Filipinos still out for floorball bronze after putting up a fight vs Singapore

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Nov 28, 2019 09:15 PM
Filipinos still out for floorball bronze
(Photo by Richard Esguerra)

The Philippines drew first blood and then put up a fight all match long, Wednesday at UP CHK Gym in Quezon City, but ultimately bowed to powerhouse Singapore, 2-5, in the preliminary round of men’s floorball in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games.

Ryan Hallder Cater fired the first shot in the Filipinos’ ambush as his completion of a Henrik Dahmen setup in the just the third minute put them ahead, 1-0.

“I’m proud of the team,” he said post-match. “We really fought hard and dueled out there. Each guy deserves a medal.”

The home team would hold the lead for 12 minutes before Suria equalized for the Singaporeans at the 15th minute.

Syazni Ramlee (20’) and Jeremy Chia (22’) restored order for the visitors with back-to-back goals, but the Philippines just kept coming.

With six minutes having gone in the second period, Christian Schoultze blasted one through for the Filipinos.

Not long after, however, Suria made his presence felt anew, this time fresh off the bench, with an interception all the way to a conversion at the 33rd minute.

Juen Jie Ng would be the last player to hit the mark after seven minutes in the third period, cementing Singapore’s margin of victory.

Despite the defeat, their second straight following a tournament-opening win, the Filipinos proved they can hang with the squad that won gold the last time the competition was held in the regional meet back in 2015.

Then, they just fell short of the podium.

Now, while the hosts have been booted out of the gold medal match, they still have a shot to win bronze.

To do so, the Philippines will have to find a way through Malaysia.

The two teams, both with 1-2 records, will first meet on Friday still at the same venue to end the preliminary round.

“We’re gonna go to that game with the same attitude as this one,” Cater said. “We’re gonna bring it home.”

They will then go at it once more on Sunday, that time for third-place.

On the other hand, the title defense continues for the Singaporeans who are now assured of a top two finish.

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