St. Paul’s Runners Up in National Spikeball Final

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St. Paul’s Community College 2nd Year Spikeball Team  finished as runners up at The National spikeball Finals in Trinity College, Dublin last Thursday.  They were one of four teams to qualify from the regional finals last month and performed magnificently in the group stages and the semi-final.  The team left at 7.30am with Mr. John Cummins (PE Teacher), and Ms. Mai O’Keefe (2nd Year Head).  On arriving at Trinity College the team had a walk around the grounds before the competition started.  The team played sets  against Sutton Park, Dublin, and Kildare in the group stages, beating Sutton Park two sets to nil and drawing with Kildare a set a piece.  The semi-final was played against Sutton Park again and was won easily by them.  However, a lapse of concentration and unforced errors cost St. Paul’s the second set and this lead to a deciding set.  The team battled hard from 11 – 8 down to win 15 – 13 to qualify for the final which is the first time ever in our schools history.  St. Paul’s played brilliantly in the final but came up against an experienced Kildare team who beat our school by 5 points in each set to win the match.

Congratulations to our Panel:  Craig Reidy, Robin Brophy, Andrew Cushen, Sean Grey, Josh Fanning, Jack Lynch, Aaron Connolly, John Power and Aaron O’Donoghue. Picture shows team outside Trinity College where the finals took place.