By: MIGUEL LUIZ B. LEGASPI
In every sport competition, there is always the Championship Match, where the top two teams battle it out for the rightful spot of being champion. This usually is the most exciting match to watch because it’s entirely different from the other matches. The recent Futsal MIS cup final for the Men’s Division was between Grade 9 and Grade 10, was like this, and I would describe this match to be the most beautiful match I have ever played in my entire life as of now.
Since it was the last Futsal MIS cup match for my batch (Grade 10), I took advantage of looking around the gym for the last time. As Hyunbin Kim dribbled the ball, as Joaquin Berenguer scored a goal, as the spectators per batch cheered themselves hoarse for their batch’s victory, as the final seconds of the match wound down, I noticed a beautiful flaw within the Gym’s environment and in a player’s mindset. In both, the player’s mindset and the gym’s environment are not complete without the TEAMS who are playing. Players won’t be able to win when they can’t even play with a 5-man squad. And a Gym won’t be a gym without the teams who play in it.
The Grade 9 students won the championship fair and square, and it was a well-fought match. But, it wasn’t a loss for our batch; actually, we were very contented with second place. Why, you ask? It is exactly what I said — it was our last match, there was no need to be sad. We enjoyed our last game and it was very enlightening for us, for we played our last match of futsal in the MIS Cup, and we played it with whole hearts, as a stronger batch, a stronger family.