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SEA Games: Polo 0-2 goals event kicks off action

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By Jan Carlo Anolin

The Philippine polo team starts its gold medal campaign in the 0-2 goals event in the 30th Southeast Asian Games at the Miguel Romero Polo Field in Calatagan, Batangas should a fair weather side with the country Tuesday.

The Philippine polo team, from left, Coco Garcia, Nicole Eusebio, Jam, Eusebio, Santi Juban, coach Anthony Garcia, Rep. Mikee Romero and Antonio Veloso pose before a friendly game against Argentina at the Miguel Romero Polo Field in Calatagan, Batangas. (MB Photo / Jansen Romero)

The Philippine polo team, from left, Coco Garcia, Nicole Eusebio, Jam, Eusebio, Santi Juban, coach Anthony Garcia, Rep. Mikee Romero and Antonio Veloso pose before a friendly game against Argentina at the Miguel Romero Polo Field in Calatagan, Batangas. (MB Photo / Jansen Romero)

With the impending threat of Typhoon “Tisoy,” officials are hoping the field will not be drenched.

“We’re praying that it will not rain so hard here so we can start our event,” said PH team captain Mikee Romero. “We’re all excited to play.”

The oncoming weather disturbance is expected to hit Bicol region, particularly Virac, Catanduanes.

Mikee Romero, riding his horse, poses during a tuneup game between the Philippine polo team and Argentina for the upcoming 30th Southeast Asian Games at Miguel Romero Field in Calatagan Batangas. (Carlo Anolin)

Mikee Romero (Carlo Anolin)

The 0-2 goals division, composed of Coco Garcia, Nicole Eusebio, Jam Eusebio, Santi Juban, veteran Antonio Veloso and Romero, will shoot for the gold and hopefully exact revenge after its 4-6 goals counterpart fell to Malaysia and settled with silver.

The Nationals, capitalizing on homefield advantage, are ready to take on Malaysia, Indonesia and powerhouse Brunei.

Prince Jeffri and Prince Qawi, royalties from Brunei, are out to compete with horses of their own, brought in by plane.

“Everybody is determined to contribute to the country’s bid to win the overall championship and we are all inspired after the explosive first day,” Romero added.

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