Monday, November 05, 2007

friends in futsal

Okay, I'll say it: Sadly, I didn't make the cut for the first-ever international tourney for our first-ever national ladies futsal team. Loads of politics surrounding this--as with many other sports in Malaysia, sigh--but anyway am proud of my fellow trainees who did make it to the 2nd Asian Indoor Games in Macau recently.

Though our results were a tad scary (see below), but hey we gotta start somewhere! Plus we did draw into the tough group (read: Thailand, Iran, and eventual '07 champs Japan) so the fact that newbies-us did manage to sneak some goals past the more experienced teams is pretty good, I reckon.

Here're Malaysia's scores:

Iran vs Malaysia 13-1
Thailand vs Malaysia 17-0
Malaysia vs Japan 0-5

4th of A vs 3rd of B: Malaysia vs Philippines 2-5
3rd of A vs 4th of A: Iran vs Malaysia 17-2

In the final matches, Uzbekistan beat Vietnam 2-1 while the Japs overcame SEA giants Thailand 5-3.

I've gotta admit that we have a LONG way to go, but if we don't try then we'll never advance in the sport, innit.

Nways, below are some pictures of my fellow lady futsallers in action. Oh, and I'm proud to announce that my team, Sports Barn Wildcatz, had one rep in Raveena who also scored one for Malaysia against Iran. Yay her!
Back L-R: Mex, Aishah JB, Tom, Sasha, Kheeday, Raveena
Front L-R: Adik, Diana, Anies, Futsaller from Kelantan, Rhynnda, Futsaller from Kelantan

Back L-R: Futsaller from Kelantan, Tom, Zurl, Kheeday, Rhynnda, Raveena
Front L-R: Futsaller from Kelantan, Adik, Futsaller from Kelantan, Anies, Diana, Aishah JB

Malaysian skipper, Sasha, shaking hands with the Japanese captain

Sasha doing her thang versus the Filipinas! This girl is truly something, seriously

Raveena (pivot), Diana (left ala), Kheeday (right ala) and Adik (last man) in action against Iran

Raveena terrorising up front. She didn't score in this one, but she did put one at the back of Iran's net!

Diana letting one slip by the Thai goalie. Supporting her on the right is leading scorer for Malaysia, Sasha, who contributed 2 out of our 5 goals. The fifth was courtesy of Aishah Kelantan


Embi said...

hmm..i'm curious about the "loads of politics surrounding this". too bad about dat.

scary scorelines ha? hopefully Malaysia will close the gap eventually..

the iranians play with their whole bodies covered eh?

*CaTWoMaN* said...

hey dude! yeah... scary scorelines but i think it's better for us to start now than get even scarier scorelines later ;) you know, when philippines sent their ladies team to the same tourney 2 years ago, apparently they were quite bad as well... but they've been practicing since then and voila! ok la, they're not the best but much better this year...

*CaTWoMaN* said...

oh btw yeah of course the iranians akan tutup habis beb... if not, sure controversy! i can't imagine if their ladies start playin pro tennis..?