Monday, January 26, 2015

Why Cebu should just boycott Smart Club championship

I FIRST met Engr. Rodney Orale after the last election of the Cebu Football Association and since then, the amiable Waray has been a regular fixture in football tournaments.

In all the times that I've seen in football games, I've only seen him blow his top once, when he was insulted in front of family members in a tournament that he and his fellow ERCO-BRO team owners organized.

Last Sunday night, while we were enjoying our favorite Mandaue-water after the opening of the Aboitiz Cup, with CFA sec gen Atty. Julius Entise, Dino and Raffy Musni and an unnamed referee who shared some insights, Dino called up Rodney for updates of their game against M'lang.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Fair Play: Provincial FAs should insist--limit UFL participation in Smart Cup

(This is my Fair Play column for Sun.Star Cebu's Jan. 24 edition)
HOW would you feel if the five reinforcements you’ve spent for are declared ineligible two days before your first game?

If you want to wring somebody’s neck, burn down an office or pull out of the tournament, then you’d have to be impressed at the relative calm with which UC Erco is taking this latest setback in its bid in the Philippine Football Federation Smart Cup.

Told by the PFF that they are free to add five players for the national finals, they added five from the Green Archers, Chiefy Caligdong and Cebuano Paolo Pascual included.

Of course, that was with the team’s blessing.

No problem, right?

Friday, January 23, 2015

How Cebu got screwed in the PFF Smart Cup (AKA, who's afraid of Chieffy Caligdong?)

CEBUANO Keith Buyco, one of the owners of the Erco BRO team in the PFF Smart Club, is a heart attack survivor. He told another reporter that he almost had another one when they learned two days before the tournament that their UFL imports wouldn't be allowed to play in the PFF Smart Club.

Because that's how they felt. Cheated. A victim of behind-the-scenes power play from teams who are either afraid of Chieffy Caligdong or hate the fact that a Cebu team can loan a bunch of UFL players.

Buyco, the "B" behind BRO, had everything cleared with the PFF and of course GAU Animo, and they received the OK to field the five. And this being a PFF organized tournament, the PFF should have the final say right?

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Fair Play: For PAL golf, it's more fun in Cebu

(This is my Fair Play column for Sun.Star Cebu's Jan 22 edition)
BEFORE Cebu got into the picture, the prestigious and economy-boosting PAL interclub golf tournament rotated among the cities of Davao, Cagayan de Oro and Bacolod.

Thousands of golfers and their entourage would swoop down on these cities, boosting the local economy as they spend thousands on transportation, hotel, food, pasalubong and of course, “entertainment.”

In fact, one driver I met in a hotel that didn’t house any Cebu team (just to make things clear) had a specific task, to arrive with the entertainment post-match. Which is why, as veterans tell me, the one with the worst score on the course may be the one who had the most fun off it the night before.

Fair Play: Will re-tooled Erco get past group stage?

(This is my Fair Play column for Sun.Star Cebu's Jan. 21 edition)
IN LESS than a year, University of Cebu-Erco BRO will have its third reincarnation, this time for the Philippine Football Federation.

Smart Club championships, and I think this edition could be the team's best yet.

Of course, the first one was the African-laden team that won the Aboitiz Cup last March, the first step in the ladder for the PFF Smart Club championships. Since each club is limited to only five foreign players for the Smart Club, another elimination was held in Cebu to determine the representative for the regional finals.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Pascual, Caligdong, Araneta join Erco for PFF Smart Club

(This story came out in Sun.Star Cebu's Jan. 19 edition)

WITH the national finals at hand, Erco-Bro Nationals got a much-needed boost in their campaign in the Philippine Football Federation (PFF) Smart Club Championships after beefing up their roster with six players from two United Football League clubs.

Erco-Bro National added on loan former Azkals star Chieffy Caligdong, ex-Azkals striker Ian Araneta, Cebuano Paulo Pascual, Azkals Under-23 team member Ronnie Aguisanda, Reynald Villareal and Mark Ferrer.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Fair Play: Proud products of Cebu football

(This is my Fair Play column for Sun.Star Cebu's Jan. 17 edition)
TWO of the kids I used to cover in the age group football in Cebu are making the Cebu football community proud by doing well in Manila’s collegiate scene.

Though both play different positions and come from two local rival schools, they’ve had similar struggles with injuries before making it big in the Manila scene.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Fair Play: A renaissance man behind Philboxing.com

(This is my Fair Play column for Sun.Star Cebu's Jan. 15 edition)
DURING the launching of Pinoy Pride 28 involving Donnie Nietes latest defense, I got to chat with Dong Secuya, the genius behind Pinoygreats.com and a slew of other websites.

That talk made me realize that “genius” is an understatement because I learned that night behind that cool facade is a gifted brain that would make computer engineers, accountants and even boxing writers envious.