The Anderson High School’s netball team were left devastated this week after being forced to forfeit their place in the semi-finals of the Scottish Schools Cup because they were unable to travel south to play Robert Gordon College A.
The girls had high hopes of reaching the final this year but their optimism was extinguished when the flight they had been due to travel on to Aberdeen on Tuesday night was cancelled due to the ash cloud from the volcano in Iceland.
Had they defeated Robert Gordon on Wednesday they would have travelled down to Edinburgh for the final yesterday.
But with the exams due to start next week there was no prospect of the fixtures being re-arranged, according to coach Kirstie Leask, who said she was really proud of the team’s performances this year. “We’ll just have to come back again strong next year,” she said.
Centre for the team Inga Woods said the girls were really disappointed not to have made it to the mainland.
She said: “We’d won all our games so far and we’re top of our group. Everybody’s quite disappointed as we’ve been forced out and we’ve not had a chance to show that we could make it to the final.”
Inga said the team had been very hopeful about getting to the final. “It would have been a really close match which would have been good, but Robert Gordon have got a free pass to play [in the final].”
Fellow team member Emma Leask said: “We’re all absolutely devastated. We’ve been training really hard and to not get to play is just so disappointing.
“The match between us and Robert Gordon would have been really good. It’s just so out of the blue. You wouldn’t have expected something like this to happen.”