HONG KONG—After booking their place in the forthcoming Finals Day with the National Pairs just a few weeks ago, Shirley Ko and Peggy Ma from the Indian Recreation Club (IRC) added the National Fours final to their calendar after prevailing in the semi-final last Sunday, May 7.
Well-decorated Ko was a veteran bowler who represented Canada at international level and was a runner-up in the inaugural women singles at the Hong Kong International Bowls Classic back in 2008.
Ma has represented Hong Kong and China. She won three National Champion of Champions Singles, a National Singles, a National Indoor Singles and two National Triples. If she wins the two finals she will complete her collection of all major titles in Hong Kong.
Ko and Ma partnering with clubmate Lynda Lo and Teresa Tung faced a strong team of youngsters from Craigengower Club (CCC) in the semi-final. The IRC team took four in the first end and added on in the second. They then lost the following six ends to trail the CCC girls from then on.
The IRC team were still behind at 8-14 after 13 ends but somehow they got the touch back and won 11 shots in the next four ends. They eventually won the match 19-15.
The team will face a Shatin Sports Association team that included the reigning champion of the National Champion of Champions Cheryl Chan, Hong Kong team coach Eva Hui, Fiona Ng and Esther Yu.
In the men’s section, the Youth Development Team’s hope of dominating in the final was dashed in the last minute when the defending champion skipped by Jason Choi was defeated by a strong CCC team that was skipped by the 2015 Bowler of the Year Jordi Lo. Other members of the team included Imen Tang, Lui Chin Hong and youngster Martin Sham.
The other Youth Team consisted of Wilson Lau, James Tang, Michael Cheung and Anthony So, had no problem dispatching a Hong Kong Football Club team skipped by Singapore International Terence Lee.
Both finals will be played on the first Finals Day of the year, which is scheduled for July 9 at the Kowloon Cricket Club.
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Claudius Lam is an officer of the Hong Kong Lawn Bowls Association.