Blu Boys face tough test

February 24, 2013

THE Blu Boys face Colombia on March 1 as they open their campaign in the 2013 International Softball Federation (ISF) World Men’s Softball Championship in Auckland, New Zealand.

The Philippines is in Group B together with top ranked teams New Zealand which finished second to Australia in 2009. Asian champion Japan, two-time world champion Canada and other qualifiers Argentina, Mexico and Netherlands.

“Our best chance is to beat Mexico, which we did in 2009, Netherlands and Argentina. I also like our chance against Colombia in our first game. We play powerhouse Canada for our second game and if the boys come up with a decent showing against the Canadians, it will be a great mental booster,” said ASAPHIL president Jean Henri Lhuillier, adding that the boys are acclimatizing already and playing tune up games in New Zealand.

ASAPHIL operations manager Jun Veloso, who is with the team in Auckland says, “the team is getting used to the weather already, it was colder there in Japan last year at the Asian championships,” said Veloso.