Sunday, January 11, 2009

Koay Yi Lin, 17 (2002-present)

Koay Yi Lin is synonymous with cramps, screaming and that right-hander using a right-hand stick.

Put your right foot in, put your right foot out, put your right foot in and shake it all about... cue Yi Lin's high-pitched frantic screams: Cramp! Cramp! OUCH.

Although the situation before the cramp is most likely a totally different scenario, whether during a weekly training or a freakishly important tournament, the outcome is usually the same. Cramps. One of Yi Lin's apparent weaknesses, though the cause still remains pretty vague. Which is why it is usually wise to have a few first-aid volunteers around the place and, in a tournament (think Z'Liners-PFA Floorball Challenge), a substitute.

Oftentimes she plays as a forward, running about with a little stamina to spare, cramps being the foremost problem when it comes to playing. Being a marvellous shot certainly helps her in that position.

She brings charisma and a positive attitude with her wherever she goes, always with a broad smile and alert-looking bright eyes. As the lighthearted one of the club, she's an encouragement to the team and a wicked ('wicked' as in 'awesome', not 'wicked' as in 'the wicked witch') cheerleader, same old loud voice and all.

Frankly, floorball-wise, improvements were scarce, mostly due to a large cut in attendance, courtesy of SPM. Once that bug's over and done with, she still has a lot of effort to be put into fitness training (one of Kuan Yang's specialties). Nevertheless, first and foremost, be back in training and survive in. What to work and build on will then be seen.

Verdict: Studies were a big interruption this year, but she performed consistently in major tournaments participated (Penang Floorball League '08, Youthwave, Z'Liners-PFA Floorball Challenge), besides a hiccup or two (cramps, mostly).

Play of the year: Staying positive in every situation, sidelines or not, cramps or no cramps. Cheering like mad.

Prediction for next season: To make a triumphant return with SPM over and done with, trumpet included. How long her return will last, only time can tell. At a point where her future depends on what she does and where she goes, continuing with FFC will only be possible with some compromise and an unfading passion for the club and sport.

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