Perth & District Premier League teams met at Bell’s Sports Centre on Sunday evening for their pre-season league cup competition with last season’s finalists Team Fife and Scotrange both very much in contention for this season’s trophy hunt.
Three teams from outwith Perth, Team Fife from Glenrothes plus Kinross based teams Kintronics and Scotrange along with local sides Dodgy Spikers, Mental Eagles and new side SoVoBo were drawn in two sections of three with the top two teams facing each other in cross-over semi-finals.
Colin McGinley’s Team Fife were drawn in section one along with John Cameron’s Kintonics and Gregor Walker’s Dodgy Spikers and the Fifers showed they meant business by first disposing of Kintronics and then narrowly edging past Spikers 25-21; 14-25; 16-14. Spikers also defeated Kintronics to finish as section runners-up and a place in the semis.
Craig Donaldson’s Kinross Scotrange, current holders of the cup, were drawn against Ian McGratjh’s Mental Eagles and Steve Martin’s SoVoBo. Scotrange won both of their games and the second place semi-final slot was a very close thing with SoVoBo scraping through 23-25; 25-15; 13-11.
Both semi-finals were closely contested with Team Fife needing a third set to seal their place in the final, winning 25-12; 23-25; 15-10. Kinross Scotrange cruised through the first set 25-14 but Dodgy Spikers stages a remarkable come-back from 15-23 down to take the score to 24 points each. It was a nervy finish with the Kinross side only just deserving the win, taking them to a repeat of last season’s final.
Team Fife stormed to a 9-3 lead which progressed to 16-7 before Scotrange finally got off their marks coming from 18-22 behind to win the next seven consecutive points to win the first set 25-22. This seemed to knock the stuffing out of the Fife side as their play became error ridden and Scotrange showed no mercy winning 25-14 keeping the silver cup in Kinross for another season.