The JST Final
Date: // at 07/12/2014:0

The Fabulous Suettes triumph!

Sunday 7th December 2014 saw the first if the new season finals when Su Ragazzi took on Troon in the John Syer Trophy.

Linlithgow High School was the setting for what was a well fought competition.  The two sides represent a contrast in their style of play, but both are in complete agreement of the need to compete, and compete they did, trading points and rallies until the Glasgow side emerged as JST Champions.

Set one the Suettes were completely dominant.  With power hitter Lynne Beattie in superb form, and junior setter Priya Gill demonstrating her steely resolve, the girls from the second City were never behind.  The Troon side are renowned for the fighting qualities, and they demonstrated this consistently, but they couldn’t stop the Ragazzi juggernaught, as the set was captured 25-22.

Set 2 started the same, and the Suettes raced into an early lead with Captain Jill Galloway in outstanding hitting form, and middle blockers Mhairi Agnew and Carly McKinlay commanding the net.  The troops from Troon were finding it very difficult to put the ball anywhere on the Glasgow side's floor.  Libero Laura McReady was everywhere and she simply would not be beaten.  She hustled and dived and performed miracles, and the Suettes won the set 25-19 to take a two sets to zero lead.

Laura McReady

Vince Krawczyk has been coaching Troon for many years.  He has won every competition there is to win, and learned many, many lessons on the process, and the two sets to zero lead didn’t phase him at all.  He marshalled hits team and the Troon girls served better in the third set.  They hit better in the third set.  They defended as if their lives depended on it, and while this extra endeavor was taking place the Suettes were taking a break.  Kirsty McLean saw the difficulties, as did Laura Ward, they upped their game and tried to encourage their teammates to do the same, but the damage was done, and Troon romped home 25-17.

In the change of ends huddle, the Glasgow girls refocused.  They spoke clearly to each other of their intention to do more and better, and they did.  Set four the Suettes were always in front.  At 21-15 they knew the match was won and hesitated.  Jill Galloway was having none of that.   She thundered in a couple of serves, and made a terrific pick up, and the match stood at 24-21 to Ragazzi .  One tough serve, one misplaced pass, one short scramble for control, and the set and match were done!  The Fabulous Suettes won 25-21 to claim the title, and jump about.

Su Ragazzi Women

Congratulations are due to the SVA Special Events Committee for the work they did in providing a suitable venue for the final.  Congratulations are also due to the match officials Albert Jaster and Martyn Johnston who were excellent.  Thanks are due to the parents and friends of both teams who turned up in their numbers to support the game.  But the biggest congratulations go to the Fabulous Suettes – JST Champions!