Even before the 2019 PVL Open Conference comes to a close, Grazielle Bombita has already committed to playing for Motolite.
“Actually, binigyan nila ako ng one-year contract. Kahit isang taon, bigyan niyo ko ng isang taon na kontrata,” disclosed Bombita, who refused to make it known when she inked the deal.
The now-erstwhile Water Defender confessed that she has started training with her new team last Monday. She was even seen coming out of Motolite’s dugout last Wednesday, and was spotted wearing the team’s cap and shirt while watching in the stands during the series opener of the PVL Open Conference semifinals on Saturday.
Sports Vision president Ricky Palou made it clear that Bombita cannot suit up for Motolite this conference, though, as her former team Bali Pure has yet to release her.
For Bombita’s part, she admitted that she failed to inform Bali Pure immediately following her decision to side with Motolite, which she genuinely believes as her mistake.
“‘Di ko kasi talaga nasabi kaagad. ‘Yun ‘yung pinakamali ko doon, hindi ko siya nasabi kaagad,” the 28-year-old shared.
“Siguro lahat nabigla sa naging desisyon ko. Actually naiintindihan naman nila ‘yung naging desisyon ko, ng management, pero hindi ko lang talaga sinabi kaagad.”
Bombita played a huge role for the Water Defenders during her stint with the team. She provided the veteran presence for a youth-laden core that made a significant improvement from their winless campaign in the Reinforced conference. This time, there was the welcome development of four wins against a dozen of losses in the all-local tourney.
But while she has turned a new leaf in her career, Bombita feels very grateful for Bali Pure.
“Actually ‘yung Bali Pure talaga ‘yung nagbigay ng pagkakataon sa akin na makapaglaro talaga ulit dito sa PVL. Actually, pang-apat na team ‘yung pinagtry-out-an ko ang Bali Pure, and sobrang thankful ako sa mga coaches and sa mga teammates ko,” a teary-eyed Bombita confided.
“Naging part talaga sila ng journey ko. Sabi ko nga, habang buhay kong utang na loob ‘yun sa kanila.”
At the end of the day, however, Bombita had to make a decision that would benefit her loved ones.
“Sana maging maayos na din, ‘yun lang naman talaga ‘yung pinagpa-pray ko. And kung ano man ang naging desisyon ko talaga, wala akong inisip kun’di ‘yung pamilya ko and ‘yung anak ko, and para talaga sa kanila ‘yun,” she bared.
“Hindi naman siguro selfish kung pipiliin ko ‘yung pamilya ko and ‘yung anak ko.”