Weekend Round Up: Scots Success at Home and Abroad

September 27, 2021

Catch up with the best of Scottish sport – from Edinburgh and Inverness to Canada and Bosnia, it was a weekend packed full of action.

Beach Volleyball

Scotland’s Beach Volleyball stars were in action over the weekend as Portobello Beach in Edinburgh played host to the Commonwealth Games European Qualifier. Both the men’s team of Graham Riddle and Jamie McHardy and the women’s team of Lynne Beattie and Melissa Coutts played superbly during the event to make their respective finals on Sunday, both teams facing Cyprus.

The women were up first and, despite a spirited effort, Beattie and Coutts had to concede victory to the Cypriots 21-13 21-15, the 2-0 match score a repeat of their pool match earlier in the tournament.

In the men’s final Riddle and McHardy took the first game 21-15 but Cyprus put the match back on even footing, taking the second game 18-21. There was little to choose between the sides early in the third and deciding game until Cyprus made the first break, racking up a commanding 11-7 lead. Scotland then staged a comeback, bringing the deficit back to just one point at 12-11 but the Cypriots were able to hang on taking the game 15-12 and the match 2-1.


Luke Bibby with silver and Robbie McKechnie with bronze were the pick of the Scottish results at the International Mustafa Hajrulahovic Talijan Tournament in Bosnia, as Scotland’s elite boxers continue their journey towards Birmingham 2022. Bibby had a superb points-win over Drilon Arifi from Kosovo in the semi-finals, but had to be content with silver after a head clash in the closing stages of that victory ruled him out of the final.

Robbie McKechnie earned his place in the semi-finals with a unanimous win over Richard Kovach of Hungary and put on a good display against Hamraoui Lounes from France. But it was the Frenchman who emerged as the winner by points and McKechnie took bronze. Stephen Newns also progressed into the latter stages of the tournament and looked on course for the semi-finals and a place on the podium, but the doctor calling a halt due to a bleeding nose put an end to his quarter-final bout.


Scotland’s women kept their Rugby World Cup dream alive with a stunning comeback to win 20-18 over Ireland in their final match of the European Qualifier on Saturday. Trailing 18-13 in the closing stages, a try from Chloe Rollie levelled the scores before Sarah Law showed nerves of steel to make the conversion and seal the win for Scotland. The result means that Scotland finish second in the table and progress to the Repechage Tournament, the winner of which will take the final place in New Zealand next year.

The was also Scottish involvement at the Edmonton 7s with Shona Campbell part of GB’s back-to-back victories in the women’s World Series and no fewer than five Scots featuring as the men’s side followed bronze in Vancouver with silver this time around, Robbie Fergusson opening the scoring in the final against South Africa. GB women went undefeated and finished with a decisive 22-5 win over USA in the final, while the men secured their final place with wins over USA and Canada in the quarter and semi-finals but had to settle for silver as South Africa took the final 24-12.


A sensational performance by 20 year old Georgia Adderley, dispatching top seed and world No. 31 Julianne Courtice to make the semi-finals, was the home highlight of The Scottish Squash Open in Inverness. Adderley’s brilliant run through the tournament was only ended in the semi-finals by eventual winner Gina Kennedy, who had also put out Scotland’s Alison Thomson in the previous round. Kennedy took victory over Grace Gear in an all-English final, while top seed Sebastien Bonmalais of France took the win in the men’s final for his third PSA title of the year.


Scotland women faced Wales in a two-match series at Auchenhowie in their first international outing since the EuroHockey Championships in June. Wales took the honours on the opening day, winning 3-1, but Scotland rallied to a much-improved performance in the second match, taking the victory 2-1. Fiona Burnet and Georgia Jones were on the scoresheet in what will be a welcome boost to the squad’s preparations for next month’s FIH World Cup Qualifying Tournament in Pisa.


Olympians Eilish McColgan and Andy Butchart put in fantastic performances at the Great Manchester Run 10k. McColgan took victory in the women’s race in a speedy 30:52 that took her to third in the British all-time list with only her mum/coach Liz and Paula Radcliffe having run faster for 10k on the roads.
Butchart was second to Marc Scott with his 28:05 improving his personal best and taking him to second place on the Scottish all-time men’s list for 10k on the road behind Callum Hawkins’ 28:02 in Valencia last year.

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