| Daniel Lim |
KNIGHTS Softball Team, who will participate in the Softball Sarawak Open tournament, recently received a sponsorship in the form of jerseys from OGTEM Supply and Services.
The tournament will be held in Miri, Sarawak from December 7-10.
Hajah Rafidah binti Haji Wahab, Sales Executive of OGTEM Supply and Services, handed over the jerseys to the team manager of Knights Softball Team, Musrapi bin Haji Tuah, who was accompanied by Mohd Harfian bin Haji Ramlee, Knights Softball Team’s captain.
The team manager noted that this year’s Softball Sarawak Open will be the fourth international tournament the team had partaken in recent years.
“In total, 18 members from our softball team will be joining in the tournament. This includes players, coaches, as well as officials who help oversee the matches in the tournament,” he said.
Asked on the team’s preparations for the tournament, Musrapi said the team has been practising at the Softball Field at G17 Housing Area in Seria for the past three months, and hoped this will sharpen the players’ skills.
Meanwhile, Hajah Rafidah shared that the sponsorship was primarily aimed at supporting local teams in their endeavour.
“This is the first time OGTEM Supply and Services had sponsored a local team. As Knights will compete in an international tournament and represent our country, we feel that we should provide various equipment that the team may need, in this case, it is the custom-made jerseys,” she said.
She also hoped that future generations will take interest in softball and will be inspired by the strides made by the Knights Softball Team.
Captain of the Knights, Mohd Harfian also expressed the same sentiment, commenting that while the current generations are more inclined to stick to smart devices, he also found that some have shown potential to become great softball players.
“I see that many youths have the potential to become great softball players, and while the rules and regulations of softball may put some off in playing it, those who stick around may eventually find the game to be rewarding as a player as well as playing for a team,” he said.
To help youths of the district discover their potential, the team regularly schedules open training session to raise interest in the sports.
“We had previously held training sessions for those interested, especially the youths, in teaching them the basic and rules of softball.”
Harfian also wished to continue to conduct open training sessions, not only to train potential softball players in the district, but also to inspire and raise awareness on softball to the public.
Established in 1987, Knights Softball Team is one of the oldest softball teams in Brunei. The team has 28 active members, with many partaking in friendly matches against other softball teams from within as well as neighbouring countries.