SEA Games 2015 Report Philippine Team May 29 to June 1
The Philippine Taskforce is hoping 50 to 60 gold medals according to the data they have been given by the NSAs. However pinoyathletics.info is going to guess a more modest Gold medal tally of 30-35 golds. We will keep you updated as the SEA Games unfolds.
The Philippines did not participate in any sports on May 29-30 in Singapore. The first event in which the Philippines made an appearance was the new sport of Netball. Netball a Commonwealth sport which is dominated by New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and The Caribbean is making its first appearance in the SEA Games. A sport similar to Basketball without a back board and with no bouncing of the ball and a limitation of steps for each player taken is a women’s sport.
Philippines lost 66-22 against Thailand, however a more crushing defeat would come the second day with an 112-11 loss to Malaysia. Two defeats for a rather young Netball team which is doing its bit to support women’s sports.
Sendrin Balatbat and Lan Lariba lost there opening match in the Women’s Doubles to the Indonesian team and were eliminated. The 20 year old Lariba played at the 2013 SEA Games in singles but was unable to deliver a medal. Lariba and Valle lost in the mixed doubles 3-0 against Thailand. However Balatbat and Jacolo won 3-2 against Laos in their mixed double game.
In the Men’s Doubles Veterans Richard Gonzales, 44 and the 2013 SEA Games Singles Bronze medalist teamed with Rodel Vareo, 38 to beat the Malaysians in the quarter finals and advance to the semis. They lost in the Semis to Chen and Chew of Singapore later that day and were also eliminated. Gonzales came back to win his singles match 3-0 over his opponent from Laos in the first round to the advance to tomorrow’s next round.
The Philippines lost 1-0 against Singapore in its first round match. Singapore’s only goal came from defender Sheikh Abdul Hadi Othman. The 23 year old plays for Young Lions FC in the Singapore League.