Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Frontliners Frontliners Club: 1st Annual Dinner--21/12/2007

Time to lay the sticks down and eat!

Eleven people made it that night to Faces, plus honoured guests Pr. Thomas Barnabas, youth pastor of RGBC and Mr. James Looi, PFA president. Being the first in the history of forever for the club, the people were a little unsure of what to do when the food arrived (Can eat already or not?). Sitting there and looking at each other... the CEO finally started talking, the usual welcome speech, then introduced Pr. Thomas and Mr. James.
Pr. Thomas thanked the players for playing for the church team and encouraged them to keep playing and expanding the club. Mr. James then spoke, about how floorball was not just about playing and getting better, but also about the fellowship and growing as a person.

"...and like the food, let us sizzle on the court." Pr. Thomas finished the prayer of blessing then left to attend another meeting, and everyone finally started eating.

The CEO passed out the club yearbooks, another bright idea of his, containing this year's blog entries from January right up to December, and requested that each player write a short message on everyone's yearbook.
SanJeevan and Kannan, who where vegetarians and only ordered coffee, started off on the books, Kannan strangely drawing a funny face and a couple of other signs, then picking a line from SanJeevan's message and writing it down. Hilarious.
Dimmed lights and slow music, the players noticed the empty stage in front and pushed Pei Li to go up and play something for them. She just laughed it off and replied that she would, only if Kannan joined her.
The food was not bad and reasonably priced, and as it got darker, those who finished eating first went around writing for their teammates while waiting for the others who enjoyed eating at a slower pace. Almost half the time there was spent writing and talking, having fun with each other, as it was the players who funded their own meals.
Alice made a surprise entrance late into the night, limping slightly from her previous accident three months ago, and showed a three-inch long scar on her leg that had prevented her from training.
Nearing its end, the CEO called everyone together and thanked them for coming, then passed out what he owed the players from the recent Dalat League outing, 20cents. Small, but meaning a lot in terms of progress and achievement. He then gave each player their mystery gift as promised for achieving the goals they set, also in Dalat League. The mystery gift? A bead keychain of different shapes, some caterpillars, some rabbits, others balls.
For those who did not play for Frontliners (Sarah, James, Roselyn), he gave them a keychain each, bought from Camerons during the Unleashed! Sports Leadership Camp.
Not finished yet, he then thanked the management team personally, Cap'n Marvel Steven for being a wonderful equipment manager and transport minister, Kuan Yang for being his trusted assistant and teacher, Sarah for seeing his many flaws and correcting him and starting the spark that would eventually produce an all-girls team, and Pei Li for doing a great job with the blog. All of the above were considerably nervous when he talked, and if not for the dim lighting, would have been seen blushing.

A 'see you in 2008' by the CEO appropriately ended the 1st Annual Dinner of the club.

*He apparently forgot to thank one more person in the management team for his outstanding vision and drive that brought the club up and running, and also his wonderful work ethic and commitment to the players' individual development, but it probably was on purpose, therefore that person shall remain unnamed.*

Rooban, 14

Rooban is a nomadic player for Innebandy! Co. who supposedly trains at almost every training held here in Penang. Coming for Frontliners training more often than some other Frontliners, he is an impressive player whose shots and control are much better than most of the older players in the club.
Possessing extremely long and thin legs that make him unable to even go more than half-a-foot past his knees when attempting to touch his toes, he is a very calm player who never seems to be fazed by pressure or circumstances. Which might not be a totally good thing. Although he has improved wonderfully in his shots, he needs to be a little meaner on court and start being more aggressive.
Lately he has been asking for a discount in his attendance fees (RM4 for club players, RM7 for non-club players), looking at the number of times he had attended training.

Verdict: Well. Like Lin Ken, there must be something special about this boy if he gets a whole post to himself. Yes, he deserves it, based on his good progress and attendance for a club not his own, although there are some disadvantages, not being a Frontliner, this being Frontliners blog, because now the rating would be a little biased, though really, fair enough. (6.5/10)
Play of the year: His gradual and consistent progress throughout the year.
Prediction for next season: The club should make more effort in enticing him to join, because he is definitely a player to watch out for in the coming years.

Kao Lin Ken, 22

Kao Lin Ken, the penuh-aksyen keeper of Innebandy! Co and national no. 1 goalie who comes for Frontliners training whenever he is down in Penang. This man practically lives, sleeps, and breathes floorball and, according to him, could not possibly live without it.
He became the Special Goalkeeping Coach for the club in April after Youthwave, and was a more familiar face in training than Frontliner Sharron Tan this year.
A player who brings in all the noise needed to training, this perky-to-the-point-of-annoying-likeable-attention-grabber was the one player who kept the Frontliners Spirit going when it burned low. No words need be said of his skill and talent between the posts other than because there is hardly anyone around that can measure up to him.
To bring him back down to earth, however, he does have weaknesses, one he confesses to himself. Prone to occasional lapses, he does let in goals from shots that any mediocre goalie should save. Maybe he saves himself for the spectaculars.

Verdict: For a visiting player from a rival club to get himself mentioned so many times in this blog, this player most definitely must be special. (7/10)
Play of the year: Check out the video in the blog in November. Saving Sasi's airhook is no mean feat, and getting it recorded on video makes that achievement even bigger.
Prediction for next season: Hopefully to continue coming for Frontliners training, because his presence benefits everyone around, but work would most probably take center stage next year.

Monday, December 24, 2007

Delton Khoo, 14(2005-present)

Six feet tall and still growing. Delton Khoo joined the club two years ago, but due to school commitments, could not come on a regular basis until the holidays started and training was temporarily changed to Fridays.
Of what has been seen so far (not very much), he is a player with potential, but the right key is needed to unlock it.

Verdict: Only came twice this year for training, so he gets a N/A for his rating
Play of the year: Coming, though twice only, for training.
Prediction for next season: Look forward to seeing more of him next year, if school does not get in the way. Not to be always present, but neither to disappear again.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Kew Pei Li, 14(2006-present)

Nice scowl. Maybe it's what she thinks might scare the guys off. Whatever it is, Kew Pei Li is a Frontliner through and through, coming for almost every training this year, playing in every tournament (Youthwave- Frontliners Roses, POC, Dalat League), and in charge of the club's blog.
She has played as a goalkeeper before, but is more suited to playing outfield as she is an athletic and aggressive player. Over-aggressive sometimes, even in training, as she strangely chooses to knock into players, especially her sister, even when the ball is nowhere near. Prone to concentration lapses, but if she concentrates well she can be a very good player. As unpredictable as... Liverpool (which coincidentally is the club she supports), when she has a good time she can do very well but when she doesn't she looks like she's crippled. Being a defender, she mostly needs to work on her positioning and one-touch control. She sometimes plays as if she had two left feet, tripping over herself and other people so constantly that no one comes to help, they just laugh.

Verdict: Winning the gold in Youthwave certainly helped, and so did her rapid improvement up until now. A lot still to learn, but for now, a (7/10) would do.
Play of the year: Her performance in Penang Open Challenge, where she overshadowed some bigger, older players and impressed with her defence play.
Prediction for next season: For all her shortcomings, Pei Li is an incredibly committed and talented player, who does have the drive and motivation to make things happen. Time is on her side, and in a long run she could just make it big time.

Steven Tay, 27(2002-present)

Glamorous (check out the shoes). Steven Tay, the final one of the three ancient dinosaurs who were there when it all began. Ex-coach and current so-called 'wise man' of the club, it was he who first introduced Jason and Kuan Yang to the game, bringing them up until this year when he handed the club over to Jason's reliable hands. He is both the Equipment Manager and the Transport Minister for the club, good ones at that, too.
An extremely versatile player, he currently plays in defence for the club. His control betters that of SanJeevan, and he is a very calm person on the court. Up to now, he is the only person who can do an airhook well and pretty. Injuries this year caused him to miss the first two tournaments, but he was able to re-join the club before Dalat League, though he has somewhat mellowed down a little.

Verdict: Though injured, he was seen a lot more times in training than some others who remained injury-free the whole year. Top marks for his dedication. (7.5/10)
Play of the year: His superb performance in defence in Dalat League against Dalat 1, shutting out their attackers and marshalling the defence.
Prediction for next season: Look out for his full return to the floorballing scene as he shakes off what remains of his injury and spearheads the Frontliners return to the top.

SanJeevan, 18(2006-present)

SanJeevan, who looks much older here before he shaved. Very quiet, shy and when he speaks, soft, this silent killer here is one of the better players in the club who prefers to do his talking on the court. As a defender, his control is immaculate, his vision good, and his shots impressive, but there is always room for improvement. In his case, it is in release time and aggression. His shots might be good, but from the time he takes to receive the ball, adjust his position, take a quick look up, then finally release the ball, one or more defenders might already have taken the ball off him.
He played in all tournaments this year (Youthwave- Team Genesis, POC, Dalat League), most of the time on the losing side.

Verdict: Almost always a regular fixture in training and tournaments, he has done and improved plenty, so much so that he is right there with Kuan Yang and Jason. (8/10)
Play of the year: His long-range stunner against the Underdawgs in Dalat League that kicked off the tournament for the Frontliners and made sure they started on a good note.
Prediction for next season: The commitment to floorball that made him who he is can drive him right to the top. Next year will just get better and better for him.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Por Kai Yann, 14(2007-present)

Floorballer at heart and by nature, Por Kai Yann was discovered by the coach, and soon he played floorball like he had been playing it for all his life. Cool and calm on the outside, not so much on the inside, he amazed Kuan Yang after some good play, when all he had was a simple three-hour lesson by the coach. His control is good and he knows where the goal is, but extra power and energy is lacking. The coach, whenever talking through a drill, makes him stand right in front, because this man here has a tiny problem with paying attention to his surroundings.
He played in all the tournaments this year (Youthwave- Team Genesis, POC, Dalat League) and improved throughout, though confessing to some shaky nerves in POC.

Verdict: Taking part in all three was a surprise as he hardly came for training. A minus point, looking at what he could have been, but facts and reality are what matters. Deal with it. (5/10)
Play of the year: With his level of play, constantly appearing to have practiced a whole lot more than he actually did.
Prediction for next season: This boy has so much potential, but the coach cannot drag him to training everytime there is one. He needs to wake up and start playing seriously, however oxymoronic that sounds, if he is to live up to his potential. Maybe not next year, but in the years to come, he will definitely be someone to watch out for.

Parthiban, 14(2007-present)

Parthiban holds the not-much-wanted distinction of the smallest guy in the club. He joined the club in August this year, and is a very ambitious player. The moment he saw Kuan Yang play, he told the coach he wanted to be like that and go even higher.
His enthusiasm a little dampened by the coach's follow-up (the list of honors and medals the man had won), he nevertheless continued to train.
He usually stands deep inside his opponent's half and waits for the ball to come to him. Some good passes shows that he does have an eye for passing but he needs to learn to drop back and support his team more often and also put the team ahead of himself.
He did not play in any of the tournaments and has not been seen in training for two months.

Verdict: Definitely progressed, but maybe not enough. (4/10)
Play of the year: Scoring two goals in a training match once, not awesome or anything, but it's a start.
Prediction for next season: His progress would parallel his effort put in. He has plenty to learn, and if he takes them well he would be in a good position.

Tania Loke, 14(2007-present)

Tania Loke joined the club in April but did not show much improvement until she started taking a stick and ball back home to practice. Though not that athletic, she is a diligent and persistent player who does not even think about giving up. She even surprised the coach with her ability to control the ball, relax and release it again after only a few months later. She also competes with Roselyn for the 'Smallest Lady' title in the club.
She did not take part in any of the tournaments this year.

Verdict: A fast learner. Her attitude and progress is something to be admired. (5.5/10)
Play of the year: Getting a stick, finally, after being persuaded by the coach. Not only a stick, it is a symbol of her commitment to the club and floorball.
Prediction for next year: Fifteen next year, like Sonia, but this lady has plenty of brains to keep up with both studies and floorball. To keep on growing, both in size and sport.

Nareenthiran, 18(2006-present)

Nareenthiran, the big man of the club. Though soft-spoken, his sheer size can already intimidate some smaller players (try running against him and trying to knock him off the ball, it's hard for a girl). Though not a prolific scorer, he can still score, especially close-ranged ones. He also mostly remembers to use both his hands, to the coach's relief.
He played in two tournaments this year (Youthwave- Team Exodus, Dalat League), not very much, but in the little time that he did it was established that he was another steady player who had improved.

Verdict: Not someone who can change the course of the game in one magic movement, but it was not bad progress from this man. (5/10)
Play of the year: Nothing stands out, but maybe it's all very well. Slow and steady might not win the race but would most definitely finish it.
Prediction for next season: To continue his progress and maybe surprise everyone else.

Sonia Frances Gopal, 14(2007-present)

Sonia Frances Gopal joined the club this year in early September after being invited by another newcomer, Tania. Nothing much can be determined from her style of play yet as she has only come for training three times this year. What could be determined, however, was her enthusiasm to try and learn, and for everything else... they can be worked on.

Verdict: Starting very late in the year, nothing can be said, really. Rating also N/A.
Play of the year: Coming for training... and staying.
Prediction for next season: It will be an important year for her, and she must start taking floorball seriously if she ever wants to go higher, but to be frank, nothing much is expected.

Mekananth, 18(2006-present)

Happylegs. Mekananth is the fastest player in the club and also one of the cheerful-est, embarassing some of the Chinese with his knowledge of Hokkien. His pace is the main thing that sets him apart from the others. His shots would be well enough if he could hit the target more than he misses, but he constantly forgets that he has two perfectly usable hands. The coach got so fed up that he one day strapped Megan's other hand to the stick.
A natural attacker, he has a good sense of positioning but needs to work on his shot accuracy. As has been said so many times before, he is a solid player with just that little extra, showed when he played in all the tournaments this year (Youthwave- Team Exodus, POC, Dalat League).
He attended training on-and-off for the rest of the year.

Verdict: He improved, but would have improved even more if he had been consistently coming for training, although his ball control is much better now than at the beginning of the year. (6/10)
Play of the year: Very hard. Most likely his consistency, playing at the same level in each tournament.
Prediction for next season: He should continue to improve along with the club, if (big if) he starts to train and practice more.

Sharron Tan, 20(2002-present)

Long-time goalkeeper for Frontliners Floorball Club and national women's goalie (WFC 2005), ladies and gentlemen, Miss Sharron Tan.
Being there when it all started along with Sarah, Sharron has come a long way these six years. A strong character, as needed when playing for Frontliners and Malaysia, and growing stronger every year, she performed excellently in the tournaments this year, winning a gold in Youthwave as an outfield player in Frontliners Roses.
Her experience is matchless, being ancient compared to most players, but she might be just a little rusty as, due to work commitments, she has not come for training much this year.

Verdict: Better and better. Being at the top might encourage some to slow down and relax but not this lady. (7.5/10)
Play of the year: Her performance in Dalat League. Her goal before the games was to stay strong emotionally, and she more than did that -she kept the team strong.
Prediction for next year: Competition can only make her stronger, as new goalie Felicia pushes her all the way.

Khor Kuan Yang, 22(2005-present)

Khor Kuan Yang, technical advisor, one-time coach and dangerman of the club. He lives for floorball and is one of the top players in Penang, most recently representing Malaysia in APAC this year. It is both entertaining and discouraging to watch him play so effortlessly, as he appears to just so often waltz and float past other players and finish perfectly. Even the way he moves is laid back, though it is something not so good this time.
He makes floorball so beautiful.
He played in all three tournaments this year (Youthwave- Team Genesis, POC [player-coach], Dalat League [captain]) but sadly finished empty-handed and did not come for training ever since it switched to Fridays.

Verdict: Good, but he needs to play with quality players for him to really perform to his best. (8/10)
Play of the year: His goal and performance in Dalat League restored some pride to Frontliners. Good play.
Prediction for next season: To keep on improving as the others improve, setting the pace. No boundaries.

Sarah Ng, 22(2002-2005, 2007-present)

Captain Marvel. Experienced Player. Miss Reliable. Star Player.
The list could go on and on, but this lady simply goes by the name of Sarah Ng. National player for Malaysia in WFC 2005, state player for... countless times, and a proud Frontliners player.
One of the firsts in floorball ever since it was introduced in Penang, she has grown to be the top women's player in Penang. Ice cool on the court, she has remarkable focus and normally appears expressionless. Her control is excellent, vision and positioning brilliant, passing and shooting superb. Perhaps the only negative in her game is, as an attacker, not shooting enough and not releasing the ball fast enough.
This year she played in only one tournament for Frontliners (Youthwave- Frontliners Roses[captain] and more than justified her tag of top women's player. She did not play for POC and was in the Underdawgs team for Dalat League.

Verdict: Brilliant at the start, as always, she faded slightly later on, getting more involved in the Underdawgs and campus stuff. (7/10)
Play of the year: Her display as captain in Youthwave that inspired and carried the team all the way.
Prediction for next season: However much a Frontliner she is at heart, she cannot ignore her priorities in studies and the Underdawgs. Still, to continue to improve and stay at the top for however long she works at it.

Monday, December 17, 2007

Roselyn Ewe, 17(2004-present)

Roselyn Ewe, who seems to come almost every week for training yet only played in one tournament this year (Youthwave- Frontliners Roses). This lady, who is one of the smallest players in the club, talks much more than her size indicates. She is a steady, solid player who has gained a good hold of floorball basics and is someone who gives 100% even though she is not athletic, and this showed when she helped the Roses go all the way and win the gold in Youthwave. She represented Penang in a friendly against NUS somewhere in July.
She was unable to play for Penang Open Challenge and Dalat League due to studies, being 17, and did not come for training anymore this year.

Verdict: Impressive progress this year. Even the coach and technical advisor were impressed. Not bad at all. (6/10)
Play of the year: Youthwave. The gold says it all.
Prediction for next season: Looking at the rate she improved throughout the year, she should continue to get better until she reaches a point where she cannot go further anymore. Thing is, how soon will that be?

Joshua Raj, 18(2006-present)

Joshua Raj, the pretty boy of the club. The one player who actually cares about how he looks when he plays. Looks are deceiving, however, and this guy is no mean player. Cocky and self-confident, this individualistic player can pull off some stunning plays all by himself, and is well suited to lead. His style of play differs greatly from Aaron’s, as he oozes with exuberance and is always aware of the crowd while playing. Playing in the first two tournaments of the year (Youthwave- Team Exodus[captain], Penang Open Challenge), he scored some good goals, particularly a beautiful solo goal in POC. It all went downhill after that as Alice’s disease passed on to him. Two bike accidents one after another prevented him from playing in Dalat League, and only recently did he come for training again in November, but he has yet to recover to full fitness.
Verdict: He did well, especially in POC, but good qualities aside, he needs to learn to be a team player and focus more on training than his ego. Still, his performance alone merits a (6/10)
Play of the year: Performed well in Penang Open Challenge and scored two goals.
Prediction for next season: Stepping up. The club needs leaders, and Joshua has the potential and the quality to go far, but there is always this tiny problem about pride. Conquer that, and add a whole lot of discipline into the bag and nothing would be impossible.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Jason Chan Ming Hwee, 25(2005-present)

One of the more experienced players in the club, Jason Chan Ming Hwee took on the coaching reins this year, temporarily laying it down after the Youthwave Floorball Tournament and becoming the club CEO, then taking it up again after the Penang Open Challenge. Full of charisma and possessing enormous passion for floorball and Frontliners Floorball Club, he became a national player just recently after representing Malaysia in APAC in December.
He played in all three tournaments this year (Youthwave- Frontliners Genesis[captain], Penang Open Challenge, Dalat League), scoring some delightful goals in the process.
Somewhere in late September his attitude changed from an old grouch during training to something a little more cheerful. One wonders what happened... though nobody is complaining. Heh.
Determined, dedicated, and disciplined (now where did that come from), he has everything in him to make it big time.

Verdict: Impressive play and progress, considering he is one of the older players in the club, he still made the time to practice and come for training. (8/10)
Play of the year: Hard to pick, but what stands out is the sweet goal he scored in Dalat League to deny Dalat 1 all three points, and also showing more teamwork and improvement than the previous tournaments.
Prediction for next season: Unpredictable. Meaning to what heights he can go. Perhaps this will help: "The person who goes the farthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare." His progress all depends on how much he desires to excel.

Lee Wai Wai, 23(2007-present)

Lee Wai Wai has the distinction of being the most injury-prone player ever since she joined the club. She joined the club in May after the Penang Open Challenge, but not before spraining her ankle twice. Although it was more of like August, after recovering fully.
Training on and off and another ankle injury meant that she could not play in Dalat League. Sensitive ankles... not that she could do anything about it. A player with both goalie and outfield experience, she is a solid player who, more often than not, does not make terrible mistakes or terrific plays.

Verdict: What is there to say? Coming for training for five times, at the most, one wonders where the blame must fall upon. More or less considered not to have played for the club yet. Rating N/A.
Play of the year: What play?
Prediction for next season: Working already, constantly growing older, time is not on her side, although she reportedly wants to come for training if there are no outstanding matters in work. Her biggest challenge would be to remain fit for the whole of next year, and if she can do that then she definitely would improve.

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Koay Yi Lin, 16(2002-present)

Koay Yi Lin, who was there when it all began... re-joined the club this year after a long break, right before Youthwave, and was included in the team (Frontliners Carnations). She also played in the Dalat League (spent more time on the sidelines than on the court as overcome by cramps), however she was not included in the Penang Open Challenge squad. Uncommonly one of the right-stick players in the club, she boasts the title of one of the top scorers for the ladies... in training. Normally sticking around in the attacking half, this lady is adept in finding space and chasing down loose balls, and releasing one-timers that sometimes hit the target. If otherwise, however, her trademark act to follow is of one electric-shocked, noise included. Noise is what she brings into the court the moment she steps in, and a few weeks will not go by without at least a scream.

Verdict: A little lacking in basics, but nothing time cannot mend. She brings a certain positiveness to the club, but needs to improve much more (which she can) if she is to establish herself as a regular and make a difference. (5.5/10)
Play of the year: Dalat League. The time she did play, which was against Minden Underdawgs 2 and Dalat 1, she proved that she could hold the ball well, even under pressure. What most people remember, however, is the moment of entertainment provided when she panicked after catching the ball in mid-air.
Prediction for next season: Turning 17 next year, school could prove to be a big distraction, but if she can successfully manage both, then she should see herself becoming a regular in the ladies team for upcoming tournaments.

Ilaiya Pumaran, 18(2006-present)

Like Christopher Anand, though playing in both the Youthwave Floorball Tournament (Team Exodus) and Penang Open Challenge (reserve), Ilaiya Pumaran is virtually unknown. He, like so many others of his kind, has pace, but lacks the other basics that he would have learnt if he did come for training.

Verdict: Mostly unknown. Although more regular in coming for training than Christopher, it does not amount to much, and he has yet to show his full potential. (1/10)
Play of the year: This is hard... his best play would have been in Youthwave, although 'best' here does not really mean good. Average at his highest.
Prediction for next season: What next season? (Bar a miracle.)

Friday, December 7, 2007

June Kew, 17(2007-present)

June Kew, older sister to Pei Li but considerably younger in terms of floorball, joined the club two weeks before Youthwave. Impressing the coach enough with her abilities, she was included in the squad (Frontliners Carnations) for the upcoming tournament. She played reasonably well, for a beginner, and barely missed making the cut for the semis. Always seen with some kind of snack (orange/apple) midway through training, this lady gets hungry easily. "I took up floorball as a challenge... to do something I don't like." Her busy schedule took over, making it difficult for consistent attendance for training, and that showed as she did not make it for the next two tournaments.

Verdict: Average, at the most, her commitment needs to be called into question, but based on her improvement throughout the year, she did well enough for a (4.5/10)
Play of the year: Coming for training. And... managing to look up while controlling the ball.
Prediction for next season: One of the group who view floorball in a recreational sense, she needs to take floorball seriously if she is to improve, but all arrows point to her gradually fading away as, like Felicia, studies are an enormous distraction.

Goekula Kannan, 16(2006-present)

One of the group of players who just love to run. Kannan, the troublemaker of the club on and off the court, is like an Energizer battery that just does not have an ‘Off’ switch. His pace and stamina are definitely qualities that stand out, but just like Aaron Raj, he has a problem with control. Sometimes he just does not realize that he has two hands. Playing in all three major tournaments of the year (Youthwave-Team Genesis, POC, Dalat), he definitely has to have something that the coach recognizes in him. His performances were pretty okay, to the standards of the club, although he has already joined some others in the disappearing act as his hotheadedness fuels some off-the-court matters.

Verdict: Still showing some amount of improvement, to his and the coach's credit, but still not enough to make it a good year for him. (5/10)
Play of the year: Probably keeping his cool during the most recent outing in the Dalat League.
Prediction for next season: His future hangs in a balance. If he decides to play with his head, he should be able to play, but everything could go wrong if he loses his temper. To be positive... he can only get better as time goes by.

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Christopher Anand, 19(2006-present)

Christopher Anand, unknown to most of the newbies of the club. Surprisingly, though unable to come for training most of the time, he did play in the Youthwave Floorball Tournament (Team Exodus) and Penang Open Challenge (then being the reserve). Right after the POC he vanished and has not been heard of since.

Verdict: On and off appearances do not help his cause, and not much can be said about his progress or his play. (1/10)
Play of the year: Nothing really. His few appearances in the red and black jersey (Frontliners, not Man U) were not enough to guarantee an average performance.
Prediction for next season: Only to continue in his floorball rut. Soon to, if not already, reach rock bottom in floorball.

Monday, December 3, 2007

Felicia Yeow, 17(2007-present)

Felicia only recently joined the club some time before the Dalat League. Starting off as a outfield player, her style of play was quickly determined, as quoted: “I cannot play well but I can guard people well!” Prior to playing floorball, she had played in other sports such as hockey and football. During the time that she joined the club, it so happened that Lin Ken was around, and, as fate would have it, she exchanged her floorball stick for a goalie helmet. Proving herself to be a quick learner, she quickly learned the basics of goalkeeping from the master himself and soon established herself as a fearless, competitive goalie. She did not play for the Dalat League, however, being 17 and facing SPM.

Verdict: Plenty of potential in her to become a top goalie. She is a driven person, self-motivated and self-assured, and these qualities can only help her as she helps the team conquer the world. (6/10)
Play of the year: Becoming a goalie. Few players like to do that, and the club was only relying on Sharron Tan, but she made a decision and stood firm by it. Without doubt a rising star in the floorball goalie picture.
Prediction for next season: Things are looking up, and she should establish herself as the number one goalie for the club in time to come, but studies offer a big distraction as she is faced with some very important decisions that would shape her life.

Aaron Raj, 16(2007-present)

Aaron Raj, younger brother of charismatic personality Joshua Raj, had joined the club just this year before the Penang Open Challenge. Unlike his brother, though, he does not possess the exuberance and overwhelming confidence of Joshua, but instead prefers to quietly go about his work consistently. Pace is an asset for him, and so are his shots, but his poor control lets him down. Struck with the ‘one hand’ syndrome like so many others in the club, the coach made it his mission to re-educate Aaron. Coming for training regularly, though he did not play in the Penang Open Challenge, his hard work was finally justified when selected for the squad to play in the Dalat League. He put in some solid plays there, improving throughout the league. He vanished a few weeks after that due to studies.

Verdict: Proved himself capable of stepping out of Joshua's shadow, even almost reaching the point of overshadowing Big Brother. (6/10)
Play of the year: His performance in the Dalat League, where he showed sometimes that he could play well, bringing the ball out from defence and turning it into attack.
Prediction for next season: To continue his progress, and if things go his way and circumstances favour him, he should only get better and better as time goes by.

Alice Ong, 18(2002-present)

Alice Ong has been in Frontliners Floorball Club for a considerably longer time than most others, training there before the mass exodus of players. This year, being the victim of unfortunate circumstances, Alice re-joined the club after a motorbike accident in February but did not participate in the Youthwave Floorball Tournament in April while still recuperating. She appeared for training a few times before the Penang Open Challenge, and, as a result, was included in the squad for the above tournament. It was steady play from her, and she did put in a couple of consistent performances during the tournament. After the tournament, however, she disappeared again, and was met with another accident this time, ruling her out for almost the rest of the year. Alice can be considered one of the old hands of the club already, her experience putting her a notch above the others, but this year it was a case of a fading light as studies and other matters claim her more and more from floorball.

Verdict: ‘If only’s do not amount to much, but it is the case for Alice this year. (3/10)
Play of the year: Undoubtedly the Penang Open Challenge (being the only time she was playing...)
Prediction for next season: Hopefully to stay accident-free, but if her romance with bike accidents go on, it could be a long year for her.

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Frontliners Floorball Club: Official Year-End-Review

The lights are off and the court is silent. Training has ended and the club is taking a break, and will resume next year.

Looking back at the year that has been, in floorballing terms, it is imperative that the question of how much the club has progressed (Note: not whether the club has or not progressed, but in fact how far it has) does not go unanswered.

To answer that question? Let us, then, step into the shoes of a few different people and see through their eyes. First, the pessimist (who shall remain unnamed): "One title... only one title, and a whole lot of 'better luck next time' moments... The club has really gone downhill since winning the gold in April."
Next, the optimist (who again shall remain unnamed): "One title is awesome already! No need to talk about how we did in the other ones. Excellent, man!"
The insider (national player, Sarah Ng): "We got the basics down, (the) commitment of players are slightly better, trainings are more organized and focused." (and also club player Por Kai Yann): "On my opinion, the club is getting better day by day. A lot of improvements are shown by the players including the coach as well. The club is growing bigger."
The outsider (who, in fact, is state coach Edward Lim): "Some players did improve on their skills... but it's the numbers. The club needs more people if it wants to move forward."
The coach (Jason Chan): "The club now has a vision and the right players who are committed to floorball."

It is obviously advisable to listen to the state coach and the club coach, but it is also important that the other views do not go unnoticed. Therefore, to mix them all together... here is the official year-end-review for Frontliners Floorball Club.

(For all you people who don't have time or just don't like to read long writeups, please scroll down to the bottom.)

In the beginning... of this year, that is, CEO-cum-Coach Jason Chan took over the club from old hands and revamped the entire system, setting goals and creating ways to achieve them. The blog was started to increase publicity for the club, and a new so-called 'management team' was formed.

The goal for this year, as stated in the first entry of this blog, was to strengthen the youth development of the club to secure the future of floorball in Penang, and also to develop a full ladies' team. Entering three tournaments this year (Youthwave Floorball Tournament, Penang Open Challenge, Dalat League), to quote a player: "It's like three different teams entering three different tournaments, the players and skills are all so different."

Although the only gold the club won was from the Youthwave FT, by Frontliners Roses, a point has to be made: of the six players who won the medal (Sarah Ng, Alice Ong, Kew Pei Li, Roselyn, Sharron Tan), two have disappeared and two others have not been seen for the past two months, leaving two out of the six.

What are the implications from this? One, that results do not reflect the rate of progress by the club. Two,that players do not stay forever. Being a club that comprises mainly of youths, it is inevitable that they get caught up with studies and work further down the road. It is therefore important that the club continues attracting and developing new players to ensure that it does not simply fade away.

And there you have the first goal, youth development. Has the club achieved it? To a certain point, yes. Attendance, instead of dwindling, has slowly gone up to an average of fifteen per training. So far there have been fifteen new faces, with up to six of them staying on, put together with four players who have left. (Enough statistics!)

One wonders... if an incomplete team of six players became champions, what could a full team of ladies do? The ladies currently in the club (Sarah, Pei Li, Wai Wai, Yi Lin, June, Tania, Sonia, Sharron, Felicia, Alice, Roselyn -- including long-time absentees) total to nine outfield players and two goalies. Almost enough.

Early this year, the coach stated that he had a two-year plan for the club. One year has passed, and all evidence indicates that the club is heading in the right direction, having the players with the right mentality, and a more-than-capable leader:)

(All right, all you people who scrolled down without reading the middle section can start here.)

Verdict: It has been a foundation-building phase for Frontliners Floorball Club, for to touch the skies one must first have a strong base. The club has progressed well enough for the coach to be extremely satisfied. (8.5/10)
Play of the year: Hard to choose... but it must be said that the entire team effort, plus the huge effort by the coach to survive and thrive together, showing the Frontliners Spirit, more than deserves this title.
Prediction for next year: Capable of reaching great heights, the club must first ensure it does not deteriorate but continue developing and staying with the goals that have been set. To continue to improve, and in time, hopefully win some titles:) The sky is no limit.

To end this: "It is not of importance where we stand, but in what direction we are moving." -Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

PS. The club will be doing a basic review on each of its players, how he/she progressed this year, etc., a few every time, so look forward to it:)