Dian Wahyu Saputri from UNY Faculty of Sport Sciences is part of Female Indonesia Rugby National Team, Indonesia Rugbi Sevens/7s. The team successfully earned the 3rd place on Asia Rugby Sevens Trophy. The event was held from 10 to 11 August 2019 at Senayan Rugby Court, Jakarta.
On the first day, Indonesia Female team faced Bangladesh and won with a strong 41-0 score. The team then met South Korea Team and managed to won the game to 24-12 score. These winning has led Indonesia female team to qualify to final round by facing India and Philippines. On the second day, the team got real difficulties. The team was defeated on a narrow score, 17-21 from India. The lost then followed with losing 7-26 score with Philippines. This result put the team on the third position and won bronze medal in the Asia Rugby Sevens Trophy.
For Dian, being part of the national team is an honor. She is grateful for the team cohesiveness and hard work along with the support from parents, Abdul Mahfudin Alim (lecturer and coach of UNY Rugby team) and PB PRUI (Association of Rugby Union Indonesia). “Do not afraid to try new things, never be afraid to dream, never tired of trying because we may never know which way will lead us to be successful,” Dian said.
Secretary General of PB PRUI, Dodie Gambiro said that Indonesia National Rugby female team has proven that their technique and individual skill were not far behind, but the lack of experience really show the difference. This overview was set on the fact on narrow losing score for the last two game.
In the other hand, The Male Indonesian Rugby National Team actually has two players affiliated with UNY. There are Muhammad Danial Al (Sport Science Study Program Students) and Dionysius Oktavian Andi Pratikno (Alumni of UNY Elementary School Teacher Education of Physical Education). Unfortunately, the team only got victory over Uzbekistan on 35-5 score and losing 12-17 from Mongolia. (SP27)