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Global loses 6-1 to South China AA of Hong Kong in the first match of the AFC Cup group stage on Wednesday. My thoughts.
The scoreline wasn't reflective of the nature of the game. Yes, the Hong Kongers were the better team, but the score suggests that Global were cowed all game long and just played defense. Anyone who watched the game knows that that was not the case.
Global made many forays into South China territory and had plenty of chances, just not as dangerous as the Hong Kong side's. I think 4-1 would have been a fairer scoreline.
South China counterattacked better and were more clever in front of goal. Mahama Awal was exceedingly quick, but I appreciated how all of the SC players snapped into offense mode so quickly during counters. Global couldn't match their transition play, and they paid for it dearly.
Chan Siu Ki made a terrific assist in the second half but I love the work he put in on the third goal. He was unmarked in front of goal when Awal centered to him. A defender
- Bob Guerrero | The Passionate Fan – Thu, Feb 26, 2015 1:57 PM PHT
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At first glance, it seems like an ordinary women's basketball game going on at the British School Manila. The players are hustling around whipping the ball at a quick pace, trying to feed it into the hoop.Read More »from Meet the Philippine national netball team
Then you notice the differences. All the players are wearing dresses. The players don't dribble the ball. The shots are all taken within a semi circle near the hoop. The shooting technique looks strange. Nobody runs into anybody.
And then the biggest, most visible difference: what happened to the backboard?
Welcome to netball. This game may seem odd for Filipinos, but it's actually one of the most popular games for women all around the world. And it has now reached our shores.
After visits and demonstration from the Asian Netball Federation and the Singapore federation last year, Netball Philippines, soon to be a national sports authority, was born and a national team was created. Singapore hosted a training camp for the girls as well last December. The team looks set to fly the flag in
- Bob Guerrero | The Passionate Fan – Tue, Feb 24, 2015 12:41 PM PHT
There is trouble brewing in General Santos City as tens of thousands of dollars of prize money has mysteriously gone missing in the two pool events organized by Manny Pacquiao, the MP Cup World 10 Ball Championship and the Manny Pacquiao Cup International 10 Ball Doubles Tournament.Read More »from Prize money vanishes in Pacquiao 10 ball events, and a word on fitness in pool
It is reported that the players in the world title event, who received their money in US dollars in brown envelopes after Taiwan's Ko Pin Yi won the crown last Saturday in SM City Gensan, have had five percent of their winnings docked.
In this report from AZBilliards.com's ' Jerry Forsythe, players were allegedly charged for the US$200 sanction fee of the World Pool-Billiard Association twice, once when they paid their entry fee into the tournament then once again when they found an amount deducted from their envelopes.
In previous sanctioned world championships the WPA collects the sanction and does not charge nor deduct from the players anything afterwards. The organizers only collect the entry fees of the
- Bob Guerrero | The Passionate Fan – Sun, Feb 22, 2015 8:20 AM PHT
Ko (center with Biado on the right.) Image copyright Bob Guerrero.
GENERAL SANTOS CITY – The dream of a Filipino men’s world 10 ball champion will have to wait another year.
On Saturday in front of a packed crowd at the atrium of SM City GenSan, Ko Pin Yi of Chinese Taipei withstood a ferocious comeback to defeat Filipino Carlo Biado 11 – 9 in the final to win the MP Cup 2015 World 10 Ball Championship. He takes home US$40,000 while Biado settles for US$20,000.
The victory stops Chinese Taipei’s three-match losing streak in World Championship finals to Filipinos. Efren Reyes beat Hao Ping Chang in the 1999 9 Ball final in Cardiff, Alex Pagulayan outplayed Pei Wei Chang in the 2004 9 ball title match in Taiwan, and five years ago Francisco Bustamante topped Kuo Po Cheng in the 9 ball final in Qatar.
Ko and Biado produced an entertaining, high-quality final that could have been a one-sided rout had it not been for Biado’s fighting spirit.
The Taiwanese shooter bolted to early leads of 4-0 and 6-2 before Biado jawed a long two ball in rack nine whichRead More »from Biado fightback falls short as Ko takes World 10 Ball crown
- Bob Guerrero | The Passionate Fan – Fri, Feb 20, 2015 10:36 PM PHT
Warren Kiamco. Image copyright Bob Guerrero.
GENERAL SANTOS CITY– Just when it looked like Filipino shooters were falling by the wayside, three of the nation’s finest players steeled themselves in time.
Warren Kiamco, Carlo Biado, and Johann “Bubwit” Chua will represent the country in the elite eight of the MP Cup World 10 Ball Championship on Saturday morning in SM City Gensan. The semis and final will be played immediately after.
Kiamco tussles with Chinese Taipei’s Ko Ping Chung, with the winner meeting either Ko’s elder brother Ko Pin Yi or countryman Yang Ching Shun.
Biado encounters Liu Haitao of China and if he wins will square off with either Corteza or David Alcaide of Spain.
Carlo Biado. Image copyright Bob Guerrero.
Kiamco showed plenty of guts in coming from 5-1 behind to upend Cheng Yu Hsuan, also of Chinese Taipei, 11-9 in their round-of-16 clash. Kiamco closed with a flourish, with a run out in the last rack that included a superb bank on the seven ball.
Earlier in theRead More »from Kiamco, Chua, Biado barge into quarters of World 10 Ball Championship
- Bob Guerrero | The Passionate Fan – Fri, Feb 20, 2015 1:42 AM PHT
Chua takes down Souquet. Image copyright Bob Guerrero.
GENERAL SANTOS CITY - The Philippines put 25 players into the last 64 knockout phase of the MP Cup Gensan World 10 ball Championship on Thursday. What ensued as a mixed bag of big names stumbling and lesser lights coming to the fore at the SM City of South Cotabato’s capital.
Cebuano Warren Kiamco is through to the final 32 after dumping Karol Skowerski of Poland in the main TV table, 11-8. Kiamco’s table-length jump shot on the 8 ball in rack sixteen was the pick of a fine performance.
In a marathon encounter that lasted more than three hours, Filipino Jundel Mazon edged top seed and fellow Pinoy Jeff de Luna 11-10 to reach the last 32.
With de Luna constantly checking the rack and with both players missing, the match stretched on and on. In the case game de Luna was unable to jump safe on the two, allowing Mazon, a former Guinness World Series of Pool champ, to run out for victory.
Dennis Orcollo crashed out of the tournament by falling to Irsal Nasution of Indonesia 11-8.Read More »from Other Pinoys shine as Orcollo, Bustamante fall in World 10 Ball Championship
- Bob Guerrero | The Passionate Fan – Wed, Feb 18, 2015 11:46 PM PHT
Ronnie Alcano. Image copyright Bob Guerrero.
GENERAL SANTOS CITY– The country’s finest pool shooters seem determined not to allow this trophy to leave the country.
On Wednesday most of the Philippines’ best pocket billiards pros knocked down their foes in the double-elimination stage of the MP Cup Gensan World 10 Ball Championship here in the SM City mall of South Cotabato’s capital.
Lee Vann Corteza dominated Muhammad Zulfikri of Indonesia 9-2 in his first outing before walloping fellow Pinoy John Rebong 9-5 to reach the last 64 single-elimination bracket unscathed. Corteza, from Davao, has yet to win a world championship, and this could be his chance to take one on Mindanao soil.
Surigaonon Dennis Orcollo, a former 8 Ball world champ, is also into the single-knockout phase after surviving 9-8 cliffhangers against Filipinos Oliver Mendenilla and Roland Garcia.
Caloocan City’s Jeffrey De Luna was in dead stroke after a 9-0 thrashing of Imran Majid of England followed by a 9-1 blowoutRead More »from Top Pinoys lead the way in World 10 Ball Championship
- Bob Guerrero | The Passionate Fan – Sat, Feb 14, 2015 11:32 AM PHT
Dennis Orcollo. Image copyright Bob Guerrero.
For the first time since 2011 a world championship in 10 Ball will be held. This is a chance for the Philippines to finally claim a men’s world title in the game regarded as the most popular among the world’s top pool pros.
The 2015 MP Cup World 10 Ball Championship lags tomorrow in General Santos City, South Cotabato, with the single elimination race-to-seven stage one qualifiers that will produce sixteen players for the second stage starting Tuesday in SM City Gen San.
Stage two will begin with 128 players in a race-to-nine double elimination phase that will halve the field to 64 shooters. Then the tournament shifts to single elimination, race-to-eleven matches all the way until the last blue-and-white ball drops in the final on Saturday, February 21. All matches will use alternate breaks.
The event is being organized by boxer and congressman Manny Pacquiao, who held a couple of 10 ball events in his hometown last year. The totalRead More »from Pinoy billiards masters aim for first-ever men's 10 Ball world title
- Bob Guerrero | The Passionate Fan – Wed, Feb 11, 2015 1:50 PM PHT
SONGS FOR SAF 44
A Yahoo Philippines fundraising event
8pm, Monday, February 16, 2015
Puñta Manila, Shaw Boulevard
All are invited
No cover charge
The deaths of 44 PNP SAF servicemen in Mamasapano have shocked and saddened our nation.
This is the best time for all Filipinos to rally together and lend a hand to the families of these brave Filipino heroes.
Yahoo Philippines will do its small part on Monday night with Songs for SAF 44, a sing-along fundraising event in Puñta Manila (pronounced “punyeta”), the bar and restaurant owned by our friend Paolo Bediones.
The event will be similar to rockeoke, and will be like the Football-okes that I have organized to raise funds for youth football in provincial areas. Guests can sing a song of their choice as long as the chords are searchable online. Then they can donate any amount they wish for the families of the SAF martyrs.
On Monday I will not be the only one doing the accompanying. Noel Zarate, my fellow Yahoo Philippines sports blogger, will beRead More »from Join Yahoo Philippines in supporting the families of the #Fallen44
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On a warm summer afternoon, the unairconditioned Ninoy Aquino Stadium isheaving with activity. Dozens of boys and girls are squaring off on jigsaw-puzzle rubber mats on the court, their cheeks pinched by full headgear and thick pads encircling their torsos.
The kids are a blur of axe kicks and flying fists, with coaches and parents intently watching nearby. Outside, vendors are hawking taekwondo gear, everything from crisp white “doboks,” (known as “gi” in other martial arts), to punching paddles. Business is brisk.
It’s the Carlos Palanca Jr. Taekwondo championships, sponsored by Smart. The many members of the Philippine national training contingent are all here to hone their skills, and beat down a path that could one day lead them to Olympic glory.
Marco Aventajado, the Philippine Taekwondo Association’s marketing director, thinks it’s not just another Filipino sports pipe dream.
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According to him there are five thousand registered taekwondo chaptersRead More »from Philippine taekwondo pursues the Olympic dream