by John Paul Marquez
Showcasing their talent for one week, athletes from different colleges competed in different sports category which featured Archery, Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Baseball, Billiards, Chess, Cheer dance, Dance Sports, Futsal, Football, Lawn Tennis, Sepak Takraw, Softball, Swimming, Sudoku, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Volleyball, and Mr and Ms. Intramurals, including the Exhibition Game that served as the closing match for the 2012 BulSU Intramurals.
According to Mrs. Racquel Mendoza, the Dean of College of Physical Education, Recreation and Sports (CoPERS), this year’s Intramurals can be described by two words, “Extremely Okay!” .
“I’m very happy that I got a positive response from each college and satellite campuses,” she said.
Mrs. Mendoza also cited that they had a proposal for more than about Php500,000 including the officiating fee, t-shirt for the officials, foods and budget for the prizes, as well as other expenses for the whole week of celebration for the Intramurals.
Two-time defending champion, College of Industrial Technology (CIT) has been dethroned after the medal they've got just weren't enough (40 golds, 32 silvers and 37 bronzes, 109 for total). The College of Physical Education, Recreation and Sports (CoPERS) took home the overall championship after they listed for 79 golds, 33 silvers and 18 bronzes for a total of 130 medals.
As the Dean of CoPERS, Mrs. Mendoza said that their faculty didn’t prepare for coaching their players. Instead, they focused for the whole Intrams, for all the athletes, coaches and officials.
Their players were all 1st year and 2nd year students. They didn’t allow their 3rd and 4th year students to play in the Intramurals, so that they can be the officials, as a training too in case they got in a situation like that in their future.
“I encourage them to play, just to play (pertaining to their 1st year and 2nd year players). Hindi ko sinabing 'mag-champion kayo,. Ang sinabi ko sa kanila, 'gumawa kayo ng magandang laban.' Aanhin ko 'yong championship kung hindi maganda 'yong laro. Kahit ako matalo basta maganda 'yong laro ok lang,” Mendoza stated.
"The beauty of the game is not on the medal we got, it is in the performance we exhibited,” she added.
Since its establishment in 2005, the CoPERS always own the championship in the Intramurals. But for the last two years, 2010-2011 CIT dominated the Intramurals. CoPERS has now a total of five titles on their side.
Also with this Intramurals, the college can scout players who have the potential to be representatives of the university for the yearly State College Universities Athletics Association (SCUAA).