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Frances Doonan Award

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The Fighting Spirit Award is award in memory of Frances Doonan.

She  helped set up Coatbridge women's team who went on to become the first Scottish side to play in European competition (against Slavia Bratislava) and played for the Telford club in Edinburgh who became Scotland's top club.

She won the first of 19 Scotland caps at the age of 19 against England at Meadowbank in 1971 and became ever present in the international side, playing in the first Spring Cup - the West European Championships - in Neuchatel, Switzerland, in 1976.

After her international playing days came to an end, she became Scotland team manager, a position she held for ten years. She was also hugely influential administratively, serving as general secretary of the Scottish Volleyball Association and on the executive committee.

The fighting Spirit award is donated by the Doonan family in her memory and is awarded to the player showing the most spirit on court during the Women's Scottish Cup Final. 


2017 Winner - Alexandra Smith - St.Andrews University