Team Singapore's Lim Chia Loong in action during the Men's Masters 2nd Block (Photo by Vivek Prakash / Sport Singapore)
There were no additional medals from Team Singapore’s bowling team on the last day of the sport’s competitions as the three keglers competing in the Masters event bowed out after the second block.
Jazreel Tan and Cherie Tan finished ninth (3246 pinfalls) and 11th (3195 pinfalls) respectively in the Women’s Masters, while Lim Chia Loong ended the day in 16th place with 3040 pinfalls. Regardless, head coach Remy Ong said that his teams have enjoyed a good outing in Incheon.
“Winning Gold in the Women’s Team event is something we should be proud of, but not doing so well in the Masters event is also something we have to look back and ask ourselves why. There are definitely things we need to work on,” he said.
For now, the focus will shift quickly toward preparations for next year’s SEA Games, which will be held in Singapore.
Ong added: “Teams are getting better and better, and we need to always be a step ahead of the competition. The players deserve a good break now, and when they’re back it’s time to prepare for the next SEA Games. There’s going to be more pressure because we’re on home soil and there will be even higher expectations to deliver.”
The women did not enjoy the best of form during the first block of the Masters event on Wednesday – Jazreel finished 12th out of 16 competitors while Cherie was in 15th place - but they regained their composure on Tuesday morning to scale the rankings.
Team Singapore's Jazreel Tan in action during Women's Masters 2nd Block (Photo by Vivek Prakash / Sport Singapore)
Jazreel said: “The second block today was a lot better. Not just in terms of score, but my decision and shot making as well. Of course I’m disappointed but I’m also glad that Cherie and I managed to fight back and improve on our scores. There was always that belief that we could still pull something off today – mathematically there was always a chance, but I knew it was going to be quite an uphill task.”
With regard to the performance of the men’s team, of which many members were making their Asian Games debut, Ong said he was heartened that they displayed their potential to be medal winners one day.
He said: “I’m happy yet disappointed. Some things worked but some didn’t. But this experience at the Asian Games is something that cannot be replicated back home in training or even in international championships.
“The boys are here not to make up the numbers but here to perform and I’m proud of them because they did just that – they only missed out on the Bronze medal by 14 pins [in the trios event].”