Maybe this is my last time to play here -- Thai import Jeng Bualee

Mark Escarlote on May 18, 2017 10:16 PM
Maybe this is my last time to play here -- Jeng Bualee
Maybe this will be the last time for me to play in the Philippines -- BaliPure Thai import Jeng Bualee

Thai guest player Jaroensri Bualee flashed a wide smile even after her team, BaliPure, wasted a 2-0 lead in a tough five-set loss against Pocari Sweat in the inaugural Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan Thursday.

The balik-import was just happy that she finally got a chance to play in the Philippines.

Maybe for the last time.

Bualee revealed that this will be her final tournament in the country.

“I’m really happy (to play again in the Philippines) because many fans were asking me when will I be back. I’m so lucky that they want me back here,” said Bualee. “For me I’m really happy talaga.”

A familiar face in the local volleyball as a reinforcement, Bualee played in the V-League 11 times since 2006 and won her first title back in 2012 for San Sebastian College-Sandugo (Reinforced Conference) before a four-year hiatus.        

With father time already gaining up on her, the 33-year-old Thai just wants to play in the country she has learned to embrace and love one last time.

“Maybe this will be the last time for me to play in the Philippines,” said the multi-awarded guest player. “Because I’m so matanda. I’m matanda because in volleyball many players go up and are very strong. I cannot beat them na.”

Bualee was relieved when her International Transfer Certificate arrived Thursday morning, giving her the greenlight to suit up for the Water Defeders. 

“We’ve been waiting for so long. We thought we cannot play anymore,” she said. “For me I really want to play. I don’t want to come back (in the Philippines) for nothing.”

Bualee debuted with 17 points.





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