Rayvens hope to spoil defending champions Cyrens’ bid for hat-trick

IT IS going to be a demanding task for both Sri Kuala Lumpur cheerleading teams to reproduce their startling accomplishments at the upcoming national inter-school championship in June.

Two teams from the school in Subang Jaya — Cyrens and Rayvens — will be out to tussle for supremacy at the annual meet.

They finished first and second in the meet last year.

Although top-ranked Cyrens were rated as worthy contenders in their successful title defence last year, the school’s gymnastics chief coach Mike Ng admitted Lady Luck was smiling on their second side, Rayvens, when they completed a memorable one-two finish.

“It will be a tough challenge to repeat the outstanding feats. Rayvens were fortunate to climb up for a better finish in the standings. We only expected Rayvens to be among the top 10 finishers last year.

“Rayvens were more polished in their overall performance compared with the other superior teams. The stronger teams were not as convincing in pulling off their high difficulty routines on the actual day,” Mike recalled.

This year, the fresh-looking Rayvens with 20 trainees in the training camp, will only have the services of two members from last year’s team.

Six former Rayvens’ representatives have gained promotion and earned their places in the Cyrens comprising 18 trainees.

The duo of Tan Wei Yi and Yap Kah Mun are joining seasoned campaigners Nicole Hui and Chong Shin Yee in executing the aerial manoeuvres as flyers for the Cyrens.

“The youngsters are serious about maintaining the good run in the cheerleading competitions. They started gearing up for the new season going through the paces twice a week as early as August last year.

“The regular faces are in good condition while the newcomers are getting into shape. At the beginning of the year, we have also included five Form One students into the Rayvens team,” said Mike.

Two years ago, the Cyrens’ debut victory served as an inspiration for the current students to emulate their predecessors’ stunning feat.

“We started to field another team Rayvens because the sudden rise of the Cyrens generated a lot of interest last year. It was great to see the overwhelming turnout during the selection. They wanted to prove themselves to get a place in the teams.

“Our aim is to continue to do well and sustain the same level of excitement,” said Mike, adding that they have engaged two cheerleading trainers each to keep a watchful eye on both teams.

Going into the competition as one of the serious contenders, Cyrens are setting their sights in registering a hat-trick with three consecutive victories at their major competition of the season.

Cyrens captain Amanda Lim, who has featured in the two victorious outings, is hopeful of raising the bar and setting a new benchmark.

“This is going to be my fourth appearance in the national inter-school meet. It has been a privilege to be part of the team.

“So far, I have fond memories competing in the series. It was an easier role to be a member of the team. It is a different experience to be leading the side because of the tall order to stretch our winning streak to three in a row. I am sure that it is going to be rewarding one when everyone in the team rises to the occasion again. Considering that it will be my final year in school, it will be perfect to end on a winning note. Everything is going according to plan and we are gelling well.

“Hopefully, things will get into the right places as we head into the competition,” said Amanda, 17.

And the Cyrens will get a chance to evaluate their new routine on their school sports day in April.

SMK Damansara Jaya’s Dynamitez, Calyx from Catholic High School Petaling Jaya and Blitzerz of SMK Bandar Utama Damansara 4 are considered as notable teams capable of ruining their goal of another fruitful outing.

Besides formidable Klang Valley based teams, they are wary of the threat coming from Titans of SMJK Ave Maria Convent Ipoh.

“It is going to be an interesting affair.

“Other teams are also improving. The underdogs could also spring surprises and edge the more established teams,” Mike said.

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