If you have ever been to an Indonesia Warriors' home game at Mahaka Square, you would definitely have spotted George Fernando Dendeng. A die-hard Warriors fan, Gee has been a permanent fixture in the stands since day one. This 24 year old fan is always sitting behind the Warriors’ bench and can always be depended on to scream “Defense” during the game.
Gee sat down with us to share his story about becoming a Warriors’ fan and his joy when the Warriors lifted the ABL championship trophy in Season 3.
You are arguably the biggest Warriors fan, how did the journey start?
My journey started in 1999, the same year I first knew basketball. My uncle took me to see the local league’s finals and Satria Muda was playing. Satria Muda won the championship that night and I was very impressed by them. I followed them ever since. When Satria Muda joined the ABL, I was very excited because I expected the level of competition to be very high especially with the addition of import players. And yes it is, ABL is growing bigger and bigger each year.
In the third season, Satria Muda decided to
change their name to Indonesia Warriors. This is now bigger than a club thing as
this team is now representing the country of Indonesia. I have the commitment
to always support the ABL generally and the Warriors especially.
In all three seasons, have you ever missed a Warriors’ home game?
Yes, I did. But it's like only 1 home game every year. This past season, I missed a Warriors’ home game in Bandung against Bangkok Cobras because my best friend was getting married. But Thank God Warriors still won the game.
is your favorite player(s) on the Warriors team?
All Warriors players are my favorites, but the players that I like the most are the local trios (Mario Wuysang, Amin Prihantono and Rony Gunawan) and import Trios (Steven Thomas, Evan Brock and Stanley Pringle).
The Warriors won the ABL Championship this year, can you describe your feelings when you saw them lifting the ABL trophy?
My feeling? Like WOW!! Can’t believe it! I'm the happiest person ever. This is a very great year because Satria Muda become a National Champion for the 8th time (since 99) in the local league and Warriors became ABL Champions for the first time. And Warriors won the championship on my birthday. My biggest birthday present ever.
are your expectations for the Warriors in Season 4?
Be consistent. Because everybody knew last year Warriors started the season fluctuating. All I hope for Season 4 is that they will be more consistent. But whatever happens with Warriors next season, I will always support them. In good and bad times.