That is a wrap on our Grand Slam Series event for 2021 and what a way to end the summer! It has been an absolute journey of events and Bournemouth really did send us out with a bang! Deep Dish Beach Volleyball were the hosts for this event on the iconic sands of Bournemouth Beach! One of the Top 5 beaches in Europe and ranked in the Top 25 in the World! The sun gods were shining upon us and it certainly made for one of the best Grand Slam Finals to date!
We start with the women’s competition where coming into the event the previous 4 Grand Slam events this season were split 2 a piece by the pairings of Mumby/Grimson and Tokarenko/Sviridova, so as you can imagine these 2 were hot favourites to have a showdown in the finals. With the draw filled with the top 8 teams it made for amazing games all weekend! The women’s finals match up ended up coming down to the two London based teams of Team SideOut’s very own Adamek/Rastelli and Team Fireball’s Tokarenko/Sviridova! Now these two teams have battled each other on the courts a few times this year already so we knew we were in for another great game! In the end Team Fireball reigned supreme and it was truly a battle of skill, power and flat out unreal plays both on defence and offence! Tokarenko/Sviridova would win the game 2-0 and be crowned your Women’s UKBT Grand Slam Champions!
The bronze medal game also proved to be exciting with the British and local Bournemouth based pairing of Snow/Palmer taking on the ladies from Scotland, Barbour/Morrison! A 3 set thriller to decide the last spot on the podium and after some impressive performances from both teams the local pairing of Snow/Palmer were manage to put on a show in the 3rd set and take that final spot on the podium!
Next we had the men’s competition and similar to the women’s there were some amazing games throughout! In the finals we had the matchup of two England national teams of London based pairing team Bello/Bello taking on the Bournemouth based pairing of Jones/Gleed and boy did we have a game! A game that showed some skill and physicality throughout with the two teams having already won 1 of the Grand Slam events earlier this season in Cardiff and London. Team Bello we able to take the first set and then rally from being down in the 2nd set in order to take the title with a 2-0 win in the final! Congratulations to Team Bello/Bello on becoming the UKBT Grand Slam Champions!
The bronze medal game was played between the men’s pairings of Team SideOut, Peiro/Maggio, and Team Fireball’s Lawson/Dunbavin. Both set scores went to 23-21 which just shows you how closely matched these teams were! This time round on the men’s Team SideOut were successful in claiming that last spot on the podium winning the game 2-0!
We want to say a huge thank you to everyone who came down to Bournemouth to cheer on our amazing athletes. A shoutout also goes to all of the crew who worked hard to make these finals the best one yet, our hosts Deep Dish Beach Volleyball for putting on an amazing event and finally our tour and event sponsors. Without all of you none of this would be possible.
For a full list of results check out the links below and we can’t wait to see you on the sand again when the Grand Slam Series returns next year!