Two national squads set to compete in Touch Football World Cup
Mark Escarlote on Jan 27, 2015 04:06 PM
National coach Craig Wislang has set a modest goal of making their presence felt in Asia as the Federation of Touch Football Pilipinas sends two national teams in the Touch Football World Cup to be held in Australia on April 28 to May 3.
The Philippine Pythons will represent the country in the women’s and mixed open divisions in its first ever participation in the quadrennial meet where a total of 84 teams from all over the world will be competing.
“I think our modest goal is measuring ourselves against other Asian teams,” Wislang said in Tuesday’s session of the Philippine Sportswriters Association Forum at Shakey’s Malate.
“Our goal is obviously to be number one in Asia and that would be an extreme success,” he added.
Also appearing in the public sports program are FTFP president Clair Barberis, and players Mai Peregrina, Roge Dublin, Nerice dela Cruz, and Joan Javier.
The Pythons has been training for almost a year. The women’s team won in the ladies division of the International Bangkok 10’s Rugby Tournament in February 2014.
Wislang said that the competition in the World Cup that will be held at Coffs, Harbour, New South Wales will not be an easy task but they are ready for the challenge.
“The thing with the World Cup is we play everyone so we are going to play the powerhouse teams like Australia, New Zealand, and England to a certain degree and they will give us a lesson in touch (football),” said Wislang.
“But we will be able to learn from them and then there will be the other teams that we are a bit closely matched. So our goal is to be first or second in Asia,” he added.
Barberis said competing in the World Cup has long been a dream for the FTFP since touch football was first introduced in the club level in the country more than a decade ago.
“The World Cup has been in our dreams every year since 2004. It’s been 10 years, so you can imagine how excited we all are about training, preparations, and being in the stadium grounds in April,” said Barberis. “It will be an incredible experience for the players, coaches, and FTFP as we look forward of representing the country in the best way possible.”
Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles