Presentation National School in Kilkenny has won the All-Ireland SpikeBall Primary School championship.
The victorious team were Lauren Gleeson (captain),Caoimhe Dunne Dowling (vice captain), Amy Adams, Yana Stepanova, Maria Shortall, Anne McInerney, Aljona Kuznetsova and Hannah Dowling. The team was coached by their sixth class teacher Maria Kealy, and wholeheartedly supported by their fellow sixth class students who travelled with them to the finals in Limerick last week.
Over 250 schools entered the Spike-Ball championship, and many pool stages had to be fought and won at county, regional and provincial level to be part of the six top counties in the All-Ireland final in Limerick University.
SpikeBall is an adapted form of volleyball for primary/secondary schools.
It was introduced into the school by the transition year students from the Presentation Secondary School and many thanks to them and to their P.E teacher Kevin Barraghry.
The senior primary girls are at the moment training hard with their coach Laurena Murphy for the schools gaelic football competition in the Autumn. Hopefully, they will get as much enjoyment out of the championship as the spikeball team whose honour it is to have brought the first 21st century All-Ireland sporting title to the Presentation Primary on Parnell St.
The navy and blue flags are flying on Parnell St, and everyone at school is thrilled with the new All-Ireland title.