[PRESS RELEASE] Ph Volcanoes ready to erupt in KL SEA Games

Jonel Madrona

Ph Volcanoes ready to erupt in KL SEA Games

Manila Philippines; The national rugby sevens teams, the Philippine Volcanoes have finalized their playing rosters for this weekend’s Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur.


 For Team Philippines, Coach Shirley Russell has retained 9 athletes from her 2015 team which took out the Bronze in Singapore.


 "The ladies have an additional two years experience since our last SEA Games, their skills have increased, their positional awareness has increased, we are in a much better position for this year’s games. Our aim is to qualify for Gold Medal match" Russell stated.


 The ladies look to experience in Rassiel Sales, Acee San Juan and Sylvia Tudoc to lead the national team. All three returning from 2015. Their opening match is against gold medal favourites Thailand, followed by Laos, Singapore on the first day and Malaysia on Sunday.


 For the men's, Team Philippines aims for back-to-back gold medals. The Men's open their SEA Games defense against Indonesia and Cambodia, followed by host nation Malaysia on day one. A match of the day after the two went head-to-head in 2015 for the Gold Medal. Day two, the Philippines face Singapore and Thailand to conclude the round robin format. The top two teams will be seeded into the Gold Medal match with the next two for the Bronze. The same format goes for the Women's.


 Coaches Frano Botica and David Johnston have named Harrison Carceller Blake as Team Captain. Blake returns from a successful Asia Trophy Series in February, where the Volcanoes secured the Gold in Doha.


 "It's an absolute honor and privilege to be named Captain, I'm looking forward to the weekend. My main message for the players is to make sure they know their roles and do their jobs well, we know we have the team to win it, we aim to execute and bring home gold for the country" Blake shared.

Another impact selection for the Men's is young Jonel Madrona, who starred in the Volcanoes tour in April. Madrona, a Clark Jet representative will be playing in his first ever SEA Games.


The Volcanoes will depart to the games on Thursday 17th, before taking the field at MBPJ Stadium, Kelana Jaya on Saturday & Sunday.


Team Announcement



2017 Southeast Asian Games Team: Women’s


Angella Camille San Juan (C)

Helena Roxannes Indigne (VC)

Rassiel Sales

Kaye Llanie Honoras

Gelanie Gamba

Sylvia Tudoc

Madille Salinas

Dixie Star Yu

Hayes Monica Bolofer

Tanya Louise Escala Bird

Camilla Maslo

Ada Lacia Milby


Head Coach: Shirley Russell

Manager: Mae Ann Ubaub

Physiotherapist: Steph Yee


Match Schedule:


Venue: Stadium MBPJ, Kelana Jaya, Kuala Lumpur


Saturday 19th August:


Philippines vs Thailand - 10.00

Philippines vs Laos - 15:16

Philippines vs Singapore - 17:32


Sunday 20th August:


Philippines vs. Malaysia - 11:28




3rd/4th - 16:22

Final - 16:44









​2017 Southeast Asian Games Team: Men's

Justin Villazor Coveney

Rupert Dian Zappia

Christopher Baltazar Hitch

Jonel Madrona

Harrison Carceller Blake (C)

Vincent Amar Young

Jason Celada Lynch

Evan Santillan Spargo

Ricky Alarcon Kucia

Jake Robrigado Letts

Christopher Alamil Everingham

Harry Dionson Morris


Head Coach: Frano Botica

Assistant Coach: David Johnston

Team Manager: Matthew Cullen

Physiotherapist: Robert Osborne


Match Schedule:


Venue: Stadium MBPJ, Kelana Jaya, Kuala Lumpur


Saturday 19th August:


Philippines vs Indonesia - 11:06

Philippines vs Cambodia - 13:22

Philippines vs Malaysia - 16:00


Sunday 20th August:


Philippines vs. Singapore - 10:44

Philippines vs. Thailand - 13:22




5th/6th - 15:38

3rd/4th - 16:00

Final - 17.06

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