Wednesday, 4 October 2017

MASUM 2017

Meet my TEAM! 

What is it about? πŸ€”πŸ€”πŸ€” 

Who would have ever thought I would participate in a WTF tournament? Sparring rules are all totally different and I have been out of training since 2013. As usual... there were people who were able to convince me to join them for MASUM. Crazily... half my heart said yes! Jumping with excitement and the other half was just no... don’t go... πŸ˜‚ Training sessions were kinda tough for me to keep up due to the lack of flexibility and stamina but there’s always a drive in the team that keeps me going. Supposedly we have solid 4 months of training but somehow... it ended up with only 2 months? 

D-day: it was the day of the competition. Nervous like crap! Everyone in the team had a certain role to do. Either lose weight or put on weight... the worst part is, those who were suppose to lose weight had a had time losing it and those who had to gain weight (which is easier) had a super hard time too! Cause of the metabolism and the body system returning to the balance and usual weight. Those who had to lose weight ran with layers and layers of windbreaker, starve and drink minimal amount of water. Torturing much but it was all just for until the weigh in day. It ended up worth it! Everyone was on point. Stress part 1 is over! πŸŽ‰πŸŽŠ 
Walked around UKM. It was bad! No food... and the monkeys are far worst than UM. Scary... 

Day 2: The draws for sparring were posted and those who knew who their opponents were freaked out while people like me (first timers) look at the draws and sleep. I was in welter weight category to begin with. Illiya, Freda, Nicholas, and Danial spar on the first day. Illiya was a little out of luck as she met one of the Terrengannu sisters (idk who) which are known to be superb. She gave a tough fight and lost out by just a bit. Watching her spar gave me chills as I kinda freak out cause I was afraid I couldn’t adapt to the rules and the body protector... Freda was almost on par with Illiya... Just missed it for a wrong decision thus, causing her to fly out the ring after being hit with a super clean back thrust kick. πŸ€• Nicholas fought well but was also a little unlucky to sprain his ankle during the fall in the fight. Danial on the other hand, who had just recovered from asthma fought his way through the finals. We all know he was the UM SC’s target to get a gold medal. Also with enough experience, we were all pretty sure he would make it. In the finals, he knocked out (KO) that poor boy with only slapping kicks to the body protector. πŸ™Š oh oh! Not forgetting Kak Nadhirah too! She got all the way to Semi-finals but lost out due to tiredness... But at least she got 3rd placing! Congrats!! 2 medals on the first day of sparring event. 

Day 3: Action time for the remaining ones. That would be me included. 😰 couldn’t even sleep properly the night before. Oh did I mention? The WTF sparring uniform is super light and obviously I didn’t buy any of the uniform or gears. There’s the Azri siblings to lend me! Thank you! πŸ”™ to the game day. Lajiu (Bantam) and myself (welter) has our matches back to back. Thus coach Ryan had to run in and out with us. Lajiu started of so well! Really proved that she was Pahang Sukma representative. I think she won the match with Gap point (20pts) crazy! Then all the way till semi finals. Epic one! The match started and coach Ryan didn’t even get to put down his water bottle on the floor, he had to leave his seat already. Why? Because Lajiu KO-ed the opponent with just ONE downward kick to the face and game over... that was her semi finals. It didn’t even last her 20 seconds! In the finals, she slayed it yo! Just with counter attack. She was unbeatable. πŸŽ–πŸ₯‡ another gold for UM which was totally unexpected. 
Then it was me... the draws weren’t that bad for me. It was a gradual difficulty level opponents. Fought a fairly new opponent whom was gigantic! Seriously. If I got one clear clean hit from her. I’ll be on the ground. I got so frozen up where my legs won’t even lift to kick her. But the arms were active. Every time she throws a kick at me, I would dodge and slide in for a punch. After the match was over, everyone clapped and I thought it was my team mates so I didn’t really bother. Until I realised it was the whole hall. My team mates then told me I scored 8 points with punching alone. Everyone was impressed so am I. πŸ˜… However, here’s the big problem... everyone is aware that I am capable of using my fist and I can only execute a downward kick to score. Had a buy straight into semi vs the other buy frm UMS. She looks freaking intimidating. Literally... she and her coach has been a analysing me for the longest time. Zzzz... during semi, I was leading and suddenly she was catching up. I got too chocked up and the natural ITF style of punching to the head appeared! That’s the end man... every time I touched her head the referee would go “Keong-Go” which is a double warning. I could have lost the game bcz of the warnings I got. I was down with only half warning on the board and 1 point behind my opponent. All she need to do was to push me out of the ring or make me fall then I would be disqualified. Instead, she decided to be defensive to win with that one point advantage she has. Danial was coaching me at that point of time. All I could her was “left leg swing. NOW!!” So I did as I was told and lucky enough, it got me 2 points at the last 6 seconds of the final bout of the match. So I won the match with 1 point ahead of her (26-25). Me being me. Not even knowing I won when everyone was cheering like mad. Looked at the score board (26 -red / 25-blue) I looked down on my own body protector only then I found out I was red! Urgh... blur as ever. Really wouldn’t have won that if it wasn’t for coach Danial who was behind on the chair. Went on to finals hoping to win he gold medal. 1st bout and crap... I knocked her down with the same downward kick that Lajiu did to win her semis. Final match wasn’t as tiring and nerve wrecking as semi. But I’m grateful to walk home with a πŸ₯‡ medal in hand! So so freaking happy! 

That’s us, kak nad, Lajiu and our coach Ryan behind

Gold medalist for Free Sparring (ignore the huge uniform. It’s Danial’s and he is way taller) 

Ended the day with 3 gold and 1 bronze. Way above what was set for us. 

Player x coach 🀝 both gold. πŸ₯‡πŸ₯‡

The only UM girls who KO-ed the opponent. πŸ™Š

Merdeka Cup 2017

Another year/season of not playing with Penang for MC. It started off really shaky where we weren’t even convinced with the coach as he was always missing in action during our trainings. Even when he placed us in our lines to play friendly matches. It was disaster and Coach zaidi will change the line eventually. So does he understand us? That’s what everyone thought. Training was just plain boring drills and the others were doing it for the sake of doing and not understanding the idea or the purpose behind. Countless time I tried to help by explaining but some would just give the πŸ™„πŸ€” faces. Then I gave up. I had so many things in hand at the same time. Internship abroad to settle. 

Then we went for Singapore tour. Yes Coach was there but I personally felt we weren’t ready. Though we won all games in SG. It doesn’t make any difference because line 3 was so demotivated. Brenda in the team was a new centre and it was pulling her down as she could not adapt to the role and control anything. I really hope you don’t hate me for nagging at you. Cause all I wanted was for u to learn to play with an opened heart and adapt as fast as possible. But you are just as stubborn like usual. 😀 So we ended the trip with walking on the freaking causeway with all our luggage from SG to JB. *checklist ticked* 

Just in a few days time, I went back to Penang and flew straight into SG. That’s when I first started to miss training sessions and at the same time, it was the first time the team played a friendly without me. Everyone was just so gloomy during the friendly and play like crap. No possession of the ball, no composure, no confident and most importantly... NO HEART to play. When I heard of the news update from some players while I’m in SG. It really kills me from the inside because I know that they will be playing the first match against Johor without me. If they don’t win then it will be tough to win the other two matches due to the depression and mental breakdowns. So I sent a long long text to everyone in the group, hoping to boost a little confident and make them realise what they are actually capable of. Don’t even know if it worked. But at least I’ve played my part. 

It sucks to always hear people say “if Peiyi doesn’t play, the team will lack out by a lot”. If this is true, then why send one team to play? Might as well save cost. Send me alone to play and I could even have the chance to stay in a hotel instead of renting a house with 19 players in it. The more reason why we as Selangor should win all our group stage since we were already given the luck to play against the average level teams. 

Day 1: vs Johor. 
I was heading to my office as usual but it was as though a skeleton walking without a soul. Mind wondering everywhere. Heart keeps on skipping a beat and all I can think of is “can they play and win it today?” Whatsapp, Instagram and Snapchat were all so still and silent. No notifications, nothing. It freaks me out even more because I couldn’t get any updates on what going on. Whole day at work. All I did was refreshing all my social media to gain access to MC 17. πŸ˜ͺ After work, when heading home, I finally got a text from the girls telling me they WON! I’m like yes! Thank God! And other players from different states starting texting me asking where was I and also the team played really well. Huge improvement which took everyone by shock! πŸŽ‰ I rushed home immediately and grab my stuffs. Head straight to SP to meet Alina and finally travel to JB. 

Day 2: vs Sabah 
The toughest game for group stage. I entered the house pretty late and woke up earlier than the rest. Girls were so happy to see me and everyone was more than alive and awake although it was only 7am. Prepared and head to the stadium. Entered the stadium and yes obviously Beverly was there to welcome me. Screaming my name from half across the stadium... 😢 glad to meet her too! Greeted everyone from Penang and went out for team talk. Warm up and prayed and off we go. The game started. The girls were really good. Playing on top of what they were capable of. Impressive. Won the game. 

That’s Eeleen who moved to Sabah and led the team till now.

Sabahans who studies in SG. 

Day 3: vs KL 
I have no idea why but everyone was just so triggered by the friendly they had with KL right before MC. Just because they lost 8-4 the other day. Everyone’s faces showed that they were nervous. Knocked some sense into them and everyone just nodded... πŸ˜“ not a very good response. Started the game off very shaky... forcing me to score the first goal in order to break their nervousness since we are leading by 1. 
Hands down. πŸ™ŒπŸ» and clap πŸ‘πŸ» these KL girls were superb fast in the pressing and counters. Dead tiring to play against them. 
Illiya- the girls without lungs 

Aini- another one without lungs. Pressing almost everyone and anyone who has the ball. 

Day 4: vs Putrajaya
Yay! Won all three group stage matches and topped the table! Thank god Penang topped the table as well. Means we will not meet them in semi-finals but meeting Putrajaya in semi-finals was equally as bad as Penang... Damn tiring game. We were leading in the first period then lost the second period. I had to brain wash and lecture Elsa who was my defender. Losing confidence and all at this crucial time will really kill the whole team! Talked to her over and over again in every line change. I was so tired myself not having enough breath to catch, but I still need to motivate the others... Oh God... please grant me the strength to hold on. I played double shift towards the end as we were chasing for 2 goals to draw the game. Did a drop pass to Dorcus and the same exact one to Ivana. And both scored! Drew the game at 5-5. Penalty shoot out! I was personally damn tired and really couldn’t catch my breath anymore. Coach gave Dorcus, Alina, Jimun, Ivana and me to take the penalty. Of course I was the last one. Our keeper did great! So calm and good positioning. Alina hit the goalpost bar πŸ˜‚, Dorcus scored, Jimun scored and no one from Putrajaya scored. I was the first one to run into the court to celebrate so I don’t have to take the penalty shoot out. 
See! I was the first one there! 

Selangor’s first debut in the finals! 

And more pictures summing up my season with Selangor 

Friday, 9 June 2017

World Floorball Championship Qualifiers 2017

It was almost the end of 2016. MFA decided to send a women team to participate in the World Qualifiers which is held at Wellington, New Zealand. It's probably the greatest and best news I've heard after so long playing Floorball. It has always been my dream to participate in the World Floorball Championship! This opportunity to be chosen to participate in the qualifiers made me one step closer to what I'm about to achieve for Malaysia and myself. Leaping with joy as I received the good news but on the other hand, it was pretty stressful as I was in the midst of preparing for final exam, assignments and training everyday. Tons of people may say I've gone through this phase a thousand time but this time, it is totally different. Also, the championship is held during the Chinese New Year celebration.

As usual... For every Floorball event or game that Malaysia has, the players will need to fork out a sum of money to participate. Because this year, the championship is held in New Zealand, therefore the cost of the trip would be more expensive. Each player has to pay up to MYR 3 thousand and this excludes the pocket money. We sold jerseys, car stickers and even had a mini tournament just to raise funds for the team. On the personal side, I'm truly blessed and thankful to have the Selangor Floorball Assocation to fully sponsor me financially for this championship. My very first time traveling abroad with more than 15 hours on the plane. 

Traveling itinerary: 
28th Jan - Penang -> KL 
29th Jan - KL -> Melbourne 
30th Jan - Melbourne -> Wellington
6th Feb - Wellington -> Auckland 
7th Feb - Auckalnd -> Gold Coast 
8th Feb - Gold Coast -> KL 
             - KL -> Penang 

Wellington is really a nice place to be. Breathtaking sceneries, hot chocolate, waffles and many more. Before I got there, it shows that Wellington is having summer which will be good for us as if does not differ a lot from Malaysia. Unfortunately, the moment we stepped out the airport, strong cold chill wind blew us right in the face. Immediately! Everyone put on layers of jackets and wind breaker. It was cold! If summer is 20 degrees there... I wonder what's winter?!   

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Semester break!

This time round, I didn't get to go back to Penang for 2 months. Got involved in some research project and had to stay in KL for a little longer to finish up the testing. 

Chinese New Year πŸ’₯πŸ™‰
Day 3- Dorcus, family photo & Floorball 
Day 4- ling ling house 
Day 5- suppose to watch ola bola... But couldn't make it. So we went for bak kut Teh instead. Did the craziest and scariest thing ever! Which I will never do it again. 

Meet up/Reunion 
Met up with Jia Ying, thexeilia, bless and Mythili. Emily was suppose to come. Mythili leaving. 

It's actually a long sem break... But it feels like it's just a few days off... Going back to UM again in a few days time... Haih... 


This is very sad to hear that the government itself is not keen on helping a potential sport to grow. Instead of creating a platform for Floorball which already has so many players and entered so many competitions even participated in the World Championship, they decided to cut us out and play some other sport. Then how are we suppose to even grow and get recognition? Then you come and tell us we do not have enough experience in international or national scences. So freaking frustrated! 
C'mon man.


Dear floorball friends,

As you may have heard by now, Floorball unfortunately will not be contested at the upcoming 2017 SEA games in Kuala Lumpur. The Malaysia Floorball Association (MFA) huffed and puffed as hard as we could, and have now exhausted all our options, and are resigned to the fact that the gatekeepers have refused to include us as part of the SEA games. We are not only disappointed not to be part of the games, but more importantly we are bitter at how the whole process was handled by certain individuals within the Council.

We have been given a hard time since the first day we stepped into the Council’s office in July 2012, to seek counsel on participation in the 2013 Myanmar Games. The then secretary muttered words that still ring in our ears till today – “….you all (new sports), no need to play in these games lah, go make your own tournaments”. Four months later, being thick faced, we went again, we had enough countries that wanted to play floorball as an exhibition game; Myanmar 2013 were willing to host – and we would like to go. We will pay our own way. He then muttered another gem “…why you all want to go, why promote this sport, this is a Singapore sport lah. Don’t waste your time”. 

March 2013, we went again, obviously we didn’t get his hint. We pretty much insisted on going, we asked what did the council stood to lose? The Council gave in (although certain quarters were not happy). To our surprise, later, the Council proceeded to play hardball (no pun intended). Even though we wanted to pay our own way, they refused to arrange for our visa and did not want to sell us the official attire. This was about one week before departure. We bought knock-off Nike Malaysian jerseys from uptown to be used as our travel attire, and we went to junta controlled Myanmar without visas. With some Malaysian charm we managed to convince the Myanmar immigration to let us through. Oh, and to top off the cake, the Council told us that the accreditation can be collected at the games village – it was not there. After a 6 hour wait, with the help of some Singapore and Myanmar friends, we finally got to the village. Men and ladies team won silver.

In September 2014, we went the Council’s office again. We said we wanted to participate in Singapore 2015, where it will be a medal sport. Again, we were willing to pay for everything, of course we got the cold shoulder. We were again not due to get the official attire; until the timely intervention of the chef de mission, who during a meeting made a directive that all those representing the country in Singapore should get the same attire and be treated equally. Finally someone that had some common sense. We had the full support of the crew from MSN and ISN. We won bronze.

Fast forward to the past year, the Council said that we should be their member, so that it is possible to have floorball in the 2017 games. We have never applied to be a member because we did not fulfil some of the criteria’s set out. For example, we did not want to register dummy states just to fulfil the criteria. All the states under MFA are active playing states. By the end of 2015 we had enough active states, and so we applied. After numerous times going back and forth filing the papers, by April our application was complete and will be processed, as told by the Council’s executive office. We have not heard since.

Meanwhile throughout June and July, we heard many versions from many quarters on why floorball can’t be accepted in the 2017 games – first it was not a potential medal sport, then because it was a new sport, then it was not a popular sport, and the final official reason was that because floorball was not a member of the Council. Which is weird, because we went to two SEA games without being a member. Anyway, apparently the Council is so inefficient that it takes more than 3 months to process a membership application. It would have been a lot easier if someone would have been man enough to stand up and say “we don’t like you, we don’t want floorball in the 2017 SEA games”. That would have saved us a whole lot time.

Then there is the post on FB by the current deputy secretary of the council. He stated that floorball can’t be in the games as MFA is not a member and MFA (and 3 other sports) has had no development for the past 20 years. What are they smoking over there?  We are not a member because you have not processed the application for the past 3 months.  And, floorball has only been around for the past 10 years in Malaysia. We started with 20 odd people and now have around 4100 players – from 12 year olds kids, elite state players to the odd weekend warriors, with a combined average age of only 21.8 years old. We have more active floorballers than athletes of some of the listed sports – combined! Do the maths, and see that at this exponential growth rate, in ten years we will have more floorballers than other athletes in half of the listed sports that you have. The last world cup final in Sweden had more than 25,000 paying spectators! We have a social media following that is much more following than a majority of the listed sports, including that of the Council. Last month’s school event, reached 15,000 people on FB alone! This is how big floorball is. 

I personally was a great admirer of him, was a keen listener whenever I hear him at talks. Was. The irony is that the MFA is built on the same ideas that he himself championed. An association that is not dependant on the government (MFA receives zero funding for operations and development), an association that is free from political interference and is run by those that play the sport, an association that is club based (states under MFA only have clubs under them, not daerah), an association that is not dependant on MSSM/KPM (MFA runs its own school tournaments), and association that does not pay players - but have players pay to play; and an association that is debt free (MFA has always had a positive bank balance since its inception). We are all that he has wished for in an association, and yet this is how we are treated.

At the end of the day, if he would have stated that the SEA games will only have Olympic sports and nothing else, we would have walked away quietly. This was not the case. The criteria for sport selection for the games was never outlined, it was, and still is grey. In Myanmar, I thought it was funny that the host included Chinlone as a medal sport, where they duly thrashed everybody. But I understand now that at least their direction was clear, they wanted to promote their traditional sport. What is the council’s direction? Promote winter games? For all the great work that you have done in the many years of service, I will probably just remember you as part of the group that championed ice hockey and ice skating to be played in probably the hottest, most humid regional games. What a pity.
(No offence to the ice hockey people, we love ice hockey too). 
It is sad to see that the very people that are there to act as catalyst for sport development are acting as gatekeepers instead. Thankfully, this particular group of people will not be around in the next cycle. Good riddance, the future is bright for us. What you have done so far is just marginalised us, which is fine, we love being rebels and the underdog. Lookup the story of BMX and how it became an Olympic sport. We will bide our time.

Floorball friends, MFA is truly sorry that we are not able to bring you floorball at the SEA games 2017, in our very own backyard. I can assure you it is not from a lack of effort. I do hope that all of us still go all out to support our SEA games contingent. Do not despair, we will take this on the chin and continue to move forward.

Keep calm and continue to do what we do best – play floorball. See you guys at the upcoming Merdeka Cup.

Rizal Mohd Razman
Malaysia Floorball Association

Sea games 2015 

World university Floorball championship 2014

Saturday, 9 January 2016

Alvin and Alice Wedding Day!

    2 days after my birthday, 10th October is Alvin and Alice's wedding day and 1 week before that, Alice asked me to be her bridesmaid. I was shocked when she asked me because I wasn't even close to her or known her for a very long time. Plus, I just entered Tyttobandy!Co but I guess this is how much they accept me into the family. Much love. Hehe. So on the 9th oct, we all travelled down to Seremban for her wedding. I hitched a ride with Colin and Val. What I did the whole journey was Sleep.πŸ˜… tired from all the late night birthday celebrations. At one point, I woke up for a while due to some bumpy road. Turns out... No. Colin just drove over a dead dog which was hardened on the road. It was funny to see Colin freak out while Val is all so chill and laughing her head off. (They make a good couple). Reached Alice's house then prepared all the stuffs. Photo taking and games were done. Had to fit myself into this red dress... Rare colour... Then the bridesmaid and best man were literally the Floorball family. Terrence, Ricky,Jonathan, Colin, Daniel and Kelsern. From morning till night, no rest full day. Hectic. Alvin and Alice must be very tired. 
   Later at night, it was the wedding dinner and the dress code was free! Yes! I can wear something more comfortable. No jerseys or blouse of course. Hehe. 
Didn't do much during dinner except meeting people whom I didn't expect to see them like Deswyn, Gerald and a few other players. Cut long story short, things went well and this is a new experience being a bridesmaid. 

20th birthday away from home.

    Celebrating my birthday away from home the second time. First year in Uni, my birthday was pathetic. Then my second year, I had Ivana as my roommate. So we did talked about birthdays, events and Floorball stuffs. 8th Oct has arrived. The day started off hectic due to assignments and presentations following up with Floorball session at night which is a super mandatory session that I wouldn't even miss it. As usual, Azmill picked both Ivana and I to Floorball. Nothing much happened in Floorball except for a little of teasing and disturbing from the boys. Ended and we went home to shower. And Ivana said we will go out for birthday celebration supper. Suddenly, we ended up in Floorball Houz, and I was like I thought we are eating? Ivana said yes. Azmill said we are here to pick up Gary. Okay... Everyone went down and obviously I went and play with the dogs. Cute! Suddenly, Ivana came out with the cake and singing a birthday song... Honestly her voice cracked terribly for that song. But it was fine. She actually bought chocolate cake! Nice! 
After cutting the cake, we were not allowed to eat. Gary asked all to hurry up and go out for dinner/supper. In the car, I asked where are we going? "Are we eating my favorite cheese naan?" Nobody answered me... Okay... Fine... Ended up at a dim street, but there were a lot of people eating. And guess what? They brought me to Williams!!! The place I was bugging them to bring me to. Ahha sat down and Gary the boss placed the orders for us. He kinda ordered a lot. When the food came, it wasn't just kinda a lot but it was really damn a lot. 
Carbonara spaghetti with meatballs -really good. Not kidding- 
Lamb with the fried mantao. 
The driver Azmill and the boss Gary
Lazy to crop the picture. So I'll leave it as it is. Yea here, u can see the amount of food we had. Right... And we had 15 prawns... Zzzz and the drinks are huge! But I was a good meal. Really made my 20th birthday good! Thanks guys! 

----rewind a bit to the 7th October-----
    Wei Chyi and Shern Nee, friends which I got closer to in the beginning of second year. They threw me a birthday celebration too! Took me out for cheese naan at mahbub. Bought me cheesecake and Starbucks. Really appreciate these moments. 
The powderpuff girls bcz of the colours. 
Thank you people!