SEA Games: PH ice hockey team unfazed despite big target on their backs

first_imgPH Ice hockey team. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines–Heavy is the head that wears the crown, but the Philippines’ bets for this year’s Southeast Asian Games ice hockey event, are far from fazed.“In 2017 we were kind of the underdogs. We were new,” Steven Füglister, captain of the defending champions Eagles, told the Inquirer on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist LATEST STORIES “Now, teams know what we are capable of,” he added.Füglister was referring to their gilded sweep of the inaugural edition of the contest in 2017 which plucked them out of obscurity.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4But the Filipino-Swiss skipper said they have become an even better team, and that should put the pressure on opposing teams.“Our role has really changed, especially after our achievements in the past years,” Füglister. Thailand reports case of coronavirus from China Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “We know we have a big target on our backs. But we’re not bothered,” he added. WATCH: Live 2019 SEA Games opening ceremonies MOST READ Microsoft ends free Windows 7 security updates on Tuesday Leonardo DiCaprio, Taika Waititi, other stars react to Oscar nominations Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down View comments NFA assures ample rice supply in ashfall, eruption-affected areas Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘People evacuated on their own’ The Eagles will be tested starting Sunday, 7 p.m. at Mall of Asia Arena’s skating rink in Pasay, when the Philippines play Malaysia, a team it narrowly beat in the 2017’s edition of the games, for its first match.“We had much better support [system] this time around,” said Füglister “And people are now more aware of us, unlike in 2017 where we were preparing in the shadows.”“I think that’s the biggest difference now,” he said.The Eagles, along with four other competing nations, will plunge into a single round-robin action for the group stage. The top four teams with the best record advance to the phase, which follows a knockout format.“Malaysia is like every other team—they want to win the gold. And in order to do that, you have to beat everybody,” said Fuglister.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers fleelast_img

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