Get behind Beattie!

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THE Southside’s Olympic hopes now lie on the shoulders of GB women’s volleyball captain, Lynne Beattie.

The former Mearns Castle pupil captained her side to a win in a 3-2 thriller, and Beattie’s side came from behind to stun African champions Algeria in a match which finished at 12.37 on Tuesday morning.

The team won 22-25 25-19 23-25 25-19 15-8.

Algeria are ranked 53 places above the home team who had their funding cut in 2010 and have been self-funded ever since.

In the team’s first match, in front of an excited home crown, GB went down 25-19, 25-10 against Russia at Earls Court on Saturday.

Lynne Beattie said: “I can’t describe the feeling of walking out in front of 15,000 fans — it was a historic moment.

“I’m very pleased with our performance so far. We never give up, we kept fighting and we show the character of the team”.

As The Extra went to press, the GB team were about to take the court against Italy, while Beattie’s side have group games remaining against the Dominican Republic on Friday and Japan on Sunday.

Meanwhile, former Whitecraigs stand off Ally Little was team physio for GB’s bronze medal winning gymnastics team.