Davao U12 girls face uphill task in Singapore bootfest

OFF TO SINGAPORE. The Davao U-12 girls squad during their sendoff to Singapore.
OFF TO SINGAPORE. The Davao U-12 girls squad during their sendoff to Singapore.

The Davao City-Philippines Under-12 girls football squad plunge into action in the tough 2017 JSSL Singapore International 7-a-side football tournament which began on Saturday at the United World College in Singapore.

The tournament is set April 29 to May 1 with 12 teams competing for the prestigious crown.

The other participating teams are Anza, Chadwick International, Girls soccer Academy, JSSL Elite 1, Jakarta Indonesia Academy, Poveda Philippines, JSSL Stoney, JSSL Elite 2, Tai Tam Tigers, LFA, and Subang Jaya Community.

Coach Reynalyn Ravanes led the team which flew out on Thursday for Singapre.

“As a Coach this will be my second time to join this tournament. Last time it was in 2015 for Under-13 girls, and this time there are new sets of players born 2005 (or later) who will join the Under-12 girls category,” Ravanes said.

Only one player will be back from that 2015 team and she is team captain Jasmine Cassandra Agustin who was only Grade 3 when she first played in the tournament. Agustin is an incoming sixth grader.

The squad, composed of an all-Ateneo de Davao University players, will also be have Analou Ingles as assistant coach.

Bannering the Davao City-Philippines squad are Jasmin Cassandra A. Agustin, Glenne Danielle T. Dela Torre, Julianna Cassandra B. Del Mundo, Isabelle Renee C. Taojo, Akia Domini S. Cayabyab, Minerva Lian D. Evasco, Princess Graillet T. Juan, Samantha Hope J. Salise, Lacy Therese J. Uy, and Jelena Marie M. Pido.

“We hope to be out there giving them a good fight. It’s a very tough tournament. Very strong teams are here but we will give it our all,” said Ravanes.