WBC crash out of Kinabalu Triples Borneo Cup Lawn Bowls C’ship

BY NADZIRAH MALEK-WEBB

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN - WISDOM Bowls Club’s (WBC) ‘B’ team of Hjh Amalia Hj Matali and Esmawandy Ibrahim crashed out of the Kinabalu Triples Borneo Cup Lawn Bowls Championship 2016 after losing their final group stage match to hosts RBT Sabah 7-18 yesterday.

Hjh Amalia - who was part of the team that created history in winning the sultanate’s first-ever gold medal in the women’s fours category at the 11th Asian Lawn Bowls Championships in January - and Esmawandy started off their Kinabalu Triples campaign with a convincing 15-9 win against Sandakan 'B'. WBC ‘B’ went on to win all their other seven matches before losing to RBT Sabah at the Kinabalu Lawn Bowls Green, Likas Sport Complex, Sabah yesterday.

Md Arif Hj Amli paired up for WBC ‘A’ with Muhd Waie Badiuzzaman Ahmad - who clinched third place in the mixed pairs category of the 9th Asian Under-25 Singles Lawn Bowls Championships in January. Md Arif and Muhd Waie lost their chance to progress on the first day of the tournament after losing 13-14 to Australia’s Perth ‘A’.

Meanwhile, WBC ‘C’s Hjh Fatmah Hj Ibrahim, Kamarul Zaman Hj Bakar and Hj Osman Hj Yahya only won two of their nine matches against Bowls Sabah ‘B’ 11-10 and Paralympiad 16-8.

WBC head coach Hj Abd Ghafar Pehin Orang Kaya Laksamana Dato Seri Setia Hj Mohd Taha was proud of his team’s efforts despite the fact that the three teams only went as far as the group stages.

WBC settled for second in last year’s edition of the annual tournament after losing to IPT Malaysia.

“Our team did their best - especially against tough teams from Australia and hosts Sabah, so I’m proud of their effort,” said Hj Abd Ghafar in a press release sent to The Brunei Times.

“We were pushing for gold, but the teams we were up against were tougher than I thought - but we learned a lot.

“These tournaments served as a platform for young players such as Md Arif and Muhd Waie to gain experience and also to learn what it’s like to compete against Asia-Pacific teams.

“From this tournament, we have already determined what we have been lacking and to work on for our next tournament - which we will confirm in due time.”

The four-day tournament was formerly known as the Borneo Lawn Bowls Cup and was organised by the Sabah Lawn Bowls Association. A total of 44 teams from Australia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines and Thailand competed.

-- Courtesy of The Brunei Times