Thursday, September 03, 2015

Fair Play: Bowling for bowling in schools

(This is my Fair Play column for Sun.Star Cebu's Sept. 3 edition)
HERE’S something a bit ironic, bowling is the only sport where we won an Olympic gold medal, but we don’t have bowling in any of our school leagues, Palarong Pambansa or even in the meets organized by the sports bodies.

In the 1988 Seoul Olympics, Arianne CerdeƱa won the gold when bowling was a demo sport and of course, we all know who the legendary Paeng Nepomuceno is. They are but two of the many world-class bowlers from the Philippines and that we have so many shows how good we are at the sport despite its absence in the school leagues or other meets, the usual breeding ground for Olympians or national team players.

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Fair Play: Cesafi, a great asset as CFA member

(This is my Fair Play column for Sun.Star Cebu's Sept. 2 edition)
I FINALLY had a chance to see the template the Philippine Football Federation sent to the local provincial football associations that they must follow inline with the changes mandated by Fifa in Philippine football.

There are a lot of changes actually and if the CFA adopts them all, the way it operates will be a whole lot different from what we are used to. From the board composition, to membership, to the election.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Fair Play: How USC can get over that mighty hump

(This is my Fair Play column for Sun.Star Cebu's Aug. 31 edition)
College standings as of Aug. 30
Team W D L P GD
USJR 3 - - 9 6
UC         2 1 - 7 5
UV         1 1 2 4 -5
USPF - 1 2 1 -2
USC    - 1 2 1 -3

IF THERE was one thing that highlighted the match between the University of San Carlos and the University of Cebu, which ended in a 0-0 draw, it's one that happened off field and not on it.

In the middle of the second half, Jules Villahermosa of USC lay hobbled and had to be carried off to the sideline, and while the focus of the USC coaching staff and bench players was on their side of the field, UC head coach Glenn Ramos got his pain reliever, sprayed some on Villahermosa and even massaged the USC midfielder's injured knee. He only stopped when the ball got to the UC side of the field.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Ateneo ends Don Bosco unbeaten run in Cesafi

(This report was published in Sun.Star Cebu's Aug. 30 edition)
College standings (As of Aug. 29)
Team       W     D     L     P   GD
USJR       2       -      -      6    +3
UC           1       1     -      4     +4
UV           1       1    1      4     -2
USPF       -       1     1     1     -1
USC        -        1     2     1     -3

SACRED Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu stripped Don Bosco Technological Center of its veil of invincibility with a 1-0 escape, while the University of San Carlos kissed it’s title defense goodbye in the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. football tournament at the Cebu City Sports Center.

SHS-Ateneo, which lost last year’s finals despite taking the lead against Don Bosco, now has six points on two wins but still trails rival Don Bosco on goal difference.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Fair Play: Can USC recover from 0-2 hole?

(This is my Fair Play column for Sun.Star Cebu's Aug. 29 edition)
LAST year, in the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. college football finals, the University of San Carlos passed a stringent test of character by overcoming a one-goal deficit to beat upstart University of Southern Philippines Foundation via shootout.

This year, the defending champion is 0-2 in its first two games, and in the lone half that I was able to watch, I was impressed with how the Golden Booters seem to toy around the University of the Visayas--the Cesafi’s presumed whipping boy--before taking a 1-0 lead at halftime.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Fair Play: A preview of the 2015 Cesafi football finals.

NO offense to the other teams, but we all know that when it comes to Cesafi high school football, the title is almost always a battle between two schools--Don Bosco Technological Center and Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu.

If I remember it right, both teams have won three titles each at each other’s expense since 2010, and each final is always fierce but played fairly. Both teams, too, have their own solid following from their alumni who always turn up for the matches. In last year’s final, Sacred Heart took the lead in the first half but conceded two goals in a three-minute span in the second to lose, 2-1.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Fair Play: Unity bodes well for Cebu football

(This is my Fair Play column for Sun.Star Cebu's Aug. 26 edition)
RECENT developments in the political landscape in Cebu, reminded me of a time when local football, even Philippine football, was like that; when swing votes were crucial and the numbers game was all that matters.

Hardly would a PFF president warm his seat when he faces an ouster movement, or in the case of Cebu, disgruntled members would be plotting their numbers years before the election. 

Now, brave is the soul who would challenge PFF president Nonong Araneta, while CFA president Ricky Dakay is enjoying unprecedented unity in the board, too.