The penultimate round of the Perth & District Recreational Volleyball League fixtures of the season saw the top three teams complete their fixtures and the three way title race was decided by the slightest of margins.
It was fitting that the three sides who had won the title in the previous three years were all in contention for this season’s championship – Hitting Bricks (2019), PLUS Perth (2018) and Dunfermline (2017) were neck and neck at the top of the table which led to the tightest title fight in recent memory.
Susan Scott’s PLUS Perth Mental Health team were first on court against Chris Cassell’s Kinross BB and the PLUS Perth side dominated from the outset running out easy winners 25-9; 25-13. Carole Hardy’s Dunfermline side were also in contention for the league title and they faced Oren Wilson’s revamped Strathallan side. The first set went Dunfermline’s way 25-11 but the second set saw Strathallan fight all the way taking an early 12-6 lead but Dunfermline clawed their way back at 21 points each. It was a nervous finish for the Fife side who edged the winner 25-23.
Innes Penman’s Hitting Bricks recorded victory against Fiona Wilkie’s Kinross Mongrels 25-16; 25-11 to keep them in contention.
The actual title deciding match was a real nail-biter between Dunfermline and Hitting Bricks with the Fife side winning the first set 25-15. The second set was close all the way through with the score rising to 17 points each with one minute of play left. It was Bricks who scored the two vital points to rescue something from the match 19-17 resulting in both sides finishing on 84 points.
It was now up to PLUS Perth in their final game against Kirsty Imlays’ Cracks Me Up knowing that a two sets to love victory would see them secure the title by a solitary point. The first set was fairly evenly contested but PLUS Perth powered ahead to win 25-14. With the title totally in their hands they followed this up with an emphatic 25-11 second set score to lift the championship trophy in spectacular fashion. All top three sides had played ten games with each side losing one game throughout the season.
|Pos||Team||Pld||Won||Drwn||Lost||Sets Won||Sets Lost||Pts For||Pts Agst||League Points|
|1||Perth PLUS Mental Health||10||9||0||1||18||3||469||279||85|
There are no games this coming Sunday with the Premier League sides due to meet on 9th February for their penultimate round of fixtures where Mental Blocks lead Team Fife at the moment with both sides due to meet on 9th February.