By Ivan Gayares (@ivangeoffrey)
Ceres-La Salle standouts in Martin Steuble, Patrick Reichelt, Manny Ott, and Juani Guirado started their national team duties Monday with the first practice of the Philippine Azkals at the Rizal Memorial.
The team welcomed greenhorns in Kevin Ingreso and Luke Woodland into the fold including the return of Stephan Shrock.
“It was exciting to see new faces, playing them, look at (how) they play, and get closer (together)” said Reichelt.
Though the session was a light one, it was evident that Bacolod-based players were eager to show their wares and fight for their place in the team.
“It was fun. We have a lot of new players, good players, so the level was higher and it was really fun to play with them” said Ott.
Steuble added “It was nice to see all the guys, to meet the new teammates, to have an easy session to start, and get to know the guys. Were always positive looking forward to the games”.
Ian Ramsey also arrived in practice after arriving a few hours earlier from Australia. The rest of the team will arrive in the next few days after fulfilling their personal and club commitments.
“Were waiting for the rest, to have them play for the national team, and (were) waiting for the big games” said Ceres captain Juani Guirado.