With or without any one of the coaches around, the Dynamites continously train - daily from 5.00 till 6.30pm. They know, this year, after losing in the final game last year, they really want to win. They do not want to have any regrets. They do not want to fail for the 2nd time.
Due to my busy schedule, this is my first coaching session after we won the Southern Zone Tourney on the 25th March. But the girls are lucky as Coach Halim is consistently around to monitor and help them with their trainings.My main task is to ensure that their fitness is up to the standards and to remind them on their basic drills.
I had 3 sessions with them. Friday- from 5.00pm to 6.30pm, Saturday morning they had to run 4 x compound within 16 minutes, and the traning sessions only started from 3.00pm to 6.45pm with solat and a tea break in between.
While on Sunday, we had another session from 9.00am till 12.00noon. SK Dalina and SK Hana joined me on Saturday afternoon, after a long drive and a shopping spree in Holiday Plaza. (they bought about 4 handbags each, not forgetting sandals too!!)
SK Dalina, who was the point guard and captain back in 1991, helped to train the girls during the game sessions.It was a great help.
At the end of Sunday's session, the girls and us had a serious discussion.As their Mid-year exams are starting on Monday, I reminded them that they should be ready by now. We, R2V members have always reminded them on how important their studies are and not to study last minute. With bad results, a player can be taken out from the team until they improved in their studies.
They were also reminded to take care of their health. From now till the 'real' day which is about 20 days from now, it is very, very crucial for each and every player. They should know what they should and shouldn't do. Despite of the 3 days tough training and fitness tests, the girls, from Form 2 till Form 5 had fun and enjoyed meeting SK Dalina and SK Hana. Who wouldn't if they were treated with the famous 'goreng pisang and sambal kicap' and had heart to heart sessions too?
Bidding them goodbye, I told them I would be meeting them either at SAKTI itself, or, I might be doing a surprise visit anytime from now till before the tournament.
We hope the girls maintain their spirits and motivation , in order to be the CHAMP this year, Insya Allah.
On behalf of R2V;
SK Spena 91