STC-UFTBR 2O12 Kalayaan Cup rolls off

Updated 08 June 2012
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STC-UFTBR 2O12 Kalayaan Cup rolls off

The 2012 Kalayaan Cup, an annual bowling event organized by the Unified Filipino Tenpin Bowlers of Riyadh (UFTBR) in celebration of the Philippine Independence Day, rolled off on Wednesday at the Universal Bowling Center (UBC) here.
Thirty three teams entered this 3-day bowling event which ends today. At stake in the team, doubles, all-events and Masters competition are cash prizes, trophies and medals, mobile phones, brand new bowling balls, two return air tickets to Manila and many more special prizes. Supporters and friends will be treated to free snacks and refreshments and have a chance to win in the raffle draws where another return air ticket to Manila is the grand prize.
The main sponsor for this year’s event is Saudi Telecom Company (STC) which provided the official uniform for the event, mobile phones and various gift items. Other major sponsors are Etihad Airways which is putting up two round trip tickets to Manila for the men’s and ladies Masters champion and Al-Tayyar Travel Goup which is donating another Manila ticket to be raffled off to participants. Snacks and drinks to be served for the duration of the tournament are courtesy of House of Donuts, Gandour Chocolates, Pinoy Sorbetes, Al Safi Danone, NADEC and McDonald’s. The other donors of gift items are Forever Living and Alinma Bank, with Riyadh Pro Shop to give away a brand new bowling ball to the first perfect game achiever of the event.
Yesterday the tournament held the opening ceremony capped by the parade of teams carrying names taken from Philippine history. The 33 teams are: La Liga Filipinos, La Solidaridad, La Propaganda, Fort Santiago, Intramuros, Biak Na Bato, Mga Anak Ni Sisa, El Archipelago, Pintakasi, Libertad, Magdiwang, Noli Me Tangere, Simoun, Mananakop, Pinaglabanan, Aiste Masu, Inang Bayan, Mandirigma, Gabriela Silang, Di Palulupig, Matang Lawin, Bandila, Katipunan, Mga Tinik Ni Eba, Gomburza, Panday Pira, Bonifaco At Katipuneras, Hukbalahap, El Filibusterismo, Bataan March, Japontoy And Corregidor.
Closing and awarding ceremonies are set at 5:30 p.m. today.
Ernee Noto, UFTBR chairman, and Cesar De Mesa, event chairman, would like to thank all the sponsors, participating teams and all individual donors for their support and generosity.


Tunisia told to forget about England defeat ahead of Belgium clash

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Tunisia told to forget about England defeat ahead of Belgium clash

  • Tunisia still confident despite last-gasp defeat to England on Monday.
  • Eagles of Carthage come up against highly fancied Belgium.

LONDON: Nabil Maaloul has called on Tunisia to forget about the defeat to England and concentrate on the task at hand: Beating Belgium today.
The Eagles of Carthage lost 2-1 in their opener to England on Monday to leave them needing to get a result against Eden Hazard and Co. in Moscow. Getting a result against the highly fancied Belgians will not be easy, not least because they looked sharp during their 3-0 victory over Panama.
But Maaloul is certain his side can make their mark in Russia, having held England at bay for all bar the last minute.
“If we had got a draw it would have been an excellent result for us (against England), but hopefully this will lead to higher levels of concentration in the coming games,” Maaloul said.
Tunisia will not make life easy for Belgium as they seek to provide a bright spot in a poor World Cup for African sides, with Egypt and Morocco already out.
“We lost a battle, but not the war,” Tunisian forward Fakhreddine Ben Youssef said of the England game.
The Belgians want to win at the Spartak Stadium in Moscow to avoid making their final group game against England on June 28 a make-or-break qualification affair.
Romelu Lukaku netted twice in the victory over Panama, but bar the scoreline, the match was notable for the rough treatment dished out to Hazard. The Belgium playmaker was tightly marked and occasionally clattered by Central Americans.
Belgium coach Roberto Martinez hopes the Chelsea player will not get the same treatment from Tunisia.
“It is a worry that in any of those tackles he could really get hurt,” said Belgium’s Spanish coach.
“It doesn’t worry me if that is just their way of trying to stop him.”
History favors the Belgians. They are yet to lose to African opposition at a World Cup, while Tunisia have never beaten a European side at a finals.
The experienced Oussama Haddadi is set to replace Ali Maaloul at left-back in the Tunisian defense and Martinez saw plenty of danger for his team in the north Africans’ opening 2-1 defeat to England.
“They have a lot of bravery and they’re very dynamic,” Martinez said. “The players have a good understanding between each other and they can bring energy and intensity on counter-attacks. They play direct, efficient football.”
After seeing Lukaku and Dries Martens grab the goals against 
Panama, Hazard wants to add some goals of his own.
Hazard, whose younger brother Thorgan is also in a squad considered to be Belgium’s best for decades, is aware of the thirst for success back home.
“We knew it before the tournament. People say that Belgium would win every game but it’s not that simple,” said Hazard. “We want to win, we won the first game and have another one Saturday against Tunisia. We take it game after game.”
Belgium, ranked third in the world, reached the quarterfinals of Brazil 2014 and are aiming to match their previous best of reaching the semifinals at Mexico 1986.
There was some good news for Martinez on Thursday when Barcelona center-back Thomas Vermaelen trained for the first time in Russia.
Likewise Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany, who like Vermaelen is 32, is expected to return on Friday.