Net height measured, boundary lines in place, excited teams begin to arrive, what does it all mean? The 8th Jibes Suoi Nuoc Beach Volleyball tournament is about to get underway. As the final call for registration was made with a total of 10 competing teams, some new, some event veterans. “Calling all team captains” and the draw commenced to see who would be battling it out in the first heats.
As is the way a “Double Elimination” tournament was run, the beauty of this system is not only more exciting but each and every team gets the chance to have a total of 2 losses before being eliminated from the comp. The games started red hot on court number one with the blow of the first whistle. Jibes put up a strong start in both sets against the mighty Pandanus but Jibes were soon relegated to the lower brackets as Pandanus closed in tight, refusing to give their opponents an inch of space. The following action came thick and fast as games were run back to back using a two court system, the winners holding their top positions whilst the losers still had one chance left to take it all the way through to the finals.
At this point we must give some recognition to all our younger less seasoned teams coming from far and away. A new team for this year was from “The Interns” currently visiting our local area on work experience from Hnam Chang Ngeh, Kon Tum, Hospitality Training. Everyone was astounded by their motivation and the pure dedication this team brought to the event, truly outstanding. Magic Muc and Team Marin traveled all the way from Saigon to test their skills and what a difference they made to the ever increasing competitive level of the tournament.
First time entrants Dragon Beach managed to put together a killer team this year putting a lot of pressure in the first few games and panicking some of the more proficient teams into thinking they could be on the early bus home. Head Dragon coach Andras Miszori definitely had some secret game tactics up his sleeves, they will be a worry for the higher level teams next year, that is for sure. The Dragon Beach Vs Full Moon Village was a particularly close run game causing lots of fun if not a little anxiety.
The amazing Blue Ocean squad pulled out their ‘A’ game this year seeing a vast improvement from their previous years performance. One player in particular stood out “Miss Ha” took all her opponents by surprise with an aggressive defensive wall proving almost impossible to tear down.
After 8 punishing games all competitors temporarily retired to the comfort of Full Moon Village restaurant to get a well deserved energy boost of traditional Vietnamese beef soup “Bún Bò” something not to be missed if you are ever able to make a visit. Time waits for no man in this sport so it wasn’t long before the more serious games came under way.
This years tournament saw the classic favourites Victoria, Pandanus and Palimira. These three teams are well known for giving some close run nail bighting action and this year was no exception. As we drew closer to the finals we saw Victoria and Pandanus fighting for the last available position as the undefeated Palmira waited patiently to see which team they would be facing. Both Victoria and Pandanus played hard in a very close matched game, it was one of the most exciting semi finals but on the final whistle it was Victoria who found themselves victorious (no pun intended).
Before we knew it the final was upon us. Victoria after already loosing once had to work extra hard throughout the entire tournament to advance from the losers brackets, this in itself is an amazing achievement as they needed to play quite a few extra games obviously testing their fitness levels but as usual Victoria did not disappoint. Palmira were all in top fighting form and didn’t intend to take any prisoners. Victoria didn’t give in easily, they made Palmira sweat as the first set ended with Victoria 12 Palmira 15. It was vital that Palimra win the next set if they wanted to get an early lock in for first place on the podium and with such a close call in the first set this definitely caused Palmira some concern. As the game was stopped a number of times for team talks and strategy planning, the stress was starting to show as we could see this would be no easy win for Palmira. On the final whistle the champions were revealed to be once again undefeated for three consecutive years. Congratulations to the all powerful Palimira and their dominating style.
After an hour to freshen up teams returned excitedly awaiting the final results as tempting aromas of fresh BBQ drifted by and ice buckets were loaded up with the free flow beer. The ceremony opened with big thanks to all, especially our sponsors who provided an amazing array of luxury prizes from Hot Air Balloon rides to Sunset BBQs. We started with Pandanus achieving a very respectful 3rd and taking home a number of prizes including four Sea Links Golf Vouchers. Next we congratulated Victoria for chasing the games all the way to the final. There was some amazing game play and we must thank Victoria for making the games even more exciting than usual. Victoria walked away with such prizes including Dragon Beach Vouchers four bottles of Bacardi as well as Blue Ocean Sunset BBQs for six. Then we come to the winners of “The 8th Jibes Suoi Nuoc Beach Volleyball Tournament”, the undefeated for three consecutive years and proving to be the team to beat for 2019 Palmira. Once gain their organisation and precision play proved too much for the other teams. Palmira not only took first place but they did it in style, without losing a single game. Although we have our sights set on Pandanus, Victoria or maybe even some fresh faces to give them a run for their money in 2019. Palmira were rewarded for their efforts with some amazing Hot Air Balloon rides care of “Vietnam Balloons“, “Dragon Beach” vouchers for Red Label, “Full Moon Village” Vouchers, Magnum of Freixenet and the advantage of free entry in to next years tournament.
For all the teams that were unable to make it into the top three not one left with a disappointed face, as is tradition the award ceremony ended with a lucky draw giving not only the top 3 a chance to be winners. This year our lucky draw saw prizes such as accommodation vouchers and meals from Victoria Resort And Spa, Jibes Bach Club meal vouchers, Sea Links Golf Vouchers, accommodation vouchers from Vietnam Surf Camping, we even had a special magnum of Freixenet (care of The Wharehouse) for the first unlucky team to be knocked out, so even team Magic Muc left with many smiles and happy memories. Big thanks to Marou Chocolate and Dragon Beach who also made sure each team was lucky enough to receive some of their great products and vouchers.
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See you all next year for “The 9th Jibes Soui Nuoc Beach Volleyball Tournament” on the 6th July 2019.