East Meets West
Date: // at 07/3/2015:0

East meets West... Saturday 7th March 2015

On this day the sky was grey, was overcast, was full of squally rain showers, but inside the gym at Coltness High School there were smiles, effort, endeavor, and great entertainment, as Su Ragazzi welcomed two different clubs from the capital in the competition for National League points.

First up was the Division I battle between the City of Glasgow Ragazzi, and the City of Edinburgh troops. The home side won 3-1 to record an excellent victory, and the Edinburgh side got the success of investing in their future by successfully ‘blooding’ several of their up-and-coming junior players.

This was a tough match, dominated by some fierce serving, and thunderous hitting by both sides. Set one was straightforward business as the Edinburgh Juniors didn't cope with the speed of the game at the top of Division I. Set 2 they coped much better. Set one the score didn't look pretty for the visitors with the home side romping to a 25-16 win, but set 2 was much closer with the win going to the Edinburgh side with a 26-24 score. The youngsters were learning!

In the change of ends huddle, the home side discussed confidence, and being a team by making the systems work, and went out determined to deliver - they did. The 25-21 scoreline reflected the control the home side had on the exchanges. Ally Galloway was scoring freely (so was Niall Collin for the visitors). Steve Todd was making some clever set selections (so was Rhys Arthur for the visitors), and the play was entertaining for the noisy crowd.

Set 4 went the same way as set 3 with both side playing good stuff but the home team edging it - game over at 25-21.
This was a good win for the Ragazzi boys, but it was also a good experience for the Edinburgh side... if things go to plan the next meeting of the two sides will be in the Cup Final - now wouldn't that be interesting!

Game 2 saw the Baby Suettes take on Edinburgh Jets II in a division 2 encounter. The Baby Suettes were missing three key players, but the players on show demonstrated all that's best in competitive sport. For the whole match Megan Taylor served howitzers, while Ravine Gill passed with perfection, while Lucy Scouller ran a clever offence, and Captain Jen Downs marshalled her troops and provided hitting weight, this was a great team performance.

The Jets were like all teams from this huge Club - full of enthusiasm, full of commitment, full of effort, mixed with a healthy measure of ball control.

Set 1 the difference between the teams was hitting effectiveness as the home side romped to a 25-13 win. This scoreline didn't flatter the Glasgow side, but neither did it acknowledge the contribution made to the competition by the visitors. Set 2 was better/worse as the Glasgow side surged to a 25-11 win. The score makes it look like this was easy - it was anything but easy. The teams exchanged tough serves, they defended their floor like demons, they demonstrated tactics as well as power when hitting, it was compelling stuff.

The Jets took set 3 with a 25-23 score, despite the huge efforts of the home side, but order was restored in set 4 with the Suettes winning the set and the match 25-14. This was a great game, played in the best of spirits by two teams who demonstrated respect for each other and the game - great stuff!

So an abbreviated schedule for the home side with only two matches to play, but still successful with two great wins on the day when East met West.