The Philippine National Rugby Union Team nicknamed the “Volcanoes,” is the country’s official representation to the international rugby union. With countless golds to their name, besting prominent countries in international tournaments, the Volcanoes have now become headliners in Philippine Sports.
Today, the Volcanoes are the most successful team in the Asian Five Nations Tournaments, next to Japan. In the past five years, the Herculean squad has lost only one match, losing to South Korea in Division One in 2011. In 2012, the Volcanoes stormed into the Top 5 with an unbeaten run, besting Chinese-Taipei, Singapore and Sri Lanka in a round-robin series.
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Different group of media attended the press conference yesterday held at Cocoon Boutique Hotel just before the Volcanoes, The Philippine National Rugby Union Team head to 2013 Rugby World Cup Sevens in Moscow, Russia in June. This year marks a new era for the Philippine Volcanoes. Pride truly burns deep as this athletic feat is a big first for the country – even deeper for FILA Philippines, who will accompany the Volcanoes to the prestigious competition as their official sponsor.
Let the cheer thunder on and grow even more vociferous as The Philippine Volcanoes heave on to the showgrounds of showgrounds. Finally in league with big boys, the Philippines’ own are pumped more than ever. And with FILA Philippines standing behind in full support, there will be no backing down.
This is the era of FILA”PINAS. Brace yourselves.
It’s 0-0 for the 1st Leg of Suzuki Cup 2012 between Azkals and Singapore. According to Coach Weiss, the result is not a win, but it’s a good result. Azkals did not give a chance for visiting team to score an away goal and that’s really a good result for the Philippine Azkals. Azkals put the Lions under pressure for the 2nd leg. For the Azkals, they need to equalize the score to advance to final. If we make at least one goal, Singapore needs 2 goals to win. Nevertheless, Azkals need to concentrate on the away game. Let’s all hope for a better result and cheers for the Azkals.
Malaysia vs. Thai for Group A, 1st Leg
Meanwhile, I watched Malaysia vs Thailand last night for the 1st leg held at National Stadium in Bukit Jalil, Malaysia. The huge stadium was jampacked with football fans who supported their home game with cheers and chants. I was tweeting when a girl tweetmate replied to my updates. She said, it looks like we were only two watching the game via Star Sports and not affected much of Pacquiao’s loss. Malaysia drew 1-1 against Thailand. It was an away goal for Thailand. The 2nd leg would be a big advantage for Thailand, an away goal plus home advantage. I cheered for Thailand because they played so intense but when I watched how Malaysia team played, I changed my mind. Any of the two teams would be a good opponent for Azkals, should Azkals advance to final game. *Keeping my fingers crossed*
AFF Suzuki Cup 2012 Semifinals 2nd leg
Dec 12 8pm Jalan Besar Singapore v Philippines (away game)
Dec 13 7pm Supachalasai Thailand v Malaysia
Just a short update. I did not get the chance to watch the game last Saturday between Azkals and Myanmar. I was out for a weekend trip and there’s no TV or Wifi at the resort. I watched the replay last Sunday night via ESPN where it was played three times that day. Phil Younghusband scored a goal few minutes at the start of second half while Angel Guirado sealed the score to 2 – 0 just a minute before the referee blew the final whistle.
The next game will be on Saturday, December 8, 8pm, for the first leg of the semi-finals of Suzuki Cup where Azkals will meet Singapore at Rizal Memorial Stadium, live via AKTV. I just checked the ticketworld website and tickets are now on a Limited Status, meaning, tickets are almost sold out. So get your ticket now or you’ll miss the game live. Second leg to be held on December 12 at Jalan Basar Stadium.
Once again, Cheiffy Caligdong scored another heroic goal. It’s a win for the Azkals! Chieffy scored a goal on the 85th minute!
Fulltime Score: Vietnam 0 – 1 Philippines!
Congratulations Azkals! Now looking forward to the next game on Friday, November 30, 9:15pm, Philippines vs Myanmar (ESPN)