Forget Bannockburn, Wallace and Robert the Bruce. The biggest Celtic clash ever will be in Jordanstown on May 22nd. That’s the date for the showdown between Northern Ireland and Scotland’s top volleyball teams, christened the Celtic Cup and unveiled today by the Northern Ireland Volleyball Association
“A play off between the top four club teams in the Northern Ireland’s 7 Financial National League will decide on the best NI team to compete against the winner of the play offs from the Scottish Schelde Sports National League” said the NI Volleyball Association’s Nick Wright.
Margaret Ann Fleming, the Chief Executive Officer of Scottish Volleyball commented “We in Scottish Volleyball are absolutely delighted to be involved in the beginning of such a innovative and exciting venture as the ‘Celtic Cup’. Our clubs now have something new to strive towards and helps Scottish Volleyball achieve it’s post Olympic aim to be bigger, better and stronger”
“I welcome our Scottish friends and this inaugural Club competition” said the NI Volleyball Association Vice President Patrick Murphy. “I thank all who are supporting this event which I know will be richly entertaining volleyball and Great Craic off court as well”
Patrick Murphy added “This competition is a start which can only go from strength to strength with the boost of the Olympics next year in London”
In Northern Ireland teams will be seeded from the finishing position in the National League. The first round of the play-offs will feature 1st vs 4th and 2nd vs 3rd teams, with the higher seed gaining home court advantage throughout the play offs.
The setup in Scotland is similar, save that teams play over a best-of-three series, with the higher-ranked team having home court advantage in the first, and, if necessary, deciding fixtures.
The Celtic Cup final will take place on Sunday the 22nd May 2011 at the University of Ulster at Jordanstown.
The Celtic Cup is a joint effort from both the Scottish Volleyball Association and the Northern Ireland Volleyball Association to promote the sport to the wider public and at a higher level.
The schedule for the Celtic Cup is:
Celtic Cup Final Sunday 22nd May at the University of Ulster at Jordanstown