30th Annual Fermanagh Volleyball Competition

Published: 19th December 2016

The 30th Annual Fermanagh Volleyball Competition took place on 3 and 4 December 2016 at the Fermanagh Lakeland Forum, Enniskillen attracting entries from teams from the island of Ireland, Poland and Denmark.

The competition, which was organised by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council in partnership with the local Spikers Volleyball Club, is highly regarded within competitive volleyball and involved 18 teams competing in high quality action packed sets over the two days.

In the Ladies Plate Competition, Queens, Belfast and TCD, Dublin triumphed over their respective semi-final opponents Princesses, Belfast and TCD II. In the final, Queens overcame TCD to become the Plate winners.

In the Men’s Plate Competition, the top two teams from Pool B progressed to the final where PVC Eagles, Belfast edged out Garda in a close contest to claim the victory.

In the Ladies Main Competition semi-finals, Galway faced Bigos, Dublin while UCD, Dublin were up against Fireblades, Belfast. There were moments of excellence from all sides, both front and back court, but it was to be Bigos and UCD who were to come out on top and go through to the main final.

The final was a five set thriller. Bigos won the first two sets then UCD responded strongly to bring the match level by winning the next two sets. In the final set, Bigos prevailed by four points to be crowned the 2016 Ladies Fermanagh Volleyball Champions.

In the Men’s Main Competition semi-finals Naas Eagles; Zimmer, Belfast; Templar Knights, Galway, and Lek Stom, Poland – making its debut at the competition – lined up to battle for their places in the final, with Naas Eagles and Lek Stom beating their respective opponents.

The Men’s Final saw Naas Eagles and Lek Stom contest a thrilling encounter. The match was just under two hours long and right up to the last point it was hard to see who was going to come out the winner with every point being hard fought on both sides. Lek Stom won the first set by six points, Naas Eagles claimed the next two sets to make it 2-1. However, Lek Stom came back to win the fourth set and eventually clinching the deciding set 15-13 to receive the 2016 Men’s Fermanagh Volleyball trophy.

Ladies Plate Winners Queens, Belfast
Ladies Main Runner-up UCD, Dublin
Ladies Main Winners 2016 Bigos, Dublin

Men’s Plate Winners PVC Eagles, Belfast
Men’s Main Runner-up Naas Eagles
Men’s Main Winners 2016 Lek Stom, Poland

Speaking at the presentation of competition awards and trophies, Vice Chairman of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Councillor Bert Wilson, said:

“Fermanagh and Omagh District Council is pleased to organise and host the Fermanagh Volleyball Championships in partnership with Spikers Volleyball Club. The Championships provide an excellent platform for the sport by bringing some of the top volleyball talent from as far away as Denmark and Poland, as well as closer to home, to the district; helping to inspire our own local talent and athletes.

I would like to commend all those who took part in the competition for competing in such a sporting manner, ensuring the competition was enjoyable for all involved. I would also like to express my gratitude to all the participating clubs for their support.”

Speaking at the end of the competition, Liz Wilson, Spikers Volleyball Club Chairperson, thanked Councillor Wilson for his kind words and for taking the time to attend the competition. She expressed her thanks to Fermanagh and Omagh District Council for its continued support of the event and to all those who assisted with the tournament’s success, in particular staff from the Fermanagh Lakeland Forum and all volleyball club members at the event. Liz concluded by expressing thanks to the Belmore Court Motel, which sponsored the award for Male and Female Player of the tournament.

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