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03/09/2019 23:00
Northern Ireland and Flying Scots East win Flying Scots International 2019
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Edinburgh, Scotland, September 3, 2019. The Flying Scots International returned to University of St Andrews for its second year, this time with an additional team.  

In the boys competition, after beating their rivals Flying Scots West in the final last year, Flying Scots East were back looking to defend their title. Northern Ireland were looking to upgrade their bronze medal from 2018 with the goal of making the final, whilst North West England were also aiming for a strong showing. And last but not least, Ireland were the new team on the block looking to mix-up the competition.

Meanwhile in the girls’ competition, without the defending champions, Flying Scots East were the team to beat but the two other Scottish teams of Flying Scots West and Caledonia East weren’t going to give them an easy run to the final. Moreover, hoping to spoil the Girls’ Scottish party were the returning bronze medal winners Northern Ireland.

The Boys competition began with the match that would eventually be repeated as the final, with Flying Scots East sneaking the third set 16-14 against Northern Ireland. The East boys would be pushed beyond 25 points again as they scraped past Ireland 27-25, 25-22 straight after.

Northern Ireland were the eventual bronze medal winners of the girls’ competition.

Meanwhile, the Northern Ireland girls began their campaign strongly with a convincing 2-0 win over Caledonia East. Friday continued with every match finishing 2-0 that said, in only three of the 12 sets, did the loser not reach 20 points. This further confirmed how close the competition was in 2019.

Saturday began with an Irish derby, whilst Caledonia East pushed Flying Scots West hard on the girls’ court. North West England then shocked Flying Scots West to win 2-0 and keep alive their chance of making the final. Despite beating Northern Ireland in their final match, North West England did not make the final, as a better result against Flying Scots East in their first match guaranteed Northern Ireland would be playing for gold. The Boys and Girls East teams were busy cruising their way to both finals, whilst Flying Scots West beat Caledonia East to claim the second spot in the Girls’ Final.

That set everything up for Finals Day on Saturday. The bleacher seating was brought out and hall set-up to put all focus on Court 1. The day began with the first of three 2-1 results, as Flying Scots West boys came from behind to win sets two and three by the tightest of margins (25-23, 21-19) to give themselves a chance to win the bronze medal. Sadly, it was not to be as Ireland held Flying Scots West off in both sets to claim boys’ bronze. Next, it was the Girls 3rd/4th Play-off, and after their group match on Friday and a bounce match on Saturday, Northern Ireland and Caledonia East would be playing one more time. Strong rally play in set one gave Caledonia East a 1-0 lead before Northern Ireland reversed the 25-16 score to draw level at 1-1. With the crowd split between Caledonia East and Northern Ireland, the Girls in green pulled ahead in the third set to take the bronze.