Ballymun Patriots Volleyball Club are taking part in the Volleyball Ireland & CEV Schools Project.
The club have been working with Trinity Comprehensive School and St Mary’s of Glasnevin to establish a school – club link. Patriots Secretary and qualified coach Grainne Culliton joined Volleyball Ireland development officer Norma McIntyre to kick start the programme.
The project will see teachers and coaches complete an education programme before delivering sessions to pupils in both the school and club setting. The aim is to transfer participants into regular club training.
Grainne added, “It was great to get out into the schools and promote the club. There is plenty of natural skills and hopefully by having a formal link we can filter some new players into the club as we look to establish our youth section.”
If any other clubs or schools are interested in taking part please get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org
Volleyball Ireland welcomes the announcement that Dublin City Council have been successful in attaining a grant of €64,900 from the DTTS Sports Capital Grant Programme.
The windfall will kick start the development of an Inland Beach Volleyball Court facility in Clontarf which will see a range of programmes, competitions and events to grow participation and provide an excellent training facility for our athletes.
The teams for the 2018/19 Association Cup Quarter Finals have been confirmed.
The games are due to be played 9th and 10th of February.
CupQF1 - 09/10 Feb - Gardians Patatas vs DVC Lions
CupQF2 - 09/10 Feb - Galway VC vs Naas Cobras
CupQF3 - 09/10 Feb - TCDv s Santry D1W
CupQF4 - 10/02/2019 - Dalkey Devils vs Santry PW
CupQF1 - 9/10 Feb - DVC Bravo vs Santry Eagles
CupQF2 9/10 Feb - Tallaght Rockets vs Aer Lingus PM
CupQF3 - 9/10 Feb - TCD vs Galway VC
CupQF4 - 9/10 Feb - IT Carlow vs UCD
And we start 2019 just the same as 2018 finished.
Same two schools battling it out for national glory. This time not seniors but 1st years and with the games on display today at St Brigid's College, Loughrea it looks like we are in for a cracking 6 years ahead. 10 teams qualified for the Midi Volleyball National Final from Connaght, Munster and Leinster.
From the Regionals the schools that progressed were Presentation Kilkenny x2, St Brigid's College, St Raphaels College, Sacred Heart Westport, Drumshanbo VC, Sutton Park, Colaiste Muire x2 and Rockford Manor.
The quarter finals saw both kilkenny teams along with Drumshanbo and Sacred Heart drop out. It was once again the all Loughrea semi final between Brigids and Raphaels. In the other semi Colaiste Muire had both teams competing against each other.
The final which was similar to our Senior Girl A Final just last month saw Colaiste come back from a set down to take the decider 15 -11 and win the match 2-1 against a well drilled Raphaels. A super game which saw both teams play the kind of volleyball seniors would be proud of at this early stage of their development.
MVP Number 8 Colaiste Muire Sara Marek
Yesterday in CIT the final day of the South Recreational Competition took place.
Both Cup and Shield were rewards for the best teams. The Cup started out with 6 teams left on the final day. Wiz party (Impact) and Netforce had automatically qualified to the semis due to their 1 and 2 league positions respectively.
UCC chicken attack were able to beat out BOA 1 in a tight first game to set up a semi with Netforce. If the first was tight, the second quarter really tested the players. Phoenix from killarney however booked their semi spot ahead of BOA 2 against Wiz party. UCC then looked in good shape to make the cup final taking the first set against Netforce but a great comeback saw Netforce progress.
Wiz party took to the court to defend their title against Phoenix. Both sides playing powerful volleyball but it was the defending champions that raced into the final. The cup final was now a repeat of the last two years. The teams know each other well and it was all set for a great final. Wiz party took the first set but Netforce as they did against UCC came back to take the lead 2-1. They even had a match point in the fourth but wiz party were not going to give up that easily. They snatched the fourth 28-26 setting up a winner takes all 5th set.
This year we have new cup champions NETFORCE VC!
MVP Palmina Petillo ( NetforceVC)
The shield had four teams competing on the final day. Bishopstown took on UCC crossbones in the first game of the day. Both teams slowly tested each other out over the 5 set match to begin with but last year's runners up made sure they were in with a shout once again this year as they powered onto a 3-0 victory. It was then the turn of VBAK (last year champs) against another UCC team -skulls. After VBAK took the first it seemed like we were in for a repeat of last year's final however skulls came back with a 25-21 victory in the 2nd. VBAK regained the momentum with a 25-20 win in the third and also a tight 25-23 to take the game. The UCC teams then played out for pride and bragging rights. Again only 8 points between the teams saw bones take the match 25-23, 25-20 and third place. The shield final was once again VBAK against Bishopstown and what a match!!!!! Both team had match points to win it by the time we reach the 5th set. Bishopstown led in sets 1-0 and 2-1. Then at 15-14 had match point but VBAK were once again crowned champions with an intense 18-16 finish.
MVP - EDDIE (Vbak)
Thank you to all teams for supporting the league and hope you enjoyed the tournament. We are starting our East Rec and Championships soon so get in touch for more info on how to play and enjoy some more recreational volleyball early in 2019!
Volleyball Ireland is pleased to announce that we have been selected as a host organisation for the ASPIRE graduate project 2019. This project was approved by Government with support from the Dormant Accounts Fund and is in partnership with Sport Ireland. The project allows Volleyball Ireland to hire a recent graduate in the field of sport or physical activity for 11 months (commencing Monday February 25th).
This is an exciting opportunity to work within an ambitious National Governing Body. The successful graduate to work alongside the General Manager and Office Manager on various Event Management projects such as the prestigious Beach Volleyball Continental Cup Olympic Qualifier. The Aspire Graduate will also have specific responsibility for coordinating the brand new Beach Volleyball Ireland Junior Tour and the HEVO project which focuses upon raising participation in colleges and universities. The Aspire Graduate will be immersed in a variety of development tasks that will provide a sound over view of the sports industry.
Successful applicants will also receive one on one coaching and personal development sessions through Sport Ireland.
Irish Volleyballers Create History
The Ireland u16s Girls Volleyball Team created history at the European Championships Qualifying stage today (Sunday Jan 6th). The girls in green beat Iceland to claim 5th place and become the first Irish Junior Volleyball team to win an International Match.
Led by the excellent Maria Jones Ireland cruised the first set winning 25-13, before Iceland hit back dominating the second (7-25) in super quick time. Ireland re-grouped and were driven by Grace Moloney who dominated play with neat passing and pinpoint volleys. The impressive setter Shannon Kehoe teed up some hard hitting spikes by Laura Connolly as Ireland took a nail biting third 25-23.
The 4th set ebbed and flowed before the Irish got over the line. The hugely improving Yousra Kebayli with some vicious jump serves creating havoc. Ireland claimed victory 25-18 to run out winners 3-1 and begin some wild celebrations as the first Irish Junior Volleyball Team to win at an International event.
Head Coach Gianni Massa commented, “I am very proud of all the girls, their dedication and commitment to this project has been inspiring and I am so happy for them to get their rewards. Coming here and competing is wonderful and to win a game is the icing on the cake.”
Captain from Ennis Volleyball Club Maria Jones added, “It was a great performance which we knew we had. We’ve improved so much playing against these teams and to win is brilliant.”
The Irish team will return home to Dublin airport tomorrow evening.
Please see below brief reports from Ireland matches today in the
Confederation European Volleyball u16s Women's Championships, qualifying
round. The tournament is held in the Faroe Islands.
Ireland played Denmark and then the Faroe Islands. Tomorrow the girls are
back in action at 10am in Vs either Sweden.
Ireland V Denmark, 1030am Friday January 4th 2019.
Ireland u16s Women's team began their European Championships campaign with a
3sets to nil defeat Vs Denmark. However, the Danes didn't have it all their
own way as Ireland raced into a 6-4 first set lead, thanks to some excellent
serving from Shannon Kehoe (no.2). Laura Connolly (no.12) provided a great
foil at the net with some excellent Spiking and Blocking. Denmark came back
strong taking the set 25-11.
Set 2 was a similar story with Ireland winning some key rallies. Libero
Grace Moloney was the stand out player for the Girls in Green. The Danes
finished the set strongly with some powerful net work.
A well supported Ireland improved in the final set with Skye Haughton and
Maria Jones winning some good points. The Danes eventually came through
The match was a strong test for the Irish team against more experienced
1. Yousra Kebayli
2. Shannon Kehoe
4. Jillian Sweeney
5. Maria Jones (c)
6. Sarah Cleary
7. Serodie Lyundaladio
8. Aoife Haran
9. Aine Browne
10. Amy O'Sullivan
11. Grace Moloney
12. Laura Connolly
14. Skye Haughton
Ireland V Faroe Islands, 3pm Friday January 4th 2019.
Ireland changed into their St. Patrick's Blue kit as they played the hosts in their second pool match of the 2019 CEV European Championships qualifying round.
A competitive battle ensured with Ireland racing into a 22-17 lead before a
stunning comeback from the Faroes clinched the first set. Like the first
match of the day, Libero Grace Moloney was dominating the centre of court
with accurate passing setting up the Irish attacks.
Set 2 went much more to plan with Ireland racing into a 20-10 lead. Shannon
Kehoe and the ever improving Aoife Haran the best performers. Another
comeback from the hosts had the Irish supporters on the edge of their seats
before captain Maria Jones led them to their first International set win.
Into set 3 and the late night arrival and early start this morning began to
catch up with Ireland with the fresh Faroes comfortably running out 25-12
winners, before finishing the job 25-18 in the fourth.
Ireland will face Sweden on Saturday morning at 10am.
All games can be watched live...
Irish Volleyballers in Action!!
The Ireland under 16s Girls Volleyball Team kick off their European Championships Qualifying campaign with two games in the Faroe Islands tomorrow (Friday Jan 4th 2019).
The girls in green will take on tournament favourites Denmark at 10:30am and then the hosts at 15:00. Day 1 will feature pool stage matches, which will determine the schedule for Saturday and Sunday’s encounters.
The tournament programme will provide tough competition against more experienced opposition. None of the Irish team have played internationally before.
Captain Maria Jones (Ennis, Co Clare), said “We’ve been working hard the last few months pretty much every weekend. As well as physical fitness plans and nutrition programmes to best prepare us to give it our best shot. The tournament is about testing ourselves, learning from the experience and to become better Volleyball players.”
A youthful squad of 12 players have made the journey to Torshavn, via flights to Edinburgh and then Vagar. A late arrival to the Faroes means a 10pm training session for the team tonight (Thurs 3rd Jan). Head Coach Gianni Massa added, “The girls have left no stone un-turned in their preparation which event included a late night captain’s run to get rid of the jet lag. They've been working very hard over the Christmas break as well with multiple training days. It’s been an honour to coach them.”
The Ireland delegation also includes referee Vinnie Dos Santos who will be developing his officiating skills over the coming days. Like all Irish sports teams the supporters have travelled in numbers. Expect to see plenty of green, white and orange in the stands.
All matches can be viewed via the Faroese Volleyball Association’s Youtube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkaaCl-FzLSdOa-P8cazH-Q/live
Friday 4th Jan Schedule:
10.30am: Ireland v Denmark
3.00pm: Ireland v Faroe Islands
Match reports and revised schedules will be posted asap.