School Volleyball National Senior Finals   14/12/2017

56 teams started out in senior league competition back in September to become national champions in their respective divisions. Yesterday, we found out who would claim that glory in UCD.

Photos are to follow over the next week but for now here is a brief rundown of how the day played out...

SENIOR BOYS B - Colaiste Chathail Naofa VS Portlaoise College

The day started out with a tense Senior B Boy final. Although both teams have made appearances over the last five years in Senior B finals Portlaoise College (2013) and Colaiste Chathail Noafa (2015) this was the first meeting between the two in this category. From a spectator viewpoint the Portlaoise boys had a height advantage over CCN and their power alongside some controlled volleyball pushed them into a first set lead 25-19. The boys from CCN regrouped and through some great court movement were able to snatch the second set 25-23 to set up an intriguing final set. Both teams started out well taking point for point of each other. National glory was up for grabs for both sides as neither team could really pull away at the start of the final set. In the end though it was the Dungarvan school, CCN that had enough in the tank to get them over the line 25-19. Congratulations to both schools, players and coaches on a great final and no doubt both will be back and hoping for a spot in the final again next year.

MVP Adam Power Colaiste Chathail Naofa

SENIOR GIRLS B- Rockford Manor VS Colaiste Muire

Rockford Manor, Dublin had made the incredible feat of winning Senior C in 2016 and finding themselves in a Senior B final come 2017. They would also have been feeling confident going into this game as they already bested their opponents Colaiste Muire, Ennis (25-15 25-15) in a league match only a few weeks earlier. However, this was the first time any of these schools appeared in a Senior B final and anything can happen in a one-off game. It was Colaiste Muire who hit the ground running with some great shots coming from all players putting them into a comfortable 10-1 lead with just 7 minutes played, Rockford Manor had no response in the first set with the Clare team winning the opening set 25-7. The second set was much more even until some great serves from Colaiste Muire edged them ahead before they extended their lead to win their first Senior B title.(25-15) Well done to all involved and we wish you the best of luck for 2018.

MVP Chris Kearney - Colaiste Muire

SENIOR BOYS A -St Brigid’s College VS Drumshanbo V.S

St Brigid’s Boys are no stranger to Senior A finals and have appeared in 12 of the last 14 finals going all the way back to 2003 which incidentally was also against Drumshanbo V.S. In that time the two teams have encountered each other on 4 occasions with each school sharing the spoils of 2 wins each. Both schools came with a set of noisy supporters to boost them on and as in the Senior B both teams were extremely matched. It took a 28-26 first set victory for Drumshanbo to get the final up and running. St Brigid’s hit back strongly and started to find their well drilled volleyball in the second set 25-15. The third was again was another tight affair and once more going beyond the 25 points it was Drumshanbo that edged out Brigid’s 27-25. This now placed the Leitrim boys one set away from the trophy that they had missed out on for the last 13 years. The 4th set was cagey to start out and both teams tried to keep it tight and not make simple errors. As the set went on it was Drumshanbo that settled better and in the end, took the set and match 25-19 to send the trophy North to Leitrim and out of Loughrea town for the first time in almost a decade. Massive congratulations to both schools, players and coaches for all the hard work. It would be great team to stop either of these two meeting again in the Senior Cup final after Christmas.

MVP Gareth Gilmartin Drumshanbo V.S

SENIOR GIRLS A- St Mary’s College VS St Raphael’s College

The familiar sight of St Mary’s College in a Senior A finals programme was once again to be in the 2017 tournament. This year it was St Raphael’s College that stood in the way of a 7 in a row title for the team from Naas. St Mary’s showed exactly why they have been champions for such a sustained amount of time by powering to a first set victory of 25-14. St Raphael’s girls however were growing as the sets went on and showed some of the great volleyball that got them into the final. St Mary’s were still cool enough to keep control of the set and stretched their lead to 2 sets with a 25-22 win. It came as no surprise that St Raphael’s took the third set. They were becoming more and more confident as their positional awareness around the court increased. A set win of 25-19, meant the game was starting to unveil nicely. Some big hitting was coming from St Raphael’s now in the fourth set however St Mary’s girls were able to cover the court with amazing ease and through some great defence found themselves able to hit back and outscore Raphael’s as the set moved along. In the end it was to be an impressive 7 in a row for St Mary’s as they took the fourth 25-19. Congratulations to all involved in this year’s tournament. An amazing amount of hard work goes into getting to these stages and so well done to you all.

MVP Niamh Walsh- St Raphael's College

SENIOR GIRLS C - Santa Sabina D.C VS Scoil Mhuire Strokestown

Senior C final matched up two schools that had never faced off against each other. Scoil Mhuire, Strokestown had been tittering on the edge of a final for a few years now and at last it had come for the Roscommon girls. Santa Sabina who also have been playing great volleyball for many years also got the chance to write themselves in the roll of honour as national divisional champions 2017. Santa Sabina started the game well with some good covering from all players keeping them in the game but Strokestown made no mistake of the first set and sealed it 25-11 after 12 minutes. Santa Sabina were not going down without a fight and showed some great courage and determination but sadly it wasn’t going to be their day with the power of Strokestown coming through and sealing their first volleyball division title with a second set score of 25-14. These two schools will surely be challenging again next year, and we have no doubts we will see them in the finals very soon.

MVP Sarah Mc Veigh- Scoil Mhuire

A special thank you to our referees and volunteers who helped out yesterday. Also to the schools and their fans for the excellent support throughout the day.

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