Just days before the Irish Senior Mens Soccer Squad kick off their European campaign, their Volleyball counterparts begin their European Championship today in Luxembourg.
This tournament, which is organised by the Confédération Européene de Volleyball (CEV) takes place every two years, and sees the most talented Volleyballers in Europe take to the court.
Irish Head Coach Laurent Cauet assesses the week ahead; ‘It will be a demanding week for us. We will face four strong teams and will also have full training sessions each day as well. The week will be very intense. I do believe that the lads will give a great account of themselves. They are versatile and they show no fear. They fight for every ball and they fight for each other.
Ireland’s progress can be followed on their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/irishmensvolleyballsquads which will feature live scores, team news and interviews with players and staff. Their match schedule is as follows:
Fri 1 June – Faroe Islands vs Ireland (19.00)
Sat 2 June – Ireland v Scotland (13.30)
Sat 2 June – Ireland vs Luxembourg (21.30)
Sun 3 June – Ireland vs Northern Ireland(16.30)
All matches take place in D’Coque in Luxembourg.
The Irish Squad is as follows:
1. Thomas Kilfeather – Dublin VC – Setter
2. Declan Ryan – Garda VC – Libro
3. Luke Uniacke – St Raphaels & NUI Galway – Setter
4. Terrence Erraught – Dublin VC – Libro
5. Richard Tyrrell – Dublin VC – Outside Hitter
6. Jeffrey King – Aer Lingus VC – Outside Hitter
7. David Woods – University College Cork – Middle Blocker
8. Gerard Conway – Garda VC – Setter
9. Jonathan Whitty – Aer Lingus VC – Middle Blocker
11. Oisin McArdle – University College Dublin – Opposite
12. Brendan O’Regan – University College Dublin – Outside Hitter
13. Andrew McCarthy – Aer Lingus VC – Middle Blocker