BANNERED by GlobalPort owner Mikee Romero and Antonio Veloso, the Philippine polo team advanced to the semis of the 2016 Asian Polo Cup with a convincing a 6-3 win over Brunei Monday at the Siam Polo Park in Bangkok, Thailand.
The victory was a fitting follow-up to the team's massive 8-3 win over China in the region’s biggest polo tournament and booked place behind Indonesia in Group B elims with a 2-1 card.
Team Philippines hardly had time to prepare for the tournament and it showed in their opening game defeat to Indonesia last Saturday. But against the Chinese, Romero and Veloso were at their best as they teamed up with Andrian Garcia and Andrew Garcia in executing sharp and precise passes to score easily and nab the win.
They also displayed dominant form against Brunei as they established a comfortable lead and effectively settled the outcome of the game early in the third quarter.
The Philippine team, however, needs to play tougher and smarter when it goes up against the host squad in the semifinal round Wednesday. Indonesia faces off against Malaysia to book the other finals seat.
“Going up against a host team is very tough but we are all fully motivated after our wins against China and Brunei,” said Romero.
The tournament, according to Romero, is a good gauge for the Southeast Asian countries – Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Brunei and Singapore – as they prepare for the 2017 SEA Games in Malaysia.
Romero and his counterparts from Thailand and Brunei are lobbying for the inclusion of the sport in the biennial event.