Table paddlers bag 2 golds, Davraa climbs to 8th place

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Friday, May 9, 2014

UNHERALDED elementary girls table tennis team clinched two gold medals while the swimmers and tracksters added silvers and bronzes, lifting the Davao Region Athletic Association (Davraa) to an over-all eighth place in the 2014 Palarong Pambansa as of 11:30 a.m. yesterday.

Davraa occupied the 10th spot Wednesday.

Davraa's Kyla Cielo Bernaldez, a Grade 6 student at Panabo Central Elementary School, thrashed Central Visayas bet, Trishia Ann Gonzales, 3-0, in their elementary girls table tennis singles finals.


The three-time Palaro player also led her team to a 2-1 win victory over the National Capital Region (NCR) in the elementary girls table tennis team championship match held at Central Mall in Los Baños, Laguna.

Bernaldez defeated her first single rival, 3-1, while Davao City's Lindy Marie Darlo bowed to her second single opponent, 2-3, to even the match.

But Kristine Joy Marikit of A.O.F. Elementary School and Ma. Kerstine Clauneth Peralta of Magugpo Pilot Central Elementary School, edged NCR doubles, 3-2, to secure the win.

Coach Julie Tabsing, in a phone interview with Sun.Star Davao yesterday, said: "Masayang-masaya ako. Nakuha ko narin ang goal ko sa wakas."
Tabsing, who hails from A.O.F. in Panabo City, had been coaching a Palaro team since the elementary table tennis was revived in 1997 in Naga City.

"Lagi lang akong bronze. Ngayon lang talaga nakakuha ng gold. Nagbunga ang mahabang panahon sa training. Forty days kaming nag in-house training at tamang suporta ng Davao Region sa amin," Tabsing said.

He, however, met with Bernaldez and Marikit every Friday even before the in-house training in Tagum City started.


Davraa's tracksters and swimmers, meanwhile, fell short of the gold in the fifth day of the Palaro.

Davraa's athletics team pocketed three more silvers while the swimmers added three silvers and bronzes at the Laguna Sports Complex as of yesterday presstime.

Sofia Jean Banginan of Davraa made a distance of 29.58 meters to place second in elementary girls discus throw. Cagayan Valley's Mikah Rollan registered 29.85m to annex the gold while Ma. Therese Gardose (28.77m) of Central Visayas got the bronze.

Davraa's Mea Gay Ninura swept the silvers in secondary girls 1,500m and 3,000m runs.

Ninura, now on her fourth Palaro stint, was satisfied by her twin silver victories, saying, "Happy kaayo ko kay kini ang akong first medals sa Palaro bisan silver lang. Kay dati wala gyud. Karon gihatag na nako tanan (I'm happy to win my first Palaro medals even it's only silver since I never had any before. I really gave my all this time)."

"Wala ko nag-expect gud kay pulos kusog ang mga kalaban pero gihatag gud nako ang best (I really didn't expect since I raced against strong rivals but I really gave my best)," the The third year Kapatagan National High School student said during an interview with Sun.Star Superbalita.

In swimming, Davraa's Zoe Marie Hilario copped a silver in elementary girls 400m freestyle by clocking four minutes and 57.34 seconds while Imee Joyce Saavedra of NCR (4:51.83) took the gold.

Hilario also helped the elementary girls 200m freestyle relay team to a silver finish behind gold medalist NCR. Hilario was joined by Korinne Bianca Trinidad, Haruka Jade Shimizu and Angeline Marie Bonafe.

Shimizu salvaged a bronze in elementary girls 100m butterfly along with the elementary boys 200m freestyle relay team of Josiah Paul Lozano, Rey Jacob Alinio, John Martin Yarra and Aaron Dave Alinsub.

Cedric Joseph Fox and Christian Paul Anor finished with a silver and bronze, respectively, in elementary boys 200m freestyle.

In arnis, Zemira Jenna Alagon copped a bronze in secondary girls featherweight event.

Davraa's athletics team has a total of two golds, four silvers and one bronze while the swimming team garnered one gold, six silvers and seven bronzes. The arnis team accounted for two golds, two silvers and three bronzes while the tennis team annexed one gold and one bronze while the chess team had a silver.

With two more golds from the table tennis, Davraa currently has a total of eight golds, 13 silvers and 10 bronzes. (With a report from Marizz S. Robilla)

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on May 10, 2014.


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