Hmong News : Australia Sepak Takraw Team wins Gold Medal in Thailand

红网  |   2015-06-24 08:52
Before we met the Hmong people in Logan, Queensland who were keen to play and regularly took a ball down to the local pa


Team Australia to receive the gold medal. Left to right: Jesse Xiong, Nhia Xiong, Veng Thao, Pheng Thao, Alex Newman, Tou Moua Yang, my Lor Lor Nee, Daniel Ellen Barwell. Before we came across a community of Hmong people in Logan, Queensland who were keen to play and regularly took a ball down to the local park, we did not have enough interested players, said Garry Condoseres. Between our Darwin-based club and the community in Brisbane, there was soon enough players to Compete in international tournaments in Thailand, such as the King's Cup, and the occasional World Cup tournament.

Southeast Asian sport of sepak takraw origin is not very well known in Australia. Call-school to watch a game of sepak takraw make Condoseres Garry competed in the King's Cup in Thailand. Following his own writing about the experience of playing sepak takraw in Australia.
My involvement with the sport of sepak takraw began in the mid-1990s when my city, Darwin hosted the biennial sports festival, called the Arafura Games. In this festival, sports teams from across Australia and Southeast Asia come to compete in a number of sports, including sepak takraw.
Together with the school, we came to watch the Arafura Games. We are told will be a unique sports watch, a kind of volleyball but could involve the foot. Initially I felt that this sport does not make sense, to see for himself.
One day our school get a takraw ball, and we also try to play it, until finally I was recruited and fully involved in the sport. I've played for a few years and represents Region Northern Australia in the event the Arafura Games, until I graduated from high school. Then I moved to another state to continue their education. In Brisbane, Queensland, I could not find a club takraw, so my involvement with this sport was reduced, but somehow, in my heart there is always a place for sepak takraw.
In 2009 I returned to Darwin and not long before, I had contacted Sepak Takraw Association of Australia Region North, where I met and Ellen-Barwell and Alex Newman. I finally returned to play and practice on a regular basis, before finally help the team who want to compete in the Arafura Games in 2011.

Unfortunately, the game is to be the last, because the government in the Australian state of Northern stated that sporting events are not so favorable from an economic standpoint. This match is replaced with a new model that the government efficient, but we have not seen, and that is the end of sepak takraw competition in the Northern Territory.
With that in mind, we set our eyes on international competition. Upgrading from NT Sepak Takraw Association to the Australian Sepak Takraw Association, we soon had feelers out both interstate and internationally. Before long we came across a community of Hmong people in Logan, Queensland who were keen to play and regularly took a ball down to the local park.
Between our Darwin-based club and the community in Brisbane, we soon had enough players to Compete in international tournaments in Thailand, such as the King's Cup, and the occasional World Cup tournament. I was fortunate enough to join the Australian squad for the King's Cup in 2013, and again in 2015.
With that in mind there, we concentrate on international competition. After the change of Sepak Takraw Association to Takraw Association of Australia, we immediately had a good relationship between the state, as well as internationally. Earlier also we have never had a relationship with the Hmong community in Logan, Queensland which sometimes hold regular exercises in the park.

Between clubs in Darwin with the community in Brisbane, we soon had enough players to compete in an international tournament in Thailand, such as the King's Cup, and occasionally the World Cup tournament. I was fortunate enough to join the Australian team for the King's Cup in 2013, and again in 2015.

This year marks an important milestone for Sepak Takraw Association of Australia, because for the first time we've had enough players available to compete in a number of matches, with three teams that can deal with three teams from other states.
2015 is also the first year for Australia to compete in numbers hoop, the game played by one team race against time, kick the ball to each other, trying to get the ball through a circle around the player I am very happy to be part of the Australian team The first time doing this. We scored 110 points, beating three other teams and get ranked eighth overall, which is a good result for a first appearance.

Australia also competed in the men's doubles event, men's team, and took silver in both the number, the best results that we print in the match.

But that is hard to forget of the tournament is a competition between teams. We have difficulties before the team competition begins, our main server lost the position because he suffered an injury during the game, so the remaining nine players only stay alone.

Our first match against Chinese Taipei being the most challenging. Taipei has been a challenging opponent for us in the previous tournament, both in number in the squad as well as double. We never beat them, but we feel we have a good chance given the ability of our team members fairly probe. This indeed proved to be the deciding factor. Taipei took the first team, but then faltered to beat our team.
Australia eventually won by the two teams.
Our next match against Pakistan. Australia went into this game with enough confidence, and did not disappoint, with the result of three squads.
Our final match is against Oman. Oman had previously been lost in a game against Taipei, meaning that if we can beat Oman and remain unbeaten, we will secure the gold medal for Australia.

Overall, the tournament was a great opportunity for the players and for the association as a whole, the tournament we've never follow before and have never Similarly we get the best results. Now we need to raise awareness about the sepak takraw more, more support and more enthusiasm in the tournament again next year, because of new challenges and opportunities still lie ahead.
Overall, the tournament was a great opportunity for the players and for the association as a whole, trying events we have never competed in before and Achieving our best ever results. There's nothing for it now but to raise more awareness, more support and hit the tournament even harder next year, as new challenges and opportunities await.
*) Garry Condoseres is a member of the committee Sepak Takraw Association of Australia. This paper is a personal opinion.

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