Portlaoise College 2
St Brigid’s Loughrea 1
(13-21, 21-17, 17-15)

Following on from last week’s All-Ireland Volleyball success, the next generation of volleyballers in Portlaoise College cemented their place in the history books with the schools first ever “First year All-Ireland” in the Spikeball National Finals in UCD. Spikeball is the introductory version of Volleyball played by first and second years throughout Ireland. Portlaoise College had qualified as the Leinster winners in the mixed competition and faced a day long blitz against the Connacht winners Loughrea, the Dublin winners Colaiste Cois Life and the Munster winners Dungarvan.

After the initial blitz games, Portlaoise faced off against Colaiste Cois Life in the semi-final. In a one sided game Portlaoise easily dispatched the Lucan outfit and set up a final against favourites Loughrea. The Westeners started the brighter and comfortably won the first set 21-13 with Portlaoise looking quite jittery and nervous. However Portlaoise rallied and won a very tight second set 21-17 with captain Evelina Petrevoska and Aleks Grzegolski impressive. The final third set (first to 15, by at least two clear points) went right down the wire with both teams having set points to win the game. Emma Lynch and Daniel Phillips defended manfully while Wiki Wojtkiewicz and in particular Abdel Karim smashed home the points as Portlaoise College edged a thriller 17-15. After the game captain Evelina Petrevoska accepted the cup on behalf of her jubilant team.
Portlaoise College: Evelina Petrevoska, Aleks Grzegolski, Emma Lynch, Daniel Phillips, Wiki Wojtkiewicz and Abdul Karim. Coach: Ollie Hally
Also on the day, Portlaoise College’s second years represented the school in the 2nd Year Mixed Spikeball but unfortunately bowed out in the semi-final to Colaiste de hIde, Tallaght. Hard luck to the team of Amber Dalton, Debbie