Sports Plus

There are many sports game going on all over the world and it’s nice to follow some of them and impossible to follow everything. Watching sports is therapeutic because somehow it helps release stress while you’re into the game. For me, watching sports is inspiring too because we get to see how far the players have gone to reach this far, and to be able to see the effort they have put into the plays.

There was one particular day that we were able to catch games on TV such as the UAAP Season 77 women’s volleyball of DLSU vs AdU, and saw the pro-league of volleyball in the Philippines with team Generika competing with RC Cola. Petron emerged victorious in the PSL volleyball tournament. We also saw the coverage of the AFF Suzuki Cup matches between Singapore and Thailand, and Fox had live coverage of the F1 at Abu Dhabi where Lewis Hamilton secured the win. The other day, I saw a game of golf at Dubai where Henri Stenson won the championship and I finally saw Rory McIlroy play. I don’t know how the game works exactly, but I had fun watching it towards the end. And Vietnam beat the Philippine Azkals in AFF Suzuki Cup 3-1. There were too many sports games to follow and I’m enjoying myself.

The PCCL has already reached the finals game between the DLSU Green Archers and SBC Red Lions. San Beda won the 2014 PCCL championship which concluded today. It was a close match until the last quarter where the gap widened towards the last few minutes of the game. The DLSU Green Archers put up a good fight with the San Beda Red Lions who also showed perseverance in their aim for the crown. The defending champions didn’t get the title this year but it was a good experience to harness their skills and play good basketball.

There are also professional basketball leagues such as PBA and PBA-D League matches that we tune in to. Our local channel IBC 13 shows the PBA-D League. I was quite disappointed with the quality of the coverage but nonetheless grateful for the chance to watch it. I spotted some people we know from collegiate basketball.

The UAAP Season 77 football has began and if there are televised matches, I’ll watch some games too. I remember watching football years back. I was amazed by the way they run on the expanse and the play going about for 70 minutes and on. All I see then was that they were handling the ball very wall, passing it around, and that they have to hit the ball to their goal field. It’s quite a tough game to play.

The Manila-leg of the IPTL has already concluded, the players headed out to Singapore for the next part of the tournament. We were not able to watch live at the Mall of Asia Arena but we did follow the coverage on television. There were four teams in the IPTL: the Micromax Indian Aces, the Manila Mavericks, the DBS Singapore Slammers, and the UAE Royals . The Indian Aces led the overall the tally on the first leg. It was a good and fun game to watch with a new format that the players were still trying to get used to. It was evident that they enjoyed themselves in this team format of the games that were divided to the legends, men’s singles, women’s singles, men’s doubles and mixed doubles. Carlos Moya, Sharapova, Murray, Flipkens, Tsonga, Daniel Nestor together with their playing coach Treat Huey comprised the Manila Mavericks. Serena Williams arrived on the last day of the Manila-leg to join her teammates Kyrgios, Berdych, Hewitt, Patrick Rafter, Hantuchova, and Josh. The Indian Aces are comprised of Monfils, Ivanovic, Mirza, Bopanna, and their playing coach Santoro. The UAE Royals which includes Ivanisevic, Mladenovic, Cilic, Zimonjic, John, among others. There will be other players who will be joining the corresponding team.

I owe it to my sister that I have learned to love the game of tennis. The constant updates, statistics and trivia that she gives me is indeed helpful to allow me to recognize many tennis players, not just the top seeds. Last October, we got the chance to watch the WTA live in Singapore. It was an amazing experience and definitely worth watching. We were seated in the media area so we saw some behind the scenes of the tennis coverage. The matches we saw were the doubles Semifinals between Su-Wei Hsieh and Shui Peng and Alla Kudryavtseva and Anastasia Rodionova and the Singles Semifinals between Serena Williams and Caroline Wozniacki. The whole stadium was quiet during the plays even when filled with people.  There were also cheers from the crowd, shouting the names of Serena and Caroline. It was cute to hear kids call out their names.

Thank you to IPTL for bringing tennis to Manila and for all the tennis players who came. I will be following the IPTL for the next few days when I get the chance.


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