Ateneo’s Alyssa Valdez has not only shown leadership by piling on the numbers in the stat sheets, but also embodies the “Heart Strong” mantra of Head Coach Anusorn “Tai” Bundit. (more…)
Ateneo de Manila University brings their mini-series against second-seeded National University to a no-tomorrow showdown following a 25-17, 12-25, 31-29, 28-26 victory on Wednesday in a contest that lasted 1 hour and 44 minutes.
Outside hitter Ella De Jesus amounted for 16 points, including back-to-back attacks that closed out the contest. Alyssa Valdez arrived at The Arena in San Juan in the nick of time following her exam at Ateneo’s Loyola Heights campus to score a game-high 29 points.
The sister duo of Dindin and Jaja Santiago combined for 30 points in their losing cause.
Game 2 of the semifinal showdown will be on Saturday, 4:00 p.m. at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Last season’s runner-up Ateneo de Manila University eliminates the gritty Adamson University IX in straight sets, 26-24, 25-23, 25-21, to move on to the semi-final phase of the UAAP Season 76 women’s volleyball tournament step-ladder on Saturday at The Arena in San Juan City. (more…)
Ultimate players ditched cleats for rubber shoes in the 1st Indoor Ultimate Development League on Saturday, with UP Diliman, Philippine Science High School, and Miriam College topping their respective categories at the tournament’s second day at the UP College of Human Kinetics.
UP Diliman A beat its finals rival UST 14-9, leading most of the time in regulation reign the mixed category for college players.
Philippine Science High School B took advantage of Claret School of Quezon City’s meltdown 5 minutes before time 11-9, breaking the tight scoring seesaw to end the HS men’s finals 15-10 and avenging its Team A’s defeat to Claret in the semifinals.
Miriam College A ruled the 3-team HS women’s division after defeating Assumption Antipolo 18-15.
Field to court transition
The grass-to-floor shift of indoor ultimate meant a lot of adjustments for players who were used to a wider field and having more teammates in play.
“It’s a lot smaller than the open fields we usually play on. A smaller playing field meant faster movements, quicker plays and decision making on the field had to be twice as fast,” Jess de Leon of UP Diliman Team B told fullcourtfresh.com. “Personally, I enjoy laying out/diving and that was a little hard to change. But with proper training, I think we (UP Kids) did exceptionally well for a team composed of mostly beginners”
Claret’s Gab Pagdanganan also noted that playing ultimate’s indoor version was harder, with the need to “minimize our throws and actions” with a faster game play in place.
“Papag-aralan pa namin yung indoor (ultimate) pero nagustuhan talaga namin,” he added.
Pushed by teacher’s Paul Libo-on and Jamel Pangandaman, indoor ultimate is seen as a way to promote the sport in schools where courts are more visible than fields.
Indoor ultimate “(may) pave the way for its inclusion in the PE programs of various schools leading to a grass roots program that will be able to produce future ultimate athletes,” Libo-on earlier told fullcourtfresh.com
Indoor Ultimate Development League results:
1st: UP Diliman (A)
2nd: University of Santo Tomas
3rd: UP Diliman (B)
Men’s Category (HS)
1st: Philippine Science High School (B)
2nd: Claret School of Quezon City
3rd: Ateneo De Manila High School
Women’s Category (HS)
1st: Miriam College (A)
2nd: Assumption Antipolo
3rd: Miriam College (B)
Disclaimer: FCF is an official media partner for IUDL
University of Santo Tomas (UST) and University of the Philippines Team A (UP-A) will square off in the mixed division finals of the inaugural Indoor Ultimate Developmental League (IUDL) after prevailing in a grueling eight-team field on Friday at the University of the Philippines’ College of Human Kinetics Gymnasium. (more…)
In a bid to strengthen the foothold of football in the country, Unilever through its men’s shampoo brand CLEAR has formalized its regional partnership with English Premier League side Manchester United Football Club (MUFC) to hold events that would “inspire the youth” to enjoin themselves to take part in the “Beautiful Game.”
Kicking off their freshly-inked multi-year partnership in the country is the CLEAR-Manchester United Football Camp to be supervised by the MUFC Soccer School, whose academy system in England has refined the games of numerous legendary Red Devils names such as Ryan Giggs, David Beckham and 2013 FIFA Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo.
The three-day camp, featuring the top 32 young footballers in the country, is the culmination of the four-legged search in the country’s key cities that will be handled by UEFA-licensed coaches and will practically demonstrate the “Man-U way” to the aspiring booters aged 17 and above.
Playing host to the tryouts will be Cebu (March 22, Iloilo (March 23), Davao (March 29), and Metro Manila (March 30), where only 100 participants per leg will be allowed to strut their wares.
As an incentive to the top six aspirants during the the national camp to be held on April 25-27, they will have their chance to play among the stars of the United Football League (UFL) in the upcoming CLEAR Dream Match later on this year.
Manchester United’s Managing Director for Asia-Pacific Jamie Reigle said that this partnership will spur more opportunities for the club’s expansion in the country, as well as for the development of the sport in the country.
We understand that football is not (yet) the number one sport (in the country), so first of all there’s an opportunity to expose Filipinos to Manchester United (and) hopefully they tell their friends and their family and they bring in new fans. And specifically with the Dream Match and the camp, we think that’s a great opportunity to get good exposure for the club and good exposure for the people of the Philippines to see what we’re all about,” Reigle said.
According to Reigle, the club has made strides in the region as far back as 25 years ago, but has recently opened their club’s office in Hong Kong in 2012 and has their coaches based in Singapore.
Frisbee flicking moves from field to hardcourt as the Indoor Ultimate Developmental League (IUDL) kicks off on January 31 at the College of Human Kinetics in UP Diliman.
Headed by teachers Paul Libo-on and Jamel Pangandaman, the first indoor ultimate tournament pushes for a feasible alternative: same spirit of disc action without the usual heat from playing in the great outdoors.
“In trying to promote ultimate, we came across a lot of schools who are hesistant of including ultimate in their curriculum because they don’t have a field to play in,” Libo-on told fullcourtfresh.com. In a basketball-crazy country, a version of ultimate played on court might ”pave the way for its inclusion in the PE programs of various schools leading to a grass roots program that will be able to produce future ultimate athletes.”
With open and women’s categories for highschool and mixed divisions for college players, IUDL hopes that participants “realize the possibility of playing Ultimate in this setting in their respective schools.”
“(Players) will be able to compete in a variation of the sport that suits the general landscape of the Philippines,” marketing head Anna Mapolon told fullcourtfresh.com.
Ultimate is a self-officiating non-contact seven-a-side disc sport played in an open field.
fullcourtfresh.com is an official media sponsor of IUDL 2014
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In front of 12,763 strong at the Mall of Asia Arena on Sunday afternoon, De La Salle University made quick work of their finals rematch in the penultimate playing date of the UAAP Season 76 women’s volleyball tournament. (more…)
adidas has officially announced a partnership with NBA point guard Jeremy Lin of the Houston Rockets.
“I’m really excited to join the adidas family,” said Lin. “They’ve changed the game with new technology and style and I can’t wait to be a part of it.”
Lin joins the adidas basketball roster which includes teammate and seven-time NBA All-Star Dwight Howard and a lineup of elite point-guards highlighted by Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls, John Wall of the Washington Wizards and Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers.
“Jeremy’s relentless drive, passion for the game and background of leading winning teams throughout his career makes him a perfect fit for the adidas brand,” said Chris Grancio, adidas head of global basketball sports marketing.
Unheralded as a high school player, undrafted from Harvard University and cut twice from NBA rosters, Lin made global headlines when he led the New York Knicks to an improbable seven game winning streak in February 2012. Dubbed “Linsanity,” his rise to stardom was fueled by elite playmaking ability and clutch shooting as he became the only NBA player in modern history to tally 20 points and seven assists in his first five starts.
The first Asian-American player in the NBA, Lin joined the Houston Rockets in 2012 and has helped them become one of the Western Conference’s top teams while averaging over 14 points, four assists and two rebounds per game this season.
Lin will be featured in a variety of upcoming adidas marketing initiatives and will play a role in the development of basketball footwear and apparel.
Since officially signing with the brand, Lin has been spotted wearing the adidas Crazy Light 3, the 9.4 ounce shoe that has been dubbed the lightest-ever basketball sneaker on the market.
Other adidas athletes include WNBA MVP Candace Parker, FIFA World Player of the Year Lionel Messi FC Barcelona and six-time tennis Grand Slam singles champion Novak Djokovic.
2013 was another good year for sports: collegiate streaks continued while some were broken, superstars came to play in front of fans, and national teams proved that they’re no longer easy opponents in the international field.
Here’s 2013 in photos taken by FCF’s snapshooters.
De La Salle University got its first UAAP general championship in Season 75.
Pinoys fell in One FC: Rise to Power.
Lebron James dropped by in Manila.
Derrick Rose also paid Manila a visit.
International football stars featured with local booters and celebrities in Clear Dream Match 2
Pinoy hoops fans were treated to the first NBA game in the Philippines, with Houston Rockets and Indiana Pacers in the billing.
NU Pep Squad bagged its first UAAP Cheerdance Competition championship title.
Cagayan Valley swept the 10th VLeague Open Conference.
San Beda’s championship streak continued with a ’4-peat’ in the NCAA