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Report – Olympic Handball – Wednesday, October 13th, 2010 by Louise Browne

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Wednesday, 13th October, 2010

By Louise Browne

It was double delight for Marino College, with the twins of Michael and Robyn Spain at the helm, the north strand college won the boys and girls VEC Olympic Handball Shields at last week’s finals at St Michael’s Sports Hall, Inchicore.

Thanks to a hat-trick from their captain Michael Spain Marino retained the boys Shield defeating their arch rivals Larkin Community College 4-3 in a gripping match that went right down to the wire.

While in the girls’ final Michael’s twin sister Robyn captained Marino to their first Olympic Handball title by beating the holders Larkin Community College 4-1.

“Beating Larkin the way we did, they’re our rivals we’ve now beaten them two years in a row, it’s great.

“We played great, the goalkeeper Paul (Judd) pulled off some super saves, it was good overall team work and that’s what helped us win” said Marino’s jubilant captain Michael Spain after lifting the trophy.

olympic_handball_02With a minute left on the clock and tied at 3-3 in the boys final Spain powered home the winning goal to secure his hat-trick and break Larkin hearts in the process.

Marino, with Spain, Marius Guigila and Karl Murphy impressive throughout, opened the scoring in the second minute through Spain.

Larkin where then awarded a penalty but Larkin’s captain Alexis Villamizal was denied with a magnificent save from Paul Judd in the Marino goal. Things went from bad to worse for Larkin when Guigila turned his marker to score Marino’s second.

Larkin continued to attack and were rewarded when Karl Murphy finally beat the imposing Judd with Villamizal scoring the equaliser two minutes later.

However Larkin’s comeback was short lived as Spain’s powerful penalty beat Ciaran O’Driscoll. Merabi Bendeliani and Glen Fitzsimmons went close for Larkin prior to Villamizal’s terrific second equaliser but it was Spain who had the last say.

The girl’s final, played over two legs, saw Marino’s strength and skill around the court deny Larkin their three in row on an aggregate 4-1 score line with Spain, Kim Flood, Diana Zaharil and Dominica Dobec Marino’s influential players.

In the first leg Marino took an early lead through Kim Flood with Spain adding the second. Larkin’s threat on goal came from Shauna Mitchell who had a personal dual with Marino’s goalkeeper Nicole Nugent throughout.

Mitchell finally found the net for Larkin as Marino took a 2-1 lead into the second leg. The holders lifted their game but couldn’t find an equaliser before goals from Jasmine Donovan and Spain sealed the win for Marino.

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