SINGAPORE. – After three exhibition matches, the water polo national team gets to play in actual game as the Filipinos face Ireland at the start of the 2019 FINA Water Polo Challengers’ Cup Tuesday at the OCBC Aquatic Centre here.
The national team defeated Zimbabwe 16-2 Monday morning and hammered out an 8-5 victory over Malaysia, bronze medalist in the last Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur, in the afternoon.
Another friendly is set against India a day before the start of the 10-nation tournament.
Coach Rey Galang said his players are ready, physically and mentally.
“We know we’re up against a team that is taller and bigger than our players, but I know we have the skills to match up with our opponent,” said Galang, who has former national team player standout Dale Evangelista as part of the coaching staff.
The Filipinos take on Ireland at 4:30 p.m. after the 2 p.m. game between India and Indonesia. Austria and Chinese Taipei clash at 6 p.m. before Zimbabwe faces host Singapore at 7:30.
The team’s participation in this event, backed by the Philippine Sports Commission and the Philippine Swimming Inc., is part of their training for the 30th SEA Games the country is hosting on Nov. 30 to Dec. 11.