All our events offer excitement, adrenaline and guarantee to give you a great day out but our Beach Volleyball is always a little bit special and this years event didn’t let us down. Teams from both the local area and traveling from some of the major cities in Vietnam. Players skills ranging from well seasoned to complete beginners, the Jibes Beach Volleyball Tournament is a mixing pot bringing fun loving people together to share in a full day of activity, thrills and laughter.
This year we saw a total of 9 teams all eager to prove themselves on the court and hopeful to walk away with one of the top 3 trophies.
The event started with a bang as we saw one of our regular teams ‘Blue Ocean’ take to court number one to face a new team for this year ‘Mia Rhum’, whilst last year’s winners ‘Palmira’ were teamed up against ‘Kon Tum 1’. Although both ‘Blue Ocean’ and ‘Kon Tum 1’ lost their initial games we must lift our hats in respect and appreciation for the unforgiving determination that we see from our more amateur teams, it all goes to show the inner character of these teams and players.
As the morning games and results proceeded we saw some of the closet victories in the history of the event. The more powerful teams kept their places in the winners brackets whilst the weaker teams were regulated to the lower bracket to carry on their competition against more balanced opponents.
We were also very pleased to see the return of ‘Princess D’an Nam’ after a 2 year break, they made their return to the tournament with pure determination and grit, causing pressure and panic on the teams that assumed they would get to the final without a care.
The morning games came and went with all competitors deserving a traditional Vietnamese lunch of ‘Bun Bo‘ a delicious event all in itself. After a good rest with the more conscientious teams using this time as a valuable opportunity for team practice hoping to catch an edge over the other teams.
The afternoon games started with increasing pressure as we began to see the stronger teams knock out the rest. After a grueling game between ‘Jibes’ and ‘Princess D’an Nam’ it was ‘Princess D’an Nam’ that found itself in the semi final with an eager ‘Palmira’ patiently waiting to see who their opponents would be in the final. Although ‘Princess D’an Am’ gave 110% it still wasn’t enough to conquer the ever powerful ‘Victoria’ team who seemed to have an ever lasting supply of energy as they played to victory under the tropical beach conditions.
The final saw the two favorites face head to head in a very close first match, this game looked like it was going to be a real nail biter with ‘Palmira” locking in the first game. Due to Victoria already losing one of their games in the tournament, this meant they had to play extra games to make it back up into the winners bracket and fatigue was starting to show in the second game of the final. Although ‘Victoria’ kept ‘Palmira’ on the back foot it was the reigning champions that served the final nail in ‘Vicotoria’s’ coffin. Huge respect to Team ‘Victoria’ whose thirst for the game was unsurpassed. It is with great pleasure and cheers that we presented the deserving winning team ‘Palmira’ with the 1st place trophy and prizes at the evenings prize giving event.
As is tradition with all our events you don’t have to be on the podium to walk away with a great gift, in our eyes all the competitors are winners in helping to make an unforgettable and enjoyable time for all. It is for this reason we ran a lucky draw with over 40 individual vouchers and gifts. Special thanks goes out to all our sponsors that go to make this event extra special and exciting.
After prize giving was wrapped up for another year so could begin the evening BBQ buffet and free flow of drinks, the ‘Full Moon Village Buffet’ is well known for its vast array of traditional dishes and BBQ’d meats there is no better way to celebrate this event, giving all the chance to refuel their tanks with some of the most delicious food found throughout Vietnam.
Special thanks to all our wonderful sponsors.
Dragon Beach Bar
Blue Ocean Resort
Sealinks Gold & Country Club
The Fisherman Show/Old Fishing Village
Hoang Khang Company
Tien Minh Phu
Don’t forget to make a note of next year’s Beach Volleyball as this will be our 10th anniversary of this event so expect the extraordinary as we celebrate this fabulous annual event in style: Get training !!!! 4th July 2019