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Elphin Community College beat Lough Allen College, Drumkeerin 1-14 to 0-3 last Wednesday to capture the Connaught Junior Football Title.
Congrats to the Boys U-16 soccer team who beat Enniscrone in the Connacht Quarter Finals last Tuesday in Castlebar. The came from 2-1 down at half time to win the match 4-2. Elphin goal scorers were Austin Kielty (2), Shane Killoran (1) and Gerard McDermottroe (1).
The Transition Year Girls from Elphin Community College, pictured below, who are taking part in the Spikeballs ‘Women in Sport’ coaching course, held there blitz on the 5th of April. This took place in Ballinagare community centre for the two national schools involved. There were 6 teams, each team played everyone. On the day, the winners were a team from Ballinagare N.S. The Abbeycarton team they played in the final put up a good fight, but unfortunately they couldn’t make up the points on the day. There was 2 other teams from Ballinagare N.S, and two other teams from Abbeycarton N.S . We would like to thank and congratulate all the kids for their participation.
The girls also organised a very enjoyable Blitz for first year boys and girls on Friday 8th April.
Elphin Capture Senior Crown
It has been three years since their greatest triumph but last Thursday in UCD against their illustrious opponents St Brigid’s Loughrea, Elphin Community College captured only their second Senior title since winning the Senior A Title in 2007.
The school now currently holds not only the Senior Boys title but also the Cadette C Girls crown that they won last April.
Elphin beat St Brigid’s
25 – 22 16 – 25 25 – 17
Both sides had reached the final without dropping a set. Elphin were optimistic coming into the final afer beating Lycée Français d’Irlande in the semi-final.
Both sides traded early points in the first set before Cathal Brady opened up a significant lead with a series of strong, deep serves into the Loughrea defence. Despite a time–out being called, Brady continued on his rampage aided by Sweeney, Morris and D. Brady at the front to lead 12 – 4. Loughrea responded to the early lead and soon the sides were tied at 16 – 16. Elphin again took the lead with C. Brady and G. Cregg finding openings in a strong Loughrea defence. Elphin now led 20 – 18 but with Morris putting two balls into the net the sides were now again level at 22 – 22. S. Ryan stepped up to the service line and with J. Sweeney switching to centre the Elphin outfit edged out the opening set 25 -22.
Elphin were buoyed by their opening set win but knew that a big effort was needed in the next set to win this title. Loughrea came out with all guns blazing in the second set and opened up a big lead at 11 – 1 and then 14 – 2. Elphin were finding it difficult to deal with the rampaging Galway outfit. Loughrea with their Senior A team beating Pipers College Naas in the earlier final were determined to make it a clean sweep of the Senior Boys titles but Elphin were not relinguising this set without a fight and with D. Brady setting well for his twin Cathal, Elphin got the score back to 17 – 18. Again however Elphin allowed Loughrea to get the upper hand with 3 serves in a row failing to find their target and St Brigid’s ran out comfortable winners 25 – 16.
Elphin were rocked by the manner of their defeat but were determined to set the record straight in the final set.
They had not playing badly in the second set but knew that unforced errors had been their downfall. If they were to prevail they needed to eliminate these mistakes from their game.
The final set started cautiously with some fine rallies leaving Elphin with a slender lead of 8 – 5. Then up stepped J. Sweeney who completely changed the course of the game. He scored 6 unanswered points with 3 aces from the service line. The positional changes made earlier was also helping the Elphin cause with Morris defending well at the back and also at the net. P. Morris continued where Sweeney left off and suddenly opened up a comfortable lead at 19 – 8. C. Brady then brought the set to match point at 24 -11. The schools supporters were ready to erupt onto the court but St. Brigid’s rallied bravely. Elphin knew that St Brigid’s only had to make one mistake and the crown would be theirs. R. Dervan for Loughrea stepped up to the line and although there was massive pressure on the Galway student, he served relentlessley into the Elphin defence. R. Kelleher was introduced at 24 -13 to try and steady the ship but Loughrea continued to pile on the pressure.
An Elphin timeout tried to to unsettle the St Brigid’s serve at 24 – 15 but they continued to fight for their lives even when C. Brady seemed to have the match won with a tremendous spike at 24 – 16 Loughrea recovered and won the point to leave 7 points between the sides at 24 – 17.
Elphin to their credit were still not panicing and it was this ability to not be affected by the Galway’s resurgence that finally paid off. In a rally that seemed endless to the nervous Roscommon support, Loughrea finally made an unforced error, sending the ball out of court to an immediate invasion of the UCD court. Elphin at long last had their second Senior title. Mary Barrett the Loughrea coach was gracious in defeat and commented that the final had been the “best in years at this grade”.
Paul Noone, Elphin’s coach also praised the quality of the match and paid tribute to both sides. He said about the cloisng stages “even though Loughrea closed the gap to seven points, he was always confident that Elphin would prevail knowing that his side only had to continue their patient game play for their moment of victory to arrive”. Speaking at the presentation of medals to both teams, Graeme Torance from the VAI commented on the “great performance of both sides” . While Elphin captain Gerry Cregg paid tribute to their travelling support who made their presense felt throughout the match. He also expressed the teams appreciation to Mr. Noone for all the hours of training he had put into the side along with the Cadette A team who had trained along with them.
The team travelled back to Elphin that evening where they were met by bonfires on their arrival with students, staff, parents and former pupils turning out to congratulate the schools heros.
The team was as follows:
Gerry Cregg (Captain). Stephen Ryan, Cathal Brady, Paul Morris, Donal Brady, John Sweeney, Robert Kelleher, Iuean Weston, Kiernan McGrath, Edward Cosgrove and Michael Sullivan
It was a busy week for schools volleyball in Elphin Community College with the Senior Girls and the Cadette Girls and Boys all in action.
Elphin began their Caddette Volleyball season last week with both the girls and boys in first round action. After last years achievement in winning the All Ireland “C” title the girls were upgraded to Cadette A Level. The boys competition has been restructured this year with the first round determining which teams go into the A & B competition.
Elphin beat Claremorris 21 – 25, 25 – 13, 25 – 19.
With the vollyball tradition that Claremorris have in girls compeititon this was an outstanding result. The Elphin girls started the first set sluggishly with a series of unforced errors but as the game progressed the Elphin side kept in touch and led at 7 – 5. Claremorris had an extremely talented player in Eyna O’Connor and she opened up a lead of 6 points, 19 – 13 at a crucial stage in the set. Elphin could not close the gap and Claremorris closed out the set 25 – 21.
Ellphin were in confident mood going into the second set with Pookie Mitchell and Sarah Lambert setting really well for both Saffron Cull and Deborah Beirne. Indeed, it was Beirne that made the first significant breakdthrough with 5 unanswered points to lead 9 – 3 and then Bronagh Weston with 4 points to lead 15 – 9. Claremorris were rattled and dispite rallying to 13 – 16, Elphin’s Anna Higgins closed out the visitors with 9 points 25 – 13.
The final set began very evenly with both sides trading scorces and at 18 – 18 the games seemed to be going down to the wire until Saffron Cull stepped up to the service line. Her powerful serves into the heart of the Claremorris back court, had the Mayo girls in all sorts of trouble and Elpin finished off the set 25 – 19. ]
St Bridgets .v. Loughrea beat Elphhin 25 – 16, 25 – 16
After a titantic struggle againast Claremorris, Elphin began this match in an upbeat mood but were quickly remínded of the quality at this level. While the Elphin outfit fought bravely the reality was dawning that a lot of improvements are needed to match the standards of this Galway outfit. Elphin losing out in both sets.
St Raphaels Loughrea beat Elphin 25 – 13 25 – 20
After a tight beginning to the first set Raphaels began to dominate taking the lead at 13 – 8 and then 18 – 10 before a rally by Elphin reduced the lead to 18 – 13 St Raphaels responded and opened out a 23 – 13 before closing the set.
Elphin responded well to this challenge in the second set with Pookie Mitchell and Saffron Cull again prominent in leading the Elphin charge with Deborah Beirne and Sarah Lambert landing some fine scorces from the service line. The teams traded scorces throughout and at 20 – 18 Elphin had St. Raphael’s in trouble but a run of 4 points from the Galway side brought them to match point 24 – 18 Elphin reduced the lead to 24 – 20 but after a promising start to the day Elphin ended it as 3rd seed The girls know a lot of improvement is needed to continue in the competition but are up the challenge.
Saffron Cull, Bronagh Weston, Sarah Lambert, Deborah Beirne, Pooky Mitchell, Anna Higgins, Hazel Conroy, Breifne O’Rourke, Cherie Hook
The grouping for this round placed two teams from Elphin against two from St Louis Kiltimagh in a preliminary round of this years competition.
Elphin A vs Kiltimagh A 25 – 7, 23 – 25
Having agreed that the matches would be played on a two set basis the Elphin side knew that the first set was crucial if they were to progress to the A competition and destroyed their Mayo counterparts in the opening set. The setting from both D Brady and S Killoran was excellent while C Brady hit some fine spikes into the Kiltimagh defence. S Killoran always renowned for his serving ability effectively ended the first set openeng up a 21 – 5 lead before D Brady closed out the set. Elphin also got an early opportunity to try out their panel introducing Marron for Brady and Larkin for Sweeney.
The scond set was very different to the first. The boys from Mayo wounded from their earlier collapse came out strongly and even through Elphin continued to lead for large parts of the set they could never pull away as they had previously. Elphin still led at 22 – 20 but looked nervous and when Kiltimagh went 23 – 22 in front, the game was up with Kiltimagh winning the set 25 – 23
Elphin A bt Kiltimagh B
Elphin B opened their account with a tremendous win over Kiltimagh B. This young inexperienced side began nervously finding it diffuclt to adjust to the strategies of the game but as the game progressed players like D Lee, J Dwyer and A Kielty possessed real quality. S Duarte and C O’Connor also began to develop as setters and with D Beirne improving all the time the Elphin outfit fought bravely to win the first set 25 – 23.
With a new sense of confidence in the team coming through, the Elphin side opened up a 13 – 9 lead and then a 20 – 14 lead from some fine serving from S Duarte and D Lee. L McDermott also added some much needed shield into the defence as Elphin withstood a late Kiltimagh revival at 22 – 19 before Kielty closed out the set.
Other match results:
Elphin A be Kiltimagh B 25 – 10 25 – 10
Kiltimagh A bt Elphin B 25 – 16 25 – 18
Kiltimagh A bt Kiltimagh B 25 10 25 – 11
Elphin A Bt Elphin B 25 – 8 25 – 18
Elphin A Team:
Donal Brady, Cathal Brady, Conor Sweeney, Shane Killoran, Mark Brennan, Ryan Larkin, Daniel Marron, Gerard McDermottroe, Finbar McDermott.
Elphin B Team:
Aidan Murray, Sean Duarte, Christopher O’Connor, Dillon Beirne, Liam McDermott, James Dwyer, Padraig Neary, Darren Lee, Austin Kielty.
A dissappointing end to the girls senior volleyball season is the only way you could describe this semi-final defeat to Lisdoonvarna last Monday in Loughrea
Lisdoonvarna Bt Elphin 25 – 21 25 – 16
Elphin started the first set slowly but led 9 – 7 early on with some good scores coming from Fiona McCann and Deborah Beirne. Elphin at this stage were playing the better volleyball but their serving which had been consistent in previous rounds was letting them down. With Lisdoonvarna struggling, Elphin should have capitalised but 6 serves went without winning a single point and Elphin found themselves trailing 20 – 18. Lisdoonvarna closed out the set 25 – 21 but Elphin knew they had let it slip.
The girls went into the second set in a positive frame of mind but almost immediatley Lisdoonvarna had ceased the initiative. Elphin had served poorly in the previous set but Lisdoonvarna’s Lisa O’Brien had no such problem serving 9 points in a row to open up an 11 – 4 gap between the teams. Pookie Mitchell and Clare Cregg were doing their defensive best but Lisdoonvarna continued to have the upper hand. Denise O’Connor was substituted for Nicole Cawley and she and Sandra Oates covered well around the court.
Lisdoonvarna now led 22 – 8 and despite a late run of scores to bring it back to 22 – 14, Elphin had left it to late to make a come back. The girls will be disappointed in not making their first senior final and particuarly because they did not perform to their potential but they will be back next year and maybe can go that one step further.
Fiona McCann, Claire Cregg, Pooky Mitchell, Deborah Beirne, Kelly Flanagan, Nicole Cawley, Marie O’Reilly, Denise O’Connor, Sandra Oates.