Rassiel Sales all smiles as the Philippines put points on the board over India
Looking back one week on from the Asia Rugby Women’s Championships, the Philippines are confident this competition was another step forward for the Union and the national program according to their General Manager Jake Letts.
“Coming into this competition we were ahead of India but behind Singapore, after last weekends result we stayed ahead of India and passed Singapore. China were very dominant, they proved a class above all and finished in first place” shared Letts.
The Lady Volcanoes have been on a steady rise over the last two years, successfully achieving two silver medal finishes last year and already achieving one this year. The main aim for the program this year was to provide similar opportunities to what the Men’s national team have had access too over the years.
“The women’s program over the last two years has been boosted by the support of both MVP Sports Foundation through the company of First Pacific and also the PSC as always. We are now able to invest more resources into the Women’s program to ensure they have every chance to succeed” added Letts.
The Lady Volcanoes were led by and experienced coaches Andy Brown, Fetala’i ‘Fitz’ Taua’a and Chris Everingham. The coaching staff this year had a strong calibre of experience across each areas of specific expertise, which was evident from last weeks matches. The forwards laid a strong foundation thanks to Taua'a, the composition of the play directed by Brown and the strength and fitness by Everingham. Although more improvement is needed, moving forward is a sign that is evident within the program as they move towards this years Southeast Asian Games.
The Women’s program now focuses on the next international event which will be the Asia Trophy Series in Indonesia on August 10 and 11. The Philippines finished second place last year amongst 10 nations, the aim will be to go one better for the gold.