Filipinas still in running for floorball podium even after falling to Singaporeans

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Nov 28, 2019 03:30 PM
Filipinas still in running for floorball podium
(Photo by Richard Esguerra)

Even though it was being boosted by a loud home crowd inside the UP CHK Gym in Quezon City on Wednesday, the Philippines was still dominated by powerhouse Singapore, 1-8, in the preliminary round of women’s floorball in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games.

Still, Jerylou Berdan salvaged a lone goal for the Filipinas as she finished the job on a setup by Edelyn Embile at the 57th minute.

“It was very overwhelming,” Roxane Ruiz said of the morale-boosting point that had the crowd rising and roaring. “Iba talaga ang suporta ng mga Pilipino.”

That allowed upstart Philippines to score one over the Singaporeans who ruled the competition the last time it was held in the regional meet back in 2015.

Singapore took the match by the horns after just 45 seconds of game time as Hui Hui Ong fired the opening shot and then followed it up with another goal at the fourth minute.

Tiffany Ong (24’), Michelle Lok (28’), Amanda Yeap (29’), and Nordiana Mohd Yeari (52’) then added a score apiece before Berdan finally got the home team on the board.

By that time, the match was for the visitors who even piled on two more scores courtesy of Mohd Yeari (58’) and Swee Ling Ong (59’).

Up next for the Filipinas is Malaysia on Friday still at the same venue.

“Focus na lang talaga sa game bukas,” Ruiz said. “Mental game na rin yun kasi twice namin sila makikita.”

That matchup is a preview of the bronze medal match slated for Sunday as both teams sport similar 1-2 slates.

The Philippines did not participate in women’s floorball in the 2015 SEA Games.

Meanwhile, Singapore remains undefeated through three tries and is now assured of a top two finish.

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