TEAM Philippines (Blue team) beat Singapore, 3-2, in sudden death to bag second place in the Nation’s Cup (Men’s Division) of the 5th Asian Underwater Hockey Championship at the Olivarez College in Paranaque City.
The three-day competition, organized by the Citadel Underwater Hockey Club in cooperation with the Philippine Underwater Hockey Confederation, drew teams from China, Indonesia, Japan, Singapore and Australia.
Members of Team Philippines, backed by Japanese fast-food chain KarateKid, are Nowie Cornelia, Milo Tan, Kelvin Tan, Boyet Santillan, Philippine Coast Guard’s Edcel Guzman, JL Santos, T-Boy Rodriguez, Rey Co, Abhishek Chand and team captain Raymond Ilusorio-Yap.
In the Challenge Cup (Mixed Division), Team KarateKid secured bronze medals after beating other international teams. The team is composed of Manuel 'Junvie' Valdes, Raymond Ilusorio-Yap, Milo Tan, South Africa’s Kristibel Van Wyk, Bubs Cailles, Roy Aldous Arayata, Bem Lim, Singapore’s Jovie Lim, Pin Cheoh and Joey Carpio.
One of the country’s fastest growing water sports, underwater hockey is a challenging team sport played at the bottom of a swimming pool. Two six-player teams (black vs. white) wearing masks, snorkels and fins compete by maneuvering a puck on the pool floor with their playing sticks, with each team attempting to score by shooting the puck into their opponents’ goal.