Football victory, sepak takraw loss

DAVAO Region's secondary boys football team secured its first victory while the Davraa sepak takraw elementary juniors team suffered its first defeat in the ongoing 2015 Palarong Pambansa.

The Albert Ryan "Abing" Lim-coached Davraa Eagles secondary boys booters escaped past Zamboanga Peninsula, 2-1, late Sunday afternoon at the Davao del Norte Sports and Tourism Complex here.

Javier Romero Salas, who graduated from Ateneo de Davao University (AdDU) last March, knocked in two goals for the team that was also composed of team captain Darius Joseph "Jed" Diamante, Luke Justin Amoguis, Nonie Bustria, Jeffril Cabaral, John Rhey Lagura, Gabriel Dominic Leyson, Elijah Jacob Liao, Joshua Royce Lim, Jose Antonio Lopez, Bonbright Sembiante, Keith Stephen Telompros, Justin Luis Uy, and Joshua James Valdez.

At the Barangay Mankilam Gym, Davraa elementary sepak takraw team bowed to Southern Tagalog in three straight sets.

Davraa sepak takraw coach Ronnie Daigdigan said he expects the team to bounce back in their next two games, adding that: "It was a good game. It was an acceptable loss. We played our best but they played better. But definitely we'll be back next game."

"We just need to refocus. I'm confident that we can contend with other teams especially that we trained for almost one month for this competition. We just need to up our offense and defense in our next games," he added.

Davraa will next face Eastern Visayas then Central Luzon.

"It's crucial stretch for us, we need to win these two games to finish second in our bracket. But we take it one game at a time," Daigdigan said.

Khen Mark Daanoy, Adrian and Datu Ken Interino, and Franz Manatad comprise Daigdigan's squad.

Meanwhile, Davraa secondary futsal girls succumbed to Western Visayas, 1-3, at the start of futsal competition at Barangay Apokon Gym, 1-3.

Rachelle Delos Reyes, meanwhile, said they need to make adjustments, adding that her players need to focus as their rivals scored on their errors.

Delos Reyes added, "The next two games against NCR and Central Luzon are all crucial games. We need these two games."

Over 11,000 delegates from over 17 regions were present during the grand opening rites of the 58th edition of the annual Palaro ongoing as of Monday. (KRP/Sunnex)

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