Exchange for development
As the hockey world celebrate the 2003 Global Hockey Marathon, the Philippines unites with its brothers near & far way with a dual team test goodwill match held throughout the country.
Pushing forward with aim to develop more clubs and promote a wider base of participation, hockey clubs around the country linked up with one another for a friendly dual meet amongst each other.
With the support of its continental FIH CDO, mr. Tayyab Ikram and the Asian Hockey Federation headed by Hrm. Sultan Azlan Shah and Tan Sri Dato Seri Alagendra, to road to glory in 2005 is in sight.
In the Luzon region starting with the Alaminos hundred islanders, who have sister team ties with the Normanby Park hockey club in England, headed by the indefatigable Dylan Lamb. the islanders went up against the Pila, Laguna Crusaders represented by the San Antonio de Padua college hockey club , in a one day meet held at the Alaminos multi-purpose gymnasium. bruises and all from playing in concrete, the islanders won on their home soil (cement) 3-nil, no thanks to a boisterous crowd. of friends and relatives.
In the heart of the Philippine capital, Manila, the young ones went up the young once as the Manila youth team went up against the Manila seniors selection, not surprisingly , the rookies (youth team) got clobbered 8-1, but a force to be reckon with in the coming months.
In Bacolod and Cebu city in the Visayas region, because it was school break the satellite programs at the University of southern Philippines & International school Cebu in Cebu city and the de la Salle Bacolod in Bacolod city were not able to do a test match but nevertheless did summer training after almost 7 weeks of vacation, back to sore legs, back and arms !
Down south in the Mindanao region where our muslim brothers play forth, five communties coming from the island of Simunul in the province Tawi-tawi,
youth teams battled the veterans in a two game double header organized by mr. Khadaffy Haroun and Haddy Sale.
Hockey players as young as four years old up to veterans in their fourties strutted their stuff in a hot and humid two day festival of hockey , Philippine style.
In all, a busy two day marathon of goodwill matches that points to a bright future ahead for hockey in the Philippines.