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Bira Burgos volleyball team seeks more players

26 July 2017

Burgos Association Volleyball
team during training.
Volleyball, be it on the beach or on hard court, has long been a favorite sport of OFWs here, and one of the new additions is a team formed by the Burgos Association of Hong Kong.

The team is just a few months old, but it has already logged five wins against older, more favorable opponents, according to Burgos Association president Shane Key Gonzales.

And the victories came despite the team “borrowing” players from other friendly squads who want to see their league expand.

Right now Gonzales is inviting interested volleyball players to join her team, officially named Bira Burgos.

Gonzales said putting up the volleyball team was a way for the OFWs group from Burgos, La Union, to help Filipino migrant workers in Hong Kong to relieve themselves from the stress of working long hours in the city’s tiny flats for most of the week.

“Being an OFW is not easy. Aside from the demands of daily work and the challenge of living in a foreign land, there is a constant battle that you have to face…homesickness,” Gonzales told The SUN.

 “But OFWs from Burgos, La Union, find ways to keep themselves occupied in an attempt to brush off homesickness by joining sports and community activities,” she said.

Gonzales said Bira Burgos is short on players. “We have no steady players but the team keeps competing with other groups, making do with borrowed players, and winning games in the process,” Gonzales said.

Bira Burgos has joined the St John Liliw long league, where it has so far strung five wins.

Coached by Gonzales, the team comprises captain Lorna Estioco and fellow spikers Millet Gallardo, Girlie Sulit, Virginia Lantano, Shirley Peter, Charmaine Peñaflor and Charo Genil.

Players who are interested in joining Bira Burgos may contact Shane Gonzales at 5449 8080. – Vir B. Lumicao

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