Talagang practice makes perfect. I saw the daily practice of my son come to fruition when he finally made it to the runner-up spot, doubles event, in ADC’s weekly MIMO at Robinsons Place Imus.
Sure, it wasn’t really that big of a thing; but the fact is, first time ito na makapanalo man lang since sumali kami sa group. It also helped na kakampi ni Steven ni Sir Marvin, so talagang malakas ang team-up.
A couple of weeks later, we were invited to participate in the team ranking event para malaman kung sino ang magiging members ng lineup ng ADC for the Fixed Four-Person Teams for the upcoming Darterong Pinoy. Steven is just 17 years old, but, since we EXPECTED the national event to be held in October, he would be 18 already by then, and be allowed entry into the venue (Casino Filipino). Little did we know that our expectations were wrong.
Anyway, just for the sake of storytelling, I’ll continue. The ranking event was held at Sir Dennis’s place in Southplains, Dasmarinas. It was a great event; lots of camaraderie, darts, and most especially, food! We had to be officially a member of ADC to be able to join, so we “formalized” our membership into the club.
All the big hitters of ADC were present, and all of them have been mentoring Steven on how to do his drills and practices. (With the caveat that studies should come first!)
I wasn’t able to join because I injured my index finger in my throwing hand–as in part of the skin was torn off. Just my luck.
The club ranking event went on until very late at night (close to 12am–good thing his mother was very supportive). In the end, the two four-person teams (Team 1 and Team 2) were determined; and Steven was included in Team 2 (being the 8th placer in the rankings).
A few days later, NDFP came out with its teaser trailer for the event, and eventually, the official event flyer for this year’s Darterong Pinoy tournament. As it turned out, the event will be held on September 22-24–less than two weeks before Steven’s 18th birthday! SAYANG!
Sayang talaga. Steven was really looking forward to it, to becoming a member of a team competing in the said event, as well as to join other possible event categories.
Because of that unexpected situation, Steven’s place will be taken by Sir Rey. Interestingly, I was also told that I will become part of a third four-person team for ADC. Which is why I have been practicing and practicing—whenever I could—over these past few days. Well, I am not good, really, so I am practicing to make sure I am not a burden to my team.