The First Training – U15 Rugby 2008

hell on earth

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I just got back from Kuala Kangsar after our first training session. On the way back, I can’t help to contain overwhelmed excitement within. Being a coach is something new for me. 8 years ago, I never imagined that I would come back and taunt these boys.

Preet, preet, preeeeeet! Follow my whistle! Again, preet, preeet, preet, preet. You in white, lower your ass. Come on guys, don’t do it half heartedly.

Yup, that’s me throughout the training. Since they failed to do 10 push ups properly, I keep adding repetitions until they look neat to me. Back in my days, 50 push ups (or sit ups) is almost nothing. Whining is inevitable amongst the boys, which is bad. Rugby is do-or-die game, if you can’t keep up, you better quit.

I can’t help but to smile at some of their whiny remarks. I’ll share some with you.

“alaa bole la coach tiup whistle, die tak buat pon.”
“ok takpe, aku follow korang”- so I joined them and did exactly what I instructed them to do (push ups, star jumps, running etc) to prove them, that I stopped training 8 years ago, I could still do it. Now my body hurts like hell. Nyesal..

“Lenguh tak?”I asked them.
“Lenguhhhhhhhh!” they replied.
“Bagus, sambung lagi…” I said.
“Psst, lain kali cakap la tak lenguh” a whiny boy whispered to his team mates. (Even if he said that, I will tell them same thing, “sambung lagi”, it’s a double edge sword!)

“We will do a perfect 20 push ups, follow my whistle”, I went down with them as well
“Preet, preet, preet preet preet, preeeet”, I blew my whistle.
“Dah lebih 20 dah ni, coach tak kire ke?”, said whispered Boy A
“I said a perfect 20,” I reminded them again.
“Mcm ni lunyai la aku,” replied Boy A

“Let’s do *Makanan Harian, go line up,” I told them. *it’s a VERY-VERY intense running.
“aaaahhh… abes longgarlah lutut aku,” said Boy B.

There’s plenty more whiny remarks but the above mentioned tickles me most. Let’s do some comparison, during my F3 and their training regime:

  1. Push up. 50 vs 10. My total =1200~2000 push ups daily.
  2. Sit up. 50 vs 10. My total = 1000~1200 daily.
  3. Star jump. 50 vs 10. My total = 300~400 daily.
  4. Lap. 10 laps with 2 piece of BRICKS vs 5 laps.

Am I not kind enough? This is only the start of a season. I will increase slowly, I don’t want to scare them away.

I’m so glad I initiated this project. Although they appear weak now, they will eventually grow stronger in 3 years time. They will put the best show in MCKK’s rugby history. I know they can. I look forward to see them sometime soon.

Boys, well done. *clap-clap*

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