While their Olympic counterparts were busy ‘strutting their stuff’ at Horseguards Parade outside Buckingham Palace in London, Pattaya’s own beach volleyball players were taking part in a separate competition at the slightly less illustrious but equally competitive Pattaya Open Beach Volleyball Tournament 2012.
The event was held at Jomtien Beach from July 27 – August 5 with the more than 50 local and national teams being separated into several categories dependant on age and gender.
Pattaya Mayor Ittipol Kunplome presents the champion’s trophy to the Kalasin 1 team, winners of the female Open category.
When the dust had settled and the results were finally in, it was found that the Pattaya Volleyball Club had taken out the male (U14) title after their youngsters defeated the Pattaya No. 7 School by 2 sets to 0, and the beaten finalists would then go on to watch their female (U14) team also fall just short after losing their final 2-0 to the Plutaluang Wittaya team.
There was better news for the Pattaya No. 7 School in the U16 category where the male team won the final 2-1 against Wongkasem Panich, while the girls’ title went to Pattaya No. 11 School, conquerors of Plutaluang Wittaya in straight sets.
In the Open categories, the Navy 33 team battled for a hard fought 2-1 win over Dongtan Club in the men’s final while Kalasin 1 overcame local favourites Pattaya City by a similar score to secure the women’s title.
Pattaya Mayor Ittipol Kunplome was in attendance on finals day to enjoy the action with the other spectators and to present the trophies, certificates and cash prizes at the conclusion of play.
Pattaya Volleyball U14 team accept the winning trophy from city councilor Banjong Banthunprayuk.
Pattaya School No. 11 receive the trophy from councilor Thongchai Aajsong for their win in the U16 female category.
Exciting action on finals day at the Pattaya Beach Volleyball open 2012.