This past weekend marked the last Alcohol.Think Again Beach Volleyball Tour (ATABT) round of 2020, lighting up Sorrento Beach with an exciting level of beach volleyball. While the rain stayed away this time, the wind stuck around to make an entertaining Sunday filled with playoff energy.
32 Elite teams kicked off their pool games on Saturday. On Sunday, 24 Competitive teams joined the action alongside Elite finals. By the end of the weekend, a nice mix of new and familiar faces walked away with the prestigious gold medal.
Women’s Elite Winners – Shelby Maher & Melissa Kennedy
Men’s Elite Winners – Josh Court & Tom Dempsey
Women’s Competitive Winners – Phoebe Lewis & Jennifer Parker
Men’s Competitive Winners – Kable Monck & Jedsen Monck
The spotlight was on Men’s Elite Winners Josh Court and Tom Dempsey, who displayed the perfect pairing of experience and determination. Josh Court, former Australian Beach Volleyroo teamed up with 18-year-old rising star Tom Dempsey, earning Tom’s first ever Elite beach tour win.
“The entire tournament with Courty (Josh Court) was very enjoyable and it feels unreal to get my first win. On top of that though, I felt I learned a lot from playing with him. He definitely helped me play my best in every game.” Said Demspey.
Dempsey and Court fought relentlessly to defeat the Round 1 Gold Medallists, Gabriel Abbott and Daniel Piggott in three close sets during the grand final on Sunday, with scores of 19-21, 25-23 and 15-11.
Following a seven-week break for the holidays, the Alcohol.Think Again Beach Tour will return for Round Three on the 16th – 17th of January 2021 at Trigg Beach.
Before the Volleyball WA office breaks for Christmas on the 18th, there is one more Alcohol.Think Again event on the calendar to launch us into the New Year.
Healthway CEO Susan Hunt PSM said this weekend’s Alcohol.Think Again WA Country of Origin Beach Volleyball competition is going to be a wonderful celebration.
“We are proud to work in partnership with Volleyball WA to promote healthy lifestyles and make the sport accessible for more Western Australians,” Ms Hunt said.
For more information about the Alcohol.Think Again Beach Tour, please contact the Volleyball WA office.
Save the dates: 2020/2021 ATABT Schedule
Cover photo credit: Joel 20-10 Photography