Phuketindex went to film both amateur finals for beach volleyball 2010 held last Sunday on one of the outside courts of the professional event the Phuket Thailand Open 2010 at Karon beach. It was a shame they could not use the main stadium court, as the local players deserved more attention and their supporters brought the low key event alive.
In the schools final in the morning, British International School beat SOS orphan village with Thai students 17-14 in the 1st ever beach volleyball contest for school girls teams, kindly sponsored by PTT. It was a tighter game than anticipated as the international girls were quite a bit taller than their Thai counterparts, who played their ‘hearts out’. The video shows the full game play, presentation of prizes, and the SOS girls enjoying a Wii video game afterwards at the PTT booth:
In the hotel final for beach volleyball 2010, on Sunday afternoon, Le Meridien Phuket Beach Resort beat Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort by 2-1 sets (25-17, 12-21, & 16-14) in the exciting 2nd hotel amateur beach volleyball tournament, sponsored by Federbrau. The 50 minute video shows the whole game with a great atmosphere of supporters cheering, singing and drumming; and interview with Bob Selznick, organiser/coach, of both hotels and schools tournament who told us the hotel final was one of the most exciting games he had ever seen; he plans to attract more amateur teams for next year, and arrange more coaching clinics to improve talent; with more support from sponsors, local government and keen participation from local organisations:
QSI, BRITISH INTERNATIONAL 2 TEAMS, SOS CHILDRENS VILLAGE, AND HEADSTART (They have also all confirmed also for next year):
They played one pool, everyone played everyone, one game to 17…All the schools won at least one game, with BRITISH INTERNATIONAL winning 3, and SOS CHILDRENS VILLAGE going undefeated in the pool, having beaten BRITISH INTERNATIONAL in pool play, before losing to them in the final 17-14
HILTON, LE MERIDIEN, MOVENPICK, EVASON RESORT, AMANPURI, J.W. MARRIOTT, AND PHUKET INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY (They all also have confirmed again for next year).
They played each other in 2 pools, with top 2 going forward: In Semi-Finals J.W. MARRIOT VS LE MERIDIEN 23-25, and HILTON VS MOVENPICK, 25-21. In Final LE MERIDIEN VS HILTON 25-17, 12-21, & 16-14