Blu Boys hope to do better in world bash this time

Published : Thursday, February 14, 2013

Targetting a quarterfinals slot in the International Softball Federation ( ISF ) World Men’s Softball Championships, the Philippine Blu Boys leave this weekend for Auckland, New Zealand for a two week acclimatization ahead of the tournament set March 1 to 10.

The Philippines qualified to the championship after finishing second to Asian champion Japan last year as joins 16 others in the hunt with defending champion Australia, five-time titlist New Zealand, the United States, and Canada among the seeded teams.

“We finished 10th in the 2009 and we have to be in the top eight this year to be included in the playoffs. It will not be easy for us but we have been training even before the Asian Championship started,” said ASAPHIL president Jean Henri Lhuillier.

“Our boys will be flying to New Zealand earlier for two weeks of training and conditioning. ASAPHIL is making sure that the team is prepared physically and emotionally,” he added.

As part of the training, ASAPHIL contracted Australian softball coach Maurice Paraha to work with Blu Boys head mentor Roberto Itiuralde, himself a former Blu Boy in the 70’s , to help prepare the team.

“You have a good team. The players are all skillful and in fact I can take some of them to play for my club team in Queensland. I think they have a good chance of making it to the quarterfinals, “ said Paraha..

Paraha also conducted a free four-day seminar for local softball coaches recently at the Philippine Sports Commission ( PSC ), sharing his vast knowledge on all aspects of the game with the participants.

Lhuillier graced the closing part of the seminar which is part of ASAPHIL’s developmental program for the sport.