Stonelaw close to cup fi­nal win

School so close to Scot­tish suc­cess

Rutherglen Reformer - - Stonelaw Reformer -

Stonelaw’s se­nior boys’ vol­ley­ball team took part in the Schools’ Scot­tish Cup fi­nal at Calder­head High in Shotts.

Af­ter nav­i­gat­ing through a very tough route to it, putting out last year’s win­ners as well as a very good team from Kyle Academy, the boys had a fight­ing chance at se­cur­ing the cov­eted cup.

Stonelaw were up against Bel­mont Academy from Ayr­shire who had gone un­beaten in ev­ery school com­pe­ti­tion so far this year, and were undis­putably the favourites to win.

The Ruther­glen school had al­ready played them this year in a tour­na­ment, los­ing by a con­sid­er­able mar­gin but that didn’t put the pupils off as they were de­ter­mined this game would be dif­fer­ent.

The loyal Stonelaw sup­port­ers turned out in vast num­bers to cheer on the team, cre­at­ing an elec­tric at­mos­phere.

The first set was in­cred­i­ble. Stonelaw won it 25–8, com­pletely oblit­er­at­ing Bel­mont’s passers as they couldn’t com­pete with their serv­ing. Stonelaw gained mo­men­tum through­out the first set, with help from the crowd, and com­fort­ably con­trolled the game from their side of the net.

This was the first time Stonelaw re­alised that the team they were play­ing were beat­able and the game wouldn’t just be a for­mal­ity. All they needed to do was not let them get their foot back in the door.

Un­for­tu­nately, Stonelaw did just that. What they did to them in the first set, they did to Stonelaw in the sec­ond. Off the back of one serve, they were 9–1 up as all Stonelaw’s mo­men­tum had gone and they couldn’t deal with the ser­vice. Stonelaw had a small resur­gence closer to the end of the set but it wasn’t enough and Bel­mont won the set 25–14.

The third set was a clean slate and race to 15. Af­ter los­ing the last set, Stonelaw were slightly down but far from out. They went back on the court and traded blows for 10 points leav­ing the game at 5–5. From here, Stonelaw slowly stopped keep­ing up with them and they were un­reach­able. Stonelaw lost the fi­nal set 15-9.

For four sixth year boys, it was their last chance to win the Scot­tish Cup; it was Stonelaw’s third time be­ing in a Scot­tish Cup fi­nal, com­ing sec­ond in them all. It was hard for them to ac­cept that win­ning was al­most in their grasp but they took so­lace in the fact that they had tried their best. To get that far is an achieve­ment and some­thing the school are proud of.

Beaten fi­nal­ists Stonelaw High School’s se­nior boys vol­ley­ball team (back, from left) Blair Gillies, Matthew Cam­i­nade, An­drew Mur­ray, Lee Benedetti, (front) Scott Matthews, Stu­art Wynne, Char­lie McFar­lane, Tommy Turner

Bat­tling Stonelaw in ac­tion in the Scot­tish Cup fi­nal against Bel­mont

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