After the breakthrough at the Southeast Asian Games, the Philippines will make an important contribution to beach handball with a bronze medal. For the coaching team led by Jana Franquelli, the men's team has proven this to be competitive enough to compete with the more established teams in the region such as Thailand and Vietnam.
"The focus will be on developing the men's beach handball squad, because there they have more potential to distinguish themselves," said Franquelli. However, they fell to the later champion Vietnam and Thailand to settle for bronze.
"These were very close and exciting games," said Franquelli of the last two games at SEA Games.
The Philippines showed speed and sperm despite the height disadvantage and gave the country the last medal in the very last event of the games.
The games attracted many viewers at Subic, which led the leadership of the Philippine Handball Federation to believe that sport "has enough potential to become as popular as beach volleyball".
Franquelli helped start the sport in the country in 2013.
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