East Kilbride swept to an unprecedented fourth consecutive Scottish Cup title as the Team Scotland Series came to Oriam in Edinburgh for the Netball Scotland National Finals Day on Saturday 3 June.
The climax of the Netball Scotland season, Scotland’s top clubs battled it out in the finals of the Scottish Cup, Scottish Youth Cup and Evelyn Beattie Quaich.
The highlight of the day was a thrilling Scottish Cup final, which saw the 2015 finalists, East Kilbride and Edinburgh Netball Club Onyx, in a re-match for the 2017 title. The first quarter was an incredibly tight and physical affair with East Kilbride snatching a one goal lead in the final minute, a lead they extended out to seven by half time.
East Kilbride extended their lead further in the third, but it was the final quarter where the game came alive. A revitalised Edinburgh side opened with a flurry of goals, digging deep for every ball and clawing the deficit back. East Kilbride were not to be toppled however, holding their nerve to take the win 65-40 and with it their fourth Scottish Cup title in a row.
The Team Scotland Series brings together the Scottish Championships of 13 Commonwealth Games sports, with the aim of raising the profile of these events and the important role they play on athletes’ journeys towards competing for Team Scotland at a Commonwealth Games. With Glasgow 2014 players Lynsey Gallagher and Samantha Murphy in action for East Kilbride in the Scottish Cup final, alongside a wealth of up-and-coming talent on display in the Youth Cup finals, nowhere was this journey more apparent than at Oriam on Saturday.
In the U17 Scottish Youth Cup final it was Avon Netball Club who controlled the game from the start, taking a commanding 18 goal lead over their opponents Holyrood Colts by half time and never looking back. The U15 final saw G84 Pressure emerge victorious over defending champions Peebles Pulse, but there was a turn of fortunes for Peebles in the U13 final, runners up last year in this age group, as they triumphed 32-21 in a close encounter with Perth.
The Evelyn Beattie Quiach was won by Bellahouston Blaze, just two goals ahead at half time in their match with Kelvin, but controlling the final stages to win 58-44.
Players of the Match were selected by an expert panel headed up by Lesley MacDonald, captain of Team Scotland’s Glasgow 2014 squad and now Netball Scotland’s Pathways Development Manager and Scotland Under 21s Head Coach. Congratulations to Jenna Storie (Bellahouston), India Duffy (Perth NC), Anna Sherry (G84 Pressure), Gillian Thomson (Avon) and Lynsey Gallagher (East Kilbride) on their awards.
The next event in the Team Scotland Series will be the Scottish Open Swimming Championships from 29 June- 2 July at Aberdeen Sports Village. For details of this, and all upcoming Series events, visit the Team Scotland Series page.
Netball Scotland National Finals Day Results:
|Evelyn Beattie Quaich||Bellahouston Blaze||58||v||44||Kelvin|
|Under 13 Scottish Youth Cup||Perth Netball Club||21||v||32||Peebles Rockets|
|Under 15 Scottish Youth Cup||Peebles Pulse||27||v||44||G84 Pressure|
|Under 17 Scottish Youth Cup||Avon||65||v||37||Holyrood Celts|
|Scottish Cup||East Kilbride||64||v||40||ENC Onyx|