Wednesday, March 9, 2011

National Press Club-CIMB bowling huge success

SUNWAY: More than 160 news hounds were chasing for titles, not stories, in the first CIMB Group-National Press Club Inter-Media Bowling Tournament at Pyramid Mega Lanes recently.
Forty-one teams from the print and broadcast media, with each squad comprising four members, took part in the event, specifically organised as a “fun activity”.
In the end, the Sinar Harian A team blazed the lanes to become inaugural champions with an eight-game total of 1,388 pinfalls. Azmi Termizi, Syakila Mardyanna, Rikiman Yusuf and Mizan Mat Tamin took home RM3,000 cash and medals for their triumph.
It was a triple victory for Syakila, who also bagged the Hi-Game (236 pinfalls) and Hi-Series (463) awards. She walked away with shopping vouchers.
Her scores even beat those by the corresponding male winners, with Mazlan Ali of Harian Metro chalking up 228 pinfalls for Hi-Game and RTM TV1’s Azami Mohamed scoring 425 pinfalls for Hi-Series.
In the team category, Bernama TV won RM2,000 for emerging second (1,348 pinfalls) while third was RTM TV1 (1,338), taking home RM1,000. Berita Harian received RM800 for fourth spot (1,304) and Harian Metro B came in fifth (1,291), winning RM500.
Sixth to 10th spots were worth RM100 each: Astro Birds (1,260), Berita Harian’s Jai Ho (1,259), Star’s Senyum Manis squad (1,245), Radio 24 Bernama (1,229) and Astro Warna (1,217).
Novelty prize categories added fun and gaiety to the tournament with BH’s Jai Ho team making it a double victory, taking home the Team Spirit award.
Abie Abdullah, editor of Metro Ahad’s Celebrity pullout, won the Most Funky Bowling Pose award while Shamsul Rizal of Astro Ria took home the Most Creative Outfit award, which reflected the tournament’s theme, “Strike in Stripes”.
The Best Dressed Bowler awards were won by Peter Yap of TheSun (for male category) and Harian Metro’s Maznah Abu Bakar (female).
Winners of the novelty prize categories received iPads, spa and shopping vouchers.

50 best from Under-16 to go places

(From left) Ng Ping Loong (sports sponsorship manager Nestle Malaysia), Nur Azmi Ahmad (MHF deputy president), Abdul Jalil Abdullah (NSC sports management director) and Johari Aziz (KLHA deputy director) at the launch of the National Under-16 Championship at the KLHA Stadium in Kuala Lumpur yesterday. — Picture by Fariz Iswadi Ismail.

By Ajitpal Singh

NATIONAL Under-16 coach Lim Chiow Chuan will pick 50 of the best players from the National Under-16 Hockey Championship, which starts on Friday, for training to prepare for the Razak Cup and the Four-Nation Invitational in Germany.
Chiow Chuan, a former international, said those selected will be called up for training just before the first leg qualifying round of the Razak Cup in April.
"My immediate task is to select at least 50 players from the Under-16 competition. These players will be groomed accordingly," said Chiow Chuan after the launch of the National Under-16 Championships at the KLHA Stadium in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.
For the Razak Cup, the national Under-16 team have been placed in the North Zone where they will face Penang, Kedah and Perlis in a home-and-away (April and May) qualifying round format before the tournament proper in July.
"The Razak Cup will give me the opportunity to select the best for the Four-Nation Invitational in Manheim, Germany," Chiow Chuan added.
Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium are the other teams competing in the Four-Nation on June 10-13.
Meanwhile, a total of 15 teams, including Singapore and debutants Police, will battle it out in the National Under-16 Championship at the KLHA Stadium.
Defending champions Kuala Lumpur have been drawn in Group A with Selangor, Johor, Malacca, Pahang, Police and Sabah while Group B comprises Perak, Negri Sembilan, Kedah, Kelantan, Perlis, Penang, Terengganu and Singapore.
One significant factor in this year's event is that the two coaches of the teams that contest in the final will be given the opportunity to join the National Under-16 team as attachment coaches.