RUAN’s Maria Jones captained the Irish U19 women’s volleyball team which made history with a silver medal finish at the CEV Small Countries Association Championships.

Evrim Genc Oguz’s team which featured no less than six players from Munster Thunder and five from Newbridge recorded Ireland’s best ever finish at this level.

All of the six Munster players were indeed from Co Clare with Maria joined by Amy O’Sullivan, Emer Phelan, Áine Browne, Yousra Kebayli and Jillian Sweeney.

With three wins from four, Ireland took the silver behind hosts Luxembourg with Northern Ireland in third, followed by Malta and Gibraltar respectively.

Flying the Irish flag is nothing new to the Clare volleyball players who represented their country in the U16 Zonal Volleyball Qualifiers in January 2019.

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