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It was the final round of Premier League Volleyball fixtures at Bell's Sports Centre on Sunday evening with three teams in contention for the championship shield. Les Sikora's Eagles, Colin McGinley's Team Fife and Gregor Walker's Dodgy Spikers were all in contention.

Eagles opened against Kinross Scotrange taking an early 10-3 lead but the Kinross side got back into things with some strong serving from Calum McPherson taking them to within one point at 20-21. It was Eagles who finished the stronger winning 25-21; 25-22 to keep their title hopes alive. Eagles then met McGinley's Team Fife and the early stages saw the scores tied at seven points each. Fifers then pulled ahead to win fairly comfortably 25-16; 25-21 to dump Eagles' chance of silverware whilst keeping their own chance alive.

Innes Penman's Mental Blocks were determined to fight all the way against local rivals Spikers and an exciting contest rolled out. Spikers eased the first set 25-21 but Blockers fought back to lead the second set for a long spell before Spikers put in a final sport to overtake their rivals and edge the set 25-22.

So the scene was set for an exciting title decider with Fifers and Spikers playing what in effect was the title decider with Fifers knowing they had to win both sets whilst Spikers needed to ensure they didn't lose both sets. The first set was tense and edgy with neither side settling to any rhythm or dominant play.  Spikers led 12-11 before edging ahead 16-11 but Fifers fought back themselves going on a seven point run to lead 19-17. Fifers finished on top to win the first set 25-22. The second set was equally close and it looked as if the Fifers had blown it by being 14-21 behind with only four minutes remaining. A storming finish by Fifers was them score six points on the run but it wasn't enough as the final whistle blew, just one point behind 20-21 with the one point difference in Spikers' favour being the deciding factor for this season's league title destination. Well done Spikers and all teams for a fun, exciting season's volleyball.

In the evening's other match between Fifers Too and Mental Blocks, Blockers won the first set 25-16, Fifers won the second set 25-18 with Blockers taking the third set decider 15-6. The only sour note of the evening was the serious ankle injury to Fife player Sean Pearce - we wish him a speedy recovery in time for this year's Scottish Open at the end of May.

How they finished:

Pld

Won

Drwn

Lost

Sets Won

Sets Lost

Pts For

Pts Agst

League Points

1

Dodgy Spikers

15

12

0

3

26

9

776

587

127

2

Team Fife

15

12

0

3

24

8

744

440

122

3

Eagles

15

9

1

5

22

13

776

651

112

4

Mental Blocks

15

5

2

8

12

18

436

625

67

5

Fifers Too

15

3

0

12

7

25

555

680

44

6

Kinross Scotrange

15

2

1

12

6

24

355

659

38

This Sunday sees the final round of Recreational League fixtures with local side Hitting Bricks knowing they only need to win one match of the two to secure this season's league title.

Sunday's Fixtures (officiating team in brackets):

19:00 Motley Crew v Perth High School (Plus Perth Mental Health); Hitting Bricks v Mongrels (Kinross BB)

19:36 Hitting Bricks v Perth High School (Strathallan)  Plus Perth Mental Health v Motley Crew (Aberfeldy)

20:12 Plus Perth Mental Health v Kinross BB (Perth High School); Dunfermline v Mongrels (Tay Pearls)

 20:48 Dunfermline v Strathallan (Hitting Bricks); Aberfeldy v Tay Pearls (Motley Crew)

 21:24 Aberfeldy v Kinross BB (Dunfermline) Tay Pearls v Strathallan (Mongrels)

Photo one shows Team Fife and photo two shows Dodgy Spikers with the League Championship Shield.

 Dave