Palarong Pambansa: Gold evades Davraa on Day 1

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Monday, May 5, 2014

THE coveted gold medal evaded the Davao Region Athletic Association (Davraa) but its elementary sipa takraw team opened its title-defense with a rousing win on the first day of the 2014 Palarong Pambansa competition Sunday in Sta. Cruz, Laguna.

Only few events were played yesterday due to the formal opening ceremonies held at the Laguna Sports Complex (LSC) in the morning.

Davao City National High School's Sailormon Arnaiz finished fifth in secondary boys shot put. He registered 13.28 meters, surpassing his 12.9m record in the Davraa Meet.


The 17-year-old Palaro first-timer downplayed his medal chances in discus throw event set tomorrow.

"Ngayon lang po kasi ako nagsali sa sport na ito. First time ko rin sa Palaro," Arnaiz told Sun.Star Davao in text messages.

Davraa's sipa team beat Bicol Region Athletic Association (BRAA), 21-15, 21-4, at the Collegio Monterei de Pila Covered Court. The secondary boys sepak takraw team, for its part, came back from a first set loss to beat BRAA, 30-42, 42-21, 42-27, at San Antonio de Padua College.

Over at the LSC, Davraa's secondary girls tennis team bested Zamboanga Peninsula in two straight sets with Ateneo de Davao University standout Jenni Celine Dizon beating her rival, 8-5, and the Sto. Tomas, Davao del Norte pair of Rosevel Binondo and Jed Aquino also overcoming their opponents on the same note in the doubles event of team competition.

The team will next clash against defending champion National Capital Region (NCR) today.

Dizon, in text messages to Sun.Star Davao, said they expect a tight contest opposite NCR since it will cast singles reigning titlist Erika Manduriao, Jade Capadocia, younger sister of the country's rated female player Marian, and Jana Hernandez.

"Bawal po malaman ng kahit sino ang magiging line-up namin against NCR. Sa tingin ko may chance kaming manalo pero kung matalo kami, out na kami sa team competition. Sa individual events nalang kami lalaban," Dizon said.

The secondary boys tennis team of Jeleardo Amazona, Jaffary Cariga, Justin Guira and Christian Fel Lopez was set to make its debut as of this writing.


Davraa's elementary and secondary boys football teams tied their respective games in two separate venues.

The Abing Lim-coached secondary booters forced a 3-3 standoff with the Cordillera Autonomous Region (CAR) at Laguna State Polytechnic University. Jed Diamante netted two goals while Jonathan Lim added one goal.

Coach Lim said, "We have to adjust on the defensive line-up and to also adopt to the weather condition. It was so hot (when we played CAR)."
His team is set to battle Calabarzon at 4 p.m. today but Lim said they might play in the evening instead, saying, "Baka sa gabi na ang second game namin kasi sobrang init talaga sa hapon."

Over at the University of the Philippines Los Banos, Davraa's elementary footballers drew with Northern Mindanao, 1-1. Amir Andre Amaikurut knocked in the goal for Ronoel Garfin-mentored Davraa.

"Okay naman ang game ng mga bata. Expected pag first game nag-adjust pa. Naunahan kami pero naka-recover naman. Dominated naman natin ang game kaya lang di ma finish yung mga attack," Garfin said.


Palaro 2013 silver medalist Davraa elementary boys basketball team thrashed Mimaropa, 80-42, to enter the bracket A winning column.

The secondary boys and girls squads, however, lost their opening games. The boys bowed to Western Visayas, 64-77, while the cagebelles succumbed to NCR, 80-90.

NCR girls soared to a 23-16 lead at the end of the first period but Davraa rallied to snatch a 48-46 advantage at the break. NCR, however, recovered and dominated the next half to secure the win.

In volleyball, Davraa's elementary girls team spanked Eastern Visayas, 25-19, 25-16, but their boys counterparts fell at the hands of Central Visayas spikers, 22-25, 12-25.

The secondary boys volleyball team registered two wins and one loss. Davraa boys spikers overcame Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao (Armm), 25-19, 25-21 but lost to Northern Mindanao, 13-25, 25-18, 22-25. They demolished Central Luzon, 25-18, 25-23, in the third game.

Davraa's secondary boys baseball team, meanwhile, suffered its first loss (3-10) against NCR while the elementary boys squad also absorbed its opening defeat, 2-6, opposite Western Visayas.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on May 06, 2014.


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