DAVAO City stamped all its rivals to rule the regional Festival of Football 2014 held recenlty at the Energy Park in Apokon, Tagum City.
The Ramonito "Lalas" Carreon-coached Davao City crushed Compostela Valley, 10-0, after whipping Agusan del Sur, 6-2, and hacking out a 4-1 win over Davao del Norte in the boys under-12 meet.
Carreon lauded the efforts of the Dabawenyos in the three-day 9-A-Side tournament organized by the Philippine Football Federation in partnership with Japan Football Association.
The team was bannered by team captain Joshua A. Romero, Jericho A. Romero, Amir Andre T. Amaikurut, Bryle Cuenca, Eric L. Loteria Jr., Rafaiel Marco P. Escoses, Mjay T. Salandron, Raymond S. Lelis, Victor Luigi M. Matalam, Nicholas Carlo O. Chavez, Jam A. Dela Rama, Cesar Pietro D. Feliciano, Vinel Budino, Kenneth James O. Galia, Zane Riznelle R. Garfin, Naz Rafaele Angelo C. Pascual, Sebastian Mari A. Rendon and James Paje with Genesis M. Casquejo as assistant coach.
Davao's players were a crack selection from the Ateneo de Davao University, Southpoint School, Kabacan Elementary School, Kapitan Tomas Monteverde Sr. Elementary School, Stella Maris Academy of Davao, Don Juan Elementary School and Mabini Elementary School.
Percy Guarin of the Center for Football Excellence and Joyce Landagan of the U14 girls national team were present during the tournament.
"We were ranked first in the tournament. If there was an award given, then, we would have been declared champion (laughs). The event though was aimed at evaluating the level and growth of the region's boys U12 teams," Carreon said in a phone interview with Sun.Star Davao yesterday.
He added, "Mas angat ta sa skills. Nag-improve ang mga bata pero syempre naa pa gihapon room for improvement. (We are way above the rest of the teams and our boys have improved a lot but there is still room for growth)."
Carreon also cited team captain Joshua Romero who has shown more maturity in his game.
Coach Carreon thanked the South East Livingston County Recreational Authority (Selcra), Cherly Royster and Derek Smith, Mark Mangune and Soccer Aid for Hope for donating uniforms and bags to the boys as well as Medvil Farms Inc., Philippine College of Technology, Buboy Arrieta and all the parents for their support.