SEA Games: PHI squads bow down to Thais in floorball

Mark Escarlote on Nov 26, 2019 09:45 PM
SEA Games: PHI squads bow down to Thais in floorball
The Philippine men's floorball team fell prey to powerhouse Thailand.

The Philippines failed to sustain its hot start in both fronts after absorbing crushing defeats in the men’s and women’s 30th Southeast Asian Games floorball competitions Tuesday at the UP College of Human Kinetics.   

There was no dramatic comeback this time for the Filipinos as Thailand buried the home team early to take a dominating 14-4 win to keep a tight hold of the top spot in the preliminary round.

Alexander Rinefalk, Pimpa Veerasak and Yaemyim Jeerayut did most of the damage for the Thais, taking advantage of the Filipinos’ defensive breakdowns to find the back of the net.

The Nationals, who defeated Indonesia 5-4 on Monday, fell to 1-1 as Thailand collected its second win in as many games.

Everything went Thailand’s way right from the get-go, taking a 6-1 lead at the end of the opening period with Christopher Holland nailing the lone goal for the Pinoys. The Thais broke the game open 11-1 at the end of the second quarter with Thailand raining down goal after goal including three straight in just a span of a minute.  

The Filipinos added goals from Christian Schoultze, Lucas Oijvall and Aristeo Perol but came too late with Thailand already had the win in the bag.  

Meanwhile, the Filipinas suffered a 3-6 setback at the hands of the Thais in the women’s division.

The PHI failed to sustain its hit massive win over Indonesia (8-1) the day before for a 1-1 record as the Filipinas head to a must-win game against Singapore on Thursday to stay in the hunt for a gold medal.

The faster and more athletic visiting team slotted three quick goals in the first half before Roxanne Ruiz found the back of the net to put the Philippines at the scoreboard 24 minutes into the game.

Thailand broke the game open, 6-1, before Michelle Lindahl and Michelle Cruzado scored late goals for the PHI, which lost team captain Jade Rivera to an ankle injury in the 27th minute, before yielding.

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