The u20s will kick off the action at 1030 at the Queen’s University PE Centre, Belfast before the Senior team entertain their northern counterparts at 1230. These matches will run alongside the Girls u19 and Senior Women matches.
Head Coach Andrei Molnar is happy as the build up intensifies:
“I am keen to test our U20 and senior team in Belfast before Small Countries Championship in Luxembourg even if we have a few important players missing, as Cathal Dwyer (U20) has club commitments in Narbonne and Eoghan Monahan (senior) which has a knee injury.
But the National Team has come a long way in the last two years, and nothing would have been possible without the help of my assistant coach Ionuţ Tărmure, or the Squads captains Aidan McDonnell (senior team) and Gareth Gilmartin (U20). And of course, the parents that are supporting us at every step, through finances, supervision and even cooking in our training camps.
Our main target from the start was to change how the game is perceived in Ireland, and I think this National Team senior and junior are making that happen. This was possible for the simple fact that these players are fully committed to the sport and to endure the necessary sacrifices that high-level volleyball demands.
Like always we are going to face the games with our philosophy “play the point, not the game”, and I am confident that our boys are going to make us proud and going to represent again Ireland with honour.”
u20 & Snr Mens Squad V NIR, Sat 14th March
Aidan McDonnell (Snr Only)
Mateusz Checinski (Snr Only)
Gareth Gilmartin (captain)