By Erick Paul Estepa Elefante
In the Philippines’ inaugural appearance at the Cabramatta International 9s in 2012, the country heralded its membership of the International Rugby League family, with its Golden Point extra time 18-14 win over Burwood North Ryde RL club in the Bowl Trophy Final.
With the Philippines playing in the inaugural Sydney 9s, it looked like the country would again repeat its maiden appearance fairy tale, with pool results mirroring 2012, with a draw and two loses.
However going into the Bowl Trophy Final, having won a historic Bowl Semi-Final against Vietnam 14-6, the Philippines lost 3 key play makers – their Captain and halfback Gerald Reyes, Hooker Kim Hillis and strike player Kytak Chan.
Only 14 Filipinos from the original 17 that began in the tournament remained to play Malta Squires in the Bowl Final. They were ably led by stand in Captain, Ryan Clarke.
At half time, the fairy tale 2012 ending was within reach with the team leading 10-4 on the score board. Unfortunately a full, refreshed 17 man Malta side returned in the second half and ran down the Philippines lead. The Philippines narrowly lost this match, scoring 14 with Malta’s winning score of 16.
On a day, all who represented the Philippines did the nation, their families and themselves proud. Thomas Cartwright stood out and was awarded player on the Day by Coach Marcel Noronha for his exceptional display for the Philippines in this inaugural Sydney 9s tournament.
- Frank Altamirano
- Jordan Brown
- Jonathan De Leon
- Jeremy Grooms
- Chris Murphy
- Kim Hillis
- Gerald Reyes (C)
- Josh Scales
- Ned Stephenson
- Johnny Armas
- Thomas Cartwright
- Ryan Clarke (stand in C Bowl Final)
- Marcus De Luna
- Chad Overton
- Gerald Sumcad
- Kytak Chan
- Leslie Downie
Coach: Marcel Noronha
Manager: Reynaldo Nery
Trainer: Jimmy Lee Johns
Trainer: Erick Elefante
Philippines V Italy 10 – 20 (Tries: Chad Overton, Gerald Reyes; Conversion: Ned Stephenson)
Philippines V Cook Islands 10 – 20 (Tries: Ned Stephenson, Gerald Reyes; Conversion: Ned Stephenson)
Philippines V Africa United 16-16 (Tries: Kytak Chan*2, Ned Stephenson; Conversion: Ned Stephenson)
Bowl Trophy Rounds
Semi Final Philippines V Vietnam 14 – 6 (Tries: Thomas Cartwright *2, Ned Stephenson; Conversion: Ned Stephenson
Bowl Final Philippines V Malta 14 – 16 (Tries: Frank Altamirano, Johnny Armas, Josh Scales; Conversion: Ned Stephenson
About the PNRL
The Pambansang Ragbi Liga ng Pilipinas (PNRL) is the governing body of Rugby League Football in the Philippines. Its mission is to enable all Filipinos to have a healthy lifestyle through their participation in Rugby League Football and to be competitive amongst the Asian Rugby League playing nations. The PNRL focus is the promotion, development and efficient administration of Rugby League in the Philippines. The PNRL is a non-stock, Non-profit Volunteer organization. The Philippines is a member of the Asia-Pacific Rugby League Confederation (APRLC) and an Observer member of the International Rugby League world governing body, based in 55 King St, Manchester M2 4LQ, United Kingdom.
For Additional Information
Contact Name: PNRL Vice-President: Reynaldo Nery
Contact Phone: +61 407 610 195
Contact Email: email@example.com
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