National Teams

NI Senior Men defeat Ireland in Richhill

Northern Ireland’s Senior Men defeated Ireland 3-1 in a friendly match at the Richhill recreation centre on Friday 4th June.

The match was arranged to help prepare Ireland ahead of their European Championship Qualification Tournament in Andorra from 17-19th June. It is the first time ever that competitive volleyball was played in the Richhill recreation centre which was opened in 2008.

NI saw the return of Great Britain international David Hamilton who played professional volleyball this year in Tenerife. It was with Hamilton’s help that NI’s offense was too much for Ireland and the home team got off to a great start with NI winning the first set 25-17.

The second set was almost a carbon copy of the first set with NI’s serve receive almost faultless as Ireland struggled to pass the NI serve. This difference allowed NI to utilise all of their hitting options and held Ireland to only hitting from the wings. NI comfortably won the second set 25-17.

In the third set Ireland took control and carried the momentum through to the end of the set winning 15-25. NI bounced back however in the fourth set and it was a close finish to the set for the large crowd who had turned out to support the team, NI winning the set 25-22 and the match 3-1.

The NI and Ireland teams would like to thank the newly formed Richhill Raiders Volleyball Club who hosted a BBQ after the game for both teams at Groucho’s Cafe Bar & Music Lounge in Richhill.

The squads for both teams were:

Northern Ireland Ireland
Number Name Position
2 Mark Hazley Outside Hitter
3 Adam Hunter Outside Hitter
4 Nick Wright Middle
5 Tom Napier Opposite
8 Mark Fulton (Captain) Setter
10 David Hamilton Middle
12 Wilson Greenlee Libero
13 Peter Lundy Opposite
16 Alan McKnight Setter
Number Name Position
1 Tommy Kilfeather Libero
2 Joe O’Keeffe Libero
3 Cillian Bracken-Conway Setter
5 Andrew Goti Outside Hitter
7 John Grace Middle
10 Niall Madden Outside Hitter
11 Oisin McArdle Middle
12 O’Regan Brendan Opposite
13 Andrew McCarthy Middle
14 Alex Gibbons Outside Hitter
16 Sean MacSeoin Setter
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