Monday, March 30, 2009

There is nothing left to loose!

Me and my sifu Tn Hj Shahrir

"Yesterday is history, Tomorrow is a mystery but today is a gift, that is why it is called a present" The words of master Oogway in the movie kung fu panda. I find these words are inspiring. I can never alter the past, I know not what challenges lies ahead however, if I could do something now I'll be more prepared in the future. It's been ten years since I got involved with MSSM rugby plus those old skool days. I've met a lot of people and learn new experience. I always admire the charisma of my sifu as a coach and a teacher, he never give up hope on his students. Even though our school team back then was not as good as the MCKK's but we trained hard and we fought bravely. I think in my capacity now I can do more.

This year's line up for SBP tens remain a secret. Since the under 15 team is made up of form three students I need to give them some room to focus on PMR. As an alternative to that I will have to take some form four students to be in the line up. I'm still looking for form one students to play for the under 15 team. Some of them who had attended the trainings earlier on withdrew form the team due to parents' restriction. I was quite dissapointed a little bit because parents are still skeptical about the rugby. From my experience, I have seen a lot of potential in the students being develop through this game. One is developing students physical strength and ability. Two is developing high capacity of thinking and intelligence. When these two combined, you'll have a fully develop individual. Maybe the nature of this game is rough and aggressive but it make a real gentlemen out of hooligans. I remembered my former school mate Saiful Bahari, he was quite a 'gangster' in school. When he joined the school's rugby team he changed totally to a better person and most suprisingly he was selected to play for the national team in 1993. He is now a medical assistant in Hospital Grik.

My sifu has done a great job for making me who I am now and I thanked him for that. It is my time now for my school. Hope is the thing with feathers, if you believe in it you can fly!

Saturday, March 28, 2009

It's time to relax and reflect!

This year's rugby events started earlier than I expected. MSSKTU, MSST and Liga terengganu were conducted simultaneously. Not having enough time to train the students I had to resort to my under 15 team since they played U15 game last year. Even though we lost all the games, I hoped that the boys gained experience and it helped to built their confidence in the game. Being a referee myself, I referee more than I did coaching. MSSM 2009 took place in Malacca and it had taken all my holiday. Pity my wife and kids because they didn't get to enjoy the holiday with me. Anyway, that's life as a referee. Now that all the tournament started to slow down a little bit, it's time for me to catch up with them.

Mus, Pak Din, Me and Jefidin on our last assignment
game Perak Vs Negri Sembilan

Pak Din is one of the senior referees that I've met. I still remember him because he refereed some of the games I played during schooling days. I enjoyed being part of the MSSM Rugby referees panel, even though I only get to referee only for one game. It was a valuable experience that I gained. The last game did not turn as good as I expected. I anticipated this game so much because Perak is playing. As a Perakian myself, I was very dissapointed with the attitude that was shown by the Perak bench. As coaches and teachers, I think they should respect the referee on the field and also assistant referee. Perak may have good players but they were spoilt by the bad attitude shown by the coaches and officials. In years to come I hope none of this will ever happen again. Jef handled the game well that day and he even gave the Perak coach a red card.

The "not so" young referees


The IRB Level One and Cobra coaching course 2008

I wanted to write about this post last year. The reason why I could do so was because these photos were with Tun and I've lost contact after the course was over. However, last week my wife happened to meet him at T-Confra meeting and he gave me these 'valuable' photos. Thanks Tun! It's the only testimony of my achievement as the best IRB-Cobra Course Participant. For me it's a knowledge gain and a moral booster. Thanks to MSST and also Cobra.

Me and Robo!
Best IRB-Cobra Course Participant
with my present "England Jersey"

Bro Lan, Tun and Me

2008 IRB-Cobra Course Participant
Cobra House, Petaling Jaya, Selangor

To the Lightning Brains, I shall give my full commitment to the training and the development of the team. As a referee, there is a lot of things to improve in refereeing. I may not be the best yet but I am willing to go the distance.
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