Showing posts from March, 2014

Fair Play: Another parent in trouble for Aboitiz Cup misconduct

(This is my Fair Play column for Sun.Star Cebu's March 31 issue)
THE past few weeks, I’ve been to more Aboitiz Cup matches than in the past few years.

Back when I was in the beat, I would be in all matches, and I didn’t even need to see a match report or see a team lineup to get a story as I knew almost the best players in all divisions—the names that get mentioned in a story. It’s how I made friends and developed sources in the beat.

News: DBTC wins U23, another player in trouble for misconduct

(This came out in the March 30 edition of Sun.Star Cebu)
COACH Glenn Ramos and the Don Bosco Technological Center added another title to their growing collection after winning the Under 23 division of the Aboitiz Cup.

Don Bosco leaned on the golden boot of Christopher Ngwanta for their 5-0 win over Subangdako in the finals, completing their undefeated run in the division.

Ngwanta, the top scorer in the tournament, needed only 37 minutes to complete a hat trick.

Fair Play: The SAC-SMB Sports Awards are for the parents

(This is my Fair Play column for Sun.Star Cebu's March 29 issue)
DURING a lull in the 32nd Sportswriters Association of Cebu-San Miguel Beer sports awards, I got out for a break and witnessed quite a poignant scene.

One of the football awardees also sneaked out to meet her parents, proudly showing off her trophy to who I presume was his sister and her parents.

Fair Play: Lessons from a previous brawl

(This is my Fair Play column for Sun.Star Cebu's March 27 issue)
IN coming up with a decision on the 2014 brawl between Alcoy FC and Ateneo de Cebu in the Aboitiz Cup, the CFA cited the sanctions on the 2005 brawl between Hiroshi and Crazy Horse in the 2005 Thirsty Cup and the two-year bans the players received.

I was there in 2005 and I saw it happen and the circumstances that led to it.And those involved in the latest brawl may learn a thing or two with what happened that day.

Fair Play: Was there need for Mongaya to intervene? (And a disclosure)

(Here's my Fair Play column for Sun.Star Cebu's March 22 issue)
FIRST, a disclosure, as based on the online posts of some of those involved, their imaginations are getting wild. Sun.Star Cebu photographer Allan Cuizon is not the uncle of Alcoy goalkeeper Rodenel Bolinaro Jr.; our basketball reporter Rommel Manlosa is his uncle and Anol Mongaya, a former editor-in-chief of our sister publication Superbalita and a current columnist of both papers, is the brother of Enrico.

Fair Play: Pray the PFF keeps ban in Cebu only

(This is my Fair Play column for Sun.Star Cebu's March 20 issue)
SO the sanctions are out on the players and coaches involved in the brawl, but not yet on the spectators who joined the fracas. Any sports association doesn’t have any hold on a member of the audience and the heaviest penalty it can give is a ban from watching future tournaments.

And because of the set-up of football in the country, with the CFA as the PFF representative in Cebu, the sanctions will be forwarded to the national body and there is where those who face a six-month ban must be concerned.

A sober piece on the Aboitiz Cup brawl

(I've had about three drafts discarded for my scheduled Fair Play column for Thursday and since I expect this one to be discarded anew pending a press con at noon on Wednesday, I decided to publish it here. Ahem, a sober piece written at my usual witching hour.)

THE now infamous parent was right when he intervened, seeing one player--who we now know wasn't his son--get pinned down in a headlock while his sister and mom watched helplessly, crying, from the sideline.

He shouted at the goalkeeper to stop and while this was happening, the attention of the four match officials were on another melee on the far side of the court.

Fair Play: Magna Carta for Student Athletes will change PH sports

(This is my Fair Play column for Sun.Star Cebu's March 17 issue)
I JUST read the proposed Magna Carta for Student Athletes by Sen. Pia Cayetano, which was filed just last March 6, and I think if passed, this will change the landscape in Philippine sports. More importantly, it will force a change in attitude of the people running the schools-based leagues like the UAAP, NCAA and the Cesafi.

Aside from that, the way athletes are treated by public school coaches in the Palarong Pambansa meets will also change.

SAC-SMB to fete Cebu's best athletes on March 26

THE best of Cebu sports will again be feted in the annual Sportswriters Association of Cebu-San Miguel Beer Sports Awards on March 26 at the Ayala Activity Center.

The Cebuano world champions in boxing, taekwondo and billiards, as well as rising stars in the PBA, will be feted this year for their achievement in 2013.

Fair Play: A solution to UFL,PFF conflict with school leagues

Coach Thomas Dooley said he sees some similarities between the US national football team in 1994 and  the Azkals today as both teams heavily rely on players who learned their football away from home.

The US football scene, too, had a fledgling league--the Major League Soccer--when it hosted the World Cup--while the Azkals have the United Football League.

Fair Play: What CCSC learned from the Japanese team

(This is my Fair Play column for Sun.Star Cebu's March 13 issue) 
THE coach of the Japanese beach volleyball team was searching online for an alternative training venue and after a few clicks, connected with Eric LeCain, the beach volleyball consultant of the Philippine Sports Commission who’s made Cebu his home for the past few years.

And just like that, Sayaka Mizoe and Taekimi Nishibori, together with their coach Yoshihiro Atsumi found themselves training in a sandcourt in the middle of the city, for their second training stint outside of Japan. That stint, I believe, will bring more foriegner beach volleyball players here as the three were elated over their two-week stint here and promised to spread the word.

Fair Play: An ingenious solution from CCSC

(Here's my Fair Play column for Sun.Star  Cebu's March 10 issue)
HERE’s the reality in age group sports. Sometimes the best players don’t get to represent the Philippines, but only those who have the money to go to trips abroad.

I’ve seen that happen a lot in football, when teams from rich schools form a Team Philippines to compete in tournaments in Europe or Asia. Is that wrong?

Fair Play: Tiki-taka vs. tira pataka

(This is my Fair Play column for Sun.Star Cebu's March 8 issue)
I KNOW it’s bad form to talk about former national team coach Michael Weiss, but you just can’t help draw comparisons after seeing the first two games of the national team under coach Thomas Dooley.

Coach Weiss, whose time with the team saw the Philippines attain its highest ranking, once said that “I don’t think if you’d get Arsene Wenger he could have done better. You talk about tiki-taka..tiki-taka...but I have to work with what I have.”

Fair Play: Dooley is doing alright, so far

(This is my Fair Play column for Sun.Star Cebu's March 6 issue)
I FINALLY saw the Malaysia vs. Philippines match when it was replayed by ABS-CBN and by god, was it beautiful. I really couldn’t judge much how the team fared when I saw the game on livestream last March 1 as the link froze every minute or so and there were a lot of annoying ads.

But what I saw during the replay meant all those concerns about Coach Thomas Dooley having limited time handling the team before the Challenge Cup may be misplaced at all. Not a few thought Dan Palami and the PFF were crazy to make a coaching change this late, but hey, the Malaysia game has allayed those concerns.

Fair Play: A girlie bar, sports bar and watching PH vs. Malaysia online

IS THAT a girlie bar with a "Welcome PAL interclub golfers" sign?"

Our fotog, Ruel, asked me during our failed search for a sports bar in Bacolod City during the last night of our PAL Interclub coverage.

It wasn't a girlie bar, let me straighten that out, but it was just one of the many places in Bacolod City that posted welcome signs for the participants of the PAL Interclub, signs that show a tournament of this magnitude are very much welcome to the city's tourism industry.