Volleyball: Bad injury for Riddle sours City’s semi-final success

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City of Edinburgh reached the final of the men’s John Syer Trophy by beating Scottish volleyball champions Glasgow Mets but the victory came at a price.

Graham Riddle suffered a horrific injury in the third set – an open dislocation to a finger – and had to have surgery on Saturday evening.

He will be out for a huge chunk of the season and the injury put a dampener on another fine performance by the Capital side.

Their unbeaten record was on the line when they trailed 2-1 on sets but they powered back to win 25-18, 21-25, 19-25, 25-20, 19-17.

City now bid to win the trophy for the third successive year next month when they face Kilmarnock Blaze, who beat City of Glasgow Ragazzi 25-18, 25-18, 22-25, 25-18 at the weekend.

Edinburgh Jets caused an upset to reach the final of the women’s John Syer Trophy when they beat City of Edinburgh 3-1 on sets. It is the one trophy that has eluded the club so far.

But Jets will start as underdogs against unbeaten Troon PA, who defeated Su Ragazzi in straight sets at the weekend.