JUBILEE VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT
This weekend sees around 100 volleyball teams from around the UK and Western Europe converge on Perth’s North Inch for the 27th Scottish Open Volleyball Tournament.
It will be some weekend on the North Inch with Perth’s Jubilee Celebrations as well as the annual volleyball extravaganza all happening within yards of each other. The tournament, which normally takes place over the last weekend in May, moved to a week later due to the Jubilee holiday weekend and committee members are wondering whether they made the right decision after last weekend’s scorching weather…
In the men’s division of honour there will be five teams including a Team Tayside, consisting of the most promising young players from the region including players from Regional champions, Dundee University. Previous winners Bon Accord and Su Ragazzi are joined by Edinburgh Jets and French Connection UK.
Four women’s division of honour teams will be competing for the championship this weekend: Aberdonia, North Grampian, NUVOC and an “’Internationals” made up of players from various countries.
Local teams are there in abundance scattered throughout men’s and mixed divisions 2 and 3.
A number of teams from south of the border, including regulars Willy’s Warriors and Phoenix St Albans will be joined by Pascal Melgers Belgian side from Leuven Volleyball Club who will be playing at the Open for the first time. Pascal’s side are regulars at the De Haan tournament and have been encourage to participate by De Haan regulars Kinross V.C.
As well as the volleyball, a full programme of evening activities are again planned for the Friday and Saturday evenings. The traditional Ceilidh will take place on the Friday evening and Saturday evening will host the tournament disco which is enjoyed by all.
Sunday will see the top teams battling it out for the nine trophies spread over men’s, women’s and mixed divisions with the others competing for the “best of the rest” honours.
All in all it will be a busy weekend in Perth and no doubt local businesses will benefit from the influx of an expected eight hundred players, families and officials.