As we spy our opponents warming up, anxiety and nervous anticipation spread through my body, knowing that our opponents are more experienced, stronger and faster compared to us. However, once the piercing sound of the whistle is heard, adrenaline always rushes through my veins and the queasy feeling evaporates. I witness the energy and enthusiasm of our teammates motivating one another to persevere despite our exhaustion, developing tenacity in our characters.
Trainings have been intense, yet fun and rewarding. We have worked on essential techniques including accurate passing, attacking, intercepting and shooting. We also worked on general fitness and repetitive agility drills. Training has allowed us to bond, not just within the U14 and U16 teams, but also among all S1 to S4 netballers as we all work and train together during Netball CCAs. Training with the younger members such as Ingrid and Alexis is definitely a highlight for me. I have thoroughly enjoyed spending time with them, learning together and supporting them when necessary.
There is no “I” in a netball team. In other sports like basketball and soccer, under favourable situations, a highly-skilled player can score. However, in netball, it always requires meticulous and skillful passes from one player to the other and finally into the shooting circle. Thus, teamwork is the essence of netball.
It is, without a doubt, disappointing when we lose matches, and even more upsetting when we know we could have played better. Nevertheless, we have learnt to accept the result and, more importantly, build resilience in the face of adversity. It has also motivated us to train harder in hopes of further honing our skills and to prepare ourselves for the turbulent road ahead of us. I have also learnt to hold myself accountable during bad game plays and to take responsibility for my own actions when I make mistakes.
This further spurred me to analyze the blunders I have made so I will be poised for future obstacles.
A crucial lesson I have learnt is to be less focused on the score. Instead, I should determine the outcome of our game play based on how well we played as a team. Personally, I feel that we have learnt plenty during the past few months and as a team, are united, committed and have performed to the best of our ability.
Hence, I feel happy and satisfied with the team. Go lions!!