Cebuana-Lhuiller backed RP Blu Girls has dropped its first game in the championship round robin of the Women’s World Softball Championships, losing to 3rd-ranked Australia, 1-11, in the 31-nation tournament held in Softball City, Surrey, Canada.
The Filipinas are in the company of 2nd-ranked USA, Australia, and world no. 6 China in Group 2 of the championship round robin stage.
“It’s unfortunate that we have been included in the bracket of all powerhouse teams but this will not stop our girls from playing their hearts out and trying to pull off an upset. The experiences of playing against these top teams will go a long way to our goal of qualifying and contending for a medal in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics,” said ASAPHIL president Jean Henri Lhuillier.
Perennial Southeast Asian champions, the RP Blu Girls next play China on Thursday (Manila time) and USA on Friday (Manila time).
In other games, France routed India, 9-2, Japan blasted Chinese Taipei, 6-1, Austria edged Greece, 5-4, Equador beat Uganda, 4-2, and Israel overpowered Switzerland, 11-8.