The participation of Petron-PSL All-Star team in the Thai-Denmark Super League has kicked the door of opportunities wide open for Filipino volleyball players to enter.
In fact, the PSL stars were given invitation to compete in a prestigious annual tournament in Croatia where topnotch European clubs are seeing action.
According to PSL president Ramon Suzara, the invitation was extended by European talent evaluators who were scouting at the sidelines as the PSL stars were fighting tooth and nail against the best volleyball clubs in Thailand like Bangkok Glass, Idea Khonkaen and 3BB Nokhonnont.
Suzara, however, couldn’t cement their commitment right away as the tournament will be held in July, which will coincide with the crucial stretch of the PSL All-Filipino Conference.
[quote cite=’Ramon Suzara, PSL president’]”The invitation is already here; it’s now up for us to grab it.”
“Unfortunately, we couldn’t commit right away because the tournament will smack with the PSL All-Filipino Conference in July. It would have been a perfect opportunity to give our players a very good exposure against top European players. We may not win the title, but the international experience we will gain will be definitely worth it.”[/quote]
Petron-PSL All-Stars to Hong Kong
The European joust is just one of the offers being dangled to the PSL stars.
The PSL stars will also play against the Hong Kong national team on June 12 as an Independence Day gift to thousands of Filipino migrant workers in the former Crown colony.
It will also serve as fund-raising campaign for the welfare of Filipino workers.
Suzara said everything is now a go and the organizers are now putting finishing touches on the project.
[quote cite=’Ramon Suzara, PSL president’]”Everything is already a go. In fact, they are now looking for a venue big enough to accommodate our Filipino workers”[/quote]
Players also gained exposure
More than the league itself, the players were also the biggest winners in Petron-PSL’s participation in the prestigious Thai tourney that was ruled by Bangkok Glass.
While Rachel Anne Daquis and Cha Cruz were the toasts of local crowd, Aby Marano also gained massive followers after showing a big fighting heart against topnotch players, some of them already saw action in continental and world tourneys like the World Grand Prix and World Club Championship.
A Thai journalist even noticed how Marano has blossomed from a second-tier blocker in the recent Southeast Asian Games in Singapore into a solid force at the middle for the PSL All-Star team.
Thai media was also calling Marano by her nickname “Tyang,” instead of her first or family name.
Marano, however, brushed off the flattery.
[quote cite=’Aby Marano, PSL All-Stars’]”Thank you so much to that Thai journalist for the appreciation. Glory to the Highest.”[/quote]
Yes, Marano and the PSL stars have a lot to be thankful for.
And this is just the start.