I was so determined to do well in the university. In addition, my mind is set to represent the University for basketball. I easily got selected to be a varsity player. However I did badly academically in my first semester. I withdrew myself from my first MASUM competition.
When I got back on track academically, I started to have conflict with the basketball coach. Knowing that when your coach does not agree with you on certain matter, you know that you will not be featuring much in games. Decision has been made. I opted out.
I started playing netball. Netball is well known for being a sports which is played by women. The surprising thing is there is this male category in the University. I first played netball when I was in my first year. I remember my first competition is an embarrassment. I could not put in the ball into the net even though I am just underneath it. My team was third that year.
The next one was even worse. I never like losing.
My very first unexpected experience was going on an exchange program. Korea was the destination. That experience easily became my best hundred thirteen days in my life.
After coming back, I started playing semi professional netball. It is something that started off unexpectedly when my all time favourite sports is basketball. However playing for an amateur netball club in Malaysia is quite an experience. Due to my first embarrassing experience in my first Sukmum netball game, my style of play is like basketball. I do lay ups more often rather than the conventional way. I realised netball can be as exciting as basketball.
In 2014, I was given the opportunity to represent the club in Australia annual prestigious netball competition.
We were competing in Brisbane that year. We played against teams across Australia. We were competing in the reserved category although we are considered as one of the top club in Malaysia. I like it there. From the weather to the people around, I am very much enjoying myself when I was in Brisbane. Netball is very well developed in Australia. They are all really good netball players. We only managed a win out of the ten games we played. We drew when playing against a strong Queensland team. In addition, another unexpected accomplishment was achieved. I was awarded as the fourth place MVP for the reserved category. It is definitely an unexpected award. I certainly never see that coming when competing with other good players.
I bumped into a netball player who is as tall as me!
She looks good too!
The following year, I was fortunate to represent the club again in Australia. This time around it is in Sydney. One of the major city in Australia. I enjoyed myself in Sydney but I must say I love the experience in Brisbane more. I made more friends this time around.
the meanest defense I ever played against
With the joyful bunch
New South Wales Defenders
Australian Defense Force Defenders
She is cute!
Sydney was not as fun due to the fact that I have to spend my time at the bench more often. I never like losing but staying at the bench is much worse than losing games. This experience taught me a lesson and I am not letting that to happen again.
It took me six months to become a better player and I proved it when I finally managed to win Gold in Sukmum Netball this time around. The elusive Sukmum gold medal is finally ours and it is more memorable winning Gold as a team. I have never won a gold in the annual Sukmum meet till 2015. It is sweeter when my tenth Sukmum medal is a Gold.
I am glad for the achievement and I am thankful for the people I met along this unexpected netball journey.
Varsity Netball Players
They are the few people I met along my netball journey. Pek Xian who is the girl at the left. She is a state player. She represents KL team.
I was happy to meet her at the first place. I have never expected that I got to know her. She is a humble person and she always strive for success. She is a very nice person too. I enjoyed spending time with her :)
Looking forward to more unexpected in 2016!