MASTERSKILL University College of Health Science (MUCH) has started a three-month training programme to defend the gold medal in the netball competition in the Malaysian Association of Private Colleges & Universities (Mapcu) sports carnival.
The netball championship is scheduled for June. However MUCH, who won the gold medal last year after beating Segi College in the final, is not taking it easy.
Its netball team manager David Jok said the Mapcu sports carnival was an important event in their annual programme.
“We want to maintain our supremacy in the netball championship. We have initiated a three -month training programme to get our players geared for the competition,’’ said Jok
The college had retained Sanah Manap as the coach for the second consecutive season. She was responsible for guiding it to not only the Mapcu gold medal but also the Inter Nursing College netball championships as well as the private higher education institutions (IPTS) netball championship.
The college had 30 trainees in their current programme and training sessions are held thrice a week. The sessions are held in Dusun Tua.
Jok also made it a point to organise friendly matches with other teams.
“We have an excellent rapport with netball teams in the Klang Valley. They have been accepting our requests for friendly matches,’’ said Jok.
The college’s netball team was formed in 2007. At that time, they were invited to take part in the Mapcu competition.
The team management organised an open trials for the students.
After a series of trials, a core group was formed. Making their debut in the Mapcu competition, they did not do well.
But the competition was an eye opener and the college was better prepared for its second appearance last year. It created an impact, made it to the final and won the gold medal.
It has two sharp shooters in Norhidayah Abdul Hamid and T. Sumita. Both are tall and have been impressive in competitions.
Sumita said she looked forward to the training sessions as well as the competitions.
“I have been involved in sports activities since my primary school days. I was active in taekwondo and also played netball for Kelantan in the Malaysian Schools Sports Council (MSSM) championship. I am eager to win the gold medal again in the Mapcu championship,’’ said Sumita.
MUCH will be taking part in other open competitions organised by the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ), Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) and other organisations.
The college is keen to continue its domination in this weekend’s netball competition organised by the University Kuala Lumpur.
Jok said all the players were looking forward to the competition.
“It will also be an opportunity to gauge the players’ progress. Of course, we want to win the title,’’ said Jok.