“Hindi namin ito bibitawan”: Coach Obet Javier of the AU Lady Chiefs
Ceej Tantengco on Dec 14, 2015 06:09 PM
“Iisa lang ang gusto ng mga kalaban natin, at ‘yan ang makuha sa atin ang title,”
“Iisa lang ang gusto ng mga kalaban natin, at ‘yan ang makuha sa atin ang title,” Coach Obet Javier tells the Arellano University Lady Chiefs. “Hanggang sa hindi natatapos ang season, hindi natin ‘yan bibitawan.”
They swept San Sebastian for their first ever NCAA championship, but the challenge this Season 91 is holding on to their title. The Lady Chiefs’ top priority? Defense.
“Nag-focus ang training sa blocking at sa defense. Doon naman nagsisimula ang lahat,” says Javier, adding that the squad hopes to make the most of their height advantage over their opponents. “Kapag maganda ang depensa ng team, susunod na ang offense.”
Preparedness is central to his coaching philosophy. With last season’s Finals MVP Menchie Tubiera not returning to the roster, the Lady Chiefs threw themselves into training just one month after bagging the trophy. “Kapag 14 [players] ang nasa lineup mo, kailangan 14 din ang handa,” Javier explains.
“’Yung starting setter namin ngayon, second setter siya last year. Hindi siya masyado nagagamit noon pero magaling siya,” adds Javier. “Actually sa buong team, halos lahat ng skills nag-improve.”
Javier has been at the helm for the Lady Chiefs since 2010, having also coached for St. Jude and National University. He says getting players to gel, while not a quantifiable factor you’ll see on any stats sheet, is crucial to any team’s success.
“Team sport ito, kaya hindi pwedeng walang teamwork,” explains the veteran coach. “Hindi pwedeng isa lang mag-contribute. Hindi pwedeng kanya-kanya.”
Javier and the Lady Chiefs will look to this combination of a strong defense, preparation and chemistry to lift them over the competition.
“Sabi ko sa team, tandaan niyo ‘yung feeling noong nanalo tayo. Kung gusto nating maramdaman ‘yun ulit, kailangan natin ng hard work,” says Javier. “Kailangan natin ipaglaban.”