A marathon session of 14 Junior volleyball games saw Drumshanbo A top the day with Drumshanbo B also topping the remaining group going to the Junior shield. Nearly 70 players played throughout the day with a strong emphasis on participation.
Drumshanbo B had a dream start to the day. Lining out with Brian and Kevin Moran, Lucas Da Silva, Yi Jun Feng, Liam Rowan and Aaron Keaveney, all first years, they shocked the Drumshanbo A 2nd years in their very 1st set. Caleb Duffy’s serve saw them come from 8-13 to win. They beat Kiltimagh B with Jacek Ozdobinkski hitting several aces and, after two trashing losses in first sets to Kiltimagh A and Elphin A, shocked both sides by winning the 2nd sets. Brian Moran (4th year) had the unenviable task all of making sure that all got to represent the school at some stage.
The Drumshanbo As, after a slow start, eventually got themselves going and topped the group on score difference by winning their last 7 sets in a row. Kevin Moran saved their face with a great service run in the 2nd set against the 1st years. They lost the 1st set to Elphin A but inflicted the biggest winning score against them in their 2nd set. They finally got their 1st win against Elphin B. In this they showed great team work, especially between Joseph Baxter, Ashley Keaveney and Patrick Meehan. Diarmuid Beirne also impressed with a dig that saved a certain winner and Shane Clarke came on to immediately volley a winner. In their last 2 matches against the 2 Kiltimagh teams Wayne Reynolds and Jordan Earley showed their spiking prowess. It was a credit to Diarmuid McKiarnan and Brendan McCormack, their coaches, that all players passed unselfishly. Darren Earley must also get a mention for organising that play took place so regularly on the courts. Both teams were managed by Ms Coyne.
Scores: Drumshanbo A bt Kiltimagh M 15-11 15-9, bt Kiltimagh C 15-6 15-8, bt Elphin B 13-15 15-9, drew with Elphin A 13-15 15-9, drew with Drumshanbo B 13-15 15-8
Drumshanbo B bt Kiltimagh C 15-9 15-7, drew with Kiltimagh M 7-15 15-12, drew with Elphin B 15-8 7-15, drew with Elphin A 4-15 15-11
Drumshanbo B 6, Elphin B 4, Kiltimagh M 3, Kiltimagh C 1
Serves: Drumshanbo B ; Brian Moran 7 Kevin Moran 6, Lucas Da Silva 2, Yi Jun Feng (Sunbeam) 6, Liam Rowan 2, Aaron Keaveney 8, Caleb Duffy 16, Jacek Ozdobinkski 18, Adam McCarthy 5, Callum O’Hagan Moore 8, Lewis Norrington, Fergal Guihen 5, Brian Keaveney 5, Shane McGrenaghan 4, Damien Duignan 3
Drumshanbo A ; Kevin Moran 11, Joseph Baxter 26, Ashley Keaveney 3, Patrick Meehan 9. Diarmuid Beirne 9, Shane Clarke 2, Wayne Reynolds 14, Jordan Earley 12, Conor Prior 8, Caolan Carty 7, Liam Brady 5, Fergal McWeeney 6, Darren Earley 3, Alex Bziukievicz 8, Shane Clarke 2.