The Cadette Girls Volleyball Team have reached this years All-Ireland Finals. They beat the Mercy Secondary School, Lisdoonvarna, 25-15; 25-21. They will play next Wednesday in Croom in Co. Limerick. Well done girls.
Report by Pooky Mitchell
The All-Ireland quarter-final Cadette-C girl’s volleyball was played in Lochreagh last Weds 3rd March. The two keen rivals were Elphin Community College and Lisdoonvarna. Juggling nerves and excitement, both teams were unsettled and did not come into there own until a few minutes later into the first set. With a 4 point lead from setter Deborah Beirne in their first serves, Elphin were hopeful and the outlook seemed bright. Lisdoonvarna had successfully gained back 2 points of their own but a further string of awesome serves from Elphin Sorcha Dowd had left them trailing at 7-3. From then on both teams scored little by little until they finished the first set at 25-15 to Elphin.
The second set was not as easy for Elphin as Lisdoonvarna came back with a vengeance. The Elphin ladies were leading 5-1 10 minutes into the set, thanks to more lethal serves from Bronagh Weston, until Alison O’Sullivan of Lisdoonvarna stepped to the mark and took a series of serves to close the margin at 6-5 to Elphin. Both teams were stressed as concentration began to fail and extra work had to be put in order to keep their shape. Claire Cregg didn’t disappoint as she brought home 4 more points for Elphin. The competitors all worked well and more often than not every girl on the Elphin panel took on roles as they weren’t assigned to. Deborah Beirne and Sorcha Dowd were taking turns at the front court dealing damage while the covering 4 players supported them brilliantly. Saffron Cull was spectacular as she picked her spot for the deadly spikes. Even with all of Elphin’s good play, Lisdoonvarna still fought to the finish. They responded well to impossible circumstances and survived plenty close calls, giving Elphin a good run for their money.
The teams were neck and neck as numerous spikes were made, only to be announced by unyielding blocks on both parts. At this point both teams were clawing for the finish line. Lisdoonvarna held their shape and denied any easy points. 23-19 and they were catching up. Though in the heart of it all, Elphin supporters still managed to lift up their players sprits by rooting and cheering them on. It was a very loud match as Megan Flanagan led the cheering procession. With an easy smile on their faces the Elphin girls finished the job leaving it 25-20.
Lisdoonvarna showed great sportsmanship and the teams congratulated each-other. Bringing home yet another victory, Elphin still have 2 more matches to face: the all-Ireland semi-final and grand-final! Both of which are set for the same day 10th March in Limerick. Best of Luck to them!
Set one= 25-15 to Elphin
Set two= 25-21
Elphin panel: Bronagh Weston, Sorcha Dowd, Deborah Beirne, Anna Higgins, Breifne O’Rourke, Sarah Lampert, Saffron Cull, Pooky Mitchell, Claire Cregg, Hazel Conroy and Katie Killoran.