The Philippine Volcanoes won the Plate Championship in the third leg of the HSBC Asian Sevens Series held in Mumbai, India.
The Volcanoes started off strong in the Pool round by defeating Chinese Taipei but fell to perennial favorite Japan in their second match. The Filipinos then lost to Sri Lanka in the quarterfinals that relegated them in the Plate Division.
It was a tough series, but when all the boys put the effort in and work so hard, it makes the job so much easier. We haven’t lost sight of our goal which is to place in the Cup Division, but are still very happy to be able to bring home another piece of silverware for the Philippines,” said Gareth dela Rosa Holgate.
In the Plate Division, the Philippines blanked Singapore, 26-0, in the semifinals then blasted Thailand, 29-7, in the finals to claim the Plate Championship.
“I have to give these boys credit for stepping up. They battled through extremely muddy and humid pitch conditions to get this win. This puts us in a good position coming into the Singapore Sevens next month,” said Philippines coach Matt Cullen.
The India Sevens Tournament is the third of the four-leg HSBC Asian Sevens Series; the region’s elite Sevens tournament participated in by the top 12 teams in Asia.
The Philippine Volcanoes will be playing in the series’ final leg on November 9 to 10 in Singapore. The top two teams at the completion of the HSBC Asian Sevens Series in Singapore will automatically advance to the prestigious Hong Kong Sevens tournament in 2014.
Other members of the team are Timothy Bweheni, Mark Nelmida Chatting, Chris Alamil Everingham, Samuel Fogg, Dennis Sy Su Gordon, Robert Amalay Jones, Sean Celada Lynch, Harry Dionson Morris, Eric Tai, Andrew Wolff and Rupert Dian Zappia.
Emil C. Noguera