S'pore bowlers learn valuable lessons

Singapore-Bowler Bernice Lim embracing her mother Angela, upon arriving at Changi Airport Terminal 3 from the the 4th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in Incheon, South Korea.

SINGAPORE - Singapore's bowlers returned from the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games on Sunday with more than just two golds and two bronzes.

The top performing nation at the event also came back with some important lessons learnt ahead of next year's Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea.

Said Singapore Bowling Federation technical director Mervyn Foo, shortly after the team touched down at Changi Airport: "Managing the team's energy level, as well as lane play going into the different events was something that we learnt."

The women keglers had looked on course for a gold rush after Daphne Tan picked up the singles title and then teamed up with Bernice Lim for the doubles gold.

New Hui Fen and Geraldine Ng also won a bronze in the doubles.

But the quartet ended on a disappointing note, finishing eighth out of 14 teams in the team event. "The lanes were changing quite fast," explained Lim, 21.

Added Tan, 22: "We made our adjustments too slowly and wasted a lot of frames."

With the bowling competition for the Asiad slated to be held in the same venue come September next year, the bowlers felt that a lesson learnt now is still a lesson learnt in time.

Said Lim: "We got to know where we'll be staying, the atmosphere of the bowling centre and the surroundings.

"The different lanes play very differently and we took note of that.

"It's all quite important preparation for the Asian Games."

The Nanyang Technological University undergraduate made a strong case to be considered for the World Championships in Las Vegas next month, after posting a stellar performance at this tournament.

"Her performance there was great and the coaches were very happy with how she did," said Foo. "This tournament will add on to her chances of going to LA."

Reigning world champion Shayna Ng, Jazreel Tan and Cherie Tan have been pencilled in for the tournament, with the remaining three spots expected to be finalised this week.

Cue sports delivered Singapore's fifth medal at the Games, with Peter Gilchrist winning a bronze in the men's billiard singles event.

The Games ended on Saturday.