippines Team B finished fifth with 3678.

Wong Son Ian added another milestone for Macau by winning the Girl's All Events with 3442. Wu Jie-Yu and Chi Yun-Fan finished second and third with 3320 and 3262 respectively to add a third silver and a third bronze medal.

After four events, Macau leads the overall medal tally with 3 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze medal. Philippines Team A also has 3 gold but has 2 bronze and no silver to trail in second. Chinese Taipei Team A is third with 1 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze.



All Events gold medallists, Merwin Tan and Wong Son Ian

The top 16 boys and top 16 girls based on the All Events standings qualified for the Masters finals which will be contested over two blocks of eight games each on May 5 and 6, culminating to the stepladder finals for the final gold medal of the championships.

Photos by Terence Yaw in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong and Macau win Doubles gold

3rd May, Hong Kong 2017: Boy's Singles silver medallist, Alex Yu partnered Ivan Tse to capture Hong Kong's first gold medal at the 17th Asian School Tenpin Bowling Championships with victory in the Boy's Doubles event while Macau won their first-ever gold medal in the Girl's division.

Tse and Yu set a cracking pace with 466 in their opening game to lead Philippines Team A's pair of Singles gold medallist, Kenzo Umali and Marwin Tan by 30 pins and Chinese Taipei Team A's pair of Su Tsung Wei and Yeh Chen-Kuang in third, a further ten pins away.

The Hong Kong pair added another splendid 474 in their second game to extend their lead to 73 pins. Macau's first pair of Chiu Hou Leong and Fong Chin Hang moved up to second after a superb 452 as the Filipino pair slipped to fourth.


Ivan Tse and Alex Yu beaming with their gold medals

Saudi Arabia's Suad Alkheliwi and Sultan Almasri shot 464 to take up third spot. Macau mounted a strong challenge in the third game with a stunning 479 to cut the gap to just four pins as Hong Kong remained in the lead. Philippines recovered to regain third spot.

Tse and Yu responded with 470 in the fourth game as Macau stumbled to a lowly 358 allowing Hong Kong to draw away to a commanding lead of 116 pins. The leader ended the event with 393 and 414 to seal victory with 2627 total pinfalls.

Hong Kong's last gold medal came way back in the 9th edition of the championships in 2006 when Michael Tsang won the Masters event, more than 10 years gap. Macau finished with 380 and 421 to win the silver medal with 2505. Macau last won a silver medal at the 2011 edition in Bangkok. Philippines held on to third spot with 2500 to take home the bronze medal while Singles bronze medallist, Mostafa Almousawi and Ali Redha of Kuwait missed the podium by 17 pins.


Meanwhile, Macau also made history to win their first-ever gold medal with victory in the Girl's Doubles event. Philippines Team B's first pair of Rjoy Dval-Santos and Dale Lazo set the early pace to lead the field in the first three games.

Chinese Taippei Team A's pair of Chi Yun-Fan and Wu Jie-Yu and Macau's So Cheng Lam and Wong Son Ian traded second spot between them. Macau shot into the lead after the fourth game but lost the lead to the Taiwanese pair after the fifth game.

So and Wong bounced brack brilliantly with 423 to snatch the gold medal with 2221. A second Chinese Taipei Team B's pair of Lin Tzu-Ting and Ho Chia-Yun clinched the silver medal with 2208 while Chi and Wu settled for the bronze medal with 2187.

The second Macau pair of Sou Chi Cheng and Cheang Lok In did well but missed the podium by 20 pins to finish fourth.



Wong Son Ian and So Cheng Lam making history with their gold medals


The second Chinese Taipei Team A pair rounded out the top five with 2141 ahead of pace-setter Philippines. Atfer two events, Merwin Tan of Philippines Team A leads the Boy's All Events standings with 2683 followed by Alex Yu and Mostafa Almousawi tieing in second with 2641. Ivan Tse is fourth with 2611. Singles gold medallist, Wu Jie-Yu topped the girl's division with 2296 ahead of Wong Son Ian and Lin Tzu-Ting in second and third.

Competition will shift to the Team of Four for both the boys and girls division tomorrow with the first block of three games in the morning and the second block of three games in the afternoon. The top 16 boys and top 16 girls in the All Events standings after 18 games will qualify for the Masters event.

Photos by Terence Yaw in Hong Kong.

First gold for Philippines, Chinese Taipei

2nd May, Hong Kong 2017: Debutant, Kenzo Umali captured the first gold medal for Philippines Team A with victory in the Boy's Singles event of the 17th Asian School Tenpin Bowling Championships while Chinese Taipei swept the gold and silver medals in the girl's division.

2016 East Asian Championships doubles bronze medallist, Ivan Tse of Hong Kong Team A got off the block with a superb 233 in his opening game to lead Filipino, Merwin Tan og Philippines Team A by five pins in second and Cheang I Hon of Macau in third, a further three pins away.

Despite a 209 in the second game, Tse slipped down to third after a second Macau youth, Fong Chon Hang fired a big game of 263 to take over the running. Kenzo Umali followed his first game of 213 with 243 to take up second spot ahead of compatriot, Tan in third.


Boy's Singles medallists, Alex Yu, Kenzo Umali and Mostafa Almousawi


Another strong game from Umali allowed the Filipino to move into the lead as Fong slipped to second. Nicolas-Michel Breant of Hong Kong Team A improved to take up third. Tan and a third Hong Kong Team A member, Alex Yu stayed in the top five.

Umali extended his lead from nine pins to 65 pins after he downed a stunning 267 in the fourth game as Tse bounced back with 243 to move back up to second while Tan and Breant stayed close with the leading duo.

The leader kept his lead despite rolling 198 in the fifth game but saw his gap reduced to 18 pins when Yu posted a sizzling 269 to take up second. Tan stayed in third, another 18 pins behind. 2015 Asian Championships Masters silver medallist, Mostafa Almousawi rolled 258 to move to fourth, just four pins adrift.

Both Umali and Yu started thier final game well but stumbled to an opened frame each. Mostafa was on a roll firing a double in his first two frames and then five-in-a-row from frame 4 to put pressure on the leading duo.


But Umali kept his composure to end with 225 to seal victory with 1369. Mostafa ended with 231 and almost snatch the silver but Yu struck home to clinch the silver with 1338 while Mostafa settled for the bronze medal with 1335.

Tan missed the podium by 12 pins with 1323 and Tse also missed out finishing fifth with 1287. Early pace-setters, Fong, Breant and Cheang ended in sixth to eighth positions respectively.

Meanwhile, Chinese Taipei stamped their mark with Chi Yun-Fan, Wu Jie-Yu and Peng Hsiao-Ting trading the lead in the first three games. But Wu eventually won the Girl's Singles gold with 1161. Chi, who trailed Wu after three games, settled for the silver with 1107 to give Chinese Taipei a one-two finish.



Girl's Singles medallists, Chi Yu-Fan, Wu Jie-Yu and Wong Son Ian

Two-times Thailand Open Youth Under-15 Masters champion, Wong Son Ian stormed home with 234 to clinch the bronze medal with 1104. Noelle Campos of Philippines Team A, who fired a big game of 258 to take up second spot after fifth game, missed out on the podium with 1087 after a disasterous 141 in the final game.

Peng rounded out the top five with 1070. ABF Vice President, Mike Seymour presented the medals to the winners and Ms Helen Shum, HKTBC Vice Chairman presented the mascot. 36 boys and 20 girls will resume with the Doubles event tomorrow morning.

Photos by Terence Yaw in Hong Kong.

Traditional ceremony marks opening

1st May, Hong Kong 2017: A colourful and traditional ceremony graced by Mr Karl C. Kwok, MH, Vice-President of Sports Federation and Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, marked the opening of the 17th Asian School Tenpin Bowling Championships at SCAA Bowling Centre on Monday.

The ceremony was also attended by Mr Richard Wong, Executive Director of Leisure and Cultural Services Department, the Honorary Ma Fung Kwok, Executive Director of Hong Kong SAR, Mr Victor Hui, Chairman of South China Athletic Association and Mr Kenneth Fok of Vice-President of Sports Federation and Olympic Committee of Hong Kong.

Also present were Mr Mike Seymour, ABF Vice President (Oceania Region), ABF Exco Members, Dr Kaoru Kitagawa Ph.D., Mr Alex Lim, Dr Danny Santos, Tournament Director, Mr Winston Chan, Tournament Official, distinguished guests, team officials and players.


Guest of Honour, Mr Karl Kwok and other VIPs dotting the lion's eyes


Ms Kelly Kwong, emcee for the ceremony, welcomed all present and kicked off proceedings by first introducing the guests of honour, VIPs, ABF Exco Members before announcing the march past of the six participating countries from Asia region.


Speeches started off with the Organizing Chairman, Ms Vivien Lau, BBS, JP, Chairman of Hong Kong Tenpin Bowling Congress, Honorary Life President of Asian Bowling Federation and Secretary General of World Bowling thanking the guest of honour, generous sponsors and contributors for their support in this championships.

She also expressed gratitude to the support and confidence given to HKTBC by Asian Bowling Federation for hosting the championships for the fourth time. Ms Lau also thanked the participating countries for their support in sending their teams.

Mr Karl Kwok followed by delivering his speech by wishing all the players the best of luck in this championships before declaring the championships official opened as the drums rolled to start the lion dance.



Mr Karl Kwok delivering his speech at the opening ceremony

At the end of the dance, the lions displayed several best wishes banners to wish all participants the best of luck in their quest to win honours for their countries. Hong Kong team member, Nicolas-Michel Breant took the oath on behalf of all players while Leung Yuet Ming took the oath on behalf of tournament officials.

A total of six countries comprising of 14 teams made up 36 boys and 20 girls bowlers from Asia who will be vying for honours for their nation in Singles, Doubles, Team of Four, All Events and the prestigious Masters event.

Competition will kick off with the Singles on Tuesday, May 2 for the girls and boys followed by the Doubles on Wednesday, May 3. The Team of Four over two blocks of three games each will be staged on Thursday, May 4.

The top 16 boys and top 16 girls based on the All Events standings (18 games total) will qualify for the Round-Robin Matchplay Masters finals to be contested over two blocks on May 5 and 6. The top 3 boys and top 3 girls will proceed to the Stepladder Grand Finals. The championships will close with the Victory Banquet at Panda Hotel, Tsuen Wan in the evening.

Photos by Terence Yaw in Hong Kong.

Equal opportunity for all teams

30th April, Hong Kong 2017: With strong teams from Japan, Korea, Malaysia and Singapore not participating at the 17th Asian School Tenpin Bowling Championships, teams will have equal opportunity to take home at least a medal.

A total of 36 boys and 20 girls under the age of 18 from a total of just six countries will be vying for medals when the championships kick off on May 2, 2017. This was confirmed during the team managers' meeting held at the Lecture Theatre on the 2nd floor, Olympic House in Hong Kong this evening.

There are nine boys team of four - one team each from Kuwait, Macau and Saudi Arabia while there will be two teams each from Philippines, Chinese Taipei and host, Hong Kong. There are five girls team of four - one from Macau and two each from Philippines and Chinese Taipei.


Members of the Tournament Committee at the head table

The 17th edition of the championships is hosted by Hong Kong for the fifth time since its inception in 1998 in Singapore. Four events will be contested comprising of Singles, Doubles, Team of Four and Masters. The top 16 boys and top 16 girls in the All Events standings after 18 games played will qualify for the Round-Robin Matchplay Masters finals to be held over two blocks of eight games each.

The top 3 boys and top 3 girls at the end of the Masters finals will advance to the stepladder shootout finals. The official practice is scheduled on May 1 followed by the official opening ceremony to be held at SCAA Bowling Centre thereafter.

May 2 will kick off the championships with the Singles, followed by the Doubles on May 3. The Team of Four will be held on May 4 over two blocks of three games each while the Masters finals will be staged on May 5 and 6 culminating with the stepladder finals. The victory banquet, to be hosted by Hong Kong Tenpin Bowling Congress at Panda Hotel, Tseun Wan, will conclude the week-long championships.

Photos by Terence Yaw in Hong Kong.


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