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What’s cookin’, What’s comin’… & Payin’ it forward

March 3, 2009

Quite a few things has happened…i will try my best to update everyone the best that i can…. firstly i would like to thank the current Anchovies team for their commitment to the project…. starting from the very first day their leader came up to us and asked for our help (time OBW 08), then during the Bronze medallion period…then all the way until MSSPK 09.  Though the outcome was not exactly what was envisioned by us about a year ago… still they managed to pull through despite all of the obstacles along the way (which was definitely a lot more that what we had to handle during our years)…and for that each and every single one of them…listed below….deserves a praise from us.

MC SHARKS 2009

* pic of Anchovies Saif (MC Sharks 2009 #10) is not available..he was not present when these were taken..will take one and update later when i get a chance

After the old boys left koleq on friday evening (feb 13th)…i have sent an sms to cikgu syed…which i believed most of you got to read…expressing my dissapointment with the level of commitment shown by teacher in charge and also koleq admin towards the squad (which i believed was shared by pyan and giant..perhaps all of you if you guys were present to witness the events).  originally we were hoping to talk face to face with cikgu syed but he was not present at the pool that evening…and confronting him publicly earlier at the DBI complex was not a good idea….so an sms will have to do. until today i have never got any response from cikgu syed.

the very next day..things were looking up for the boys. they had to attend school as replacement for the long CNY break… and their achievements at the MSPPK tournament was announced during the assembly. It was also announced that there would be a special dinner that night for the Water polo squad together with the rugby team.  finally…the boys are getting some kind of recognition for their hard work for the past few months.  Couldn’t remember what was the exact menu for that night (obviously it was better than what dining hall usually conjured up for them)….i think it was chicken chop, some kind of fish dish with fried rice…amongst other things.

Come monday morning the squad’s achievement was mentioned again during the assembly. i guess the boys must have been happy with the limelight they were getting. with all the publicity given to them..we believed this would be the right time to recruit new members… namely the new f4s, f3s and even f2s.  response were amazing…especially from the f3s.  throughout the week… 2 f4s and 1 f3 have been identified as possible candidates for the new line up.  the f5’s has divided the tasks amongst themselves…. some are responsible to coach the f2 and f3s, some are responsible to train the current f4 team.  they claimed that each of them bought their own whistles…hahah…not sure whether its true or not..anchovies… if any of you are reading this… care to confirm this? kudos to the f5s for their willingness to recruit and train their juniors… its tim for them to pay it forward…and pass on our support for them to their juniors… 🙂

speaking of F4s…. there were talks that saif was planning to quit the team… but until today he still shows up during the training session… i guess he had changed his mind or some of the boys might have talked him out of it… (perhaps john?…they seemed pretty close). there was also a meeting amongst the f4s to discuss their leadership and preparation for next year. apparently after this meeting was over…bond, f4 captain, has decided to quit the team (we are still not sure what really happened and are unable to contact him and hear his side of the story..will update later). so for the time being pojie has been elected as the new leader until the official lineup has been set up. pojie has been liasing with koleq admin and cikgu syed since then with the support of the rest of his batchmates…f5’s are slowly letting go part of their former responsibilities…somekind of  power transition is happening here i guess…hahah

i have advised the boys to currently focus on recruiting and bonding efforts with the new fishies… especially the new f4s and f3s. they should not start any type of hard training  but instead secure the commitment and interest of the new guys first. otherwise they might quit along the way.  the earliest time for an official training should start in my opinion would be in april…plus currently they are having their exams and there will be a weeklong break after that.

listed below are events on our calendar throughout this year…depending on koleq admins commitment and cooperation, our efforts and mcoba’s support. we can only do so much without  support from koleq admin and mcoba…we are no superheroes…obviously…

UPCOMING EVENTS

MSSM tournament (march)

MCOBA weekend (april)

Piala SAS (june)

Bronze medal/Bronze cross (tentative)

Perak Open (october)

Friendly matches (tentative)

*MCOBA weekend will be from apr 17th..based on the info that i have currently…. i have checked my schedule..might not be able to make it…there is only a slight possibility for me to be there though…will try my best and update you guys

*Piala Sultan Azlan Shah is only a possibility… according to perak coach…this will be the first time they are trying to organize this… so decisions are still being made… they might raise the age limit from 18 to 20..or even 22 max.  perak coach has also confirmed that the ipoh SBP.. STAR has contacted him on the possibility of training their swim/water polo squad for next year. so we might have another team competing from now on guys.. 5 instead of 4… ( “YOU HAVE A NEW CHALLENGER…PRESS START” ) hahah

*bronze medal and bronze cross depends on sponsorship from MCOBA

*friendly matches with VI or Penang Free would be nice….perhaps some of you would like to lend a hand in making this a reality.

Oh…i almost forgot… the boys might get a new teacher in charge of the swimming and water polo squad. words going around that the sms which was sent to cikgu syed has been going around and highlighted to koleq admin. cikgu syed might resign from being the teacher in charge. Ustaz azhari is now covering his slots to open the pool on mondays and wednesdays.  cikgu roslan has also asked the boys about what was mentioned in the sms.  let us pray that cikgu syed will really make way for a more capable teacher to assist the team in reaching their true potentials….. daripada not commited and getting in the way of their growth… baik resign and ask another teacher to take over…tak gitu? i refuse to believe there is no other teacher in koleq who cant take up this responsibility… the boys have shown their commitment and definitely have potential…they just need a committed teacher in charge to support them in the formalities… if we can drive up to koleq even from singapore even…just to open the pool gates… why cant they do it…most of the teachers are staying right there…BEHIND THE POOL COMPLEX !!! sigh… i miss tan gim hoe… i guess we will have to wait and see what happens…..

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