Buoyed by final year’s marvellous performances in that a home group bagged 3 out of a 4 titles during stake, internal bowlers will be out for some-more excellence in a Hong Kong International Bowls Classic, starting this weekend.
Jordi Lo Tsz-yuen and Dorothy Yu Kin-shan snared a men’s and women’s singles titles respectively on a stately day 12 months ago and there was some-more success in women’s pairs competition, where Hong Kong girl members Vivian Yip Wai-tak and Amy Choi Ging-yi stole a uncover with a warn pretension victory.
Lo, who became a initial internal bowler to win a Classic men’s singles given Noel Kennedy achieved a attainment in 1994, pronounced Hong Kong have done an memorable symbol in a contest – some-more than any other time in a 30-plus year-old competition.
“Hong Kong bowlers have come a prolonged approach during a past few years,” pronounced Lo, who defends his pretension during a Hong Kong Football Club today.
“Before we were competing in a Classic for fun and perplexing to suffer ourselves, though now we have turn clever contenders in all competitions. This is a biggest change. We have a can-do suggestion and nonetheless it will be tough to compare final year’s feat, we will be rival on all fronts, there’s no doubt about that.”
Lo will again face clever foe as he attempts to keep a pretension he won final year as a large underdog.
Commonwealth Games bullion medallist Bobby Donnelly of South Africa leads a general plea together with 2015 universe youth singles champion Ryan Burnett from Scotland.
Kiwi maestro Paul Girdler, a former Classic pairs champion (2002) and Classic singles leader (2005) could also shine.
Lo knows he will need to strike a belligerent using if he is to have any possibility of fortifying his title.
“This is a knock-out event, so we could remove in a initial round. My initial 3 matches are during Hong Kong Football Club. If we can tarry that, we will play a quarter-finals during my home belligerent during Craigengower Cricket Club. It will be to my advantage though anything can occur on a day.
“My certainty is good since dual weeks ago we won my bar [CCC] singles title. So my form isn’t bad going into this tournament.”
Yu concluded that Hong Kong bowlers have softened in leaps in end over a final few years and will sojourn rival during a Classic.
“From a women’s foe prospective, we have really softened and we are relating a best bowlers in a world. We have home advantage too during a Classic. The rinks will be a bit slower, that would fit a Hong Kong bowlers more. But a continue has been utterly dry so a rinks could run a bit faster than usual.
“I do have confidence. we have softened though a antithesis from abroad is really strong. we am scheming for a World Bowling Championships after this month in Christchurch [New Zealand],” she said. “I didn’t validate for singles so we will contest in pairs and foursome.”
Yu will have to watch out for Scotland’s Lorna Smith and Margaret Letham, who have both won bullion medals during a World Championship and Commonwealth Games. Letham is also informed with a rinks in Hong Kong being a former Classic singles champion in 2008.
The two-week Classic will be hold during a Craigengower Cricket Club (CCC), Hong Kong Football Club and Indian Recreation Club on Saturday before a finals pierce to CCC on Sunday.