Region's sepak takraw teams need exposure

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014


OF ALL Davao Region Athletic Association (Davraa) teams, only the sepak takraw team managed to win back-to-back gold medals in the past two stagings of the annual Palarong Pambansa but stakeholders said they still need more exposure to keep the momentum in future games.

Davraa's junior sepaktakraw squad, mostly bannered by Josefa Llanes Escoda Elementary School-Maa players from Davao City, clinched a gold in Dumaguete City last year then just recently the Mati Comprehensive National High School (MCNHS) players-laden Davraa secondary boys sepak takraw team doubled the feat in Sta. Cruz, Laguna.

Davao Regional Association Sepak Takraw of the Philippines president Nilda Sebellino, in a recent phone conversation with Sun.Star Davao, said she's proud that the sepak takraw teams have continued to bring honor to the entire region.

"Wala pa gyud mi ma zero. Sunod na duha katuig nga nag champion ang Davraa sa Palaro sepak takraw. Sayang lang kay nag silver ra mi sa National Prisaa pero over all, mayo ang performance sa sepak takraw (We haven't returned home empty. It's been two straight years that Davraa won a Palaro sepak takraw championship. It's unfortunate that we only got a silver in the National Prisaa but we still have a great over-all performance so far)," Sebellino said.

She, however, said that "exposure to different sepak takraw tournament and continuous training" will further hone the region's sepak takraw players.
She cited the 40-day in-house rigid training of Davraa players in Tagum City was a key factor in winning a Palaro gold this year.

"Maayoang suporta sa DepEd sa training apil na ang suporta sa LGU sa Matiug sa principal ug titsers sa Mati Comprehensive National High School (The Department of Education gave its support in the training as well as the local government unit of Mati and principal and teachers of the MCNHS)," Sebellino said in separate text messages yesterday.

She added that as long as sepak takraw teams have a tournament to compete in, the more they will improve and reap more honors in national competitions.

Davraa's sepak takraw coach Jonathan Naylon earlier told Sun.Star Davao that their training and exposure in tournaments in Tagum and Davao cities helped them win the championship. Naylon was also hailed as best coach of the sepak takraw competition in the Palaro.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on May 15, 2014.

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