January 2016 marked the end of the our KBFF Orcas’ maiden season. The girls fought hard but we finished at the bottom of the Division 3 table. It was bad for morale and our young players were naturally frustrated week in, week out.
At some point, I questioned the viability of a second team. KBFF Dolphins took several years of sacrifice from us oldies, regimental training and mental conditioning as well as much trial and error.
But some things changed my mind.
We began to see the formation of a core team of girls in Orcas who stuck together and cheered just the same when we scored despite being goals down. It was true to the KBFF spirit and that was a pleasant surprise.
I personally saw a different side of my senior players too. They mentored the kids during their own training hours and exemplified the culture of our team like mutual respect and selflessness. The seniors also toned down their scoldings, kept their cool and stayed patient.
A further boost to Orcas was being able to secure a confident coach to guide the young girls.
The final turning point that made me to press on with Orcas was my stint at a neighbourhood school. As an ex-national goalie, my ‘job’ was to give a few tips to the school team’s goalkeepers and to prevent them from making goalie mistakes I have made before it is too late!
I expected to see jaded faces. Instead, I met an endearing bunch of secondary school students who had genuine camaraderie even though it was a mixed team of boys and girls. Not a top school. Not the most skilled but they make it work. Their goalies are earnest and I am having such an enjoyable time coaching them. The ‘job’ has become a meaningful contribution and much food for thought. Youth teams are important for floorball and youth in general. No, youth must not be wasted on the young.
Being a part of KBFF Dolphins meant being jointly committed and responsible for the outcome of our team. Now, the same must be instilled in the Orcas, slowly but surely, before our next season in the Singapore Floorball League.
– Sara Lim