The athletes of the Philippine national women’s rugby team, the Lady Volcanoes, are all set for their first preparation tournament for the 2019 Southeast Asian Games. The team is backed by MVP Sports Foundation, the Philippine Sports Commission and First Pacific.
Foreign exposure aids the Lady Volcanoes’ preparations as they aim for a podium finish in the Southeast Asian Games in December 2019. Lady Volcanoes athlete Acee San Juan said, “The more competitions we play in.”
“The better we are going to be prepared. Our domestic competitions are improving,” Juan continued. “However, international exposure allows our skills and abilities to be tested at the highest level.”
The Lady Volcanoes aims to finish once again on the podium in the 2019 SEA Games where they secured the Bronze medal back in 2015. The team will find other SEA nations competing in the same event as both Singapore and Malaysia have been listed as other competing nations.
A Development 12 has been selected and it consists mainly of players who have been training consistently with the national program over the last two months and all in contention for selection for the SEA Games. The 12 players are Kaia Briela Padilla Baui, Leonor Casinillo Boroy, Alyana Ysabel Siongco Del Fierro, Aldee Faith Lyde Pielago Denuyo, Kaye Llanie Perez Honoras, Helena Roxanne Aguilar Indigne, Ma. Isabella Angeles Baltazar Nepumuceno, Aiumi Villarba Ono, Rassiel Adonis Sales, Maricar Villamor Samson, Angella Camille San Juan and Sylvia Selfaison Tudoc.
The Borneo Sevens will be hosted at the Eagles Rugby Rugby Club in Sandakan, Sabah, Malaysia on March 23-24, 2019 and matches kick off at 9:00 a.m. Following the Borneo Sevens, the Lady Volcanoes will compete in the Asia Rugby Women’s Championships in June 2019 followed by the Trophy Series in August 2019 in Indonesia and another foreign exposure tour in November 2019.
“The Borneo Sevens is an international and invitational rugby tournament where top teams throughout the world travel to compete,” Philippine Rugby general manager Jake Letts said. “For both men’s and women’s, teams from Japan, Hong Kong, Australia, Russia and even Belgium compete in the tournament.”
Up until December 2019, the Lady Volcanoes are following extensive preparations. Former Jamaican National Sevens Coach Andy Brown will coach the team.
“Coach Andy brings a wealth of experience so we are lucky to have his leadership for the national women’s program,” Letts said. “The Philippines face Pearls Japan, the Hong Kong Dragons, and Singapore Development in Pool A on Saturday. The finals will be seeded after the round robin pool play and played on Sunday.”
Meanwhile, here is a clip featuring the Lady Volcanoes: