Someone asked me how my blog and newspaper column came to be titled "Bleachers Brew". It's like this, it's an amalgam of sorts of two things: The bleachers area in the stadium/arena where I used to sit when I would watch baseball, football, and basketball games and Miles Davis' great jazz album Bitches Brew. That's how it got culled together. I originally planned on calling it "The View from the Big Chair" that is a nod to Tears For Fear's second album, Songs from the Big Chair. So there.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

The BaliPure Purest Water Defenders' season in two pictures

This is easily one of the top Philippine sports stories of 2017. The BaliPure Purest Water Defenders lost its entire team who de-camped to another squad due to budget/cost concerns. The team scrambled to put together a new squad with about a week to go before the new season.

In spite of all sorts of issues, the team made it to the finals of the Reinforced Conference of the Philippine Volleyball League where they lost to Pocari Sweat.

After the Game 3 loss, middle hitter Risa Sato ran off the court where she found a corner near the team locker room to shed her tears. Team captain Grethcel Soltones followed to cheer up her teammate to no avail.

The team headed into the next conference with all sorts of questions as they were losing import Jennifer Keddy. The Purest Water Defenders started out slow but made it back to the Open Conference Finals where this time, they gained revenge on Pocari Sweat by winning their first volleyball crown in team history.

In the picture below, the victorious team gathered around game commentators Boom Gonzales and Airess Padda and showers them with confetti. 

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