First ever Grampian Open a great success

Grampian Open 2009

The first ever Beach Volleyball Tournament took place at Aberdeen beach on the 17th of May. Twenty teams were competing in four categories. Even though this was the first event of the season, the level of competition was very high. The sun shone and this brought out many spectators who, for many, witnessed their first beach volleyball competition and they seemed to be impressed! Organizers are hoping that the Grampian Open Tournament will now be a pernament fixture on the Scottish Beach Tour for future years.

The Men’s events in particular were well attended, with Division 2 honours going to Calum and Ian Taylor with a narrow win in the final against Bob Reid and Rui Jin Ho 20-22, 21-15, 15-8. Colin Sangster and Roman Li taking 3rd place.

Men’s Division 1 saw the top seeds progress to the final, with Graham Riddle and Colin Paterson winning 22-20, 21-12. Tim Humphrey and Iain Cook won the 3rd/4th playoff.

In the Women’s competition, Gillian Lyall and Mel Coutts and Shelly Paterson playing with Claire Penny, won through to the final with Lyall and Coutts taking the top honours 21-11, 21-12.

Once again we would like to thank the Grampian Open sponsors: Polish Beauty Salon, Michael Lawson Painter and Decorator, Nobles Leisure Centre and sponsors of the Scottish Tour: Red Bull, Mikasa and Schelde.

Thank you and see you next year.

Pawel Kiszka