|RP water polo team sweeps rivals in Australia|
une 8 (PNA) – The Philippine water polo team bound for 24th Southeast Asian Games continued to its remarkable winning run as it swept the first round elimination of the Australian Country Water Polo Championships being held in Kalgoorlie, Perth, Australia.
The RP team, whose trip was supported by Philippine Sports Commission (PSC), survived the ejection of its top player Michael Jorolan to dominate Western Australia, 17-3, late Tuesday for its four straight victory in the five-team six-day tournament.
“Our team is playing way beyond expectation and we are very proud of them. We just hope that their performance will continue to soar even after this tournament and into the SEA Games,” said Philippine Amateur Swimming Association (PASA) president Mark Joseph.
The nationals had earlier beaten Queensland (21-9), the Australian Defense Force (18-3) and powerhouse New South Wales (10-6), all of whom, including Western Australia, they have never beaten before.
Just like their previous matches, the Filipinos have to battle through bias officiating, which finally got on one of them as sharpshooter Jorolan was tossed out of the pool just 31 seconds after scoring a game-high three goals, for arguing with the referee.
The ejection never became a factor though as the nationals have already built commanding lead when it took place.
“I hope our boys will sweep again the second round as they prepare for bigger challenge,” Joseph said, referring to a series of pocket matches wherein the Nationals will test mettle against the Australian national squad.
The RP team will also undergo a clinch with the Australian national team in Canberra where, Joseph said, the nationals are expected to get more techniques to be used against the best of SEAGames like defending champion Thailand and Singapore. (PNA)
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