It’s Monday night, and yet I still couldn’t get over the 5th Ceres Cup yesterday! If you follow me on Instagram and check my IG stories, then you know what I’m talking about. 😉 This, guys:
I don't care that I was malagkit the whole day, that I got sunburnt, that my feet ached and that my voice got hoarse. Even without that bronze thing at the right, I'm just so happy to have watched you play, do your best, and goof around with your teammates. (But of course, the bronze thingy made everything even sweeter 😍) Congrats #TeamAgila U7 for your performance in the #CeresCup2017 #5thCeresCup! You made us so proud! 🤗 ⚽️ ⚽️ ⚽️ ⚽️ #SoccerMom #SoccerMomDuties #FootballNanay #littlefutbolista
And may I just show you one of Raviv’s (Team Agila’s U7 goalkeeper) moves? Sige naaaa!
Yesterday: Los Baños Agila vs La Salle Greenhills gunning for the semi-finals. The veteran football moms and coaches all expressed concern when they learned we were going against La Salle for the semis because the La Salle GH players were big (someone even joked, "Itanong nyo nga ano bang gatas nila, bakit iba ang laki nila!") Turns out our fears were unfounded, because final score was 4-1. 🤗 Whew! Great job, Team Agila! And great job din ang goalie all throughout 🤗
I swear he had better saves that I just wasn’t able to capture on video.
Their first game was against Kaya FC. Remember?!? Yes, it’s “Team LBC” from last year that made Raviv so bitter because natambakan sila. But this time, Agila beat Kaya FC, 3-0! And that was just the beginning. 😉
Ang saya-saya ko kahapon even though it was so hot and humid. Raviv and his teammates played 6 games, and lost only once. 2-1 pa ang score, very close fight! That’s why it’s a bit of a letdown that they only got a bronze medal.
Perhaps the other soccer moms of Team Agila (where Raviv trains and plays for) are laughing at me for being this excited, but kebs! This was such a great deal to me because:
- This was only my second time to accompany Raviv to a football tournament because Randy and I are weekend warriors (read: we work on weekends). I don’t know when I could watch again, to be honest. That’s why I cherish this moment so much.
- This was my first time to watch a game where Raviv’s team got a medal. On my first time to watch last week, they didn’t win anything because Raviv and his teammates had to play under the U9 (9 years old and below) category. So talo talaga.
- This was also my first time to watch a tournament where Raviv was one of the key players (no bangkô moments!), and he didn’t disappoint! I couldn’t help but beam with pride whenever my fellow soccer moms would say what a great job Raviv was doing as a goalkeeper. His coaches and the players of the other age groups also told me so. 😌
- This tournament has shown me the truth in “Kapag may tiyaga, may nilaga”. Just last year at this time, he was still so clueless what to do. Worse, he was also painfully shy and malamya in the soccer field that we threatened to make him stop training altogether. He didn’t even want to socialize with his teammates because he was shy. Kung alam n’yo lang how he was, maiiyak din kayo sa improvement niya. 180-degree turn talaga. I guess that’s why the other soccer moms were very generous in their compliments to Raviv—they witnessed his progress. I’m also very grateful to his coaches for their patience. It was they who also discovered that Raviv’s calling is to be a goalie pala. Thank you so much, Coaches Joaquin, Gino, and Hannah. 🙂
- Watching Raviv and his teammates was so enjoyable. Talo pa ang excitement ko sa matches ni Manny Pacquiao, hahaha! I really enjoy the company of the other soccer parents who passionately cheer (and jeer, hehe) along the sidelines. We don’t have time for chikahan, but I feel some kind of connection with them.
And for some reason, I also immensely enjoyed Coach Gino’s coaching, especially when he gets angry and shouts at his players. Hahaha! 😂 Perhaps it’s because it makes me feel that the children are playing for real, and that the coach takes his job seriously. Or maybe because I also feel that the kids are learning how to take criticisms positively. I love, love, love it when he shows tough love, and neither the kids nor the parents take offense. That’s another thing I love about my co-parents—they let the coaches do their jobs. No parent questions why his/her child played for a few minutes lang (I even heard a mom tell her son once, “Respect Coach’s decision, anak. Stay and wait until he calls you to play.”), and no one “suggested” that the coach speak like this or that lang dapat to the kids. I love being with parents who are like that—hindi mema at hindi negatron.
I’m really happy that we introduced Raviv to sports. Once upon a time I thought sports was a distraction from the “most important thing”, which is academic excellence, but thanks to Gymboree I learned how important physical activities are to kids. And through Raviv’s soccer/football training, I realized how sports could:
- Cement friendships and camaraderie among teammates and their families.
- Make an athlete physically and emotionally resilient.
- Instill discipline and commitment.
- Help a child veer away from vices (Now I get it: when you’re a committed athlete, you’d want to spend your free time perfecting your craft in the company of your teammates who share your passion for the sport. You also avoid vices to be in peak health.)
- Glue families together—I look forward to the time when both Randy and I could watch Raviv’s tournaments. We used to show our dogs together, and we’re always on Cloud 9 when our dogs win. How much more when Randy watches Raviv do well in sports, ‘di ba?
And my friend also said, “Iba ang tindig at confidence ng athletes.” I agree.
Cheers to more play for our children! Baboosh!