With rain showers all around the country, the Bangor leg of the NIVA Beach Tour at Ballyholme Beach actually received near perfect conditions. 6 female and 8 male teams competed for the silverware. The male pairs were split into 2 pools and with some of the favourites missing all was to play for. After the first round robin stage the semi-finals saw Conor Doherty / William Robb and Graham Bell / James Kane getting knocked out to the finalists of Alan McKnight / Jonny Workman and Wilson Greenlee / Nick Wright. The first set of the final was close with Greenlee / Wright taking it 21 – 19. A reversal in the second set saw a comfortable win for McKnight / Workman. The deciding set came down to experience with the young pair of Mcknight / Workman making a series of unforced errors and Greenlee / Wright winning 15 – 8.
The Ladies’ pools saw Irena Mihneva / Joanna Wiezowska and Karolina Mackiewicz / Anna Lewinska top their groups. A play-off for the next team to join the leaders’ group was between Elaine Cunningham / Cait Donnelly and Irene Dentico / Zoe Moore with Dentico / Moore winning 2 – 0. The top 3 teams then played a round robin with Mihneva / Wiezowska not dropping a set to eventually win the Ladies’ event. The runners’-up position was probably the closest match of the whole event however with Mackiewicz / Lewinska drawing 1 – 1 with Dentico / Moore. This went to points and it was Mackiewicz / Lewinska winning out 74 – 72. Congratulations to the winners and thanks to North Down Volleyball Club for organising the event.