Photo caption: Standing (L-R) Fauzi Ismail, A2C Rodolfo Labrador Jr., Francis Saura, Kim Malabunga, SSg Clarence Esteban (Asst Coach), Go For Gold head Jeremy Go, LTC Ramil Ranario (PAF Volleyball Program Director), Gerald De Guzman (Go for Gold), SSg Rhovyl Verayo, Bryan Bagunas, A1C Jeffrey Malabanan, A2C Howard Mojica, A2C Alnakran Abdilla); Seated (L-R) Team Captain A2C Ptirus de Ocampo, Sandy Montero, Primo Rueca, Madzlan Gampong, Rikko Marmeto, Sgt Raffy Mosuela
Philippine Air Force Go For Gold has been tagged as the heavy favorite to bag the title in the ongoing Spikers’ Turf Season 4 Reinforced Conference 2019.
The defending champion Air Force Go For Gold spikers are the wise-money bets after they swept the reinforced and open conferences last season with national team mainstays and newly crowned UAAP Season 81 MVP Champion Bryan Bagunas and Air Forces’ Airman Second Class Alnakran Abdilla capturing the Finals MVP in both tournaments, respectively.
Chances are similarly favorable again since headcoach Staff Sergeant Rhovyl Verayo has practically beefed up his lineup that also included comebacking opposite spiker Fauzi Ismail, setter Airman Second Class Jessie Lopez and middle hitter Airman First Class Jeffrey Malabanan, to name a few.
“We are happy to support our men and women in the armed forces. Their sacrifice inspires us a lot and we want to help them in our small way,’’ said Go For Gold godfather Jeremy Go.
The partnership with the Philippine Air Force men’s volleyball team has increased the number of sports to nine that Go For Gold has been supporting.
Other members of the team are UAAP Season 81 Champions Kim Malabunga, Francis Saura and Madz Gampong, holdovers Team Captain A2C Pitrus De Ocampo, A2C Nino Jeruz, A2C Rodolfo LabradorJr, A2C Howard Mojica, Sandy Montero, Sgt Raffy Mosuela, newcomer libero Rikko Marmeto, and rookie Primo Rueca from NCAA South Champions De La Salle – Lipa.
Helping Verayo call the shots for Air Force Go For Gold are men’s national team head coach SSg Dante Alinsunurin, SSg Clarence Esteban and SSg Jhimzon Merza. Ltc Ramil Ranario is the program director of the PAF volleyball team.
The Go For Gold spikers have a winning tradition in the Spikers’ Turf for the past four seasons with four championships titles—two in the Reinforced and Open conferences (2016 and 2018)–in eight conferences.
They wound up second place in the 2015 and 2017 reinforced conference and placed third in the open conference on both seasons.
Aside from men’s volleyball, Go For Gold is a staunch supporter of national team athletes from cycling, sepak takraw, triathlon, chess, dragonboat, skateboarding, wrestling and a pair of basketball teams in the PBA D-League and Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League.