Congratulations to the Philippines Volcanoes for winning last Saturday’s match against the United Arab Emirates. It was pretty tense, given how the guys needed this win to stay in this division and qualify for the World Cup.
As I’m rather lousy with recalling the events of the game, here’s an article from GMA News TV for a rundown of the match. Kudos as well to the UAE team who put up a strong fight.
I started supporting the team last year, and I enjoy going to their matches here in the home turf. I’ve gotten to know some really awesome people who are also big rugby fans, and last night was no exception. We bonded over the game, the players and other crazy ideas that are best left unsaid in polite company (which we aren’t, at that time haha).
Here’s a few photos post-game. I love how the Volcanoes take time to mingle with the people who came to watch their games.
With Joiz and my newfound friends, the future board of directors of my corporation. *evilgrin*
Because my blog is really boring and I haven’t really been writing, here’s some photos I took when Joiz and I went to watch the Volcanoes play to qualify for the HSBC Asian 5 Nations last April.
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Game one was on April 15 (the day after my birthday!), with the Philippines competing against Singapore. Game two was on April 18 against Chinese Taipei, while game three was on the 21st versus Sri Lanka. Having never seen the Volcanoes play before, I had no idea what to expect. Singapore looked like a strong contender, as with Chinese Taipei and Sri Lanka.
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My honest take? The Volcanoes were at equals with Singapore, but had a slight advantage over Chinese Taipei when it comes to physical strength. Sri Lanka was a fierce contender, and was probably the most nerve-wracking game of the series.
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Hopefully this won’t be the last games of the Philippine Rugby that I’ll see. I hope to watch the Lady Volcanoes one of these days.