The Formidable Team – Masbate City Futsal Team

March 30, 2017

“God blessed me with talent and skills when playing – be it in local or national competitions. That’s what keeps me going,” said Nathalie B. Absalon.
With a strong heart and unshakable resolve, Nathalie, adjudged as the best midfielder during the PalarongBicol 2017, cultivates the harmony of her mind and soul with courage, hard work, and perseverance when playing for the futsal team of Masbate City. Through her many journeys to competitions, she is able to create a new vision, sense of excitement, and perspective for her beloved team.
In the recently concluded PalarongBicol2017 held at the Bicol University Athletic Ground, Legazpi City, the City Division of Masbate futsal team won the championship.
The Masbate City futsalteam slippedinto the underdog role against the physically powerful Naga City team, butwith keen play, intensity, and strong determination to capture the coveted title, the team took advantage of the nervy and distraught Naga team when scores kept filling up. The Masbate City team played their game –performed with real intensity, outsmarted the opposing team, and went all out for 40 minutes. But what greatly motivated them to play well were the fans and supporters who cheered for them. The game ended with the score of 8 – 4 that sealed their bid in the championship game.
Nicole Lorque, who led the local standouts,was adjudged as the Most Valuable Player; Claire Balmas, best striker; Rona Marie Saldivar, best defender; and Shirlene May de la Pena as the best goalkeeper. The teamwas bolstered by Angelica Mae Abella, Kristine Joy Abella, KyndraBalatucan, Lea Francisco, Mariah Camille Ibanez, Jean Angelica Cabug, and ThryzaBenzon.
The futsal team grabbed the runner up trophy during the 2016 Palarong Bicol in Naga City, with Masbate Province as the champion.
     Prior to the said event, the team honed their skills and stamina through tune-up matches and  the Gear Cup at Bicol University in April 2016, wheretheysnatched the 3rdrunner up position. They also saw actionatthe Beach Football Competition in Palani Beach, Balud, Masbate in May  2016 and took homethe championship trophy. Raring for more match-up games, they participated in the Zubiri Cup at Bicol University and seized the 4th place, and in the Alumni Cup in December 2016 where they won the championship.
       Signing up forthese competitions gave them not only experiences but the lighter and happier side of the game as well. The young futsal players broadened their horizons and expanded their outlook,opening doors to discover more about themselves.
With wit and grit showcased in previous games, this heavy-duty line-upis likely to be one of the teams to watch out for in the upcoming PalarongPambansa2017.