Championship Sunday!

It was an amazing win for both my teams last Sunday in two different leagues. (Yes, i’m a football addict that way)

My all-women’s team, Perx FC won the finals against our alumni team, UP with a 2-0 score in the Loyola Invitationals.

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This team beat us during the eliminations, 3-0. We were doing so great in the first 45 minutes and all blows came during the second half. Possession was great and attempts, though minimal, were mostly from our end. It was quite unfortunate and the score made us realize how lolas (loosely translated: old) we all are. And our fitness sucks. We could only last for 45 minutes. So imagine our surprise when we actually got to the finals and more so when we actually won it!

Jean fighting for ball possession.

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Bea going against a UP player.

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Fitness coach, Armand with the girls in huddle.

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(I didn’t play that day though as my sprained ankle is still swollen and I don’t want to aggravate it any further. Plus ze doctor-boyfriend is adamant i rest it. So too bad for me.)

Meanwhile, on the other side of Katipunan, a certain blue-colored team, is fighting for the top spot in the Mixed Fun Division of the 2012 Ateneo Football League.

I arrived in Ateneo during the second half and it was already 7-2 in favor of us. We were playing against Team Popoys and I knew pretty much some of the players from their team as they were my teammates in UP before. (Hello Nina, Teri and Brie!) We won the game with a final score of 8-3. Team Captain Gene Lee received the Best Goalkeeper Award while Team Top Scorer Cholo Catahan won the Most Valuable Player Award.

Jay in action.

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Cholo and his last goal for the game.

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UP Fighting Maroons represent!Image

ACU 2.

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Despite not playing, I got tired cheering for two games at the same day (and almost the same time!). But it’s a good problem, right? Now I know that football is, indeed, here to stay!

(For the more photos of the Loyola Invitationals and AFL Mixed Fun Division Finals, please visit this site: http://maasterized.shutterfly.com)

And again.

Disappointment couldn’t even begin to describe how I feel. When I received the text message, I thought that it was just a prank though a tiny hint of the horrible truth seemed to be in it. But I waited and figured that until I get the official announcement, I wouldn’t believe any of it. That until I see it with my OWN eyes, then and only then will I believe that we were cut out and didn’t get it.

The first meeting with them, it was communicated that the standing would play a huge part along with the finances, development program and marketability of the team. Among the 7 new clubs, we are the only one who got in the Round of 16 that didn’t get in the cut. Why? We don’t know either. It’s so easy to think that some manipulation has been done, but I refuse to think so. Because as naive as others deem me to be, I’d like to believe that with the renaissance of football in the country, they might want to do something right this time. No more of the political BS that was so rampant before. I guess I was wrong.

 

A Holiday Wednesday

Yesterday was the the 148th birthday anniversary of Andres Bonifacio, one of the greatest heroes of our country. In honor of this, I celebrated the day with waking up late just in time to the opening of Trinoma in QC. Talk about how nationalistic I can get. We planned on buying the LA Galaxy – Azkals friendly match tickets happening this Saturday to avail of the UFL discount (that’s 35% off the original price!). I personally find the original prices too expensive and i think a lot of local football fans share the same sentiment.

Arriving at Trinoma, it was around 1030 am, i was horrified to see the loooooooong lines at the Cinema Booth and wondered how many hours (?) it would take us to buy the tickets, everyone seemed to be in line for the latest movie screening and with it being a holiday, of course, the influx of people doubled that the usual. Good thing that Ticketworld had the good sense to put up a SEPARATE booth for their ticket selling and we found no one in line for that and got us our tickets in less than 10 minutes.

Since it was a holiday and holidays mean sleeping and rest for me, we went straight home and decided to doze the afternoon off in time for the Loyola Meralco Sparks vs Stallions UFL Quarterfinals match that night in University of Makati. I know I said that i’d stay away from anything football-related but my friends are playing for the Sparks, gotta show them my support and appreciation, eh? Besides, as much as I’m supporting their team, there’s this tiny spark of a hope in me that Stallions would win the game, just so they can give the Sparks one good beating. They didn’t and Loyola Meralco Sparks won the match that night. But i’m jumping ahead of my story.

Fast forward the day to 6PM that night. Slept for around 3 hours and still felt so groggy after waking up. Was craving for coffee to perk me up (Or maybe that was just an excuse for me to add a sticker for the Starbucks planner) so we headed to Starbucks – Lee Gardens where the usual friendly barista asked me again about football. In a hurry, i gave him a short version of what’s going on locally, not sure if he understood everything though but yeah well, i tried.

Arriving at the University of Makati (One can already see the floodlights even while passing by the Guadalupe Bridge), the place was jam-packed. A lot came out to watch the last quarterfinals match for the Cup. The grandstand was oozing with people. As Jay was looking around to look for our teammates, i couldn’t help but scan my eyes on the people, looking for Angel Locsin (Yes, showbiz ako that night) but I didn’t see her. (She was seated in the bleachers seat across the grandstand, away from the people as what our photographer told me, sayang)

90 minutes of football action ensued after with both teams earning a lot of bookings that night — Loyola GK Ref Cuaresma was handed a direct red card after hitting a Stallions player who kicked him even after he already has the ball, said player was handed a red card too. Later that night, Ref would tell me that it wasn’t a punch he threw, but he actually HEADBUTTED the player. Ouch. Malamang, red card nga. A 10-man Loyola team won the match versus a 9-man Stallions who stood their ground even as the game was turning out to be a very action-packed one, final score was 3-1.

Was so tired from the day. But nonetheless, it was a happy and fun one. The only challenging thing was waking up today and realizing that i have to go to work. Boo. Oh well. Back to reality.