City of Edinburgh VC take glorious Scottish Cup hat-trick

City of Edinburgh's under-16 girls celebrate completing a league and cup double (pic Michael McConville).
City of Edinburgh's under-16 girls celebrate completing a league and cup double (pic Michael McConville).

Queensferry based volleyball club City of Edinburgh are celebrating a superb hat-trick of Scottish Cup Final victories.

The club’s senior men, under-18 men and under-16 girls all took trophies at finals weekend at the University of Edinburgh.

The under-18s receive the Scottish Cup after a thrilling comeback win (pic by Michael McConville)

The under-18s receive the Scottish Cup after a thrilling comeback win (pic by Michael McConville)

First up were City of Edinburgh men who hadn’t managed a win against opponents City of Glasgow Ragazzi in the league this season.

Former 2012 Olympic captain Ben Pipes, signed to replace Fraser Brown who was running the London Marathon, combined well with the City middle attackers Gibson and Oldbury who scored relentlessly.

This lifted the whole City team to their best performance of the season to win the Scottish Cup three sets to two, coming from 8-13 behind to win the tie-break 15-13 with a seemingly impossible run of serves from the experienced Mike Penny.

Head coach Ally Jack commented “The final was full of excitement and tension with both teams displaying control, speed and power in attack.

Triumph for City of Edinburgh's senior men's side (pic by Lynne Marshall)

Triumph for City of Edinburgh's senior men's side (pic by Lynne Marshall)

“ Our serve was weaker but our determination in block and defence saw us come out on top. It was a great match to be part of and the players in both teams produced incredible performances.”

Trophy number two came from the under-16 girls who completed a league and cup double with a 2-0 win over Marr College, the only team to beat them in the league.

Women’s head coach Danny Traylor commented: “It is really satisfying to see the progress that all of the girls have made this season as a result of being part of the club’s women’s programme.

The weekend’s final final saw City of Edinburgh Boys beat South Ayrshire in the U18 Cup Final for the third year running.

An older and stronger South Ayrshire team had little trouble in overcoming City to take this year’s U18 league title and were strong favourites with many. But City had other ideas, attacking aggressively from the very first point of the match.

South Ayrshire showed why they have been undefeated in the league, winning the first set and raced to what seemed an insurmountable lead in the second set to give themselves two match points.

But just as the organisers were getting ready to present the trophy, City saved the match points with an attack and serve from Most Valuable Player Harris Ritchie, and then went on to level the match at one set all before dominating the tie break 15-8.

Head coach Ian Brownlee joked: “I think I need to watch the game back again on YouTube just to check that we did actually win it.

“It is a massive credit to all the players for the character and tenacity they showed to turn the match around. This group of players have between them now won four consecutive U16 Scottish Cup titles and three consecutive U18 Scottish Cup titles.”