BANGKOK: After 5 grueling matches, the Philippine Team emerged victorious and were hailed “champions” in the recently concluded “OFW Summer Volleyball Tournament” held at Sacred Heart Convent School, Klongtoei on Sunday, April 2, 2017.
In the final face off, the Philippine Team crushed the Airbenders, hitting the ball with a better precision on the first set (23-25). But the latter, with a better floor defense, put up a good fight and won the second set (25-16). The final set ended with a strong charge from the Philippine Team and winning the match in the process (25-20).
“We actually just came to play. Just play and have fun since we only get the chance to do this once in a blue moon,” John Rechie Mangubat Tirol of the Philippine Team told Pinoy Legacy. “Our victory was just a consolation to that ultimate goal of meeting new friends, OFWs and other fellow Filipinos. We are very thankful for the opportunity and it will indeed be a memory of a lifetime,” he added.
Balibolista won against Mulawin and brought home the bronze medal.
Meanwhile in the women’s category, AIMS dream of bringing home the gold medal turned into a nightmare after TNRJ defeated them in two straight sets.
“Nanalo kami dahil sa teamwork, and we made sure na i-encourage ang bawat isa if magkamli man. We said “kaya yan bawi tayo.” It’s a way na nakakapagboost ng confidence ng bawat isa. Since we all love volleyball, kahit anong mangyari – manalo man o matalo, nandun pa rin iyong team as one, said TNRJ Captain Des Zabalo.
The winning teams of the tournament each received 8,000 baht for the gold, 5,000 baht for silver, and 3,000 baht for the bronze.
Dubbed as ‘Spike for a Cause’, the proceeds of the event went to Samakee Songkhro School and to the earthquake victims in Surigao City in February this year.
Sacred Heart Convent School EP Filipino Teachers partnered with President Rodrigo Duterte’s Partners for Change in Thailand for this event.
“We are hoping to have another event like this. Someone already tapped me to organize a badminton tournament dedicated to Filipinos in Thailand,” Mr. Domir Borres, the coordinator of the tournament said in an interview.
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