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Northern Ireland Senior Men Defeat Ireland in Dublin at St Patricks Day Internationals

The Northern Ireland Senior Men’s team travelled to Naas, just south of Dublin on Sunday 14th March to compete in the annual St Patricks Day internationals against Ireland. With Great Britain’s David Hamilton still playing professional Volleyball in Tenerife and NI stalwart Mark Hazley injured, Ballymoney’s Adam Hunter was called upon to make his debut for the Senior Men and he did not disappoint.

The NI junior men had already defeated the South on Saturday and it was the turn of the men to see if they could make it a double.
The first set was an epic encounter with Ireland taking an early lead leading 16-10 at the first technical time out. NI came back to level it at 24-24 but neither side were willing to give up the first set easily and Ireland eventually came out on top winning 30-28.

The first set loss seemed to jump start the NI team and they ran out comfortable 15-25 winners in the second set to tie the match.
Ireland were the first to bounce back and seemed to be more hungry for the win in the third set as they took it 25-17.

NI again were able to draw level in the match winning the fourth set 22-25 as head coach Paul Spittle injected some fire in the young team and the match was all square at two sets each and a deciding fifth set to 15 points was needed.

At 3-6 Northern Ireland’s Tom Napier went back to serve and got two points to lead 3-8 and after Ireland had a side out kill, NI were able to side out and Peter Lundy went back to serve 5 points to give NI their first match point. Ireland however were to postpone the party as they took the point to bring the score to 5-14 but with 8 match points NI took the very next opportunity to win the set and the match 2-3.

Northern Ireland Senior Men’s Team

Forename Surname Position Club
Nicholas Wright Middle Ulster Elks
Tom Napier Opposite Ulster Elks
Adam Hunter Outside Hitter Ballymoney Blaze
Mark Fulton ** Setter Ulster Elks
Mark Hazley Libero Ulster Elks
Adam Bell Middle Ulster Elks
Jeffrey Scott Outside Hitter Ballymoney Blaze
Alan McKnight Setter Ballymoney Blaze
Wilson Greenlee Outside Hitter Ulster Elks
Peter Lundy Outside / Opposite Craigavon Aztecs








** Captain



Ireland Senior Men’s Team

Forename Surname Position Club
Cillian Bracken-Conway Setter Ballymun Patriots
Christopher Dunne Outside Hitter AerLingus Jets
Alex Gibbons Outside Hitter Ballymun Patriots
Andrew Goti Outside Hitter AerLingus Jets
John Grace Middle Garda VB
Tommy Kilfeather Libero AerLingus Jets
Oisin Mc Ardle Middle University College Dublin
Andrew Mc Carthy Middle University College Cork
Sean Mac Seoin Setter Garda VB
Niall Madden Outside Hitter Ulster Elks
Hugh Nohilly** Outside Hitter AerLingus1
Joseph O’Keeffe Libero Ballymun Patriots
Brendan O’Regan Opposite University College Dublin
Jonathan Whitty Middle AerLingus Jets
David Woods Middle University College Cork








** Captain


Photos from the Senior Men and Women’s matches are Copyright Lindie Naughton and are available from http://www.flickr.com/photos/lindie/sets/72157623495402643/

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