The Philippine Tamaraws
The national development team, nicknamed the Tamaraws, is off to Kota Kinabalu today to play matches against teams from Sabah. The team is composed of Manila-based players Arnold Aninion, Jerrylou Branzuela, Aaron Briddon, David and Warren Carman (All Philippine rugby teams have at least one pair of brothers in them), Paulino Chiu Jr., Sergio Coronel Jr., Glenn Denton, John Faburada, Noel Flowers, Dino Gonzales, Francisco (Kit) B. Guerra IV, Christopher Hettel, John Paul Jordan, Reanito Lawas, Lester Loma, William Leysa, Daniel Melrose, Jon Morales, John Odulio, Jeepy and Jovic Paypon (brothers), Edwin Ramos, and Joselito Talosig. Matt Cullen is the Coach.
Go Tamaraws! We’ve asked Captain Jon to keep us posted on the Tamaraws tour of KK, if he’s not too stressed. The matches will be held tomorrow at Likas Stadium—if you’re in the area we hope you’ll support the team.
Sons of Lapu-Lapu: Coveney, Stephenson, Everingham. Sounds like a scary law firm. Full team photo later.
Meanwhile in Australia, a Fil-Aussie team that includes several national men’s team players and is coached by national men’s team coach Expo Mejia competes at the Kiama 7s on Saturday. The “Sons of Lapu-Lapu” (Guys, why is your logo a turtle?) squad is made up of Justin Coveney, Casper Aniversario, Christian Desacola, Chris Everingham, Michael and Jake Letts, Simon Morgan, Peter Smith, Ted Smith, Ned Stephenson, Reggie Teagle and Jake Smith. We’ve asked Justin and Jake to update us on the results (Yay, correspondents) and send photos.
The tournament will be held tomorrow at the Kiama Showground NSW Australia. If you live around Sydney you have to go.
9:06am vs. Avondale Rugby Club
12:18pm vs. Hunters Hill Rugby Club
1:54pm Cup or Bowl Round of 16
Read Philippines Got Talent, Coach Expo Mejia’s column on rugby players of Filipino heritage getting recognition in the US and Australia.
Keith Robertson photo from HK Rugby. Of course he’s cute.
Incidentally Keith Robertson, captain of the Hong Kong men’s rugby team at the A5N in 2010, is half-Filipino on his mother’s side. We wonder if Keith will be on the Hong Kong side that will meet the Philippine Volcanoes in two test matches this April in Manila. That would be so interesting.
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P.S. We’re looking for a UK-based Filipino videographer to work on a documentary about Philippine rugby. She or he has to speak Tagalog and be available to film in May this year. If you know anyone, drop us a line.