| Fadhil Yunus |
MOHD Shawal bin Haji Mustafah made a stirring comeback in the national bowling scene after eight years of absence after winning the open category of the Brunei Darussalam 35th National Day Ten-Pin Bowling Championship at the iBowl Utama Bowling Centre at Batu Satu yesterday.
The experienced bowler, who has been out of competitive bowling action since 2011, defeated national bowler Awangku Haziqquddin Shah Wardi bin Pengiran Anak Hishamuddin Shah Mardi Al Haj with 221 pinfalls compared to his opponent’s 202.
The comeback was complete for Mohd Shawal following months of training in preparation for a major tournament on a domestic level.
“It is good to come back after so many years. My last tournament was in 2011. I competed against young bowlers who have their own strengths,” said Md Shawal in an interview with the Bulletin.
Third place in the open category went to Ahmad Hajizi bin Haji Bakar after knocking down 180 pinfalls.
The newly crowned National Day winner has previously tasted international success with men’s doubles bronze in the Commonwealth Championship in Stirling, Scotland in 2002 and singles gold in Arafura Games.
Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Awang Haji Aminuddin Ihsan bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin was the guest of honour during the prize presentation ceremony.
Also present was President of Brunei Darussalam Ten-Pin Bowling Congress Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Anak Abdul Badee’ bin Pengiran Kerma Raja Pengiran Haji Kamarulzaman, as the Advisor of the Brunei Darussalam 35th National Day Ten-Pin Bowling Tournament.
Meanwhile, Vice President I of Brunei Darussalam Ten-Pin Bowling Congress and Chairperson of the championship Pengiran Mohammad Rudisofy bin Pengiran Haji Tajuddin said the association is active in organising intensive training for athletes.
Other winners were the POA Team comprising Pengiran Omar Ali bin Pengiran Damit, Haji Bakir bin Bungsu, Firdaus bin Haji Bakir and Awangku Mohd Ardhi bin Pengiran Omar Ali in the team event, Fatin Adilah binti Haji Mahadi in the overall event, Hajah Ardiah binti Haji Serbini in the women’s event, Mohammad bin Waslee in the senior event and Pengiran Haji Yasfadillah bin Pengiran Haji Md Yassin in the graded event.