TEAM Philippines Turbo skipper Tani Gomez expects a strong competition as the team aims for back-to-back titles in the 3rd edition of the Smart Infinity Pilipinas Beach Water Polo Tournament Saturday at the Sunrise View Beach Resort in Igacos, Davao del Norte.
The veteran goalkeeper of the national team said the visiting squad from Thailand expects to provide the biggest threat in Turbo’s bid to retain the title though he’s not discounting the other local teams.
“It’s going to be a tough competition, we know it’s not going to be easy but we’re prepared to defend the championship and we’ll do whatever it takes to repeat as champions,” said Gomez.
Returning for the competition is Sureshot, which captured the inaugural staging of the tournament – then anchored by Gomez - organized by Dale Evangelista’s Optimum Sports by beating Guam.
Roy Cañete, another veteran national team campaigner, will now lead the bid of Sureshot.
The other two teams are Thailand and Envirotech, which will parade the local team from Davao.
“We’re expecting another exciting and action-packed event in this third edition of Pilipinas Beach Water Polo Tournament,” said Evangelista, a former national team campaigner who will play for Sureshots.
“Our goal of course is to continue promoting the event, not only here but also internationally that’s why we keep on encouraging foreign teams to join the event and we’re happy to have Thailand,” he added.
The event is also made possible by Turbo, a swimwear brand made in Spain, Sureshot Sports Ville, Envirotech, PLDT Home Fibr, Sunrise View Beach Resort, Gardenia, Crocodile Park, Prima Deportes, Philippine Aquatics and Swimming Association, and the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC).