Davao City, Davao Norte win in Davraa Meet Football-A A +A
Monday, February 25, 2013
HEAVY favorite Davao City and host Davao del Norte drew first blood in the pre-opening football games of the Davao Region Athletic Association (Davraa) Meet 2013 at Davao del Norte Sports and Cultural Center in Mankilam, Tagum City, Monday morning.
The Albert Ryan Lim-coached Davao City secondary boys football squad thrashed Davao del Sur, 5-1, behind the heroics of Yoshiraro Koizumi and Darius Diamante who made two goals each and Warren Ravanes who added one goal.
Ravanes, a student of Davao City National High School, started the ball rolling for Davao City in the 14th minute, 20 yards top of the penalty box.
Koizomi followed it up with a goal in the 18th as Diamante scored the third goal from a combination.
Ateneo de Davao University mainstays Koizumi and Diamante then netted the fourth and fifth goals, respectively.
Jacob Mahinay scored for Davao del Sur.
Coach Lim said they need to bring back the glory for Davao City having lost the Davraa title last year although the city was then represented by another set of players.
"Most of our players are Davraa and Palaro veterans with wide championship experience in the elementary level. We, however, need to work harder to achieve our goal," Lim said in a phone interview with Sun.Star Davao.
The team is also composed of Javier Romero-Salas, Joshua Jabile, Miguel Avanceña, George Pineda, Jonathan Lim, Lorenzo Magno, John Ray Lagura, Jake Ferolino, Leander Varquez, Joshua Valdez, Karl Ledesma and Jeffril Cabaral.
Lim's wards clash against Davao Oriental at 1 p.m. today, Tuesday, then will play opposite Tagum City at 8 a.m. and Compostela Valley at 10 p.m. on Wednesday.
Davao del Norte's secondary booters, meanwhile, hacked out a 4-1 victory over Mati City.
In the elementary division, Panabo City defeated Mati City, 4-1, while Tagum City blanked Davao Oriental, 3-0.
All teams will play the single elimination format where the top four teams will advance to the semi-finals en-route to the championship.
Games set late Monday evening pit Island Garden City of Samal (Igacos) against Panabo City (secondary), Davao del Sur against Digos (elementary) and Comval against Davao Oriental (secondary).
Over at the Rocket Zone Badminton Center, Davao City boys and girls elementary and secondary teams collide with Comval today while Panabo takes on Davao del Sur. Davao Oriental battles Tagum City while Digos City faces Davao del Norte in other matches.
In elementary boys basketball, Comval tests the mettle of Igacos at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, while Davao City meets Panabo City at 8:30 a.m. at the Barangay Apokon Gym.
The rest of the schedule: 9:30 a.m. Davao Oriental vs Tagum; 10:30 a.m. Davao del Norte vs Mati City; 1:30 p.m. Davao del Sur vs Comval; 2:30 p.m. Igacos vs Davao Oriental; and 3:30 p.m. Davao City vs Mati City.
The grand opening rite was held as of press time Monday. (With Marizz Robilla/Sun.Star SuperBalita Davao)
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on February 26, 2013.