A strong Hong Kong team has arrived in Adelaide, Australia, to prepare for the 2012 Men’s and Women’s World Championships, which will start from this Saturday Nov 24 through to Dec 9, at the Lockleys and Holdfast Bay Bowling Clubs.
The Hong Kong team, led by team managers Warren Kwok and Sanie Ng, wasted no time in Adelaide as they come to grips with the greens at the two clubs.
“The green is a bit different from those we have in Hong Kong, so we need to get familiar with it quickly,” said Kwok. “Adapting to the greens is not the difficult part, but the wind can be a bit challenging. Hopefully we will know it inside-out by the time the championships start.”
Kwok said it will be tough for Hong Kong with every nation sending their strongest squad.
“With the home advantage, Australia will be a big threat. New Zealand are also likely to be very challenging. The UK countries are obviously very strong and Malaysia is very strong as well. It just seems that every game is a difficult one.”
The Hong Kong men’s team includes Stanley Lai—the silver medallist in the World Singles Champion of Champions three weeks ago—will be playing in the triples and fours. Veteran Danny Ho will skip the team in the pairs and fours with support from young player Alex Ng and National Singles runners-up Andy Chan. Robin Chok—the 3-time winner of the Under-25 Hong Kong singles title—who is yet to win any singles titles at the senior level, at either a local or an international tournament, has a chance to prove his competitiveness on the biggest of stages.
The women’s team is the same one that won a gold in Fours and two bronze in Singles and Pairs in the Asia Championship earlier this year, but with a reshuffled line-up. While the reigning Indoor Singles champion Tammy Tham was shifted to play in the Singles, Camilla Leung will skip in the Fours, leading Jessie So, Alice Lee and Joanna Nam to try to replicate their success earlier this year.
“The team has been practising for more than three months and with all the good results registered during the year the morale is high. I hope this fighting spirit will last throughout the competition and do Hong Kong proud here.”
Branded the “ultimate prize in bowls” the prestigious competition features 27 strongest bowling nations from around the world. Of the 24 teams in each gender, 12 countries automatically qualified based on their finishing positions in the 2008 World Championships. The remaining 12 countries qualified from the Atlantic Championships 2009, African States Tournament 2009 and the Asia/Pacific Championships 2009.
Claudius Lam is an Officer with the Hong Kong Lawn Bowls Association.
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