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Saturday December 29, 2007
By NG WEI LOON
CATHOLIC High School (CHS) from Petaling Jaya lived up to their billing as the top high-flying Ultimate Frisbee playing school in the Klang Valley at the Subang Jaya Community Ultimate Youth Under-18 Open tournament held at the Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) sports complex pitch recently.
After taking part in open Ultimate competitions to develop their skills against older and more established senior sides over the past three years, they came of age when they swept the top three spots in the one-day meet.
Tournament director Douglas Ladner said players from CHS proved to be more experienced than those in the other teams as they stamped their domination in the Under-18 age-group tournament.
“We have come a full circle with organising a junior tournament. Although we introduced the alternative game to schools in five districts (Petaling, Gombak, Hulu Selangor, Kuala Langat and Klang) in Selangor in 2004, we did not incorporate competitions for the students.
“We are pleased with the teachers’ eagerness to promote the game. It is a healthy pursuit for the youngsters to pick up because it is game that will help them interact with their peers when they move on to pursue their tertiary education in colleges and universities. There are several college and university sides playing the game,” added Ladner.
A total of 15 sides, including two all-girl teams from CHS and SMK USJ8, took part in the meet.
The teams were from SMK USJ4 (three teams), SMK USJ8 (three), SMK USJ13 (two), CHS (five), Alice Smith (one) and SJ TRU (one).
They were divided into three groups. The leaders of each group and the best second-spot team advanced to the semi-finals.
“The students displayed outstanding enthusiasm with their keenness to field their teams for the competition. The teams also showed a satisfactory level of play. Regardless of the outcome. they showed good sportsmanship and competitiveness on the pitch,” Ladner said.
In the final, CHS “B” edged their schoolmates from CHS “C” to capture the title with a narrow 1-0 win.
Meanwhile, CHS “A” thumped FTW USJ4 7-1 to finish third.
According to Ladner, the game is also picking up momentum in Subang Jaya.
“Ultimate does not only promote racial integration among players from different backgrounds. It is also a platform to foster cross-generation friendship, especially with adults coming out to mingle with the teenagers,” he said.
Over the year-end school holiday, the youngsters turned up for their regular run around at the USJ12 pitch on Wednesday.
“Students from SMK USJ4, SMK USJ8 and SMK USJ13 have been active in the game. Three other schools – SMK Seafield, SMK USJ 12 and SMK SS14 – are also showing interest. When the academic year resumes in January, the youngsters are going to continue to have their normal session at the USJ12 field every Saturday morning, from 8am to 10am,” he added.
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