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Philippines women's national softball team

The Philippines Women's National Softball Team, nicknamed the "Blu Girls", is the national team of Philippines. They are governed by the Amateur Softball Association of the Philippines. They won a bronze medal in 1970 ISF Women's World Championship in Osaka, Japan and it was their first medal won in a World Championship.

 Philippines
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Country Philippines
FederationAmateur Softball Association of the Philippines
ConfederationSoftball Confederation of Asia
ManagerVenerando Dizer
WBSC World Rank15th
Women's Softball World Championship
Appearances?
Best result 3rd (1 time, in 1970)
World Cup of Softball
Appearances3 (First in 2014)
Best result6th (1 time, in 2014)
Asian Championship
Appearances10 (First in 1967)
Best result 1st (1 time, in 1972)
Asian Games
Appearances5 (First in 1998)
Best result4th (2 times, in 2014 and 2018)

The Philippines is among the best teams in Southeast Asia having won the gold medal in every edition of the Southeast Asian Games which had women's softball event.

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HistoryEdit

The Philippine women's team were a powerhouse in Asia never placing outside the top 10 in the global rankings during the 1970s although the Philippines always ranked behind Japan. Their greatest achievement at that time was the third-place finish at the Women's Softball World Championship in 1970. They placed fourth in the 1974 edition.[1]

They are also a dominant force in Southeast Asia, having won all the gold medals in all editions of the Southeast Asian Games where women's softball was contested.[1]

However, by the 1990s, the Philippine national team experienced a decline.[1] The team competed at the 1990 ISF Women's World Championship in Normal, Illinois where they finished with 4 wins and 5 losses.[2] At the 1998 ISF Women's World Championship in Fujinomiya City, Japan where they finished sixteenth[3] and only managed to secure a single win. The policy of the Philippine Sports Commission of dismantling the national training pool whenever a particular sport was scrapped from the calendar of events of the Southeast Asian Games, Asian Games, and the Olympics contributed to the women's softball team's decline.[1]

In the 2000s, Raul Saberon, a businessman and a former men's national softball and baseball player, secured financial support for the women's softball team from Jean Henri Lhuillier, who later became head of the Amateur Softball Association of the Philippines.The team made a failed attempt to qualify for the 2006 Asian Games in Doha and the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing though made some progress.[1]

At the 2017 Asian Women’s Softball Championship, the Philippines finished second to Japan, the best finish of the country in 45 years. In doing so, they qualified for the Women's Softball World Championship and Asian Games in 2018.[1]

RosterEdit

National squad for the 2014 World Cup of Softball, July 7–13, 2014.[4][5]

Head Coach:Randy Dizer

No. Name Position
1 Veronica Belleza Pitcher
2 Whell Ghene Camral Outfield, Infield
4 Annalie Benjamen Pitcher
6 Marlyn Francisco Outfield, Infield
8 Angelie Ursabia Outfield, Infield
9 Francesca Altomonte Catcher, Infield
10 Garie Blando Outfield, Infield
11 Francesca Foti Pitcher
12 Lorna Adorable Outfield
17 Luzviminda Embudo Outfield, Infield
19 Alexandra Louise Zuluaga Infield
26 Arianne Vallestero Infield
30 Dani Gilmore Catcher
31 Gabrielle Rodas Outfield
33 Morgan Stuart Infield
38 Rizza Bernardino Pitcher
88 Elma Parohinog Outfield
- Alleah Laxamana Infield
- Isabella Ann Mendoza Outfield
- Jaexenne Balilea Infield
- Jullian Tanaka Outfield, Infield
- Kriska Piad Catcher, Infield
- Leia Ruiz Infield

National squad for the 2017 World Cup of Softball, July 5-9, 2017.

Head Coach:Randy Dizer

Player # Name Position(s)
1 Garie Blando Infield
3 Kayla Joyce Outfield
4 Gabrielle Maurice Outfield
5 Skylynne Ellazar Infield
7 Riflayca Basa Pitcher
7 Shaira Damasing Catcher
8 Francesca Altomonte Catcher
9 Kailey Hill Pitcher
12 Lorna Adorable Outfield
13 Chelsea Suitos Infield
14 Sierra Lange Pitcher
15 Cristy Roa Outfield
19 Angelie Ursabia Infield/OF
20 Mia Macapagal Pitcher
21 Dione Macasu Pitcher
22 Ma. Celestine Palma Catcher
24 Dani Gilmore Outfield
25 Reese Guevarra Outfield
26 Arianne Vallestero OF/IF
28 Riezel Calumbres Infield
32 Hailey Decker Infield
33 Kailey Cuico Infield
42 Mary Luisse Garde Pitcher
53 Lovely Arago Infield
91 Lyca Basa Pitcher


Competition ResultsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f Pe, Roger (29 April 2018). "PHL softball and the chase for Filipinos' Olympic dream". Business Mirror. Retrieved 29 April 2018.
  2. ^ "1990 ISF Women's World Championship". United States: International Softball Federation. 2013. Archived from the original on 25 February 2014. Retrieved 7 February 2014.
  3. ^ "1998 ISF Women's World Championship". United States: International Softball Federation. 2013. Archived from the original on 25 February 2014. Retrieved 7 February 2014.
  4. ^ Terrado, Reuben (2 July 2014). "Philippine Blu Girls vie for honors in World Cup IX". Spin.ph. Retrieved 10 July 2014.
  5. ^ "Philippines - World Cup IX Roster". Gamechanger. Retrieved 10 July 2014.

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