Darnhall downpours didn’t dampen the spirits of the 17 men’s and women’s beach volleyball teams as they competed for gold, silver and bronze medals in the first UK Beach Tour event hosted by the new Perth Beach Volleyball Club.
Early rain on Saturday morning soon cleared as the men’s teams took to the sand courts with three former Kinross Volleyball Club lads competing in three of the seven competing teams.
Number one seeds were club treasurer Connor Boyle partnered by Stewart Caldwell from the West Coast Beach Volleyball Club. Jack McKelvey, recently moved to work in Tyneside whereas Ruari Soutar travelled in the opposite direction for work in Edinburgh. All three teams found themselves drawn together in the opening round of fixtures.
The opening match on court one paired Boyle & Caldwell with McKelvey & Mastebrockis, the number one seeds winning 21-13; 21-17. Next up was the McKelvey team against the Soutar team with McKelvey’s team winning 21-18; 21-16. The Boyle/Caldwell partnership also won against Soutar/ Stougiannos 21-14; 21-18 to qualify for the quarter finals.
In the other section, two of the games went to three sets to decide the eventual winner with the Avesani/Candeli partnership just edging Edinburgh pair Sean Platts-Stobie & Cameron Hook 23-21; 15-21, 15-10. The other game which went the distance was between the McHardy brothers and the Gorecki/Soberiacki partnership with the McHardy’s just missing out 17-21; 21-18; 12-15.
The other qualifiers saw the McHardy boys dump Ruari Soutar and his partner following this with the McHardy brothers” combination easing Jack McKelvey and his partner out of the bronze medal position 21-19; 21-17 in the third/fourth play-off.
Strangely enough the final between Boyle/Caldwell and Gorecki/Soberiacki saw a similar scoreline in favour of the number one seeds as they grabbed gold as well as ranking points for the end of the beach season.
The Perth gold medalists head to Weymouth next weekend for yet another beach ranking tournament.
Sunday morning saw the ten women’s teams assemble just as the rain became heavy but luckily it didn;t last long and play continued with number one seeds Lynne Beattie & Mel Coutts caught local rivals Fowler and Waldie cold with an impressive 21-7; 21-9 scoreline.
The Barbour/Morrison partnership breezed through their section, joining Mason/Verdu-Schlie who topped section three.
The knock out stages were completed lining up Beattie/Coutts and Barbour/Morrison in the final but this was delayed due to a typical Scottish deluge. Once the storm passed it was the number one seeds who struck gold, winning 21-15; 21-19.
This Sunday sees the next round of junior beach coaching at Darnhall from 10:00 – 13:00 with local youngsters keen to improve their beach skills. Places can be booked via the Scottish Volleyball website.
Darnhall will host a UK 4 star Beach Tour over the weekend 31 Julyl/1st August to complete their hosting of this summer’s beach tour events.
You can view the photos from Sundays Women’s Competition on the Volleyball Photos website. Please remember that photos can be purchased directly from Volleyball Photos, who volunteer alot of time to shoot these photos, and have been hit extremely hard during the pandemic. Lets help our Volleyball people with their small business.