By Richiel S. Chavez
Sun•Star Cebu Reporter

SAN JOSE, Antique (Sun•Star Cebu, April 30, 2017) —  The Central Visayas Regional Athletic Association ( Cviraa) elementary football team forged a 1- 0 victory over the tough Western Visayas Regional Athletic Association (Wvraa) to win the elementary gold medal in the 60th Palarong Pambansa in here yesterday.

The Cviraa delegation closed its stint in the one-week national sporting conclave on a winning note, thanks to the triumph of the football elementary team, represented by Don Bosco [Technology Center (DBTC) Cebu – Football Club] students and three reinforcements from Lapu- Lapu City and Bohol Province.

Simon Andrei Del Campo scored the lone goal of the championship match with just five minutes before the end of regulation.

Del Campo, a fifth grader of Don Bosco, received a cross from teammate Vaugn York Pacana outside the penalty box. He eluded two defenders, Zedric Marben Bance and Mark Daniell Gedaya, and beat the Wvraa keeper for the lone goal.

LOOK: Vaugh York Pacana (right) of Central Visayas (CV) collides with a player from Western Visayas after going for a header in the championship match of the 2017 Palarong Pambansa football tournament elementary boys division in Antique Province. CV won the match, 1-0, to bag the gold | via Tonee Despojo of Cebu Daily News

Del Campo was named the Most Valuable Player and also won the Golden Boot and Best Striker awards.

Best Goal Keeper Cyril John Christian Calo with proud father and coach Rey Calo.

Cviraa’s Cyril John Christian Calo and Joseph Kyne Garces won the Best Goal Keeper and Best Midfielder awards, respectively, while the Region 7 elementary football coaching staff received the Fair Play award.

Best Midfielder Joseph Kyne Garces.

Head coach Glen Ramos said he had to adjust their game several times and asked his players to swap roles in a snap as the opponents were not only bigger but also faster.

Cviraa’s striker Del Campo showed heart as he suited up with an injury in his legs, but still delivered when the team needed it the most.

“He (Del Campo) was injured during the quarterfinals against Davao. He had an x-ray and it was found out it was a bruise and a light fold on the legs. It was decided to let him play,” Ramos told Cebu’s scribes.

The Cviraa elementary football team reached the finals after booting out ARMM, 3-1, in the semis and defeating Region 9, 4-2, in the quarters.

Head Coach Glen Ramos

Ramos said that this core is a newly-formed team and the goal was to reach the Palarong Pambansa.

To prepare the kids, they had a Visayas Tour, playing friendly matches with Bacolod and Barotac teams. The team also joined the U14 division of the Mayor’s Cup Tournament.

“I motivate the kids on their play, always correct the mistakes and make an assessment after the game,” said Ramos.

The victory made up for the loss of the high school team, which failed to make the finals a year after getting the silver medal in 2016.

Other published reports

Cebu Daily News:

Football’s hero Region 7 capped its campaign with a close 1-0 win over Region 6 in the elementary boys football final at the St. Anthony’s College football field.

Simon del Campo pierced through Region 6’s defense just five minutes before the end of regulation.

“I admired Simon’s heart. He was nursing a bruised legwhich he suffered in the quarterfinal round. He insisted to play despite the injury. I allowed him to play after he underwent X-ray,” Ramos said.

Del Campo’s valiant effort paid dividends as he collared the MVP, Golden Boot and Best Striker awards.

Other Cviraa player who won special awards were Joseph Kyne Garces as Best Midfielder and Cyril John Christian Calo as Best Goalkeeper. (as reported by Calvin Cordova)


The Freeman:

If there’s a little consolation for Central Visayas at the end of what had been a tumultuous campaign, it snared the elementary football crown after edging Western Visayas, 1-0.

Simon del Campo sank the winning goal for the region, whose top officials have a lot of things to ponder and analyze especially on what went wrong that led to CV’s disappointing, if not, unacceptable performance. (as reported by Emmanuel B. Villaruel and Caecent No-ot Magsumbol)