Category: Get Into Rugby

Girls power in Kuching

22 November 2017 – Get Into Rugby Kuching created their own history as they recorded more girls participant compared to boys. Get Into Rugby program is heading to the finale of 2017 program and this could boost more girls participants in 2018.

Girls power

289 participants joined Get Into Rugby Sarawak. For the first time in Malaysia, 223 of them are girls with only 66 boys. It was no surprise to see girls dominating the program as Sarawak has produced numbers of talented women rugger including 4 players who won Bronze in the 2017 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games team.

Farid Rahman gives instruction to two trainers

The two days program took place at the Song Kheng Hai Rugby Field, Kuching. The first-day focus of Train the trainer which also saw numbers of women turned up. The Get Into Rugby program was on the second day. Get Into Rugby director, Mr. Raimi Yusof lead the program with the assistant from Mr. Farid Rahman, ex-national player.

5 years old, Rayyan Wafeeq B Abdul Ghafar

GIR Sarawak also created another history as they welcome the youngest participant to the program. They welcome 5 years old, Rayyan Wafeeq B Abdul Ghafar who is still in the kindergarten. He showed great interest in rugby as he joined his older brother in the program.

Distance did not stop 28 students from Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Tebedu from Serian district. They traveled for 4 hours to make it to Kuching GIR. This is certainly a very good indication for GIR Malaysia to have a tour in Sarawak in 2018.

Photos by Get Into Rugby Malaysia and Kesatuan Ragbi Negeri Sarawak

Get Into Rugby Malaysia – Personify Malaysia rugby scene

20 November 2017 – Get Into Rugby is heading to the last part of 2017. GIR from World Rugby is an initiative to develop and spread rugby among students starting from the tender age of 5 until 17 years old.

It was all started back in 2017 as the Malaysia Rugby Union started to use the Get Into Rugby module as the development program at try, play and stay level. With the grant 5000 pound from the World Rugby, they target Malaysia to reach 8000 pupils. The Malaysia Rugby Union showed great commitment and the graft showed increment each year, they increased the grant to 20 000 pounds per year where 50% of that need to be used to buy rugby equipment.

In 2017, Malaysia Rugby Union has organized the program for more than 27 000 pupils nationwide. That is 2000 more than the initial target. It was a great achievement that leads to Asia Rugby acknowledgment for Malaysia as one of the Elite nation in rugby development.

Get Into Rugby is a program which used both national as well as the ex-national players as the mentor. Lead by Vice President of Malaysia Rugby Union, Mr. Raimi Mohd Yusof as the Get Into Rugby Director, it is a big success to schools across the nation. Raimi shared “Teachers and mentor such as Farid Rahman, Yusli Ramli, Syed Shazril, Mazuri Salehudin, Irwan Abdol, Mohd Romli Saad and much more are playing a vital role that leads to the success of the program. The sacrifice a lot and show great dedication toward the program.”

As for this year, Get Into Rugby moved into another level by appointing King George V as the hub for the program. The agreement between KGV and GIR will lead to 4 tournaments which will be held to create a platform for any team under the GIR program. This will help to expand the program to the grass root level. This great idea is from Mr. Mohd Zain Haji Ismail, a visionary in expanding the sport.

Get Into Rugby latest program was in Kedah few week back. The four days road tour was organized as they received request from the Kedah Rugby Union. 28 schools took part with 23 teachers as well as 800 pupils from all over Kedah took part in the introduction program.

Get Into Rugby team is in Kuching, Sarawak for this week as they are having the program from 20 – 21 November 2017.

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Photos by Get Into Rugby Malaysia.

Meet Abbygale – Malaysia women referee on the raise

11 November 2017 – Rugby fans who came to the COBRA 10s Ladies last week will certainly notice a rare sight of a girl as the referee for rugby matches. Abbygale Rayone Michael Lojinggu is a qualified woman referee in Malaysia.

This 21 years old came all the way from Panampang, Sabah. She herself is still actively playing for Sabah Angel Warrior Rugby Club. She started playing when she was 16 years old as she was in form 4 of Sekolah Menengah St. Joseph, Penampang under the guidance of coach Josephine Joseph.

Started playing for Malaysia at the age of 19

This young girl is an outstanding player in her playing career. She played for Malaysia when she was 19 years old during the 2015 Singapore SEA Games. She also played for Malaysia during the South East Asia 7s as well as for Malaysia Under 20 at Johor last year.

Abby with Malaysia 7s Women team

Abby takes the decision to take the referee course as she wants to understand the game better as a player. She wants to know and understand the rule better. She took the level 1 referee course at the Universiti Malaysia Sabah conducted by Dr. Nizam Nazarudin and Sir Madi Kawi of Singapore.

She had her first experience as a referee back in 2016. She blew in two tournaments, UPM Rugby Rumble Festival 2016 and UPSI 10s.

Abby taming boys during UPSI 10s

Other than level 1 referee, Abbygale also obtained Coaching level 1.

This Kadazan Rungus young girl has a high hope of working his way back into the Malaysia team setup. She is excited to see more women get involved in the rugby as well as proud of the women team achievement during the 2017 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games where they won Bronze.

Abbygale is also hoping to see more women referee get recognition in the near future. We expect to see more from her. Abbygale excel in both sports and academy as she pursues her study at the Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) Shah Alam.

Very best of luck to Abby and we are as excited to see her as a referee on our Malaysia Rugby scene.

Photos from Abbygale personal collection

From Our Lens : SSTMI – Champion in need of support

9 November 2017 – When we talk about Sekolah Sukan Tunku Mahkota Ismail, each rugby fans across Malaysia knows how important that school is in producing great players that went on to play for Malaysia.

9 out of 12 national players who bag Gold during the 2017 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games are the product of SSTMI. That shows the high quality of the players produce by the coaching and management of this school.

SSTMI is the only school listed as the High-Performance School under the National Rugby Development Program (NRDP) in Malaysia. They match that status by dominating tons of tournament in 2017.

Few could stop SSTMI when they are on song

Plate Runner-up – Asia Rugby Under 20 Sevens Series
Quarter Final – AirAsia Malaysia Rugby League
Champion – National 7s
Semi Final – Langkawi International Rugby 7s
Semi Final – NS Royal 7s
Champion – Arau 7’s

Runner Up – National 7s
Plate Runner Up – Langkawi International Rugby 7s
Bowl Champion – NS Royal 7s
Third Place – Arau 7s

Under 17
Champion – MCKK 7s
Champion – Salbros 7s
Semi Final – Langkawi International Rugby 7s
Bowl Champion – NS Royal 7s

Team U16
Runner Up – Johor Rugby Carnival 7s
Runner Up – NS Royal 7s
Third Place – Arau 7s
Champion – Allied Pickfords 15s
Champion – Super KGV International 10s

7 years old broken tackling bag

Few know that despite all the championship, the rugby team is severely lacking in term of fund and equipment. They still able to join multiple tournaments and won them with the help of parents, friends and rugby fans.

The sky is the limit if this school is well equipped and fund. They could have better preparation with proper equipment. The status of the only high-performance school should be matched.

SSTMI is the reference for all the other rugby school in Malaysia. They also received tons of application to come to their place and train with them and they accepted it with open arms despite all their shortage.

They need something way better than these

It is great to see the coaching team fully utilized what they have. It will be much better to see if they can maximize their potential with proper support from those who supposed to be involved.

Very best of luck SSTMI Tsunami in 2018.

As what those rugby coaches say, “ada ada, tak ada tak ada, anggap selasai”

Photos from Mr Syed Shazril and Zainuddin Mamat/Ragbionline

Tsunami too good at Georgian Green

7 November 2017 – SSTMI Tsunami, the pre-match favorite match the expectation as they cruised to win the Under 16 of Super KGV International 10s title. There was no stopping Tsunami who also won the title back in 2016.

Lead by the ever-influential Syed Shazril who is also the coach for the National 7s Under 20 team, SSTMI Under 16 finally won their first maiden trophy after 3 tournaments. They were second best during the Johor Rugby Carnival as well as lost another final at the NS Royal a few weeks back.

Sekolah Sukan Tunku Mahkota Ismail started the tournament with a bang, racking up 7 tries as they trashed Kolej Vokasional Wakaf Tembesu 41 – 0. SSTMI showed no mercy as scored 6 tries in the second match. They beat the club from Sri Lanka, AGOAL 34 – 0. SSTMI ranked first after the group match. During the playoff, SSTMI overcame Sekolah Menengah Sultan Yahya Petra 21 – 0, comfortably advance to the Cup quarter-final.

SSTMI scored an average of 3 tries in each match in the knock-out round. They scored 3 tries as they beat Sekolah Menengah Sains Tuanku Jaafar 21 – 0 in the quarter-final. They repeat the same scoreline in the semi-final. SSTMI got better of SBPI Kubang Pasu to advance to the final.

It was all about SSTMI from the first whistle. Credit to SBPI Gombak who gave their all but SSTMI stood tall. SSTMI rack 2 tries in the dominant first half. INTEGOMB gave their best shot at the start of the second half but was duly punished by SSTMI third try. SSTMI beat INTEGOMB 21 – 0 for their second successive Super KGV International 10s Under 16.

To make it sweeter for SSTMI, they did not let a single try went pass them in these two Super KGV International 10s edition.

SAS smashed STJ for U15 crown

7 November 2017 – Sekolah Alam Shah of Putrajaya won the Super KGV International 10s. They got better of Negeri Sembilan, Sekolah Menengah Sains Tuanku Jaafar in the final of the Under 15 category.

SAS won both group matches on day one with a narrow win over KYS before they trashed TBS 22 – 0 in the last group match. STJ, on the other hand, have to work hard as they drew the 0 – 0 in the first match against SHOAW before they overcame Seksyen 7 Prime 10 – 0.

SAS continue their fine run as they smashed MOZAC 26 – 0 in the last playoff match of the first day. STJ scored a solitary try in their playoff match to defeat SAUJANA 7 – 0.

SEMASHUR gave SAS their biggest test in the quarter-final. SAS scored the first try and qualified to the semi-final as they overcame the Hulu Selangor school based on the first try rule. The score tied at 5 – 5 as the referee blew the final whistle. STJ, on the other hand, overcame SDAR 12 – 0 to book the semi-final spot.

SAS certainly love the first try rule as they overcame SHOAW to book the cup final spot. They drew 5 – 5 in that match. Lady luck was smiling for STJ as they through to the final after they won the coin toss against the tournament host. STJ and KGV tied at 0 – 0 after the final whistle.

Sekolah Sultan Alam Shah performed Haka prior to the start of the final match. That certainly lifted them as they had a much better start compared to STJ. A try in each half, as well as a conversion, sealed the deal for SAS. They were crowned as the Under 15 champion after Sekolah Sultan Alam Shah beat Sekolah Menengah Sains Tuanku Jaafar 12 – 0.

Malaysia GIR in World Top 20

28 October 2017 – Malaysia Get Into Rugby team is doing well when they put Malaysia in the World top 20. 131 unions all across the globe are actively conducting the program with 28 out of 29 Union including Malaysia are doing great in the program.

Get into Rugby aim is to encourage players of all ages to Try, Play and Stay in Rugby. Get Into Rugby will promote the values of the Game and ensure children are encouraged to try Rugby in a safe and progressive environment.

Malaysia sits 18th with 22 875 participants up until September 2017. South Africa sits top of the list with 169 663 participants followed by Japan (123 604) and India in third (100 128).

Within the Asia Union, Malaysia firmly in the 7th place behind Japan, India, China, Pakistan, Hong Kong and Sri Lanka. There is no other South East Asia nation in the World top 20.

Malaysia recorded the most participants in Malacca back in September when more than 1000 turn out. One of the participants, Maslieya Nur Athirah bt Masdi won the tournament MVP at JENESYS Get Into Rugby in Japan.

Get into rugby create chances for pupils to try and enjoy the game. Early exposure to the game should be to create more quality rugby player and fans all across the nation.

Job well-done team Get Into Rugby Malaysia, lead by Mr. Raimi Yusof, Malaysia Get into Rugby Director.