Coordination and cohesion: Getting to know chinlone | Inquirer Sports

Coordination and cohesion: Getting to know chinlone

/ 08:31 PM August 16, 2017

Rhemwil Catana of Philippines. during the Chinlone event at the 2017 SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur where Chinlone team won the 1st silver for the country. INQUIRER/ MARIANNE BERMUDEZ

KUALA LUMPUR—Chinlone, the event that broke the Philippines into medal column, requires hand-foot-eye coordination as much as cohesion and team work.

Team member Johnjohn Bobier said they may have came up short in skills department — after settling for silver behind gold winner Malaysia — but not in camaraderie.

For one, Bobier said the team regularly takes a shower together.

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“We are like family. We shower together. Eat together and dress together,” said the 25-year-old Army First Class.

Chinlone, a discipline under the sport of sepak takraw, requires six players in a circle performing a routine of kicking a ball made of wicker one after another.

A successful routine counts as one point, and the team with the most points after a 10-minute round wins.

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Passing should be seamless because it’s a race against time. A failed routine would require the ball to be served—which takes precious time.

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“So it’s important that you communicate very well with you teammates,” said Bobier.

“I think we did well considering we only trained for four months,” he added. “Malaysia has been a team for years. But I think we can still improve and raise our level.”

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