Samste wins the third national volleyball championship 2018
Three days National Volleyball Championship 2018 to promote volleyball in the country kicked off on 18th May 2018.
The Bhutan Volleyball Federation (BVF) in collaboration with the Bhutan Olympic Committee (BOC) organized the Championship at the Changlingmethang National Volleyball Arena, Thimphu.
The championship was the biggest annual event conducted by the BVF. The team’s representatives from the Dzongkhags with established Dzongkhag Sport Associations (DSAs).
Eight dzongkhags took part in the championship which includes Paro, Chukkha , Punakha, Wangdue Phodrang, Samdrup Jongkhar, Samtse, Trashigang and Sarpang Dzongkhags.
From the fourteen DSAs excluding Gasa which was affiliated on February 2018 affiliated with the Bhutan Olympic Committee, there seems to be the lack of women teams participating in the championship.
As per the coach at BVF, Tandin Wangchuk said, “Since the inception of the National Championship in 2016, our main aim was to encourage and popularize volleyball. There weren’t women teams since the beginning. There are many capable women players and we are encouraging both the genders to come forward and participate in such championships but since women are not as forthcoming as the men, there seems to be the lack of women teams. Hopefully next year we expect women participation in the championship.”
The championship format was played in league cum knock out. Semi-finals and finals were played on the 20th of May, 2018 which was broadcasted live on BBS 2 from 09:00 AM onwards.
In the last two editions of the championship, 10 teams took part in the annual competition. However, the championship has not featured a single women’s team so far.
The national volleyball championship is one of the few tournaments played on a synthetic court in the country according to Bhutan Volley- ball Federation officials.
Of the 14 DSAs affiliated with Bhutan Olympic Committee, eight teams from Paro, Phuentsholing, Punakha, Wangdue, Samdrupjongkhar, Samtse, Trashigang, and Sarpang-Gelephu are taking part at the championship.
The opening match between Samdrupjongkhar DSA and Samtse DSA saw Samtse defeat Samdrupjongkhar when it won three sets, 25-21, 25-20 and 25-12 of the total four sets.
The three-day long championships is played in league and knock out format where four best teams qualified for the semi-final, which played in a knock out format.
Team from Samtse Sports Association cleared their way to the finals by beating Paro Sports Association in the semi-finals, whereas in the match between Punakha Sports Association and Wangdue Sports Association, Punakha Sports Association paved their way to the finals by beating Wangdue SA in three sets.
Meanwhile, in the finals played between Samtse SA and Punakha SA, the crowds roared as their matches began. The match began with a little luck in favor of Punakha SA in the second and third sets. However, Samtse SA built their team work and revived their position in the last two sets, last one set being the deciding set. Samtse won in the last set (10-15).
Samtse SA stood the winner of the Third National Volleyball Championship 2018 winning home the cash prize of Nu. 50,000.
Punkha SA is the runners-up winning the cash prize of Nu.30, 000.