I believe the PFF bid to host the tournament. From what I have seen, our Asian neighbors can provide stadia that are of superior quality to that available in the Philippines. I realize that in a democratic country, governments need to spend money on services that benefit the majority of the population. Sometimes it does not make sense to spend millions of dollars on a facility that will sit empty most of the time. If we want to host major events we have to make sure that our facilities meet AFC specifications. However, countries putting in a bid should also have to be able to provide accomodations suitable for international calibre athletes. it appears that the Bengalis bid was deficient in that regard. My deepest sympathy to the Bengalis for the recent tragedy with the building collapse and their courageous efforts in looking for survivors. However, it appears that they should not have been picked to host this tournament.
I don’t think it was Negative, IMO it was distraction for any teams traveling. The AFC should have a higher standard than that. You should know that if you travel before. The focus should only be the tournament. IMO this a good thing, maybe the AFC will have better standard in the future. Thank you for addressing the problem cause if nobody did, there will be no chance for change.
After staying in top flight, PH rugby team shifts focus to Asiad medal By Karlo Sacamos 05-21-13 06:49 pm
THE Philippine rugby team aims to turn its recent success into a medal when it competes in the 2014 Asian Games in September in South Korea.
After keeping its place in the top flight of the Asian Five Nations following a 24-8 victory over United Arab Emirates last Saturday, the Volcanoes hope to make an impression in the sevens tournament of the continental quadrennial showpiece.
Rugby sevens has been calendared in the Asian Games since 1998 and will make its Olympic debut in Rio 2016.
Appearing in the Philippine Sportswriters Association Forum at Shakey’s Malate on Tuesday, national team selector Matt Cullen expressed confidence the Volcanoes, regarded as Asia’s fastest- rising squad, will finish with a medal in the Asian Games next year. “We actually have a team that’s proven that we can bid for a medal. We consider ourselves contenders in the rugby sevens,” said Cullen, a former Volcanoes coach.
I am so proud of this team. They went toe to toe with the number 29 team in the world. A team that was 55 spots ahead of them in the FIFA rankings. They demolished Iran who were 31 spots ahead of them in the rankings. They did not succeed in their primary goal of winning the group. They did achieve a secondary goal of earning respect in the AFC and at home. For years they have not entered Olympic or AFC qualifiers. It was considered a waste of time and money to send them out to get whipped by 10 goals.People said they did not deserve support because they weren't any good. In their last 3 games, 13 goals for, 3 against. (not including the Viking Cup). People said some day in the distant future they would be at the same level as the Azkals but for now they didn't deserve Puma gear.
I would like to first congratulate the team for a great fight. Their results are certainly improving and that is heartening but I would like to point out in response to the above post that not everything that has been done --- or in certain instances NOT done --- for this team is a direct insult to them. Many, if not all, national teams are underfunded and don't get the support they deserve, , the Malditas do not have an exclusive on that situation. I know many teams/individuals who have funded themselves at some point or another. Just because the malditas were not funded doesn't necessarily mean it was because the powers-that-be thought it "a waste of time". And just because they weren't sponsored by a certain brand doesn't mean they were thought to be undeserving. Sometimes the money just isn't there. I cannot say I always agree with how local sports federations partition their funding but I hardly think it is a conspiracy against this particular team. It is just a way of life for a Filipino athlete. The malditas are fortunate in that their coach, like the Azkals' Coach Palami before them, took a personal interest in them and that is something to be commended and applauded.
That said, I would also like to give some food for thought about how things were handled off the field during this competition. Specifically the display of negativity over the hotel they were staying in (the same hotel Thailand was staying in), and certain comments over regular media and social media implying that it was done to purposely humble and discourage the team were uncalled for. The players were also all over social media about how bad it was. Having played for the country as well, I am aware of how unsuitable some competition arrangements can be, but right or wrong that is standard fare for athletes competing in Asia! The players are of course entitled to think and feel what they want, and I am sure they had cause to complain, but it is not appropriate to be making these comments public over socialmedia. A certain amount of diplomacy is expected of people representing the country in international competitions. Complaints and arrangements can be made quietly without having to broadcast them in news columns and over twitter and facebook. In this situation the coach should have set the example.
As for on the field action I congratulate the team for beating Iran and for their great effort against Thailand and wish them good luck for the future.
it's a tough loss for our girls who gave the Thais a hard fought game. the Thai's lone goal looks offside but even the linesman caught off of his foot. he/she was behind from the Thai goal scorer and the Filipina defender when the long-ball was made so it was difficult for him/her to see it
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The stats can be deceiving while they may have more shots on goal I think Malditas have better chances on goal. Coach Ernie mentioned, our players just wasn't able to capitalize on our chances on goal. I bet if we play this Thai team on any given day we can beat team. The lone goal looks to be an offside too from a video I've seen. Its not as definite though as the video did not capture the Thai's position when the pass was made. Nonetheless the second half was clearly dominated by the Philippines. Thailand resorting to time wasting and fouls/cards means they are fighting to keep their lead. Accordingly Shugg has been well marked by the Thais even triple marked. Despite that she was able to have her chances but unluckily she was not able to convert them in this game. A good striking partner will make life easier for here making the team more deadlier. Just like other teams zero in on Phil Younghusband. The arrival of an equally talented goal scorer in Javier Patiño makes the Azkals even tougher for our opposing teams. I see this as one way of solving other team's tactics against Jesse Shug. This is where I think the lack of International exposure may have done as no good. But as coach Ernie said, funding was the main problem of them not having any international friendly. Add that to the fact that some of the ladies are still studying.
The Thai's may be missing Kanjana but I think even with her this batch of Malditas can beat them. And mind you this is not even the best team we can assemble. If only they can advance to the final round of qualification we would have seen the best team we can have. The sad part is as good as this team is they might not be able fight for a spot on the next World Cup as most of them may not be playing competitive football beyond 2015. Unless the women's team gets good support, keeping the same team beyond 2015 may be a tough ask. So we are most likely counting on the youth team to carry on with the task. Personally, if only we can assemble all those that are eligible to form our best team, reaching the World Cup in Canada is very much possible. But that's water under the bridge now.
I'm thinking most teams who will qualify for the final qualifying will want to have a friendly with the Malditas. Heck even the top four teams who have qualified automatically will want to play against the Malditas. I'm a believer that if the Women's team gets better support and funding they will achieve greater things than their male counterpart. By the looks of it, the women's team composition is much like the Azkals, so to me Lady Azkals is a fitting name for them. My half cent.ü
I am so proud of this team. They went toe to toe with the number 29 team in the world. A team that was 55 spots ahead of them in the FIFA rankings. They demolished Iran who were 31 spots ahead of them in the rankings. They did not succeed in their primary goal of winning the group. They did achieve a secondary goal of earning respect in the AFC and at home. For years they have not entered Olympic or AFC qualifiers. It was considered a waste of time and money to send them out to get whipped by 10 goals.People said they did not deserve support because they weren't any good. In their last 3 games, 13 goals for, 3 against. (not including the Viking Cup). People said some day in the distant future they would be at the same level as the Azkals but for now they didn't deserve Puma gear. They have blown past the Azkals. Can you imagine how many goals they would score against the likes of Guam or Mongolia? There are no longer just 3 teams at the top of the AFF and Thailand knows it. Now I am sure they will get invitations for friendlies against teams preparing for the next round and I hope the PFF gives them the funding to get more international experience. And finally, if you are going to comment on where players were born, get it right. There was an Australian and a Canadian born player starting for the Malditas.
RT @cedelfpt: Philippine Azkals' friendly v Kyrgyzstan on June 8 in Bishkek has been called off. PFF says they found difficulty getting "less punishing" connecting flights to Bishkek for team. Journey to Bishkek goes through Moscow and would take around 20 hrs including layovers just to get there. Also flights are expensive. Cost around 6-7k USd per person. PFF now looking at Middle East for matches and camp.
I don't agree with this. My research proves otherwise. Although you will get the same number of hours of travel, I don't think it would be affected by layovers as far as airport traffic in the stopovers are concerned.
According to the systems, they can pass through Dubai (DXB), where our Euro-based players go through this when going to Manila, then fly to Bishkek. For the Global FC players who came from their Singapore Cup run, they can fly to Guangzhou, China, take a connecting flight to Urumqi and then to Bishek. Round trips costs around $1,300 to $1,400.
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Not even 25 Us Girls can bring the Philipines to the Asian Cup
Next time maybe 25 Chinese Girls for the Philipines???
I don't get your cynicism. Are you only proud of the Filipinos when they win?
How about this, what solution can you offer that can guarantee a win? If you don't have anything then I suggest be a little more positive. These girls travelled too far and trained too hard to be mocked by the likes of you. Have a sense of pride.
delubyo69: huh...bakit binawi ata?
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myers: pinoy, any livecommentary for Global Manila - AirForce game?
May 23, 2013 20:17:42 GMT 8
Caz: Malditas goal disallowed. FT THA 1-0 PHI
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stealthStriker: The goal never went in daw... just a clerical error. false alarm.
May 24, 2013 10:21:28 GMT 8
stealthStriker: *the ball i mean
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stealthStriker: Thai's goal was an offside according to ph malditas coach. if you see the match report, the Thai's really struggled, and they're are playing physical as shown by those 4 yellow cards. Well just like their Mens NT.
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