PH Vipers bag silver in Shanghai touch tilt

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The Philippine Vipers engage the Shanghai Dragons in a tight finals match under heavy downpour. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

The Philippine Vipers engage the Shanghai Dragons in a tight finals match under heavy downpour. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

The Philippine Vipers touch football team finished second in the 2016 Shanghai International Touch Tournament (SITT) on Saturday at the Shanghai Community Sports Club in Shanghai, China.

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Formed early this year, the Vipers lost to the Shanghai Silver Dragons, 0-3, in the Open Mixed Division 2 finals.

Despite the inclement weather conditions brought by Typhoon Lawin (International name Haima), the Filipino Touch team put up a good fight with their signature quick rucks and short passes.

“The team was cold, extremely wet, and absolutely exhausted from the six previous games. But the amazing thing was that the whole team kept fighting until the final whistle,” said team captain Jaime Urquijo in an interview with The Manila Times on Monday.

The Philippines tallied six wins and one loss after the finals.

Urquijo commended the Vipers’ teamwork.

“The whole day was really highlighted by amazing team attempts. Very few were individual scores and the whole team gelled really well,” added Urquijo.

Over 50 teams from China, Thailand, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, and the Philippines, comprising of more than 600 players from across seven divisions joined the tournament.

“We are proud that for a team like the Vipers, who are newly formed, they were able to represent and bring pride to our country,” Federation of Touch Football Pilipinas (FTFP) manager Bianca Arco said.

Last month, the Vipers finished third in the 2016 Asian Club Championships in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

The FTFP is the national sports association of touch football in the Philippines. It is a member of the Federation of International Touch, the world body governing the sport.

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