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Monday 5 December 2016

Players 'having a ball' in dramatic Trinity finals

TWO thrilling mixed finals brought the Trinity College sports hall alight for the second day of Volleyball Ireland's National Spikeball Schools Finals.

Both deciders went to three nail-biting sets, as did the Second Year Boys play-off between Sutton Park and St Paul's Waterford, part of a three-way battle.

Right from the start, Sutton Park were fighting for every point, but with spirited play and eye-catching skills from both sides, the opening set went to 23-21 with Waterford saving two set points before Sutton Park just edged it. When St Paul's took the second set, it went to a tie-breaker with the first side to 15 the winner.

Again the two sides exchanged points with nothing to divide them, although tiredness was creeping and both sides gave away points. They were tied at 10-10 before St Paul's pulled away with three quick points to make it 13-10 and put them within two points of victory.

Sutton Park weren't giving up and took the next two to make 13-12 before St Paul's closed in out after a thrilling match. Overall however, Kildare Town won the second year boys title having beaten St Paul's.

In the second year boys final, St Raphael's, Loughrea 'A' put out Portmarnock Community College in the semi-final before beating their own school's 'B' team for the title.

In the mixed second year final Portlaoise used their huge blocking and hitting skills to win the opening set against Coláiste an Eachraidh Athenry, before Athenry turned on the style to take the match.

Another see-saw match saw St Tiernan's Crossmolina beating Mountrath for the first year mixed title.

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