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28/08/2017 16:11
Finland’s Nurminen/Siren win men’s SCD Zonal Event in Edinburgh
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Edinburgh, Scotland, August 28, 2017. After a lot of hard work from the Scottish Volleyball Association Staff & Volunteers, the stage was set on Friday evening for the CEV SCD Men’s Zonal Event in Portobello, Edinburgh.

The teams, referees and officials all descended onto the picturesque view of the Edinburgh coastline with the intention to win the Beach Volleyball event. Teams from Finland, Cyprus, Wales and Scotland made the journey to compete for the first prize.

Round 1 of the competition took place on Friday evening with six matches. There were victories for the travelling countries over their Scottish counterparts while Finland and Scotland #1 received a bye to Round 2.

#1 seeds Nurminen/Siren of Finland kicked off their campaign against Beach Volleyball veterans Graham Riddle and Barry McGuigan. The Finnish pair controlled the game and booked their place in Round 3. Scotland’s Robin Miedzybrodzki and Seain Cook also secured their spot in Round 3 with a win over the Welsh pairing of Conor Robins/Sean Davies. Scotland’s Ross McKelvie and Daniel White overcame the other Scottish pairing of Mitchell Brown/Callum Stewart to join the Cypriot pair of Antreas Savvidis/Antonis Liotatis in Round 3.

The loser’s bracket saw a big victory for this summer’s new pairing of Brown/Stewart over veterans Jack McKeown and Colin Paterson. A 22-20 third-set victory for the young Scots was a testament to the hard work they have put in over the summer.

Scottish Volleyball welcomed the Commonwealth Games Queen Baton’s Relay on Saturday with nearly 5,000 people in attendance. All of the people who came to see the baton also got a taste of International Men’s Beach Volleyball. The events worked fantastically together and the weather certainly helped.

Scotland’s Fraser Dunlop and Stewart Caldwell, McKelvie/White and Brown/Stewart all came close to reaching the semis but it was left to Finland to take on Cyprus and Scotland faced Wales for a place in the showpiece.

Both semi-finals were straightforward for the number 1 & 2 seeds, which meant Cyprus would face Wales for a position on the podium.

The 3rd place match appeared to be one match too many for the young Welsh side, but they have learned a lot throughout this tournament. The Cypriot team were more experienced and tactically stronger.

The final was played in front of a large crowd on the promenade. The Scottish guys got off to a strong start with some big blocks from Miedzybrodzki. This could not be maintained as the Finnish side consisting of Jyrki Nurminen and Santeri Siren was consistent and created a level of pressure the Scottish team could not deal with. The Finns eased home in the second set (21-16, 21-10) and took the winning trophy and the title of SCD Zonal Event winners.

With the Beach Volleyball Scotland Tour Finals taking place alongside this event, a fantastic weekend of Beach Volleyball closed the outdoor season with a bang.

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