Manila Standard – Blu Boys vs. Colombia

By MST Sports | Posted on Feb. 25, 2013 at 12:01am

THE Blu Boys face Colombia on March 1 as they open their campaign in the 2013 International Softball Federation World Men’s Softball Championships 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 the Netherlands.

“Our best chance is to beat Mexico, which we did in 2009, Netherlands and Argentina. I also like our chances 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 said: “The team is getting used to the weather already, it was colder there in Japan last year at the Asian championships. Morale is high and we are playing tune-up games everyday, “ said Veloso.

The Blu Boys won one and lost one against the Czech Republic team, but also lost to the Canadians.

After Colombia and Canada, the Philippines will play Argentina, Mexico, Netherlands, Japan, and host country New Zealand.