Philippine Water Polo Team bows to Ireland

ABS-CBN Sports on Oct 09, 2019 11:33 AM
Philippine Water Polo Team bows to Ireland
(photo courtesy of Philippine Water Polo Team)

Games Today (OCBC Aquatic Centre, Singapore)

3 p.m. – Zimbabwe vs Philippines 

4:30 p.m. – Chinese Taipei vs Indonesia

6 p.m. – Austria vs Hong Kong

7:30 p.m. – Singapore vs Malaysia


SINGAPORE – The national team absorbed a 12-8 defeat against a taller and bigger Ireland to start its campaign in the FINA Water Polo Challengers’ Cup Tuesday at the OCBC Aquatic Centre here.


The national team gave up five goals in the third period that turned a tight game to a comfortable 11-5 lead by the opposing team going to the final frame.


Philippine Team mentor Rey Galang said they were not able to execute plays while defense was not the same in the third period and Ireland took advantage buy scoring five goals.


“That’s what we did in the first period, but in the second and third, nawala yun… lalo nung third quarter,” said Galang. “Naka-recover tayo sa fourth when we scored three, but it was too late.”


Galang said they committed several mistakes, which they hope to correct in their next game.


The national team will play Wednesday afternoon against Zimbabwe, a team it downed 16-2 in a tune up game last Sunday.


“We’ll talk about some adjustments, and hopefully magawa namin yung plays and malimit yung errors against Zonbabwe,” said Galang, who has former national team player Dale Evangelista as part of his coaching staff.


Veteran wingman Roy Cañete scored the team’s first goal with a penalty shot to level the score at 1-1, and he again tied the count at 2-all with his second point – this time a drive to the goal.


The national team grabbed the lead at 3-2 on a goal by Fil-Am Vincent Sicat, whose father Sonny arrived Monday evening from San Francisco to watch and support his son who is a newcomer with the national team.


The last time the Philippines tied the score was at 5-5 on a goal by Mummar Alamara, before Ireland finished the second quarter with a goal for a 6-5 advantage at halftime break.


The national team is using the tournament as part of its preparation for the 30th Southeast Asian Games the country is hosting next month.


This foreign trip by the water polo national team is made possible by the solid backing from the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) led by its chairman by Butch Ramirez and the Philippine Swimming Inc. headed by its president Lani Velasco.

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