The 2nd Season of V-League Winnipeg kicks off at the RRC Gym

A parade of colors brightened the gym of Red River College on a chilly Sunday morning as the 2nd season of the V-League Winnipeg: De Quiroz-Mance Cup kicked off its 4-month volleyball tournament on March  19, 2017. Pastor and Community Leader Junie Josue graced the sporting event with an opening prayer. An estimate of 400-500 volleyball enthusiasts and aficionados roared to life when the 11 teams in the men division marched around the venue. But pandemonium almost broke loose as the 13 teams of the women division strutted and donned their vibrant uniforms to the delight of the crowd.

The tourney seeks to promote this sports as an avenue for Winnipegers with Filipino lineage to experience the “bayanihan” spirit that makes Pinoy culture a standout.

“Some are called to be doctors. Some are called to become cops. Some are called to preach the Good Book. This is what I am called for. I love going to the grassroots promoting sports if time permits. Perhaps, it is in my DNA,” De Quiroz confessed during a personal interview. Drawing first blood during the opening is the returning women’s division champion, Forever Flames (Loralee) with two wins and no loss.

Two other teams, Be.You.tiful Generals and Volkswagen, accomplished the same feat. Mitsubishi Waverly Jeths scored a win with no loss. A1 McCare, Balik Bayan, McPhillips Toyota, Team Belina and Touch Archers split their wins and losses with one a piece. In the men’s division, five teams emerged unscathed with 1 win: Honda Birchwood, Hot Rod’s Groove, Impulse Sound, McCare-A1 and Tigers.

“We are really excited with the changes this season. We fine-tuned our rules and regulations to make the tournament hiccup-free as much as possible. Our official website is now up and running to promote this league to the millennials,” added the League Commissioner. Eight tournament managers are now tasked to make each gaming event more seamless. All the officiating referees are also now required to be a member of the Manitoba Volleyball Officials Association. The league will soon consider advertisements from the local businesses to augment the rising costs of running the league. It intends also to launch a charity drive called “SULAT-KAMAY” this year for the underprivileged in the Philippines.

At stake for this season is the De Quiroz-Mance Cup Trophy for the top team in each division and bragging rights during gatherings, reunions and other sporting events that last until the next season opens in September.