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PHI hammers THA, 6-5; books third IFF Men’s World Floorball Championships bid

Photo by Francis Lumahan

MANILA, PHILIPPINES – Another floorball history has been made as the Philippine Men’s Floorball Team bagged the gold medal at the Men’s World Floorball Championships (WFC) – Asia Oceania Floorball Confederation (AOFC) Qualifiers 2024 held at the Philsports Arena on May 25. 

Defeating Thailand 6-5, the 20-man Filipino squad also secured a spot at the upcoming WFC 2024 in Malmö, Sweden. This will be their third consecutive appearance at the WFC, following their wildcard entrance in 2020 and their hard-earned spot in 2022.

It was an intense see-saw battle between the two Asia’s floorball powerhouse. Defender Simon Sicat Laraño started the ball rolling as he scored the PH’s first goal; answered by Thai’s forward Simon Johansson’s goal for an equalizer. The first period ended 2-2 with Filipino center Lucas Werelius seizing the opportunity of a penalty shot.

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Thai defender Santipong Sukkasem restored the lead at the halfway point of the match. Team PH had numerous missed opportunities during the second period but their stone-wall defense kept their rival from scoring. Laraño made the Filipino crowd go wild when he pitched another goal, ending the period with 3-3.

Werelius sealed the deal for this exhilarating game when he scored the winning goal at the 53-minute mark assisted by forward Melvin Alm Mendoza. 

Thailand, a great rival of the Philippines in floorball, initially topped this year’s qualifiers with an undefeated record, beating the Philippines in the group stage. However, the latter got their sweet revenge this time around. Their recent championship matchup was at last year’s 32nd Cambodia Southeast Asian Games, where Thailand won gold and the Philippines took silver.

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“[This victory] means everything because you know, the floorball community in the Philippines is [just starting to grow] and this [is] a great showcase for us— to show the sport and the intensity and the actual level of all the Filipino players. So this [is] something for us to strive for. So, [we’re] really, really happy,” shares Team Captain Lucas Öijvall Perez.

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“Maraming Salamat po for everybody… giving us comments, and cheering for us during the tournament…it means everything. I mean, if it wasn’t [for the Filipino fans], we are nothing, right?” Perez adds.

Thailand and Australia, after clinching silver and bronze respectively, will join Philippines as AOFC teams heading to the WFC 2024 on December 7-15, 2024.

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Text by Ken Russell M. Peñaflor and Anna Lourdes R. Cruz
Photos by Francis Lumahan and Gabriel Suarez

#RoadtoSweden: Meet the WFCQ 2024 AOFC Contenders

MANILA, PHILIPPINES — The 2024 Men’s World Floorball Championship (WFC) Asia-Oceania Floorball Qualifiers (AOFQ) officially opened on Tuesday, May 21. All ready to break records and fight for a spot at the 15th Men’s World Floorball Championships in Sweden on December 7-15, let’s get to know the competing teams at the WFCQ 2024 AOFQ.

[GROUP F]

Australia

Clinching 13th place in WFC 2022 and 11th place in WFC 2020, the Australian Men’s Floorball Team is once again eager to reach a higher ground in the upcoming qualifiers. Despite the withdrawal of player Oscar Smith, the team remains grounded and strong with the newest addition to the team, James Watson. At present, the Aussie squad is ranked 13th in the overall IFF rankings.

Singapore

Singapore was the first Asian nation to compete in the 1996 World Floorball Championships held in Sweden. With the support of the Singapore Floorball Association (SFA), the Singapore Men’s National Floorball Team proved to the world that they are a force to be reckoned with when it comes to Floorball. Some notable achievements of the Singapore team include winning the 2019 Asia-Oceania Floorball Cup (AOFC), securing the runner-up position in the 2017 AOFC, and becoming the champions of the 2015 Southeast Asian Floorball Championships. They are currently ranked 16th in the IFF standings.

Japan

Landing 5th at the AOFC 2019, the Japanese National Floorball Team is ready to carve out a place for themselves in this qualifier. In WFC 2022, the national team stood in 29th place, following their 15th place finish in WFC 2020. This year, they are more than determined to do whatever it takes to secure a ticket to the WFC 2024 in Sweden. 

China

The China Men’s National Floorball Team made their international debut at the 2017 Asia-Oceania Floorball Cup in Bangkok, Thailand. Despite being outplayed in all their group stage matches, China secured their first international victory in the classification semifinals by defeating the Philippines 3-2 in overtime. Their most recent appearance in the WFC was in 2018, where they landed the 33rd spot. Team China is eager to elevate their performance on the international stage, making them a team to watch out for.

[GROUP G]

Philippines

Currently 15th in the IFF World rankings, the Philippines Men’s National Floorball Team stands tall and proud— all set to prove their greatness on their homecourt. Governed by the Philippine Floorball Association (PFA), they made their debut at the 2014 Southeast Asian Floorball Championships in Singapore while getting their first  international victory, a 4–3 win over China in July 2017. The best finish for Team Philippines so far is when they clinched the silver medal at the 32nd Southeast Asian Games in Cambodia. Now more than ever, they are determined to grab a spot in this year’s WFC and show the world that Filipinos can be exceptional in Floorball.

New Zealand

Committed to achieving greater heights, New Zealand will showcase their full effort in the upcoming qualifiers, eager to secure victory and advance to the next stage of the tournament. They currently hold the 22nd spot in the global rankings, with past placements in the WFC being 20th (2022) and 26th (2020) respectively. With their unwavering dedication and continuous improvement, they aim to ascend their rankings and make their mark on the international floorball stage.

Thailand

Currently in the 14th spot in the IFF World Rankings, the Thailand Men’s National Floorball Team is continuously establishing its force in the sport. They won the historic and first ever AOFC of 2017 held in their homeland by defeating Singapore in the championship match, while their best WFC finish is their 13th finish in 2020. The team is organized by Floorball Thailand which has the support of the Thailand Hockey Association.

South Korea

With a track record of consistency, the South Korean National Floorball Team highlights their performance in the AOFC, achieving a 4th place finish in the AFC 2019 and a 3rd place finish in the AOFC 2017. While not traditionally known as a powerhouse in the sport, South Korea has been making efforts to establish itself on the floorball court. Their progress in international competitions and their commitment to the sport reflect their ambition to become a formidable force in the world of floorball.

Only the top three teams will advance to the WFC 2024. Semi-finals are happening on May 24 (Friday) and Finals on May 25 (Saturday) at the PhilSports Arena, Pasig City. Tickets are available online via http://www.floorball.ph/wfcq2024tickets, and via walk-in purchase at the venue. 

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Text and Research by Ken Russell M. Peñaflor and Anna Lourdes R. Cruz
Photos by Gabriel Suarez via IFF Flicker here.

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Philippine Floorball Association gears up as PH hosts 2024 Men’s WFCQ AOFC

On May 21-25, 2024, the Philippines, through the Philippine Floorball Association (PFA) and the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC), is set to host the 2024 Men’s World Floorball Championship (WFC) Asia-Oceania Floorball Confederation (AOFC) Qualification in PhilSports Arena, Pasig City. 

“We are excited to bring the best floorball talents in Asia and the Oceania region to witness top-quality live floorball performances. We aim to inspire young local clubs and players by showcasing how fun and exciting the sport can be,” said Philippine Floorball Association President Ralph Andrew Ramos. This is the third time that the Philippines has hosted an international Floorball event, after AOFC Cup 2019 in Biñan Laguna, and South East Asian Games 2019 at UP Diliman, Quezon City.

“I look forward to Filipinos enjoying live floorball action with the best players in the region. This will also serve for the team as crucial preparation for the AIMAG in November,” adds Ramos.

Headed by their captain Lucas Öijvall and guided by their head coach Noél Alm Johansson, the Philippines men’s national floorball team aim to secure a spot as one of the top three teams among the eight participating countries who will then qualify for the 15th Men’s World Floorball Championships in Sweden on December 7-15, 2024.

“[We achieve to] qualify for the World Championships in Sweden by finishing at least top 3 in the competition,” shares Ramos. The team will be on their final intensive training camp on May 13 to 15 to make some finishing refinements in their bid.

This year’s team line up consists of the following coaching staff and athletes—

Coaching Staff

  • Head Coach Noél Alm Mendoza Johansson
  • Coach Fredrik Nyback
  • Coach Daniel Skantze
  • Physiotherapist Daniel Von Knorring
  • Equipment Manager Nora Amundsson
  • Team Manager Kennet Andersson
  • Team Official Jayr Beterbo
  • Media Staff Russel Alido

Athletes

  • Ludvig Hemmingberg Porral
  • Rhodell Esguerra
  • Patrik Schoultze Castrillo
  • Lucas Werelius
  • Reymon Sellgren Rapirap Ponce
  • Simon Sicat Laraño
  • John Callenryd De la Peña
  • Lucas Öijvall Perez
  • Fredrik Escabel Jeppsson
  • Holland Bernardo
  • Noah Sicat Laraño
  • Richard Sellgren Rapirap Ponce
  • Michael Hedblom Paña
  • Kim Varga Rosello
  • Mattiece Cortez Myllyperkiö
  • Simon Andersson Magistrado
  • Kristofer Jandelius Del Valle
  • Victor Lindberg Regalado
  • Melvin Alm Mendoza
  • Patrik Nessbo Lemoran

After finishing 14th at the WFC 2020 and securing the silver medal at the 32nd Southeast Asian Games in 2022, the Philippine Team is determined to make a mark again in this upcoming qualifiers.

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Text by Anna Lourdes R. Cruz
Photo by Fabrice Duc (www.fabriceduc.ch) via IFF Flicker here.