UAAP Season 81 Preview: DLSU Green and Lady Woodpushers

Following strong finishes last season, winning second and first places, respectively, the De La Salle University (DLSU) Green and Lady Woodpushers look to once again have dominant runs in the UAAP Season 81.

Head coach Susan Grace Neri believes that the Woodpushers are even hungrier and more disciplined to pick up where they left off. “The team’s willingness to learn in terms of their discipline, the way they show it to me, I saw the fire in them,” observed Neri. She hopes to see her team clinch podium finishes after all the hindrances and changes that they had to take prior to the season.

As their way to condition themselves for the UAAP, the Woodpushers not only trained as a team but also participated in various national and international tournaments. These include the ASEAN Age Group Qualifying Tournament which is the qualifying leg for the ASEAN International Games and sideline tournaments like the Red Kings Tournament. The team join these competitions in order for them to sustain their “in-battle mindset” to check their progress in terms of training.

Green Woodpushers accept challenge

With departures due to graduation of Denzel John Amar, Jeazzir Kline Surposa, and Christian Nañola, respectively, a new generation of Green Woodpushers is set to bring the team back on top. Though it may be a daunting task, the team accepts the challenge and vows to strive for the pride of the University.

The men’s team will banner newbies Davenson Co, Justine Robert Co, Tristan Frech Ibaoc, Raymond Albert Ng, and Richmond Young.

As Coach Neri said for the team “Hope for the best and remain faithful.” This quote will serve as one of their rally cry as they go through the new UAAP Season.

Lady Woodpushers eye a repeat

On the other hand, the Lady Woodpushers, Season 80 Champions, obviously targets a repeat in the new season. Team captain Mira Mirano stated, “Goal talaga namin (is) to maintain the championship.” She also noted that the team is not playing for the name at the back, but rather for the University, the Lasallians, and for the late Ian Lariba, citing the school’s battle cry “#4LaSalleYAN.”

Parading the same champion roster, confidence is sky-high for the team that they can give another championship to the Lasallian community. New Players such as Samantha Glo Revita, Daphne Mae Dy and Franchell Eds Javier, will be part of the Season 81 lineup. Moreover, veterans such as the trio of Mirano, Ella Grace Moulic, and Marie Antoinette San Diego, will be returning for another season. The trio Lady Woodpushers, who are recognized for their participation in the Women’s International Master and the Women’s FIDE Master, are sure key players to watch out for.

With a very talented roster at the helm, Neri looks to devise a program which would capitalize on the players’ intelligence and diligence. “I am capitalizing on intelligence and diligence since the good thing about these is that they are willing to play,” according to Neri, who will likewise be working on her athletes’ strengths and determination for the sport.

The DLSU Green and Lady Woodpushers will open their campaigns on September 19, 2018 at the University of Santo Tomas Gymnasium.

The Full Roster:

Men’s: 1. Giovanni Mejia 2. Justine Robert Co 3. Davenson Co 4. Raymond Albert Ng 5. Richmond Young 6. Tristan Frech Ibaoc

Women’s: 1. Mira Mirano 2. Marie Antoinette San Diego 3. Ella Grace Moulic 4. Samantha Glo Revita 5. Franchell Eds Javier 6. Daphne Dy

 

DLSU Woodpushers emerge victorious against opponents to stay on top

The De La Salle University Green and Lady Woodpushers dominated the UAAP Season 80 Chess Tournament last Saturday and Sunday at the University of Santo Tomas Quadricentennial Pavilion.

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On Saturday, Giovanni Mejia and Christian Nañola won their matches against UE to give La Salle two points. On the other hand, Denzel Amar and Kline Surposa each had deadlocks with their opponents, 1.0-1.0. In total, La Salle triumphed over UE, 3.0-1.0.

On Sunday, Nañola won his match to give the Green and White a 2.0-0.0 lead against UST. However, Mejia and Surposa were not able to capitalize with total of just 1.0. La Salle and UST figured in a draw as the matches ended with scores of 2.0-2.0.

Lady Woodpushers

On Saturday, Bernadette Galas, Marie San Diego, Grace Moulic, and Kyla Camacho all outshined their opponents. The La Salle quadruple each won their matches to sweep Adamson, 4.0-0.0.

On Sunday, Galas, San Diego, and Moulic carried their momentum to earn another win. They defeated UP, 3.0-1.0.

After seven matches apiece, the DLSU Green and Lady Woodpushers remained at second and first place with records of 4W-2D-1L and 6W-1D-0L, respectively.

DLSU Woodpushers outwit opponents for an untouched UAAP weekend

The De La Salle University Woodpushers were able to capitalize this weekend, winning all of their matches last Saturday, February 24 and Sunday, February 25 at the University of Santo Tomas Quadricentennial Pavilion.

 

On the first day of the games, the Lady Woodpushers set the tone for the rest to follow. The team of Bernadette Galas, Mira Mirano, Marie San Diego, and Kyla Camacho of the green side won all of their matches to sweep rivals Ateneo, 4.0-0.0.

For the men’s team, Giovanni Mejia, Christian Nanola, and Denzel Amar all won their respective games to triumph over Adamson, 3.0-1.0.

La Salle then carried on their momentum towards the second day of the matches.

Again, Galas, Mirano, and San Diego all notched wins, while Moulic had a deadlock with her opponent as the Lady Woodpushers ended their weekend with another win, 3.5-0.5 over University of the East.

The Green Woodpushers then capped off their weekend with a 3.0-1.0 win over Ateneo, as Mejia, Nanola, and Surposa all picked up wins.

The Woodpushers will look to build off their excellent start to Season 80 so far in their next slew of matches. Animo!

DLSU Woodpushers lay solid foundation to kick off UAAP Season 80

The De La Salle University Woodpushers opened their Season 80 with a solid weekend, as both the men’s and women’s team notched wins ovber their opponents at the University of Santo Tomas Quadricentennial Pavilion last weekend, February 17-18.

For Day 1 of the weekend chess games, the Green side got off to a blazing start, as both men’s and women’s teams bagged wins over their opponents.

Starting with the women’s division, the team of Bernadette Galas, Mira Mirano, Marie San Diego, and Ella Moulie of the Lady Woodpushers notched a 3.0-1.0 standing, winning 3 games and giving up just 1 to National University on Saturday.

The men’s team, likewise, picked up a victory to start the season. Against the University of Santo Tomas, the Green Woodpushers won 3 of their games and drew 1 to end the first day with a 3.5-0.5 standing, led by the foursome of Giovanni Mejia, Christian Nanola, Denzel Amar, and Jeazzir Surposa.

For their second foray of the weekend, La Salle garnered draws in both of their games last Sunday.

Taking on Far Eastern University, the Lady Woodpushers won 2 and lost 2 against the Morayta-based squad. As for the Green Woodpushers, they also recorded a 2.0-2.0 card against University of the Philippines’ chess team.

La Salle looks to build from a solid weekend of game as UAAP Season 80 chess continues. The Green Woodpushers will take on Adamson University, while the Lady Woodpushers will take on Ateneo on Saturday, February 24. As for the games on Sunday, February 25, the Green Woodpushers will take on Ateneo while the Lady Woodpushers will take on University of the East.

Lady Woodpushers reclaim championship glory; Green Woodpushers humbly settle for third

The DLSU Lady Woodpushers once again took the UAAP Chess title while the Green Woodpushers humbly settle for a third place finish. The Lady Woodpushers redeemed themselves from last year’s heartbreaking loss. Lady Woodpusher, Bernadette Galas, ended up being named this season’s MVP. On the other hand, the Green Woodpushers failed to retain the throne as they landed third place in the end of the tournament.

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Road to Redemption
The Lady Woodpushers climbed back to the top after last year’s haunting one point loss in the final matchup against FEU. Lady Woodpusher, Jan Fronda, led the team throughout last season. However, the team finally succumbed to FEU and the reigning MVP, Lady Tamaraw Janelle Frayna.  Jan Fronda and the rest of the Lady Woodpushers tried to push for a historic 5-peat championship run. It haunted the team before the season on how they their season ended by a single point.

Nevertheless, the Lady Woodpushers did their best to move on and focus on this season. This year they came in with a lot of seniors leaving. This includes the likes of Cherry Ann Meija and Jan Fronda who were rated as masters in the sport.

The team took blows as they lost key veterans coming into the season. Team veteran and international master, Bernadette Galas, felt that they needed to communicate more as a team. Bernadette explains, “Since nawalan kami ng seniors nag-adjust kami. Inayos namin yung sched namin sa acads at nagspend kami ng extra-time aside from training.”. Bernadette knew that the road back to the finals would be tough, especially facing an all-star FEU chess team this season. On the other hand, Coach Susan Grace Neri knew she had to motivate her girls. Coach commented, “Bumilib ako sa paramount passion nila to get it done this year. They had the eagerness this season.” In the end, they found newfound confidence with each other as they looked to regain the championship glory for DLSU.

Throughout the season, the Lady Woodpushers prevailed as they only suffered one loss and a draw. The team posted an approximate tally of 47.5 points during the tournament. At the end of everything, Bernadette Galas was named this season’s MVP. Bernadette felt grateful as she won her first MVP in three years. She does admit that she was hesitant in leading the team but she proved that she was able to get the job done as she clinched the MVP title. Bernadette then added, “Inayos ko yung pagaaral ko ng openings. With the help of my coach na din, kasi  yung playing style niya di mababasa. Kasi parang yung ibang teams isa lang opening nila pero coach ko iba iba para di makapag-prepare yung ibang teams.”. Bernadette proved herself worthy to start matches as she played Board 1 more often this season.

With the championship back home here at Taft, confidence is at an all-time high for the Lady Woodpushers.  Even though they’ve lost key veterans in their roster, they managed to work harder and put on extra effort to reclaim the championship. The Lady Woodpushers look to continue their winning ways for next season and the Lasallian community should expect a lot more from the girls.

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Defending the Crown
The Green Woodpushers couldn’t live up to championship expectations as they finish third in the season.

The loss of more key veterans in the team was a major setback for the Green Woodpushers. This included the likes of Aglipay Oberio, who was a master and the former team captain of the team.  Masters like Franz Grafil and defending MVP Jerad Docena also missed out on the season.

Green Woodpusher, Denzel Amar, felt elated that his team still received a podium finish. He admits it was a tough season for them since they’ve lost some seniors upon entering this season. The Green Woodpushers were still contenders for the title; however some mid-season slip ups and bad luck changed the tide for the Woodpushers. Denzel added, “We expected na kaya naming mag-second. Kahit sa championship contender kami. Kaso, medyo nagka-samaan lang ng laro.”. As they entered the last round of the tournament, the boys started to struggle as FEU started to pose as a threat in the final four. FEU looked also to finish third as they battled it out with the Woodpushers in the final round. In the end, the Green Woodpushers proved to be triumphant and deserved the third spot in the standings. Though it wasn’t a championship match, the Woodpushers felt like they got the gold as they perfectly exacted their revenge against FEU. FEU stole their first round matchup with DLSU, and now the Woodpushers were able to finish on top of them.

Coach Susan Grace Neri was very much proud of her boys this season. With lesser seniors, she noticed how her players matured and how they realized they needed to put in more work in training. Coach added, “I admire my boys for the heart na pinakita nila. I really admire them for not giving up sa sarili nila and for the team.” it was evident that the players were more confident with their play this season. Coach also commented, “Iba talaga yung puso nila ngayon eh. Iba yung puso ng men’s team ngayon compared to the previous teams, I mean sa history ng men’s team.”.

With the Green Woodpushers having a lot more confidence in themselves, they expect to play much smarter and efficient next season. Coach Susan does agree that the team will soon be a force to be reckoned with in the UAAP. That’s why the Green Woodpushers need all the support from the Lasallian community to make that dream into a reality.

Green and Lady Woodpushers start the UAAP with sustained success

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During the weekend, on February 6 and 7, the Green Woodpushers battled with wit and skill against the University of the East (UE), Far Eastern University (FEU), and Adamson University (AdU).

The atmosphere’s silence did not stop the ambiance of the match from excitement and intensity. On the first day of the eliminations, from 1:00- 5:00 in the afternoon at the 5th floor of Henry Sy building, a green-base court, both Taft- based teams earned their spots in victory against the University of the East. Adamson University also succumbed to DLSU during the second day of eliminations while the Far Eastern University beat DLSU’s Women’s Team.

The Green Team was on fire, crushing all opponents on their way to the top, refusing to give up the crown. DLSU’s Nanola, Amar, Oberio, and Meja defeated the Men’s team of UE with three wins- leaving the opponent with a single win, 3.0-1.0, during the first day of the tournament. Meanwhile on the second day, Adamson was scorched with three loses, departing DLSU with a score of 3.0-1.0.

Finishing with a score of 3.5-0.5, DLSU’s Mirano, Mejia, San Diego, and Galas fought to get back the champion’s title. The Women’s Team defeated UE during the first day of eliminations but lost during the second day against FEU with a score of 1.5-2.5.

De La Salle University then concludes the weekend with a standing of 2-0 and 1-1 for the Men’s and Women’s Team respectively. The Green Woodpushers will next face UST while the Lady Woodpushers will battle it out with Ateneo. The game will then be held February 8 at the same venue.

Lady Woodpushers string together a couple of victories to open season

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The DLSU Lady Woodpushers successfully outshined Far Eastern University and Adamson University with 3-1 victories to open their UAAP Chess campaign last January 11 ans 12 at the Enrique Razon Sports Complex.

In their match against FEU, Jodilyn Fronda, Cherry Ann Mejia and Judith Pineda earned wins over Venice Vicente, Janelle Frayna and Gladys Romero respectively. Meanwhile, Bernadette Galas came up short against Enrica Villa.

Going over to the team’s encounter with Adamson the following day, La Salle won again as Jodilyn Fronda, Bernadette Galas and Rowelyn-joy Acedo defeated the likes of Crissa Canada, Ira Dela Cruz, and Jerirose Lucero respectively. Eloisa Sta. Rita picked up Adamson’s lone win after defeating Cherry Ann Mejia.

For their next game, the Lady Woodpushers shall face National University this coming January 18, 1:00 pm, at the Enrique Razon Sports Complex.