This weekend will see all eyes turn to The Watershed, Kilkenny for our annual Finals Weekend.
Due to our Womens National team participating in Luxembourg some games will be played in ALSAA on Saturday 18th of May.
The 2018/19 All-Star Nominees have been announced. Winners will be announced at The Annual Awards Dinner, Crowne Plaza, Blanchardstown on Saturday May 18th 2019.
Tickets are still available through our online shop.
Eliska Cechova - Garda
Indre Simkute - Garda
Lauren Clark - UCD
Renata Paliokiene - DVC
Alex Graves - UCD
Fabi Souza - Naas
Ilaria Piacenza - Santry
Lina Dzurnak - DVC
Claudia Honorio - Santry
Jana Langford - DVC
Giedre Guobyte - Garda
Leanne Ricciardelli - DVC
Adriana Sacchetto - TCD
Zydre Guobyte - Garda
Adrian Pinczura - IT Carlow
Daniel Duchnowski - Santry
Edoardo Vero - UCD
Jonathan Whitty - DVC
Lucasz Kaluga - TRVC
Christian Kolb - UCD
Evgenii Menshchikov - TRVC
Jake Dysselhof - UCD
Seweryn Furmanski - Aer Lingus
Robert Maj - IT Carlow
Tomasz Kondys - IT Carlow
Israel Xavier - TRVC
Marco Zayas Arenales - Aer Lingus
Francesco Ricciardelli - DVC
Gianmaria Marcatelli - UCD
Pawel Kalaga - Santry
Rafal Kesik - TRVC
Winners are announce subject to fulfilling the criteria needed i.e., having played the required number of league matches.
Last week The Federation of Irish Sport announced the shortlist of finalists for the 2019 Sport Industry Awards. The awards were set up in 2015 to highlight the contribution that sport makes to Ireland’s economy both directly and indirectly. The winners will be announced at a ceremony on Monday 15th of April in the Crown Plaza Blanchardstown, Dublin 15. The Awards recognise and reward excellence in the business of sport, whilst simultaneously highlighting the contribution of sport to Ireland.
A women in sport award, under the banner of 20x20, will be a new addition to the award ceremony this year in a move towards showcasing the increasing contribution and value of women in sport in Ireland. In all a total of 14 awards will be distributed on the night, reflecting the diverse nature of Irish sport.
Speaking at the announcement of the short-list, Mary O’Connor, CEO, Federation of Irish Sport, said “The awards were set up to highlight the importance of the business of sport in Ireland and the value of sport to the Irish economy. Today sport supports almost 40,000 jobs, represents almost €2.4 billion in household expenditure and has been estimated to contribute almost €1.9 billion in tourism revenue. And that is beyond all of the other contributions sport makes in areas such as health, inclusivity, diversity and reputation both at home and abroad.”
Nominated for the 20x20 Award are;
Volleyball Ireland will be hosting Round 1 of the CEV Continental Cup a Beach Volleyball Olympic Qualifier tournament over the June (1-2nd) bank holiday weekend in Bettystown.
Teresa Court has volunteered as Referee Manager, to be a part of this amazing opportunity and to help Volleyball Ireland make this an event that Ireland can be proud of.
She will be working with the CEV Referee Delegate in gathering together an amazing team of volunteers who can assist in the following roles: Referees; Score keepers and Lines people, preferably who have a knowledge of beach volleyball through refereeing or as an experienced beach player or current volunteer.
We are hosting a Training Programme over the weekend of 26/28 April, starting with a presentation, webinar and theory training which will be delivered by the CEV's Referee delegate, followed by practical beach referee training sessions on beach courts on the Saturday and Sunday (27-28 April).
Friday, 26th April: National Sports Campus 18:00 - 21:00
Saturday, 27th April: Sandymount Beach 10:00 - 16:00
Sunday, 28th April: Sandymount Beach 11:00 - 14:00
Could you please reply directly to firstname.lastname@example.org if you are willing to volunteer and help Ireland host these beach qualifier matches and help make a name for the Emerald Isle in the international volleyball community?
Please respond at your earliest convenience so we can confirm numbers for the upcoming training programme to the CEV.
PS: A few points to note:
- As a volunteer there will be no compensation forthcoming should you offer up your time over the course of the event. Food and refreshments will be provided to all volunteers over the course of the event.
- If you have any questions, concerns, comments or opinions (positive or negative) please direct them to VI or myself and it would be greatly appreciated if all volunteers would refrain from using social media in any negative manner. You're representing Ireland and that's what your posts will be viewed as from the wider international volleyball communities. Let's grow the sport and encourage further support and investment from CEV and FIVB into Irish volleyball.
The 2018/19 Season Volleyball Ireland Annual Awards has 5 new categories.
We are rewarding, celebrating and promoting the great work our clubs provide. All Fully affiliated clubs, associate clubs or schools can enter.
The closing date for applications is 12 Midday on Monday April 22nd. Shortlisted clubs will be notified on Thursday April 25th.
The categories specifically relate to the Strategic Objectives set out in the Volleyball Ireland Strategy – Raising the Game.
The judging panel will look favourably on applications that tell a positive story. Pictures and videos that support applications will be welcomed.
Send your entries via email to email@example.com with the subject: Awards Entry. Word count: MAX 500.
Raising Participation – best programmes or projects to get more people playing more often.
This award shall reward a group that has raised participation in any form of Volleyball. We are particularly looking for clubs, schools, colleges or community groups that have established effective partnerships to increase their numbers and/or provide activity for people from disadvantaged groups.
Raising Operational Standards – best effective governance of a club.
This award shall reward a club that has shown commitment to good governance. This could include how a club has adopted GDPR related policies or put together a fit-for-purpose constitution. It may be a project, process or programme that ensures transparency with members.
Raising Performance – best initiatives to support player, coach or referee development.
This award shall reward a club or school that has shown clear commitment to supporting player, coach or referee development. This could be how they are up-skilling coaches or mentoring young referees. This could be a school that is going above and beyond to support the pathway and help players reach their potential.
Raising the Profile – Best use of social media to promote your club or volleyball in general.
The award shall reward a club or community group that is publishing creative content that positively promotes Volleyball. This could be how they are implementing a digital strategy to increase their followers and ultimately raise participation in the sport.
Fundraising and Finance – Best initiative to generate sustainable income for your club.
This award shall reward groups that have increased club revenues. Did you setup a fundraising committee or run a creative sponsorship campaign? Did you develop an exciting programme that gained financial support from a Local Sports Partnership or other grant? Did you develop a benefit-in-kind agreement with a supplier? Did you come up with a creative way to save money?
The Volleyball Ireland Volunteer of the Year Award recognises the outstanding achievements of a volunteer who has substantially contributed to developing, enhancing and sustaining volleyball in Ireland during the year.
Nominations are open to:
All Volunteers within schools, clubs or the general volleyball community.
Nominees must have demonstrated measurable evidence of developing, enhancing and sustaining volleyball in Ireland.
Provide up to 500 words outlining the suitability of the nominee covering the following headings:
Would you like to be involved in this "first ever of its kind" event for Ireland,with teams from 6 countries around Europe as well as Ireland?
We are looking for enthusiastic energetic volunteers to help with court set-up, transport, volunteers and team services, beach management services and spectator services.
If interested, please email firstname.lastname@example.org by the 5th April, confirming where you live and if you have any restrictions on what you would be able to do, so that we can allocate you to the perfect role.
Referee Pamela O’Donnell is currently one of a select number of referees officiating in the Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi. Pam is kindly providing regular updates on her experiences throughout the event.
Day 7 was Bronze Medal day with some fantastic Volleyball on show - many of the matches went the full three sets which meant referee concentration had to high throughout.
After the bronze medal matches it was on to the 'Unified Games' - this is where all players, coaches and celebs mixed in and represent various teams. Vladimir Grbic - a friend of Volleyball Ireland - participated in his role as a Special Olympics Ambassador. The Unified part of the Special Olympics was great fun.
The final day of competition was of course the Gold Medal matches. Again as throughout the week the standard was very high. There were 9 Gold Medal matches in total with 4 in Unified, 3 Traditional Men and 2 Unified Women. Taking home the gold were USA, South Korea, Jamaica, Tanzania, Russia, UAE, Nigeria, Botswana and Peru - so as you can see champions from around the World.
Abu Dhabi put on a magical show - it was really a brilliantly ran event that will leave a positive legacy here in the Middle East. The Irish team have performed well across all sports ending up with 86 medals of which 30 were Gold.
I'll get one day of rest before heading back to Dublin with Team Ireland on Friday morning.
The last few days have seen the seeding rounds completed for all 32 teams. There has been some excellent Volleyball on display which is testament to the tireless work of volunteers and coaches across each Special Olympics Federation. The competition has been very strong.
There has been some very close contested matches as we head into the Bronze Medal Matches today (March 19th) and Gold Medal Games tomorrow.
I've had the pleasure of working with some old friends from the 2003 World Games in Ireland, as well as some new acquaintances. My referee crew for one of the games featured Daniel Leake (USA), Jordan Leake (USA), Charles Wambua (Kenya), Kristine Hughes (Special Olympics Athlete Official and Rick Laskey (USA). Those who remember the event in 2003 will recognise Daniel and Rick. Daniel is the technical delegate for the Volleyball Games and Rick is Head of the Divisioning Games. I had the pleasure of refereeing Jamaica v Japan with Rick over the weekend. Sunday was extra special as I got to wear my Green Irish Jersey on Paddy's Day!
Team Ireland are performing really well in range of sports which has seen 20 Gold medals so far and 56 in total coming back home. There's still more to come!!
Day 1 & 2
The Special Olympics World Games welcomes 7,500 athletes from 200 countries making it the biggest humanitarian sporting event in the world ever! Over 20,000 volunteers are making the Games a reality.
There are 24 sports and 8 days of competition held in the middle East. The Volleyball element features 32 teams of which 17 are unified Men, 6 unified Women and 9 traditional male teams.
The Venue for the Volleyball event is the stunning Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center (ADNEC). It is the main hub of sports activities during the games and will host 10 sporting events. It’s the largest exhibition centre in the Middle East – and these guys don’t do small!
My role for the first two days is part of the ‘Divisioning Team’ which is done by all experiences of Special Olympics Referees. The job is to watch every match for all teams to assess ball handling, serving, court awareness and net play. The aim here is to assess each team and place them into pools of evenly aligned teams ahead of the ‘completion rounds’.
It’s been great to catch up with some faces from the 2003 World Games in Ireland, such as the Technical Delegate Daniel Leake who was Assistant TD 16 years ago in Dublin. I also met Head of Divisioning Rick Laskey (pictured) who has fond memories of Ireland 2003.
Team Ireland features the biggest ever delegation of our Athletes with 91 competitors, 49 coaches/staff and 400 supporters making the journey.
More info on the World Games can be found at https://www.abudhabi2019.org/ and keep an eye on Special Olympics Ireland’s social media and website for updates http://specialolympics.ie/
--- Pam will be providing more updates over the coming days.
EARLY BIRD SALE ends Monday 1st April.
This years awards will be held in Crowne Plaza, Blanchardstown and are priced at Early Bird €35 (Available until 1st April 2019) and €45 after.
We have reserved a number of rooms at a discounted rate and are available until 12 noon on the 24th April 2019. To book contact Crowne Plaza, Blanchardstown Reservations team directly on 01 897 7721 or email@example.com. (Quote Volleyball Awards when booking).
Room Packages are;
Over 70 brand new players from across Ireland are set to play in the Volleyball Ireland Championships this weekend.
The competition is open to all Recreational teams and is a key part of the participation pathway. The event sees the Recreational league teams go up against National League teams in the 44 team Men's, Women's and Mixed competitions.
Operations Officer Mark Leonard-Doyle commented, "The Championships is a great way for Rec teams to measure themselves against National League teams. It's a stepping stone into more regular competition. To have 70 completely new players register is fantastic and really shows the demand for Volleyball. It's always great fun as well, especially the mixed event."
The Women's section will see the Ireland u16s girls team compete in their first event since beating Iceland in the Faroe Islands last month.
The games are held over two days at Gormanston Park on Saturday and ALSAA on Sunday. Volleyball Ireland would like to thank all volunteers, referees and commissions for their contribution in organising the bumper weekend of Volleyball action!
Volleyball Ireland are seeking expressions of interest from high standard players who might be interested in representing their nation in Snow Volleyball. Snow Volleyball is very similar to Beach, except players typically wear more clothes...a lot more!! Oh and there's 3 players per team...with the option of one sub as well.
It's a developing discipline of the game which is getting great support from the CEV and FIVB. They have a couple of events coming up in Austria 28-31 March and Italy 4-7th April. Participation in these events would be funded by the player. More info on the events visit > https://www.cev.eu/SnowVolley-Area/CompetitionNews.aspx?NewsID=28492&ID=1136
It could be a perfect opportunity for the Summer Volleyballer and Winter Snowboarder to combine their skills. For more info on snow volleyball rules visit > https://ebook.cev.eu/documents/snow_volleyball/rules_regulations_guidelines/cev_snowvolleyball_rules.pdf
If you would like to hear more drop Gary Stewart an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
The 2019 National Beach Volleyball Trials are happening on March 17th at Greystones Beach. All interested players must hold a valid Irish Passport. We are entering a range of International Competitions this year including the CEV Continental Cup - the first stepping stone on the road to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Sunday March 17, 2019:
If you fancy giving it a go please email our Beach Commission direct email@example.com
Some changes have been made to the coaching application in terms of Garda vetting. Please pass the relevant information onto relevant members of your club/commission.
Going forward, when filling in the online coaching registration form, coaches will be asked to declare if they are/not coaching juniors. If the coach only coaches adults then they do not require to be Garda Vetted. However, If this is to change and the coach begins coaching juniors they must contact Volleyball Ireland and go through the Garda Vetting process.
Going forward when validating club member’s/ Squads Supervisors Garda Vetting application please ensure further details are provided in the ‘Role’ section. Also, if someone has a couple of roles ask them to fill them all in. see examples below,
Further details for ‘Role’ Section
Coach - Instead Use - Junior Coach
Referee - Instead Use - Referee of junior matches
Volunteer/ Squad Supervisor - Instead Use - Additional supervision for junior club
Volunteer/ Squad Supervisor - Instead Use - Volunteer assisting at overnight training camp
Volunteer/ Squad Supervisor - Instead Use - Assisting at underage squads
If someone has more than 1 role fill in the ‘Role’ section like below,
Multi-role, Junior Coach, Referee of junior matches, Club Children’s Officer
Any Garda Vetting Applications that does not provide the above detail will be sent back to the applicant which will result in a delay in the process. Ensure all of your club coaches, volunteers, referees etc.. are informed of the level of detail required.
In the next round of Quarterly Reports there will be an additional section whereby the club will fill in individuals who are actively coaching in your adult and junior section. I will review and advise if the named are indeed Garda Vetted and provided Safeguarding information. I will also advise who isn’t which will determine who can and cannot coach in your club’s junior section. If a non-vetted coach wishes to coach in your clubs junior section they must be Garda vetted first. It is the coaches responsibility to notify VI when their coaching situation changes and it is the Club Children’s Officer’s responsibility to ensure all coaches are vetted and receive a letter from VI before they commence coaching duties in your club.
See sample below.
If you have any questions on the above, don’t hesitate to contact Norma, firstname.lastname@example.org
The youthful Senior Men's team continues to make great progress under the tutelage of Head Coach Andrei Molnar.
The programme has invested in youth ahead of the St Patrick's Day Challenge v Northern Ireland, with all but four of the current squad aged u19.
The squad have been taking part in regular training camp weekends and matches against top club teams. This Saturday saw a competitive and narrow defeat to IT Carlow.
Molnar said, "The lads are working hard on their all round game and the improvements are clear. It is an exciting group of players."
The management team would like to thank IT Carlow for hosting the match and they look forward to playing other club teams over the coming months as preparations for the CEV Small Countries Association Competition steps up.
The Ireland U16 Womens Team are holding trials shortly. The Elite Squad is being expanded in preparation for a Tournament in Italy at the end of June 2019.
Trials are open to players born after 1st of January 2004. An Elite Squad of approximately 20 players will be picked and from this 12-14 players will be chosen for the tournament which will me held in Sardinia from June 27th to June 30th.
The trials are open to players that comply with the below criteria:
Players will be assessed by the International Team coaching staff and must be able to commit to the training schedule below to prepare for the Tournament.
These Training sessions will be help at a number of venues across the country.
In order to attend the trials every player has to be registered. Please provide us via email her Name and Surname and a bit of her volleyball background. Trials are open exclusively to players with an Irish passport.
Please Reply to email@example.com for further information and to register your interest as we will need to have an idea of numbers attending.
Volleyball Ireland welcomes the announcement from Sport Ireland of additional investment in National Governing Bodies of Sport.
The significant funding increase includes an additional €15,000 in core grant for the association. The 2019 programme brings the total core grant for Volleyball Ireland to €200,000. The additional monies will be used to achieve key objectives set out in our operational plans and the new strategy Raising the Game.
Chairman of Sport Ireland Kieran Mulvey, commented: “It is vital that our NGBs and LSPs are well supported and the increase in funding this year means our funded bodies are well equipped to meet their objectives.”
As well as the Core Grant Volleyball Ireland will receive over €53,000 from the Dormant Accounts fund to employ an Aspire Graduate and develop a range of inclusion programmes.
General Manager of Volleyball Ireland, Gary Stewart said, “Our 15k increase will make a significant impact to our programmes and it shows the trust Sport Ireland have in Volleyball and the potential they see for sport. This and the Dormant Accounts funding will help us drive forward the strategic plan and deliver our vision for members.”
The Sports investment package will see a 8.46million go to High Performance Programmes with over 1.9million direct to Ireland’s top athletes, with the likes of Thomas Barr (Athletics) and Kellie Harrington (Boxing) receiving the maximum carded funding of €40,000.
Speaking at the launch, Minister of State for Tourism & Sport Brendan Griffin TD, added: “The funding announced today will assist in furthering Ireland’s ambitions at the highest level on the International Stage.”
As well as the Core Grant Volleyball Ireland will receive over €53,000 from the Dormant Accounts fund to employ an Aspire Graduate and develop a range of inclusion programmes.
Volleyball Ireland would like to thank Minister Griffin, Minister Ross, the Department and Sport Ireland for their continued support of Volleyball in this country.
A full breakdown of funding can be found at https://www.sportireland.ie/Media/
Breaking News: The Confederation of European Volleyball (CEV) have announced the draw for stage 1 of the Beach Volleyball Continental Cup.
Visiting Ireland in June will be Estonia, Denmark and Slovakia in the Women's section. Whilst in the Men's draw Bettystown Beach will be hosting Lithuania, Scotland and Ukraine.
Commenting on the draw, President of Volleyball Ireland Beach Commission Miriam Gormally said, "It's a great draw with some really exciting teams visiting Ireland. We look forward to welcoming the players and their supporters in June."
The competition format remains the same as in the previous editions as each country will be represented by two teams per gender and the match results will be counted ‘country vs. country’ instead of ‘team vs. team’. All pools of four will follow the double-elimination competition formula, while the pools consisting of three teams will play each other.
After this first stage of the competition, the second round will follow in May 2020 with the Finals scheduled for 22-28 June, 2020 in the Netherlands.
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.