Tainan, Taiwan – The U17 Philippine Volcanoes, proudly sponsored by First Pacific and the MVP Sports Foundation, finished runners up in the Plate Division over the weekend at 2017 Youth Olympic Qualifiers.
The competition took place in Taiwan, this doubled up as the Asia’s qualification for the 2018 Buenos Aires Youth Olympics. The Junior Volcanoes came out with a solid victory to kick start the weekend, beating Uzbekistan 14-5 in their opening game. The Jr. Volcanoes fell to tournament favorites Japan in their second match however finished day one strongly by shutting out Laos 35-0. Dean Beeton, Paco Locsin, and Owen Wakeham were top performers on day one for the Philippines.
Day two saw the Volcanoes finish 3rd in their pool and drew India in the plate semi final. Team captain, Dean Beeton, who had seventy per cent success rate kicking conversions, led the Jr. Volcanoes with a comfortable win over India 29-5. After the semi final win, both Beeton and home grown speedster Anthony Buenconsejo of the Clark Jets , were forced out to injury. Hong Kong with an advantage went on to win the plate final 29 to nil.
“The boys played their hearts out and I could not ask for anymore from them,” shares Beeton.
“The experience for the players was phenomenal, an event that opens so many opportunities for young athletes. A big thanks to First Pacific and MVP Sports Foundation for supporting our National Youth Programs. These young men are the future for Philippine sport and have done our country proud. The future is bright for the Philippine Volcanoes” added Jovan Masalunga, Head Coach.
The Volcanoes now focus on their next milestone event, the Men’s National Sevens Team will compete in Round 2 of the Asia Sevens Series on September 23 and 24 in Incheon, Korea.
MANILA, PHILIPPINES – The U17 Philippine Volcanoes, sponsored by First Pacific, are playing for Youth Olympic Qualification in Tainan, Taiwan this weekend.
The junior competition, which doubles up as the Youth Olympic Qualifier, takes place this Saturday and Sunday 9/10th September. This will be the second time the Philippines take on the rest of Asia at this level. Last year the First Pacific Philippine Volcanoes U18s came away with the bronze medal after beating Singapore in the final of the plate division.
The Philippines have been drawn in Pool B of the two day tournament and will face Uzbekistan, Japan, Lao and Thailand. Seeded sixth going into the competition, the Volcanoes will be looking to cause some upsets.
“Going in as underdogs puts us in a better position. We have a fearless squad and can prove to the rest of Asia why we deserve a place in the Youth Olympics” shared Dean Beeton, Team Captain. The team has youth on their side, built with talent.
“Thanks to First Pacific and the MVPSF Foundation, it is brilliant that players are graduating into the Under 19s, Under 20s and even then Men’s Volcanoes squads. I am excited to see what these younger athletes have to offer on the international stage” Head Coach Jovan Masalunga shared of the First Pacific Philippine Volcanoes.
Masalunga has called up five players from this year’s First Pacific Philippine Volcanoes Under 16s, who won the cup division at the Bangkok International Tens Tournament earlier in the year.
“Our team has trained extremely hard. They are looking sharp and I can see they really want to make our nation proud, we look forward to this event" shared Masalunga.
Saturday 9th August:
Philippines vs. Uzbekistan - 10.14
Philippines vs. Japan - 13.06
Philippines vs. Lao - 15.14
Sunday 10th August:
Philippines vs. Thailand - 10.44
PH Volcanoes Bounce Back with victories over Malaysia and Chinese Taipei at the 2017 Asian 7s Series
Hong Kong; The Philippine Volcanoes have regrouped from the SEA Games to notch up victories against Malaysia and Chinese Taipei at the first leg of the 2017 Asian 7s Series.
The beauty of Rugby Sevens, is any team can win, at any given tournament. After losing to Malaysia at the 29th SEA Games recently, the Globe Ph Volcanoes went on to score 33 unanswered points against the SEA Games gold medalists to win by 33-0. Tommy Kalaw Gilbert, Joe Palabay Dawson and Vincent Amar Young were some of the outstanding performers for the Volcanoes.
Two weeks ago, the Philippine Volcanoes were fighting for back-to-back Gold Medals in Kuala Lumpur at the 2017 Southeast Asian Games. Unfortunately up to a third of the Volcanoes top line National Players were unavailable due to Japanese professional rugby commitments, resulting in a non-release to represent the country at the SEA Games. The Asian 7s Series saw the Volcanoes send out a stronger line up and as a result secured much needed victories to set them back on the path to success.
“It has always been a great rivalry between the two nations, and we have the opportunity to go head-to-head throughout the Asia 7s Series in the next two legs that will be played in Korea Sept 23/24 and Sri Lanka Oct 14/15. Malaysia are a class outfit, it goes to show the level and intensity of sport in the region” Jake Letts of the Philippine Rugby Union shared.
The Asian 7s Series is the annual ranking tournament for the top eight (8) Rugby 7s nations in Asia, with the top three countries winning selection to attend the World Rugby Hong Kong 7s and the top two qualifying for 2018 Rugby World Cup in the USA. The Volcanoes were able to achieve this feat in 2013 and are looking to win through again in 2017.
Hong Kong - Four years ago the unimaginable happened, the Philippine Volcanoes were playing in a Rugby World Cup. It was the first time in 50 plus years a Philippine national team had progressed through the qualifier rounds to earn their right on the biggest stage. This was in 2013, the challenge now, can the Volcanoes repeat these efforts and qualify for the 2018 Rugby Sevens World Cup?
According to the qualification rules, only two teams from Asia will earn a position in the prestigious event. The World Cup is held every four years, (although it would have been five years since the last event) due to the fact Rugby 7s has now been re included as an Olympic sport. The international federation, known as World Rugby, chose to cater to the Olympic calendar years. This decision allows both the Rugby World Cup and the Olympics to act as world championship events, held evenly, every two years.
The 2018 Rugby Sevens World Cup will be held in San Francisco, USA, from July 20 - 22. The Volcanoes, recently backed by Globe Telecom start their journey this Friday and Saturday in Hong Kong for the first round of the Asia Rugby Sevens Series at Kings Park.
The Volcanoes have a new look team, a mix of Filipino youth, Philippine resident players and most evidently, experienced campaigners.
"I think we will surprise a lot of countries. We have a lot of new and exciting players that will only get better with experience. We definitely have the talent to be serious competitors in this year's Asian series" shared Sean Celada Lynch, the only remaining member in this team from the 2013 Rugby Sevens World Cup team. Lynch's family hails from Borongan City, Eastern Samar. His team mate Danny Bembo Matthews has been named Captain. Matthews has family ties from Alaminos, Pangasinan. Matthews lead the team in Qatar last February where he was awarded the Most Valuable Player of the tournament, guiding the Volcanoes to a Gold medal performance.
"We expect a high level of rugby this weekend. In February it was great to see our combinations come together. Teams will be strong here in Hong Kong. To qualify for the World Cup we have to beat the best in Asia so we can compete against the Worlds best. We are up to the challenge" shared Bembo Matthews.
The Volcanoes are seeded in Pool A against home town favorites Hong Kong, China and Malaysia. After day one, the teams will be re-seeded based on results. The second day consists of a cross over to play Pool B participants Japan, Korea, Taipei and Sri Lanka in the playoff finals. Japan finished 4th in the Olympic Games and are tipped to be hot favorites in Hong Kong.
The Asia Sevens Series will be held across three legs, with Round 2 in Korea on September 23/24 and Round 3 in Sri Lanka on October 14/15. The team will be coached by former New Zealand All Black Frano Botica.
Venue: Kings Park, Hong Kong
14.36 Philippines vs. China
16.44 vs Philippines vs. Hong Kong
19.36 vs Philippines vs. Malaysia
2017 Asia Rugby Sevens Series Team List:
Another impact selection for the Men's is young Jonel Madrona, who starred in the Volcanoes tour in April. Madrona, a Clark Jet representative will playing in his first ever SEA Games.
Team Philippines will depart to the games on Thursday 17th, before taking the field at MBPJ Stadium, Kelana Jaya on Saturday & Sunday:
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