Friday, December 31, 2010

USHERING THE NEW YEAR 2011

In a couple more hours, the year 2010 will bid its final goodbye to us all, with the year 2011, shoving itself into our life as fast as it can.

Let us ALL……MTBC……..State Associations……Officials….Coaches...Bowlers, especially the young bowlers, Ministry of Education….Schools…Teachers and Parents alike, sit back for a moment and reminiscence a little on what had happened to this Sport in 2010.

As a whole, our sport Tenpin Bowling had achieved some good results, Not remarkable but good enough to say that the years had been good. Especially with some of our younger National Team member chalking a few wins here and there. To top it all Alex Liew won us 2 Gold Medals at the Asian Games, although the Asian Games had shown us that we are no longer a Bowling Power house in Asia, loosing our grip to new Kingpins like Korea and Singapore.

We also went through a period of anxiety, when the Majlis Sukan Sekolah Malaysia, axed Tenpin Bowling from the 2010 MSSM Calendar, along with a few other sports like Squash. This led me to create the page, “Save Malaysian School Sport and Malaysian Sports Future” in Facebook, to rally support and put some senses back to MSSM. Thank God Almighty and with all support that the Facebook Page received, including support from the Press, it somehow created the about-turn decision by the Ministry of Education. All the sports that were initially axed was reinstated back into 2010 MSSM calendar.

Then at the recent concluded Milo International Junior All Stars Championship, the Malaysian GIRLS Under-12 and Under-15 categories, showed their mettle, by occupying most of the Bowlers in the Masters Final and winning them. However, in the BOYS Under-12 and Under-15, Malaysian Bowlers were overwhelmed by the Singaporeans. Many may say that is could be due to the many numbers of MQs, these Singaporean Boys took, but it clearly showed that their Bowling Basics is far more superior to ours. This I strongly believe is due to their Development Programs, Coaching and training method.

We have a Sport School in Bandar Penawar in Johor, which is supposed to be the Center of Excellence for Tenpin Bowling, having 4 fully equipped Bowling Lanes. I have been informed that these 4 Bowling Lanes are no longer usable, most probably due to bad or no maintenance, bad management of the Bowling lanes. Now the students at the school have to travel nearly 160 kilometre return just for bowling training. Why is the Ministry of Education not doing anything about this? Personnel involved with the administration and management of Bowling in that school should have been replaced, and the technicians maintaining the lanes and pinsetters, sent for proper training.

MTBC on the other hand MUST have their own Training Alleys equipped with lanes having all types of surfaces available, to provide our National Youth, Back-up Squad and the Elite Bowlers, to be exposed to all kinds of lane surface during normal training.

Another thing is to ensure that the doors into National Training be an open concept, where entry and exits be based on merit. This will ensure every Bowlers to be “on their toes” knowing that their place in National Training is not secured. Those non- performing should be sent out and new young exciting bowlers be brought in. When those sent out improves and performs bring them back in and sent the next non-performing batch out. MTBC…..This is just my personal view.

Grassroots Development is the biggest issue that everyone, from the Sports Ministry, Education Ministry and Parents alike MUST review! A well-planned and executed Development Program MUST be drawn, with proper funding from the Government and Private Sectors. Officials involved with Grassroot Development Programs ARE NOT run by people with personal agendas!

At the same time, please listen to Parents also and not to shove them to the sidelines. It is the Parents that provides our Country with Bowlers of high calibre and potential…..State and National Associations only pick them up when they are almost ready, to polish them into Gems. Without committed Parents, both in terms of Financial and Moral Support, Malaysian Tenpin Bowling will be another global joke! Mark these words of mine.

Lastly but never the least, this Blog wishes to extend a VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR to everyone in the Bowling Fraternity…..and may the NEW YEAR USHER US BETTER RESULTS in the Local, Regional and World Tournaments! Let us aim for the ever elusive Olympic Gold Medal for Malaysia, when the time comes.

GOD BLESS US ALL!!!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Something to read that would blow your mind

Good morning Malaysians! I just read this acticle and it just support this cause! Although it is in a different sport but still it is the same in Malaysia.

Visit this Blog http://msian4sports.blogspot.com/2010/12/celebrating-malaysian-heroes-interview.html

Sunday, December 19, 2010

All Stars Classic 2010

Well done Esther, and most of all SYABAS to Zul Fauzi.
To Zulmazran and Ameerul, better luck next time.

The end to a glorious Milo Junior International All Stars and the All Stars Classic 2010. We can all ponder back at the results for all the catagories in this year's Championship, which showed that Malaysians are still amongst the Best in the Region at the Elite Level.

However, sadly it looks like we are very far behind in the Under-12 and the Under-15 catagories, especially in the Boys catagory. Results for the Girls of these Catagories cannot show much as not many Singaporean took aprt in the Qualifying.

I wonder where we have gone wrong? Is it because our young Malaysians are not being exposed to the best method of training and development? Are those coaches in the State Development programs, the "Right Coach"? We see lots of very young people coaching in these Development Programs, do they have the right credentials or the experience to provide these services?

There still many "Senior" Coaches available to coach these young potential bowlers. However, to reasons unknown to us, their services were not sought by State Associations, to coach.

Thus, we now see how our young bowlers lacks the basic of the sport as compared to the young Singaporeans. We have not seen the Indonesian and for the fact we have not seen the young Koreans.

Where would the standard of Malaysian Bowling be in 5 years down the road? Malaysian Bowling is currently respected throughout the World! Would we still be in our current position or would we be where Soccer is right now, being nothing as compared to SOuth Korea and Japan, who we easily defeat at almost every championship, many years ago!

Where do we go and how do we go from here? Maybe you readers would have much more to voice out, than me.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Milo Junior INternational All Stars

CONGRATULATIONS to Khoo Beng Khai & Siti Syazwani for keeping the Malaysian Flag Flying. To Aris, Kar Yen & Victoria, WELL DONE, you guys did a GREAT JOB too!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Milo Junior International All Stars Graded

CONGRATULATIONS TO WAN NADZMI FIKRI and VICTORIA CHIN for their wins in the Boys and Girls Graded Catagory.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

PERSATUAN TENPIN BOWLING SELANGOR 2004 BLOG

I have always anticipated that the STBA04 Blog was NEVER official and it had never got the Blessing from the Association. When the individual owner of the Blog. stops working for the Association, thus the Blog follow suit and dies. The new site as indicated by the owner of the so-called STBA04 Blog do not exist!

SHAMEFUL!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Milo Junior International All Stars Boys and Girls Under-15

Another poor result by our Malaysian youth in the Boys Under-15 Catagory. The Champion and runner-up are Singaporeans. Thank God that Rafiq came in 3rd to save our faces again.

Out of the Top 10 position, eight were Singaporean boys. The other Malaysian, Kua Jian Zheng, came in 6th.

I am not sure about the results for the Under-12 and Under-15 girls. We did not do too badly in the Girls Under-12, where 11 of the 18 qualifiers for the Finals are from malaysia. While in the Girls Under-15, Malaysian still hold ground, with a 1-2 finish! Well done Steffira and Victoria Chin!

What more can I say? Results are so clear that Malaysians are now left far behind, especially in the Boys Catagory! What need to be done to stop this rut? Maybe some of you reader would be kind enough to voice out your thoughts through this Blog.

And this is real current state of Tenpin Bowling in Malaysia

The other thing that should be done is to kick out those non-performing National Trainees who had been in there for umpteen years and made no impact at all. There are many of them. Bring in fresh new exciting Bowlers, for example Timmy Tan, Julian Yan, Mohd Rafiq, and Natasha Roslan to name a few, into the program. Keep them all on their toes knowing that they can be kicked out of the program at anytime. In this manner the Trainees will always be on the alert knowing that their place in the program is not secured.

One other thing is that National Youth Team should not compete with kid's tournaments.. OMG really malu!

Can you just imagine that all the National Youth Trainees, who competed in the recent Junior All Stars 9 Pin Tap (Girls Open and Boys Graded Bowlers were given an 8 pins handicap) lost to 14 year old girl and a 12 year old boy? And these young bowlers are NOBODY! Yet while presenting the prizes, the Director of High Performance, have the cheek to tell these National Youth boys and girls to go back and train more? That was heard very clearly by all present. A real embarrassment to the whole Bowling Fraternity in Malaysia!

In the Singapore Sport School, they have, I believe, a combination of these lanes for them to train on. Lanes 1 and 2 are Brunswick Urethane coated, lanes 3 and 4 are AMF Water based coated, Lanes 5 to 8 are Brunswick synthetic surfaces and lanes 9 to 12 are AMF synthetic surfaces. These combinations of various lane surfaces present the best variation available for bowlers to train and equip themselves to compete in practically any surfaces, in the world.

We have, I believe, 4 fully equipped Tenpin Bowling lanes in Sekolah Sukan Bandar Penawar. However, sad to say that rumours states that all 4 lanes are not working and that these children from our Malaysian Sport School, are travelling to JB from their school, near Kota Tinggi area, for training.

Those in charge of Tenpin Bowling in that Malaysian Sport School should be the first to be given the boot! Then let the Domino effect takes its course! Only then there could be hope for Malaysian Tenpin Bowling!

One other idea is to allow any Club to be officially affiliated direct to MTBC and not to State Associations. Once these happens there will be more development programs for GRASSROOT level, I am sure.

People, high up there in the Bowling Fraternity WILL hate me for stating this out, but I am not worried of the truth!

What is Happening to Tenpin Bowling in Malaysia

Hello Everyone…….it has been a very long time since I last make a posting in the Blog. I have been away and busy for the past months.

The Junior All Stars International is currently in progress at Sunway Pyramid Megalanes, and the result for the Under-12 year old is known. If one had been following the MQ rounds, one can easily realise that these young children from across the Causeway, Singapore, are very much better in terms of Bowling Basics than the Malaysian children. This is very obvious in the Boys Category.

In the Boys Under-12 category 9 out of 18 Master qualifiers are from Singapore, and out of the 10 in the Reserves List, 8 of them are from Singapore. The Champion for this category, winning by a mile, is from Singapore. Afiq Irsyaduddin from Perak, came in a very distance second, to help save our face. My son’s performance also did not help much.

Look at the qualifiers for the Under-15 Boys, only 5 qualifiers are from Malaysia and the rest are from Singapore, while another 3 Malaysians are in the Reserves List out of 10 reserves. The Top 5 qualifiers are from Singapore. This shows how bad the current state of Bowling is in Malaysia. Let us see the Final result of the Final currently ongoing. Can one of our Malaysian Youth Bowlers save our face?

We are now far behind the South Korea......give another 3 or 4 years, and nothing is done, we will play second fiddle to Singapore. Yet we call them KIASU!

What I am afraid of is that in the next year Milo Junior International All Stars Tournament, no Malaysian kid will be in the Masters Final in the Boys Under-12 and the Under-15 category, and this will be a disgrace!

Your personal opinion on this is most welcome!

Monday, December 13, 2010

The Blog will come alive again................

This Blog will come alive again once the Milo Junior International All Stars Under-15 Catagory Results are known, tomorrow.

To those who had just visited today......please come back again and give your sincere comments to help save Malaysian Tenpin Bowling Future.