CDETB SCC GIRLS OLYMPIC HANDBALL
WEDNESDAY 15TH FEBRUARY, 2017
BY LOUISE BROWNE
Ringsend College were crowned Olympic Handball Shield Champions after an unbeaten run through last Wednesday’s CDETB SCC Girls Olympic Handball competition at St. Michael’s Sports Hall in the heart of Inchicore.
Ringsend’s Róisín Cork was the hero scoring a second half goal in a very open and entertaining final to seal a 1-0 win against a gallant Marino College. Cork rose high before unleashing an over arm drive from the edge of the 6m zone to beat Marino’s netminder Alexandra Raluca.
Ringsend came into the final as favourites on the back of two wins and a draw in the round robin qualifying games. While Marino secured their place with a hard fought draw, thanks to an excellent performance from Raluca, against Ringsend College in the ultimate match of the qualifying games.
In the final the majority of Ringsend’s attacking play flowed through Cork, Sophie Gregg and Kirsten Whelan. Cork had two early chances on the back of passes from Gregg and Whelan with Raluca, who was Marino’s top player, denying Cork with a fine save, Cork’s second effort was narrowly wide.
Marino’s first shot on goal came courtesy of Nermin Gulijeva which was saved by Katie Dunne. Minutes later Marino’s Denisa Gabriela Ghiuzan pulled her shot wide of the target leaving the game scoreless at the break.
After the restart Cork continued to work Raluca, who stood firm to deny the Ringsend player on numerous occassions and keep Marino in the game. Ghiuzan’s effort was straight at Dunne prior to Whelan’s shot which Raluca saved.
Cork then turned provider feeding Amy McGough but again Raluca denied the Ringsend player. Raluca’s team mates Tatiana Vialentsi, Silvia Covaci and Marcelino Kopec all played their part in their defensive duties.
However there was very little the Marino quartet could do to deny Cork and Ringsend a deserved lead after some fine build up play between Rebecca Maher, Kerri Coughlan and Gregg. Marino’s Miruna Simandi had a good chance to level the game only to see her shot fly over the cross bar moments before the final whistle was blown.
Final Table Standings – Top Two Teams Qualified for the Final
Ringsend College 5pts
Marino College 3pts
Kylemore College 2pts
Clonturk Community College 0pts
Round Robin Qualifying Results
Ringsend College 1-0 Kylemore College
Marino College 1-0 Clonturk Community College
Ringsend College 5-0 Clonturk Community College
Kylemore College 2-1 Clonturk Community College
Ringsend College 0-0 Marino College