Two Batang ‘Gapo lady booters join the U-14 Philippine team
Two Olongapo booters made local football history by being chosen to represent the country in the prestigious Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Regional Championship that will be held in Vietnam from June 10-16, this year.
The Philippine Football Federation (PFF) announced the final line-up of the U-14 girls national team last week that included stirker Lindsay Whaley and goalkeeper Yasmin May Elauria, both members of the Lighthouse “Batang ‘Gapo” Amihan Football Club (LAFC). This is the first time that a football player from Olongapo were chosen to don the national colors.
The tournament will be held at Thong Nhat Stadium in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam with the playing its first game on June 10 against Singapore, followed by a match against Vietnam on June 11 and Cambodia on June 12.
Both Whaley and Elauria were also members of the team that brought home the gold medals in the Luzon qualifiers of the Beach Football Association of the Philippines in 2013 and the Batang Pinoy held in Zambales early this year.
Philippine U-14 girls coach Let Dimzon chose the final 18 girls from two nationwide tryouts and under went an intensive one month training in Los Banos, Laguna.
“I am very proud to see them wear the Philippine colors. I know they will perform well,” Pellezer, local coach of the two standout said.
He also added that it is also important that the two girls are “inspiring” many other football players in the city.
The Philippines is joined by defending champion Vietnam, Cambodia and Singapore in in group A while Thailand, Malaysia and Myanmar are in group b.
Vietnam won last year’s regional championship, narrowly edging past second place Thailand. Both teams won four out of five of their games and finished with an overall score of 12 points each. Myanmar finished third with 10 points and the Philippines fourth with 7 points. Cambodia and Malaysia placed last with 1 point each.
The tournament will be held at Thong Nhat Stadium in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The Philippine team will play its first game on June 10 against Singapore, followed by a match against Vietnam on June 11 and Cambodia on June 12. The semi-finals and final game will be played on June 14 and 15.
This year’s Philippine team is made up of defenders Stacey Ann Arthur of Dumaguete City; Jennifer Baroin of Makati City; Princess Beth Caparida of San Carlos City; Jan Reese Jumawan of Cebu City; and Tenelyn Otom of Agusan Del Sur.
Those playing forward this year include Lindsay Whaley of Subic Bay; Itsuko Maree Bacatan of Cebu City; Patricia Erika Francisco of Davao City; Chloe Anne Hails of Bacolod City; Francesca Anne Marie Suerte of Ilo-Ilo City; and Annika Bo Velez of Manila.
Midfielders this year include Glynnes Dela Cruz of Romblon; Joyce Semacio of Davao City; and Arantxa Mari Trebol of Mandaue City. Goalkeepers will be Yasmin May Elauria of Olongapo City and Alexandrea Gumilao of Zamboanga Del Sur.
Tejanee Marie Isulat of San Carlos City will play both midfielder and defender, while Mikayla Grace Simons of Maryland, in the United States, will play midfielder and forward.
The coaching staff includes Assistant Coach Joyce Landagan; Goalkeeper Coach Melissa Chris Marquez; and physiotherapist Katherine Anne Soriano.