Published on February 12th, 2017 | by Karl Niccolo Dela Cruz0
Filling in the gaps: DLSU Green and Lady Fencers drop to fifth and fourth, respectively!
The De La Salle University Green and Lady Fencers came to a bitter end at the UAAP 79 Fencing tournament after failing to keep their podium finish-promise last February 8-11 at the UST Quadri-Centennial Pavillon.
“Wala kaming players for [some] weapons so most of us played weapons na not originally nilalaro namin. That explains the shortage of our performance,” expressed Lady Fencers team captain May Montenegro. Although the teams were with a depleted lineup, the Taft-based squad still pushed through and fought until the end. “Talagang inayos namin kung sino yung ila-lineup namin, kahit papaano [naman] nakakuha kami ng medals,” added the graduating Montenegro.
Two bronzes were in the hands of the Green Fencers at the end of the tournament. Matthew Ignacio landed on the podium in the Sabre category while Green Fencers Ignacio, Jay Añonuevo, Tyrone Nieto and David Lumahan also finished third in the Men’s Sabre team event category.
The women’s team dropped to a fourth place finish after getting to the podium last year. Lady Fencer Divine Romero pulled the Green and White team up after clinching two bronzes in the Epee and Foil categories. Meanwhile, Romero, Montenegro, Chloe Rudio and Patricia Eusebio finished second place and claimed silver in the Foil team event category.
“We wanted to make a difference and give glory to La Salle and ourselves,” shared men’s team captain Jay Añonuevo. Although the team was not able to live up to their expectations, he was nothing but hopeful after the team’s performance this year, “We kept fighting and did our best and that’s what matters.” He also vowed for the Green and Lady Fencers to strike a massive comeback next season and try to improve their standings. “We’ll be better next year,” he ended.
The Green and Lady Fencers’ season might have been over but the fight still continues for the team. Expect a better fencing lineup for the Taft-based squad next year.