Lady Volcanoes have been vying for selection at two mini camps over the last two weekends
Twelve months ago the national women’s rugby sevens team won 5 from 6 games and secured a silver medal finish in the 2018 Asia Rugby Women’s Trophy Series. This year the national team backed by First Pacific, MVP Sports Foundation and the Philippine Sports Commission are aiming to go one step further and secure the gold.
The Philippines will face Laos & Qatar in Pool B after Brunei recently withdrew from the competition. Whilst top seeds Korea, Indonesia and Bangladesh are in Pool C with Guam, India and Chinese Taipei in Pool A.
“In 2018 our girls played some very good Rugby sevens, this year we are looking to replicate that performance however go one step further. We will have a number of players returning from last year, plus some new faces to help boost the squads strength” added Chris Everingham, one of the coaches for the Lady Volcanoes.
The Philippines are in heavy preparations for the 2019 Southeast Asian Games, using this tournament as a preparation not only to climb the Asia Rugby Calendar, but also to get combinations together for the competitions at the end of the year.
“The 2019 SEA Games is our number one priority, so these events are extremely important to ensure we are on the right path. It’s a great opportunity for our athletes and our teams to showcase where they are currently, so we can test and measure what we need to do before the SEA Games in December” shared Jake Letts, the Volcanoes General Manager.
The Lady Volcanoes have spent the last two weekends in mini training camps to prepare. A total of 25 players put their best foot forward to earn selection from Head Coach Fetala’a Taua’a and Chris Everingham. Experienced players Helena Indigne, Sylvia Tudoc and Aiumi Ono have been all been selected to tour as well overseas talent Patricia Duffy, Lily Smythe, and Jacquiline Rodriguez.
The Philippines will face Qatar and Laos on day one. Followed by the finals on day two. All matches will be played in Jakarta on August 10 and 11.
1. Aiumi Ono 2. Sylvia Tudoc 3. Helena Roxanne Indigne 4. Rassiel Sales 5. Ada Milby 6. Aldee Faith Lyde Denuyo 7. Nicole Catamora Kovanen 8. Lillian Christina Smith 9. Patrocinia Grace Duffy 10. Agot Danton 11. Jacqueline Mae Lyden 12. Ma. Isabella Nepomuceno
Head Coach: Fetala’i Taua’a Assistant Coach: Chris Everingham Team Manager: Lalaine Joyce Bacus Physiotherapist: Tara Long
Featured during the recent Philippine Sportswriters Association held at the Amelie Hotel on Tuesday
Aiumi Ono from Cebu will be leading the team in for a top performance this weekend in Jakarta
Head Coach Fetala'i Taua'a putting the team through it's training camp
Team Philippines Squad
Debutant Jacqueline Mae Lyden has been selected for her first representation duties
Aldee 'Happy' Denuyo looking to showcase her best this weekend