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Windy Portobello Finishes 2008 Beach Season

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6/7 September 2008

[East Lothian Open Results 2008]

Hosted by Rucanor Jets Volleyball Club and with the support of Red Bull, Sportset and Edinburgh council this was the final ranking event in this year’s official Scottish Beach Volleyball Tour. The tour has been all round Scotland, starting in Portobello in June and going to St Andrews where Fife Council had provided funding for equipment and to allow the event to be held on two days. The Tour stayed in St Andrews for the inaugural King & Queen of the Beach, which proved very successful. It then moved further up the coast to Broughty Ferry (near Dundee) before crossing over to the west coast and Troon.

Windy in Edinburgh

The opening rounds at Portobello mainly went with seeding and the finals found first seeds Graham Riddle and Barry McGuigan up against second seeds Colin MacNab and Gavin Watt. Given the weather conditions skill levels were very high and the small crowd that remained behind saw a great match. The experience of Riddle and McGuigan however overcame the youthful challenge of NcNab and Watt. This victory made McGuigan the overall Scottish Beach Volleyball Tour Champion. The women’s event was equally close with first seeds Mel Coutts and Eilidh Smith meeting and beating Gillian Lyall and Elaine Krawczyk. Eilidh took the overall Scottish Women’s Tour title. Not bad for someone who has only been playing volleyball for just over a year!

With the growing success of the Scottish Tour and the large Dodge-sponsored Urban Beach Tour events being held around the UK, it is hoped next year to run the events on an even larger scale with more sponsors being sought to finance the increased profile and popularity of beach volleyball. It is also hoped that TV courage will lift further the profile of the sport in Scotland and provide opportunities for players to compete on the world stage, and longer term to compete for medals in the Olympics. 

Look forward to seeing you on the beach next summer!