The Philippine Volcanoes

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.

 


Michael Letts
“Lettsy”
30 yo
Filipino-Australian
jersey No. 15
Fullback
Team Captain
Instagram: mike_letts


Alex Aronson
“Alex”
20 yo
Filipino-American
jersey No. 10
Fly-Half
Instagram:alexaronson10

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Andrew Wolf
“Wolfie”
27 yo
Filipino-British
jersey No 1,7,13
Prop
Twitter: @AndrewWolf
Facebook: Andrew Wolf
 

Ben Saunders
“Ben”
20 yo
Filipino, Australian & British
jersey No. 10, 12
Centre, Fly Half
Instagram: bnnysaunders
Facebook: Ben Saunders

 


Gareth Holgate
“Gaz”
25 yo
Filipino-British
jersey No. 12, 10
Inside Centre
Twitter: @gazholgate
Instagram: gazholgate
 


Harry Morris
“Hazza”
28 yo
Filipino-British
jersey No. 14, 11, 13
Outside Centre
Twitter: @HMorris14
Instagram: hmorris140
Facebook: Harry Morris
 


Jake Letts
“Jakey”
25 yo
Filipino-Australian
jersey No. 9
Fullback
Twitter: @jakeyletts
Instagram: jakeyletts
 


Justine Coveney
“JC”
27 yo
Filipino-Australian
jersey No. 12
Inside Centre
Twitter: @justin_Coveney
Instagram: justin_coveney
Facebook: Justin Coveney
 


Matt Saunders
“Matty”
24 yo
Filipino-British
jersey No. 13
Outside Centre
Instagram: matthewdsaunders
Facebook: Matty Saunders
 


Patrice Olivier
“Frenchie”
23 yo
Filipino-French
jersey No. 11, 13
Winger
Facebook: Patrice Olivier

2013 Rugby World Cup

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.

Draw Result for Home Game 0-0 Azkals vs Singapore

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*

Next game:

AFF Suzuki Cup 2012 Semifinals 2nd leg
Dec 12 8pm Jalan Besar Singapore v Philippines  (away game)
Dec 13 7pm Supachalasai Thailand v Malaysia

 

Azkals advances to Suzuki Cup semi-finals

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.

 

Philippine Azkals vs Vietnam, 1 – 0

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)