Commonwealth Games: Beach volleyball duo undone by nerves

Singapore's Ong Wei Yu scrambling to save a spike as partner Lau Ee Shan looks on during their Pool C opener against the Vanuatuan pair of Miller Pata and Linline Matauatu on the Coolangatta beachfront. Ong and Lau, playing in their first internation
Singapore's Ong Wei Yu scrambling to save a spike as partner Lau Ee Shan looks on during their Pool C opener against the Vanuatuan pair of Miller Pata and Linline Matauatu on the Coolangatta beachfront. Ong and Lau, playing in their first international competition together, lost 9-21, 12-21.ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN

Music blasted as a DJ spun from his booth in a mock yellow lifeguard hut high up, and spectators filled all four corners of the 4,000-seat stadium under clear blue skies, with the iconic Coolangatta strip as the backdrop.

It was exactly what organisers of the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games had envisioned for the beach volleyball competition, which is making its debut at the quadrennial event.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on April 08, 2018, with the headline 'Debutante duo's nerves come undone'. Print Edition | Subscribe