Senior Volleyball

vb-copyAfter a friendly game last year against St. Villiers of Limerick, the enthusiasm for volleyball continued into this year at Glenstal. With a few training sessions under their belt in the early part of 2016, Glenstal’s volleyball team bundled into the bus on the 16th of November to make their way to St. Joseph’s College in Borrisoleigh, Co. Tipperary. There, they would face St. Joseph’s College and Carlow Vocational School in Round 1 of the Senior Boys National Competition.

Arriving in good time the team warmed up. The first game was against the host school, St. Joseph’s, and all things considered, Glenstal would probably love to play this game again. By the time Glenstal began playing really good volleyball, they had lost both sets, 25 points to 13 and 25 points to 18. As the score lines here suggest, Glenstal were improving as they were exposed to more game time. It was the similar errors of palming or carrying the volleyball, lack of communication and servicing faults that gifted the opposition many scores. In the first set, Glenstal found themselves trailing 9 points to 1 before they settled into the play. From there, there were glimpses of superb volleyball from the Glenstal outfit but it was not consistent. Excellent servicing from Aidan Murphy and point saving from Sam Warren gave their front line the best chances for scoring. Glenstal knew they could eradicate the errors and went into the next game with confidence.

There was a quick turnaround to the second game but Glenstal faced competition regulars in Carlow Vocational School. The first set was tight with the score at 9 points each before Carlow Vocational School made a break to go 13 points to 9 ahead. The gap remained until Carlow Vocational School won that set 25 points to 18. Undeterred and playing better volleyball more consistently, Glenstal began the second set excellently. They stormed into a 6 point to 1 lead with good play from all the men. The score line read 9 points to 2 before long and Glenstal were in form. At 13 points to 6, Glenstal knew they had control of the set and just needed to remain consistent and keep their game as error free as possible. Communication and skills had improved vastly and saw Glenstal hold a 16 to 12 points lead. Even though the gap had narrowed, Glenstal finished strong, winning the set 25 points to 13. It was all to play for in the final set as if Glenstal were to win, they would qualify for the finals. It was tight in the early stages with neither team getting too far ahead. 9 points to 6, in favour of Carlow Vocational School gave them the slight advantage they needed. The set continued with a similar gap before Carlow Vocational School finished as winners. Final score: 25 points to 20.

Conor Flood (Schools & Club Development Officer) was very complimentary of the boys and their efforts. Conor officiated at this event and a previous event where the boys played. He noted how their game had improved with practice and teamwork, He congratulated the boys on their participation. For the national competition, it’s curtains up but this won’t be the last of Glenstal volleyball. Well done to our students who represented their school in fine fashion!

Panel: Philip Reiche, Colum Grogan, Aidan Murphy, Oran Clancy, Sam Warren, Sam McCormack, Eamonn Daly, Jaime Cabello, David Power

Thomas Franklin