Second Year victory for Rockford spikeballers
DESPITE a few nerves, Rockford Manor in Blackrock, Dublin, held firm to beat Scoil Mhuire from Stokestown for the Second Year title at the Irish Schoolsgirls Spikeball finals in Trinity College, Dublin.
Spikeball, introduced to teach the basic volleyball skills, is perfect for smaller schools and has brought thousands of newcomers into the sport.
For Rockford, it was a second victory, after much the same team that won the first year title last year.
On their way to the final, they beat Pres Terenure and Clonmel. On the other side of the draw, Roscommon beat Strokestown, who had put out St Mary's, Naas.
Star of the Rockford squad was big hitter Faye O'Connell Bell, ably backed up by Aisling Keating, Michelle Khong, Emma Hughes, Klaudia Krasowska and Alicja Kosek.
In the first set, the score went to 22-20 before a relieved Rockford nailed down victory.
By now after a long days play, mistakes were creeping in, but it was only when the score reached 10-10 in the second set that the Dublin school drew away.
Strokestown were by no means giving up, but by now Rockford were in confident form and they took the set 21-15, and with it the title.
A team from Rockford Manor also made the 1st year play-offs, but went out in the semi-finals to Killarney.
Making it to the quarter-finals was Sutton Park, who lost to Grennan College Kilkenny, while also going out at the last-eight was St Mary's Naas, who lost to St Raphael's Loughrea.
St Raphael's proved the class of this competition, comfortably beating Mercy Roscommon in the final.