PH Punishers collide with Guam All Stars-A A +A
Friday, April 27, 2012
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Challenger Field at Clark Freeport, the former American air base, comes alive today, Saturday, as the Philippine Punishers take on the Guam All Stars in an expected action-packed American Football match at 2 p.m.
Challenger Field is a full-standard American football arena, the venue for the first of two games hosted by the Provincial Government of Pampanga led by Governor Lilia Pineda and Vice-Governor Joseller “Yeng” Guiao, together with the Clark Development Corporation and the Philippine Air Force.
On May 5, the Philippine Punishers will meet the Hong Kong Cobras in the same field, as the Miller Football League (MFL) aims to increase the interest in American football throughout Asia and the Pacific region.
The games will also give MFL players the opportunity to play football even after the season ends.
Philippine Punishers head coach Tim Beasley, in a statement, said the Miller Football League and the American Football Federation of the Philippines envision the exhibition games as part of many to come, “where Guam and the Philippines can eventually compete against football teams in Japan and Korea.”
The Philippine Punishers is composed of Filipinos, Fil-Americans and expatriates and was formed sometime in October 2011, when a handful of friends reportedly sat around discussing about how the sport they loved could become more popular here in the Philippines.
Their website tracks down how the team was built, simply through word of mouth among those expressing interest in the sport. Athletes came together in order to represent the Philippines in international competition as well as help popularize American Football in a country where the sport is not as familiar.
The Philippine Punishers started with about 15 players varying in American Football experience but has grown to a strong 60 dedicated athletes eager to represent their country and their sport.
After months of physically and mentally intensive practice, what once were complete strangers is now a brotherhood competing as a complete team and is now ready to take on the competition.
Admission to the games is free.
Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on April 28, 2012.