Blu Girls wind up fourth in Asian softball
The Philippine Star | December 5, 2013
The Philippine Blu Girls bowed to the region’s powerhouse teams but beat Hong Kong
and South Korea to finish fourth in the Asian Women’s Softball Championship topped
by China in Kaohshiung, Taiwan recently.
The Blu Girls dropped their first three games to the Taiwanese, Chinese and Japanese
but bounced back with back-to-back victories over the Hongkongites and South Koreans
to reach the playoffs.
But they fell again to the Chinese Taipei side and settled for fourth while China
edged Japan, 2-1, in the finals to capture the crown.
Despite the Blu Girls’ fourth-place effort, the Amateur Softball Association of
the Philippines (ASAPHIL) is looking ahead to the team’s stint in next year’s Asian
Games in Incheon, South Korea.
“The team has certainly shown improvement in terms of speed and batting but needs
to work on its overall fielding accuracy and fitness,” said ASAPHIL president Jean
Henri Lhuillier, who supported the Blu Girls in Taiwan.
A young, promising team, the current 25-woman training pool includes 17 players
who saw action in Taipei. It will resume its intensive training in January next
year to prepare for the Incheon Asiad.
“Actually our team was only re-activated three months prior the Asian Women’s Championship,
that’s why for next year, we will start our training early,” said ASAPHIL operations
manager Jun Veloso. “We also plan to field the Blu Girls in the men’s Open division
of the National Softball Championship next summer to toughen them up and we are
looking at giving the team the needed international exposure before the Asian Games.”
Since most of the members of the national team come from the collegiate ranks, ASAPHIL
is planning to expand the 25-member pool to 30 players right after the UAAP and
SCUAA softball seasons next year.
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