Tryst men win league - and take cup double too

Scottish Cup final Tryst with trophy.
Scottish Cup final Tryst with trophy.

Edinburgh 19 Tryst 77 34

Scottish Cup final

Tryst 77 34

Scottish Cup final

Tryst ’77 men’s team matched the achievements of their female counterparts when they completed the league and cup double with victory over Edinburgh in the Scottish Cup final.

In their respective semi-finals Edinburgh had just edged their match against Glasgow by a single goal after extra time whilst Tryst had a slightly more comfortable win over a fast improving Dundee side.

The capital side had also pushed Tryst all season in the league, eventually finishing runners up and so it was the top two teams this season that took to the court for the final at Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility.

Both teams were missing some vital players but Tryst seemed to cope better and flew out the traps when the game threw off.

The Cumbernauld side quickly made it known their defence would be strong and hard tackling and Edinburgh struggled to breach the defensive wall.

Tryst then used this as a means to launch fast breaks and Edinburgh were on the back foot from the off.

Within the first ten minutes Tryst moved to a 9-1 lead and even from that early stage and even though eight-goal turnarounds are not entirely uncommon in handball, it still looked a difficult task for Edinburgh.

They steadied the ship and as expected battled back. The second half became a much more even and free scoring game but the main damage had been done in the opening exchanges.

At the full-time whistle Tryst had won by 34-19 and secured the double.

Aside from the trophy success this season, Tryst were also delighted at the emergence of young players Greg McFarlane and Daniel Russell who have become important players this season as a result of their hard work and commitment.

And there is further encouragement with other teenage prospects such as Lukas Kalucka, Mitchell Freeburn and Michal Czubak all making progress.

Thanks go to senior coaches Lynn McCafferty, Gary McCafferty and Alan Govan for all their work over the season and thanks also to Asda, Stuart McLaughlan Joiners and Jim Jack Brake and Clutch Services for their financial support.

Team: Kenny McManus, Stuart McLaughlan, Gary McCafferty, Andrew Walker, Andrew Doherty, David Stirrat, Alan Govan, Darren Fisher, James Yule, Mark McLaughlan, Greg McFarlane, Mark McGuinness, Sean Dornan, Daniel Russell, Johnnie McAleer, Bruce Hunter, Campbell McFadden, Jacek Jack and James Thomson.