23rd Asian Junior Tenpin Bowling Championships
Hong Kong youth poised for glory

21st June, Kuala Lumpur: Team Hong Kong's sole finalist, Jovi Ma did superbly in the first block of the Boy's Masters Finals at the 23rd Asian Junior Tenpin Bowling Championships 2024 to finish second to leader, Ethan Damien Goh of Malaysia A on Friday.

The 17-year-old two-hander won his first two matches with 236 and 218 to the field of 16 finalists. Ma lost his first match but won his second with 207. Chinese Taipei Team A's Kuo Hong-Yi trailed the leader by 3 pins. A second Malaysian, Wan Zarif Ikram took over the lead after the third game but Goh regained it after the fourth game.

Singles bronze medalist, Ibrahim Al Moreikhi of Qatar A also led after the fifth game but Goh bounced back to regain the lead after the sixth game. The Malaysian went on to end the block in the lead with 1837 despite not winning his last two matches.

Ma won six consecutive matches from game 2 onwards to finish a creditable second with 1828, just 9 pins behind. The Qatari come in third with 1810. Wan Zarif and All Events gold medalist, Aviel Chua Jun Jie of Singapore A rounded out the top five with 1776 and 1703.

Jovi Ma finishing a creditable second in the Boy's Masters Block 1 finals

In the girl's division, Singles gold medalist, Nura Salsabila Bte Zulkifli of Singapore A and Nur Ainul Hayat of Malaysia A shared the lead after winning their opening matches. The lead changed hands three times. Doubles silver medalist, Hazel Tan Wei Ning started to rack in five straight wins from game 4 to end the block in the lead with 1752.

Her compatriot, Ashley Victoria Lok finished second despite winning only four matches for a total of 1651 to give Singapore a one-two finish. Nur Ainul took third spot with 1638, also from six wins. Team gold and All Events silver medalist, Intan Nor Edryana Bte Nor Azliman of Malaysia A took fourth position with 1595 from four wins.

Doubles bronze medalist, Emily Hart of Australia A rounded out the top five with 1580 with five wins. The finalists will resume with their second block of seven matches and a position-round match tomorrow. The top 3 boys and top 3 girls with the highest total will proceed to the Stepladder Shootout finals.

Meanwhile, Singapore led the Overall medal tally with 4 gold and 1 silver. Malaysia trailed in second with a medal haul of 2-1-1. Australia is third with 1 gold and 1 bronze medal.

Photos by Terence Yaw in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia.

Top 3 Boys in the first block, Jovi Ma, Ethan Damien Goh and Ibrahim Al Moreikhi

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