Delly aware of Gilas’ talent as Aussies battle Filipinos in World Cup qualifying

first_imgMatthew Dellavedova. Photo by Randolph B. Leongson/ INQUIRER.netRepresenting his country has always been the greatest goal in the mind of Matthew Dellavedova.That’s why he couldn’t help but feel that overwhelming sense of pride whenever he suits up for the Australian Boomers in the international tournaments.ADVERTISEMENT Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur View comments [email protected] talks about fulfilling his Olympic dream. pic.twitter.com/62dslYmB2l— Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) July 21, 2017 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano One and done: Trawick plays first and last game for GlobalPort Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “My dream growing up was to represent Australia in the Olympic Games,” Dellavedova said Friday at the opening of the Peak Store at Robinson’s Place Manila in Ermita.“Ever since I watched my first Olympics in 1996 in Atlanta on TV, just to pull on the green and gold for me is always been a dream. To hear our national anthem play in the Olympic Games is a moment I’ll never forget.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’ Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite “We played against the Philippines in a tournament in France a couple years ago. They’re very quick, a lot of dribble penetration, a lot of three-point shooting, so you really have to guard your man one-on-one,” he said.But with the game still over a year in the making, Dellavedova would rather enjoy the scenery in his first visit, knowing that the next time he sets foot in the Philippines, fans will be out to intimidate him and the rest of the Boomers.“I’m looking forward to traveling around different countries and playing. It’s gonna make it tough because in the two (competition) windows, the NBA guys won’t be able to play. But I’m looking forward to coming back here in July,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “Delly,” as he is fondly called, is visiting the Philippines for the first time for the launch of his shoe line Delly 1 with Peak.This, though, won’t be Dellavedova’s last as he is expected to suit up for Australia for the 2019 Fiba World Cup qualifiers.Australia is slotted in Group B, together with the Philippines, in the Asia-Pacific qualification and Gilas is set to host the Boomers in the home-and-away series on July 2 next year.Dellavedova shared that he already has an idea on how our national team plays, having faced the Philippines back in the 2014 Bleu Blanc Tour in France in the lead up to the 2014 Fiba World Cup in Spain.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rocketslast_img read more