Open Volleyball Silver Celebration 2009
The Scottish Open Volleyball Tournament celebrated 25 years of the annual volleyball extravaganza which has grown to be the largest in the United Kingdom. This year 108 teams entered the tournament with players coming from a range of countries includingU.S.A., Poland, Germany, Holland and Italy. The weather too was kind to the competitors who enjoyed a cool calm Saturday and a warmer windy Sunday making it the driest tournament for a number of years.
The division of honour teams playing indoors at Bell’s Sports Centre had a full weekend of games with the U.S.A. Athletes and Scottish League Champions Troon reaching the women’s final. Dundee reached the men’s finals pipping Team Fife at the semi-final stage to meet ZAL Poland on Bell’s centre court.
Division of Honour Women
For Troon it was their fourth consecutive final and they were determined to finish on the winning side after three losses. The U.S.A. Athletes’ side had already lost to Troon in the opening round of fixtures on Saturday but had battled well to reach the final with improved performances on the Sunday. It was the Scottish champions who eased ahead in the first set with the Americans always chasing the game. The 25-17 scoreline in Troon’s favour showed that the Americans would have to up their game if they stood any chance of lifting the championship trophy. It was a close fought second set poised at 24 points each before the Troon lasses edged the two vital points to give them the Scottish Open Championship for the first time.
Division of Honour Men
The men’s division of honour final started with ZAL Poland in fine form being cheered on by a vociferous local support. ZAL had a fairly comfortable first set win by 25 points to 17 and although Dundee did all they could it wasn’t enough and ZAL won the second set 25-20 to become the Scottish Open champions for 2009.
Outdoor : Men
The men’s division one competition on the outdoor courts was a close thing withPolonia Jets just edging local side Kinross Scotrange into second place. Dodgy Servers from Perth won the consolation competition. In men’s division two it was Edinburgh side Nuvoc XXXL who finished as champions defeating the Croatian All-Stars in an exciting final which finished 25-16; 30-28. Northumbrian side Tynedale Wentworth finished as consolation winners of men’s division two.
Outdoor : Women
Women’s division one winners were Wonton Women who defeated The Devil Wears Prada 25-22; 25-21. In the women’s consolation competition it was Dolly Mixtures who defeated two north east England sides Hebburn and Tynedale ladies to secure victory.
Outdoor : Mixed
In the popular mixed sections of the competition the Alcopops defeated the Littlest Hoboes 25-23; 19-25; 15-12 with Glasgow University taking the consolation trophy. In the other mixed section Irmabel beat the Team with No Name with Been and Gonetaking the consolation trophy.
Best Dressed Team
Congratulation go to the team Dig This who won the prize as the best dressed team, and will recieve free entry to next years tournament on the 29th and 30th May 2010.
All in all it was a superb weekend of volleyball with each team to be congratulated for again making it all possible through their continued support over the many years. It was also fitting that a small civic reception was hosted by Perth & Kinross Council prior to the indoor finals as a gesture of thanks to existing and previous members of the volunteer committee which does a wonderful job in organising and running the tournament.
Thanks are also due to local sponsors for their support of the tournament – Famous Grouse Whisky, and St Johnstone Football Club.
Trophy Winners’ List 2009
|Women’s Division of Honour||Troon||USA Athletes White||USA Athletes Blue|
|Men’s Division of Honour||Zall Poland||Dundee||Team Fife|
|Women’s Division One||Wonton Women||The Devil Wears Prada||Dolly Mixtures|
|Men’s Division One||Polonia Jets||Scotrange||Dodgy Servers|
|Men’s Division Two||NUVOC XXXL||Croatian All-Stars||Tynedale Wentworth|
|Mixed Division Two||Alcopops||Littlest Hoboes||Glasgow Uni. Long Armed Forces|
|Mixed Division Three||Irmabell||Team With No Name||Been & Gone|
|Best Dressed Team||Dig This !|