Scottish Schools' Volleyball Cup Finals
Pupils from Queensferry Community High School brought home 2 trophies and finalists medals at the Scottish Volleyball School Cup Finals at the Kelvin Hall, Glasgow, on Tuesday 21st March.
The pupils all started off in regional qualifying pools in October - December, and quarter finals and semi finals pools, in their journey to qualify for the 2016-2017 SVA Scottish Schools Cup Finals!!
In the P7-S1 Girls Scottish Schools Cup Final, Queensferry HS P7-S1 girls recovered from a nervous start losing the opening set 13-25 to Ayrshire school Kyle Academy. The girls recovered their poise to go toe to toe in the 2nd set before narrowly losing the second set and the match 24-26 So the girls finished as runners up but it was a fantastic achievement and experience to be finalists in the first year of competition. They have a bright future ahead!
Meanwhile in the S2-3 girls final Queensferry were taking on their rivals from the north, Aberdeen Grammar. The girls from the ferry raced off to a 25-12 first set victory with some superb defence play. Aberdeen Grammar hit back with some tough serving and spiking but Queensferry held their nerve and went on to win the match 2-0 (25-21).
And for the final match of the day, a record was to be broken. For a national Scottish Schools Cup final, it was a local affair with Queensferry facing James Gillespies High School, from Edinburgh, in the final. Queensferry were made up of boys in S3 and S4, playing in their first S4-5-6 Scottish Schools Cup while their opponents James Gillespies were the defending champions. Queensferry got off to a slow start trailing 0-5 in the opening set, before some superb defence and counter attack play put Queensferry into a 1-0 (25-20). James Gillespies responded with some high risk serving that paid off earning them the second set 25-16, so it was all to play for in the tie break to 15 points. Queensferry raced to an early lead but then crossing the finished line seemed too much as match points were squandered as the pressure kicked in. Queensferry and James Gillespies traded match points and saved match points with nerves of steel required as for both teams a season was on the line and was to be decided by whichever team could make a 2 point lead. A service ace at 20-20 by Queensferry broke the deadlock before Queensferry won the match 22-20 in the longest, and potentially the most tense match which broke Scottish Schools Cup records.
Queensferry High School Active Schools Co-ordinator Heather Brownlee commented “Wow! It was a fantastic finals day showcased by the Scottish Volleyball Association and an outstanding experience for all of our pupils to get the chance to take part. The P7-S1 girls have done so well to be finalists in their first year, it was the first time the S2-S3 girls have been to the final and won the Scottish Schools Cup and for boys in only S3-S4 to win the S4-5-6 boys Scottish Schools Cup at their first attempt was the icing on the cake!”
Girls P7-S1 - Finalists (silver medal)
Girls S2-S3 - Champions (gold medal)
Boys S4-5-6 - Champions (gold medal)