by Brian Yalung
The Philippines defeated host Indonesia Sunday evening, 26-7, to bag the gold medal in the 2019 Asia Rugby Women’s Sevens Trophy in Jakarta.
The Lady Volcanoes capped off a brilliant stint with an unblemished record. The triumph also promoted the Philippines to next season’s Seven Series.
The Philippines actually got a big lift when Korea was taken out after their day one defeat. It all boiled down to a round-robin between them, Indonesia and India.
“We are delighted to get to the top tier of sevens in Asia,” said World Rugby Council Member and Philippines player Ada Milby in a report from Asiarugby.com. “It was great to come out on top of such a competitive competition. All the teams have improved so much and it is so promising for the future of the sport in our region.”
Before their conquest over Indonesia, the Philippines shut out Qatar (27-0) and Lao (24-0). It was their 19-12 win over India that allowed them to advance to the gold medal round. In the final match, Aldee Denuyo, Aiumu Ono, and Helena Indigne were responsible for giving the Philippines control of the match. Veronika Olua also scored with an 80-meter try for the Filipinas as Indonesia simply struggled against the Lady Volcanoes.
The victory of the Lady Volcanoes at the 2019 Asia Rugby Women’s Sevens Trophy should be a big morale booster especially since it is part of their preparations for the upcoming SEA Games.
The Philippines Lady Volcanoes whoop it up after bagging the gold medal at the 2019 Asia Rugby Women’s Sevens Trophy in Jakarta. They defeated host team Indonesia, 26-7. (photo from Philippine Rugby – Philippines Volcanoes National Team. a