Catanduanes secondary men’s sepak takraw team finally bagged a medal at Palarong Bicol, contributing a silver medal to Catanduanes’ medal haul, Thursday, February 8 at Naga College Foundation.
Built on a convincing win over Iriga City in two sets, 21-9, 22-20, Catanduanes sepak takraw team advanced to championship game against Naga City.
The home team managed to dodge Catanduanes’ run, taking home the gold and giving team Catanduanes its first silver medal after years of medal dearth.
Coach Hipolito S. Del Barrio IV said that this year’s Palarong Bicol showed an improved sepak takraw team.
“Yung mga player ta daeng errors, daeng kaba kasi ang sabi ko sa kanila kayang-kaya nila ang kalaban,” said Del Barrio.
“So far, nagbunga din yung sinabi ko saindang diskarte na maiexecute nang maayos kaya yun ang nagpanalo sa atin,” Del Barrio added.
Catanduanes initially showed its might in the tourney right from the get go after crushing Iriga City.
“Yung Iriga ay inunderestimate tayo kasi unang salpukan sa team event tinalo nila kami…nag-expect sila na mahina tayo,” Del Barrio shared.
According to Del Barrio Catanduanes sepak takraw team’s motivation is to contribute a medal to the province.
“Ang sabi ko kasi sa kanila, kailangan nating maka contribute ng medals sa delegation,” Del Barrio furthered.
Del Barrio also said that he sees brighter future ahead of Catanduanes in the coming Palarong Bicol.
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