Luxembourg claimed gold on a dramatic, exciting and exhilarating final day of competition at the u20 Men’s Small Countries Association Championships in Dublin, Ireland.
All four teams entered the final day of competition on one win and one defeat, but the grand duchy positioned one point clear knew that a 3:1 or 3:0 victory would be enough. And so that proved when outside hitter Christian Galoppo, the tournament’s stand out player led his team to win the final match of a brilliant event with what all important 3 point win over Ireland 3 sets to one (25-13, 26-28, 25-11, 25-19).
Andorra finish with the silver medal with two wins from the three games, and the hearts of all that attended the Sport Ireland National Indoor Arena. Their stylish play and dance routines adding a vibrant dynamic to the event.
Northern Ireland claim third with three points after a brilliant win over the eventual winners. The hosts Ireland take fourth and lots of positives after a close knit win over the neighbours and a set off the champions.
Super 7 Team of the Tournament:
Setter: Chaster Andreu, AND
Wing: Christian Gallopo, LUX
Wing: Eric Forne, AND
Middle: Scott Craig, NIR
Middle: Nicolas T’Joen, LUX
Opposite: Xavier Mas, AND
Libero: Ciagan Davoren, IRL