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SEA Games: Ice hockey makes splash in tropics, puddles and all

first_imgView comments LATEST STORIES “We’re used to it, that’s our advantage actually. We’ve practized a lot in this kind of situation,” Kovago explained.READ: Fil-Canadians boost PH SEA Games bid in ice hockey “It’s more sticky, so the puck will not slide. So a lot of times, you try to control the puck and you’ve just lost it because it will get stuck in the water.“So it’s not really an advantage but we got used to it, so we learned to play in these kind of conditions.”Turning up the heatADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Sunday’s game was at Kuala Lumpur’s brand new national ice skating stadium, in the heart of a suburban shopping mall which remains partially under construction.The rink, described by Indonesia’s coach Gary Tan as the best in Southeast Asia, has had a few teething problems and it was previously blanketed by a thick fog, before staff adjusted the temperature settings.On Sunday the rink was ringed by hundreds of enthusiastic fans, raising the temperature beyond normal levels.READ: Philippine ‘Mighty Ducks’ sets out to shock in SEA Games“In the first period they found it difficult to skate but eventually they were able to skate well and overall the play was quite good,” said Hisham Yahaya, Malaysia’s team leader.“They’re used to soft ice. The ice here isn’t very hard but they’re able to adjust.”Ice hockey remains in its infancy in Southeast Asia and is usually played by small groups of enthusiasts.Indonesia’s team have only been together for a matter of months, and they are playing only their second tournament after making their debut at this year’s Asian Winter Games in Japan.READ: 29th SEA Games officially open in Kuala Lumpur“This is a milestone in the bigger development of this super-beautiful sport, ice hockey,” said Indonesia’s captain, Jonathan Sudharta. 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It’s a stepping stone, we waited a long time for this,” he said.Figure skating and speed skating will also make their debut at the SEA Games, a biennial competition where the sporting programme is usually tailored to suit the host nation.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taallast_img read more

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NU-La Salle rematch set this weekend as UAAP volleyball 2nd round opens

first_imgFor the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. LATEST STORIES Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer MOST READ Seething from their slim five-set defeat, Jema Galanza and the rest of Adamson are eyeing to bounce back against Ateneo’s Bea de Leon and Kat Tolentino on March 25, Sunday.Hell-bent to atone for its four-set shock defeat to Adamson, Dawn Macandili’s La Salle will be gunning for redemption when the Lady Spikers and the Lady Falcons squabble on April 11, Wednesday.The final playdate of the eliminations is also going to be a must-see event, with Final Four fates of each team all hanging in the balance on April 15 at Mall of Asia Arena. NU, led by MVP frontrunner Jaja Santiago, crosses paths with FEU in the 12 p.m. game, while rivals La Salle and Ateneo cap off the grind when they meet at 4 p.m. in that Sunday playdate.Here’s the full second round schedule of UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament:ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award La Salle Lady Spikers vs NU Lady Bulldogs. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLeague pacesetter National University aims to reassert its mastery over defending champion La Salle when the two teams clash in the first weekend of the second round of the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament.The Lady Bulldogs are seeking a repeat over the Lady Spikers after their thrilling five-set win last February 18 in what could potentially be a preview of this season’s Finals.ADVERTISEMENT Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Lillard rallies Trail Blazers for tight win over Lakerscenter_img It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano NU (6-1) and La Salle (5-2) will be the 4 p.m. game on Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan, right after the tiff between Adamson (3-4) and UP (2-5) at 2 p.m.UST, meanwhile, eyes to prove its better than what its 2-5 record suggests when it meets cellar-dweller UE (1-6) Wednesday at 2 p.m., followed by the high-stakes face off between Ateneo and Far Eastern U.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkWith a season this unpredictable, every game is expected to be as crucial, but eyes are one few important rematches.Sisi Rondina and Bernadeth Pons meet once again when UST and FEU go on a collision course anew on March 14, Wednesday. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina View commentslast_img read more

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