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Beacon Blaze Feature in UK School Games Squad

posted 27 Jun 2017, 12:12 by Beacon Volleyball Club

The UK School Games is an annual tournament which features a number of sports including volleyball. Scotland enters two teams for both boys and girls. Aberdeen sits in the Scotland East catchment with the trials taking place over two weekends in June. 11 players from Beacon Blaze took part in the Scotland East Boys trials. With over 35 players in total taking part competition was fierce for the 12 squad places plus the 8 reserve places. All players put in maximum effort and performed well across the sessions. The club and coaches are delighted to announce the following players progressed. 

Final 12 
Grant Christie - The Gordons School Huntly
Yusef Butt - Aberdeen Grammar School
Euan Fraser - Alford Academy

Haydon Campbell - Aberdeen Grammar School
Markus Kann - Aberdeen Grammar School
Leo Thomson - Banchory Academy

Well done to all participants and good luck for those that progressed. 

Flame Descend on Shetland

posted 29 Mar 2017, 11:55 by Beacon Volleyball Club

On the 25th of March Beacon Flame mens team made the short trip to Sumburgh Airport to face Shetland and the University of Edinburgh as part of their Scottish Volleyball League 2 fixtures. The squad featured Ally, Smithy, JJ, Tom, Olivier, Ernie and Pawel who all got up early for the 7am flight from Aberdeen. Although the flight was delayed the team landed safely at a rather blustery Sumburgh.

After getting picked up by our very helpful hosts we travelled up to Lerwick for a rather nice breakfast at a local café. The team were then ready for the first match against University of Edinburgh who were positioned second in the league. The University had a stronger squad since the teams last faced off and on paper they were the favourites. However, Flame chose to ignore this and went on to play some of their best volleyball of the season. Solid passing from everyone combined with great setting from JJ or Ernie created repeated opportunities for the attackers to score. Although Flame were lacking a little fire power they used an array of shots to move the opposition defence about and find spaces on the floor. Lots of spectacular pick ups and tough serving also helped contribute to a fine 3:1 win. The University players perhaps hadn’t quite recovered from the overnight crossing on the ferry (it was a little bumpy!).

It was then straight on to the next match against Shetland with very little rest. This perhaps contributed to a very slow start with Shetland taking full advantage with strings of tough serving and powerful attacks. Loads of mistakes by Flame made it impossible to get any momentum. At 2 sets behind and 22:24 down in the 3rd set it looked all over. But up stepped Olivier to float a series of serves across which unsettled Shetland allowing Flame back into the set. After some tense moments the team went on to get the 2 clear points required. Flame were now up for the challenge and upped their play to equal the match at 2:2 and set up the 5th set decider. Unfortunately for Flame a bad start and a return to form by Shetland opened up an early gap, which was never closed. Shetland went on to win the 5th and final set. Well done Shetland.

After that we officiated a very close game between Shetland and University of Edinburgh, which was also a 5 setter. The University guys manging to come out on top on that one. So a win for each of the teams on the day.

After a quick check in at the excellent Isleburgh House Hostel it was out to dinner with the Shetland squad. Followed by a get together with all three teams for some darts, pool and volleyball chat. An excellent end to the day.

The next day there was another breakfast at our new favourite cafe followed by helping with officiating of another match between Shetland and Edinburgh University. There was still some time for a visit to Clickimin Broch and the Shetland Museum to add a bit of culture to the visit. The evening flight home coincided with a beautiful sunset over a cloud covered Shetland.

All in all a great weekend which included some decent results, food, culture, laughs and  beautiful scenery. Definitely one to be repeated next season. Special thanks to our hosts Shetland VC who went out of their way to make our weekend fun and hassle free.

Beacon VC Race Night - fundraiser

posted 10 Mar 2017, 05:00 by Beacon Volleyball Club

On Friday 7 April 2017, we'll be hosting a race night at the Ashvale Fish and Chip Restaurant on Great Western Road to raise funds for the club. 

This event is open to everyone including family, friends, partners and work colleagues. Spread the word, and come along to what promises to be an exciting evening of horse racing! 

Tickets are £15 and include a fish supper (or alternative). 

Historic footage from eight horse races will be screened on the night on which participants will have the opportunity to place bets and win.

Unable to make the event? Don’t worry…
For the bargain price of £2 you can buy and name a horse (eight horses available for each race). Prizes will be available for those of you lucky enough to name the winning horse.

To reserve your tickets, please email, or buy them at an upcoming training session.

Beacon Break Out Games - 18 March

posted 12 Feb 2017, 08:31 by Beacon Volleyball Club   [ updated 12 Feb 2017, 08:43 ]

Join us for this exciting and challenging game! With 60 minutes on the clock we'll be locked in a room filled with clues, puzzles, riddles and brain teasers. The goal is simple; to get out in time!
Beacon Junior players welcome! 

16:15 - 17:15 on Saturday the 18th March at Breakout Games Aberdeen. There will be sociable drinks after for those that are 18+.

Register by sending an email to, places are limited. £13 per person.

Beacon VC Back in Action

posted 7 Jan 2017, 09:57 by Beacon Volleyball Club

Training returns on Monday the 9th at the usual time of 8-10pm. Junior sessions also return on the 9th at the usual times. Monday sessions are open to all levels and both men/ladies.

New players are always welcome.

Festive Break 2016

posted 14 Dec 2016, 13:02 by Beacon Volleyball Club

The club is now on it's festive break, returning to action on Monday the 9th January. The annual Christmas tournament concluded the season with 30 players spread across six teams competing for sweets and wooden spoons. Winners were the Christmas Crackers with Volleybaubles picking up the wood spoons.

Beacon Blaze on Fire in Edinburgh

posted 27 Oct 2016, 04:46 by Beacon Volleyball Club

History was made on Sunday – Beacon Blaze U18s won their first competitive game.

The team gathered together, some cutting their holiday short and bringing their parents along to enjoy the atmosphere, at Liberton High School, Edinburgh.

The team arrived in good time to watch the conclusion of the match between Perth and Kinross and South Ayrshire.  After a good warm up our first match began.

Nuvoc v Beacon
Despite a slow start and falling behind in the first few rotations the team picked themselves up and a fine run of serves by Partrick brought us right back into the set.  The set was now finely poised with both sides sharing sideouts and neither team able to put together a run of points until Patrick struck another 6 in a row to put Beacon 4 points ahead and giving the NUVOC team no time to pull back.  The set finished Nuvoc 20 – Beacon 25.

Into the second set which was extremely close with almost 3 full rotations.  The lead changed hands several times with neither team gaining the upper hand.  Beacon defended well with Haydon, our libero, growing in confidence making some great passes from challenging serves.  Both setters were now in the game and had hitting options through middle and outside but with Nuvoc blocking and covering well the game ebbed and flowed.  Nuvoc finished the set on top with a great block followed in the final point by a fine diagonal spike.  The set finished Nuvoc 25 – Beacon 22

The final set began badly for Beacon.  With nerves getting the better of the passing unit we approached the change of sides 1-7 down.  Beacon's coaches were looking for a miracle and up stepped Leo.  The Banchory lad served 7 in a row to take Beacon into the lead.  With the game tied it came down to who could hold their nerve best.  Both teams fought hard.  Both teams served well and both teams made great pickups.  Eventually Beacon wore down their hosts and it was perhaps fitting that the final point was won by Captain Owen with an ace serve.  Final set Nuvoc 11 – Beacon 15.  Well done Beacon Blaze.

What a great game played between two closely matched competitive teams.  We look forward to the rematch in Aberdeen.

No let up for the Blaze – a quick bite and a drink and straight back on to play title contenders South Ayrshire.  This was going to be a different game against a team who had beaten us 3-0 previously.  South Ayrshire are an older and taller team with good hitting and fast attacking options.

Beacon Blaze v South Ayrshire
The match began apace with Ayrshire hitting hard and Beacon defending resolutely. The game was finely balanced.  Beacon were coping well with the strong serve and for large spells of the set the passing was so good that the setter pairing of Euan and Patrick were able to introduce three attacking options in front court.  Patrick made good use of his chances scoring two kills from 2 attempts. With South always tantalisingly two points ahead Blaze pressed hard until finally some great finishing from Ayrshire meant Beacon lost out 25 – 19.

Having played the west coast lads previously Beacon took heart from their improved performance and began the second set strongly.  Fine work again in back court particularly from Cameron and Haydon brought about two outstanding middle hits from Charles. Combined with strong attacking from Owen and Leo life was difficult for South Ayrshire and it was the northern contingent who maintained their narrow lead to close the set 22 – 25.

With this now being the 6th set on the bounce the Beacon boys were tired but buoyed for the challenge and the chance to win twice in one outing.  Beacon made changes to rest one or two but didn’t change the game plan.

With everyone up for the final set and both teams hitting well the game was quick and competitive.  Beacon middles Kasio and Yusef were by now locked in and providing a formidable block against the quick Ayrshire attack.  The teams turned around with Ayrshire leading by 1 point – still neck and neck.  In the end South were able to call on experience and turned up the heat on the tiring Blaze boys to pull away and win the set 15-9.

The game had everything from both sides– great serving, fantastic pick ups, superb blocking and outstanding hitting and in amongst it all the setters made some brilliant passes to orchestrate the spectacle.

It was then Beacons turn to officiate the final match of the day between Perth and Kinross and Nuvoc.

Many thanks to Cavalry Park Nuvoc for hosting the event and to the other teams for making the fixture such a great sporting day out.  Finally to the officials for a great job done.

Beacon Blaze look forward to hosting our first event on 27th November 2016 at Aberdeen Grammar High School.

The team for the day was:
Owen Davies – Outside Spiker and Captain
Leo Thomson – Outside Spiker
Cameron Reid – Outside Spiker
Charles Erbetta – Middle Blocker
Kasio Wilowski – Middle Blocker
Yusef Butt – Middle Blocker
Patrick Stenhouse – Setter/Opposite
Euan Fraser – Setter/Opposite
Haydon Campbell – Libero

Blaze Away

posted 27 Oct 2016, 04:39 by Beacon Volleyball Club   [ updated 27 Oct 2016, 04:43 ]

This weekend (2 October) saw the Beacon Blaze U18 Junior Men resplendent in their new Kingspan sponsored kit take on City of Edinburgh and South Ayrshire in the U18s Junior National League at South Queensferry High School.

The guys were up early to be in Queensferry at 10:30 to watch the first match of the day which was a feisty encounter between Nuvoc and South Ayrshire.  Beacon Blaze realised that they will have a fight on their hands this season being the new boys on the block.

Undaunted the lads warmed up well and hit the court running against City of Edinburgh, who are the current Scottish Champions.  The pace of the game was fast but the Aberdeen lads were up for the game and the first set was fairly close until a fine run of serves saw CoE finish the set on top.  The second set was a bit more difficult as Beacon made a few changes and CoE took advantage of our lack of experience in front court with our middle and outside blockers caught in two minds as the home side played some exciting and quick attacks. By now the boys were more settled and relaxed into the final set.  The result was that we played our best volleyball of the game showing good serve receive passing with both setters able to bring our middle players into the game which is something we are working on in training.

A quick snack, some fluids and then straight back on again for our second game against South Ayrshire who are also a long established and well rehearsed team.  The first set started well enough with both teams sharing side outs until South Ayrshires strong serve took its toll and a run of points created a gap which Blaze could not pull back.  The lads were tiring now but battled on into the second set however the changes in personnel unsettled the team and Beacon lost out again to a group of strong and accurate serves.  Once we regained our composure we produced some nice controlled volleyball which put the older team under some pressure and we did end the set positively.

Into the final set and with some of the boys now tired we were glad to bring on fresher players from the bench and an opportunity to try something different.  Captain Owen moved to opposite/setter to close down the Ayrshire attack.  The switch worked well and with an effective block in place the team began to take control of the set.  Beacon were ahead for most of the set finally losing 21-19 after a tremendous battle. 

The lads were on officiating duty in the final match of the day – congratulations to Kasio who was 1st official and did extremely well on the stand for the first time.

Brilliant day out and thanks to City of Edinburgh for hosting the event and laying on refreshments.

A big thank you to our team taxis for transporting our team too.

Next date 23rd October with NUVOC as hosts – see you there!

Beacon VC starts season with friendlies and social

posted 30 Aug 2016, 12:33 by Beacon Volleyball Club

On Saturday 27 August 2016, Beacon VC kicked off their competitive season with a day of friendly games.  The day started with a squad of Beacon over-40s taking on the current men's team, Beacon Flame.  With plenty of wordplay and puns to attempt upsetting the opposition, Beacon Flame had to recognise their superior in the much more experienced over-40s team.  Despite what may have looked as a one-sided score, there were plenty of crowd-pleasing rallies.  With a little more than a month before the SVL2 competition starts, coaches Ally and Julien will be working with the Flame team at training to get them match ready. 

Beacon Over-40s and Beacon Flame ahead of their friendly.

In the second fixture of the day, Beacon Phoenix took on a team of Aberdeen Grammar School students, supplemented with a few players from across the district.  Welcoming new additions to the team, the Phoenix ladies showed some great promise for the upcoming season, despite a few momentary lapses in concentration.  The AGS team showed their talent and promise, with strong hitting and a good hustle for every point.  Beacon Phoenix will kick off their competitive season in a few weeks time, when they start with their first Scottish Cup fixture for the 2016-2017 season. 

For the remaining time, the club hosted several mixed team fixtures.  With plenty of junior players in attendance, this even included a juniors-only competition with players from Beacon Blaze (our U16/U18 team) joining Aberdeen Grammar School players for a game. 

After a busy day of playing volleyball and eating cakes, our players met up for some well-deserved food at the Nargile, followed by some drinks.  A special thank you to all our bakers for their tasty wares, and to Ally and Pola for organising the tournament day and social.

by Bee.

I Jarek Memorial Beach Tournament - 3rd September

posted 28 Aug 2016, 08:54 by Beacon Volleyball Club

To commemorate our friend and teammate, Jarek Pasko who past away in November 2015 the Beach Volleyball Club is holding a charity fundraising beach tournament. It is being held on Saturday the 3rd September at Lunan Bay. Tournament starts at 10am with registration from 9am.

There will be mens 2v2, women 2v2 and mixed 4v4. For more information visit our Beach facebook page:-

There is no registration fee but there will be a collection for The Institute of Cancer Research. There will also be a raffle with a range of prizes including a signed Andy Murray t-shirt.

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