Date: 2017/11/22-26 View Photos
The Magpies Toned Up Through Extensive Training
In November 2017, the Men’s and Women’s Teams travelled to Sendai and Tokyo, Japan for a series of high school friendship games. Despite the cold weather, we received warm welcomes and gracious hospitality by the hosts.
The cold couldn't stop us!
The first series of games took place in Sendai, where the teams competed in wind chill. Playing in the cold was never favourable for us, yet the U19 Men’s Team demonstrated utmost energy against the home team and claimed their first win.
The U19 Team made their way to Tokyo on the 25th. The Men’s Team reunited with Team Iwakura, whom they played two years ago, at Iwakura High School. The Women’s Team faced teams from some highly-acclaimed high schools, namely Asuka High School (飛鳥高校), Iwakura High School (岩倉高校) and Seitoku High School (成德高校). Through training and competing with such skilled players, not only did our young blood manage to get a glimpse of the typical fast-paced style of the Japanese, but they also learned the importance of perfecting the basics.
“We worked with teams from Japan and particularly designed a multitude of drills that simulate the man-up or fast-break situations to make players accustomed to speedy movements up and down the field. We want them to be able to think fast, decide fast, act fast,” said Coach Wan. Even junior players on the Japanese teams showed strong fundamental skills. But on top of that, the teams’ great discipline as a whole and their desire to do their best were what impressed our players the most.
From players to coaches
A majority of those who participated in the interflow trip two years ago as U19 Team has advanced to the Men’s Team. For the first time, the Association selected two senior players from the Men’s Team as Assistant Coaches for the trip. “As the role of a player, all we need to do is to play what we learn. As a coach, you ought to keep watch on the entire team and the entire game, and be able to make decisions, deliver tactics and make substitutions timely. At the same time, you have to read the opposing team. It has been a big challenge but such an experience is going to prepare us to be a coach in the future,” said the Assistant Coaches.
With the 2017 Season concluded in Japan, we hope that all our younger and passionate players have gained valuable experience and personal growth through every training and competition throughout the year.