Someone asked me how my blog and newspaper column came to be titled "Bleachers Brew". It's like this, it's an amalgam of sorts of two things: The bleachers area in the stadium/arena where I used to sit when I would watch baseball, football, and basketball games and Miles Davis' great jazz album Bitches Brew. That's how it got culled together. I originally planned on calling it "The View from the Big Chair" that is a nod to Tears For Fear's second album, Songs from the Big Chair. So there.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Smart Club Championships: Loyola XI crushes Flame Utd., 8-0

This appears in the Monday, June 14, 2013 edition of the Business Mirror.

Loyola XI crushes Flame Utd., 8-0
report and pic by rick olivares

Loyola flexed their muscles and in doing so crushed a hopelessly overmatched Flame United, 8-0, in their opening match of the Smart Club Championships at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium last Saturday, January 12.

The Sparks cut to pieces Flame United, a team composed of former Dolphins United (who are Philippine Christian University footballers) and Arellano University players with some loaned out Air Force players, with the rule of the midfield and crisp diagonal passing.

Matthew Hartmann back in uniform following a year-long suspension by the Philippine Football Federation scored a hat trick and didn’t seem to miss a beat despite the layoff. “I was just glad to get back and play,” glowed Hartmann who occupied the slot of holding midfielder Anto Gonzales who returned to Pachanga-Diliman after he was recalled from his season-long loan to Loyola. “It was good to contribute and this result will help not only the team but my confidence.”

It was an all brother affair as Hartmann’s younger brother, Mark, continued his recent resurgence and strong play by scoring the opening two goals for Loyola beginning with a brilliant free kick from 25 yards out that beat keeper Bernard Lelis in the 17th minute.

There was a tense moment when old nemesis, Herbert Bayona, on loan from Air Force, kicked Loyola’s Roxy Dorlas in the shins causing the Sparks’ defender to crash down in pain. The Loyola players angrily pointed at Bayona who they remember for his rough play during the intense battle with the military team in the UFL. Dorlas was replaced by PJ Fadrigalan.

Eight minutes the opening goal, Mark Hartmann headed in a high cross by Chad Gould from the right side of the box to double Loyola’s lead.

In the 38th minute, it was the Younghusband brothers turn to take the spotlight when Phil Younghusband set up James for a thunderous volley from outside the box to make it 3-0.

At the resumption of play, Loyola midfielder Byeong Yeol Jeong beat defender Carl AraƱez deep in Flame United territory to send a cross that Mathew Hartmann headed home past Perry Camba Jr. who replaced Lelis at goal. Hartmann’s goal made it 4-nil as Flame United coach Ravelo “Judy” Saluria, a former national player, shuffled his players hoping to stem the tide.

In the 67th minute, Phil Younghusband, now playing in a midfield position with Hartmann and Chad Gould moving up forward, followed up his shot that Camba stopped but was unable to corral with a right-footed blast to hike the score to 5-0.

Mark Hartmann set up older brother Matthew with a well-played back heel pass that the latter dribbled in once for a better position before firing into the far post where Camba had no chance. Six-nil for Loyola.

Phil Younghusband slalomed through two defenders in the 76th minute and his glorious right foot gave him a brace with another cracking shot and a now ridiculous 7-0 lead.

Matthew Hartmann closed out the match and comeback with his third goal in the 86th minute.

In other Smart Club Championship play, General Trias, the recently-concluded UFL Cup revelation, defeated Baguio FC, 3-1, at Benguet State University. Green Archers United crushed Ramgarjal, 6-1, at the Rizal Memorial State University Field in Capitan City with new acquisition Chiefly Caligdong scoring a brace. And in the last match of last Saturday, Pachanga-Diliman slipped past Queen City United at the Aboitiz Field in Cebu.

Starting Line-ups:


Mark Sorongon

Alex Elnar   Minho Park   Rodriguez Nembot   Roxy Dorlas

Matthew Hartmann

Byeong Yeol Jeong   James Younghusband   Phil Younghusband

Chad Gould   Mark Hartmann

Abel de Castro Jr.   Jerome Cuyos

Alvin Obero   Julius Lorilla   Jumar Dexinse   Alberto Familiar Jr.

Herbert Bayona   Cris Pino   Kaiser Orcine   Romnick Echin

Bernard Lelis

Flame United

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