On-the-Job: Tchoukball launches its first tournament in Davao City

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Saturday, March 29, 2014

THE City Government sports division in partnership with the Tchoukball Association of the Philippines finally launches its 1st Mayor Rody Duterte and Pulong Duterte Tchoukball Festival at the SM Lanang Premiere parking on March 22. A little rain did not stop the excited players from different teams in Davao City to play and show off their skills.

It was my first time to witness an interesting sport (because it’s my first time to hear of it). The court was quite bigger than a volleyball court but smaller than that of a basketball court. Two separate goals (unique right?) were located in the farthest opposite side of the court. These goals were outlined with metals and elastic bands and solely connected in the square like a cobweb. I figured out that it functions like a trampoline and it is where the ball must be bounced. The ball, however, was a small version of a soccer ball. Cool.

I was wondering how they play it; how they would kick it gymnastically. The game in action was very unique indeed. The game’s goal is simple; Team A must bounce the ball in any of the square goals while Team B must catch the bounced ball. If Team B misses it, the opponent gets the point and vice versa.

A Tchoukball player said that when passing the ball, it should not fall and hit the ground or else the other team gets the chance to score. That’s it. That is Tchoukball.

It was amazing to see everyone having fun and looking very determined without being to physical which might have resulted to injuries or being too pumped up that they could have ended fighting.

Tchoukball, to sum it up, was a pass-bounce-catch game. But the challenge remains to every player having the intense goal to throw the ball very hard that it bounces off the catch.

Meanwhile, the other half day of my first day of internship in Sun.Star offered me an exciting experience that I did not expect to happen. I was amazed, really.

As we were accompanying Sun.Star field reporters ma’am Marizz and ma’am Merle, we also had the chance to meet and greet the people from the city government and the Tchoukball association. I felt like a rookie journalist. The feeling was overwhelming and priceless; and what is more overwhelming is that there’s more to come! (Jocel Mempin Siglos)

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(On-the-Job are essays by interns from the University of Mindanao AB English.)

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