Crokes prepared for Super Sevens
PATRICIA JACKMAN could take hold of the sliotar in Páirc de Burca and land it on the roof of the Stillorgan Shopping Centre.
Patricia is the Queen of the Cooley's. The All-Ireland Poc Fada champion for the last six years.
She will be one of the star attractions at next Saturday's S.E. Systems Kilmacud Crokes All-Ireland Camogie Sevens.
It's the 41st year of the event, which is one of the most popular dates on the camogie calendar.
No better place to be than Glenalbyn on the eve of the All-Ireland Camogie final Sunday.
"The Sevens are such a massive part of the All-Ireland Camogie weekend," states the Crokes camogie chairman, Aidan Roantree.
"The Sevens day is cherished by the entire camogie community from around the country. So many teams come back year after year."
There will be three competitions - Cup, Shield and Plate.
Kilmaley of Clare are the champions. They beat St Ibar's/Shelmalier in last year's final.
Another Clare club, Scariff Ogonelloe, took the Shield, while Ballygalet of Down secured the Plate.
"We will have a huge number of counties represented," relates Aidan. "Over the years, we have had the leading clubs and the best players in action. Players that are household names.
"But it is not just about the top level. Those in the Plate and the Shield also have such fun.It's a great place to meet people from the camogie world. There is such a buzz surrounding the tournament.
"There is such a positive spirit at the Sevens.
"Even if teams are knocked out, they stay around to watch the other matches and remain on for the prize-giving ceremony.
"And they tend to make a weekend of it as they also go to Croke Park for the All-Ireland finals on the following day."
Other leading names expected are Wexford duo, Kate Kelly and Katrina Parrock, plus Dublin and St Vincent's forward, Aine Fanning.
Kelly was last season's Player-of-the-Tournament.
The sponsorship of S.E. Systems is a welcome boost. "It's great that John O'Leary of S.E. Systems has come on board. We are all very grateful to him for his generosity."
The hosts will have the early breakfast and the late supper. It's a long day, but one of the most fulfilling of the year. The Cup competition honours the name of Prionsais ó Cronain, while the Shield is named in memory of Seán Flynn. A Poc Fada event and a Wall Ball competition also add to the spectacle.
Buffer's Alley won the first Sevens back in 1974. Celtic and Marino were the Dublin winners, Marino's victory in 1995 being the last Dublin success.
"There will be fabulous camogie played. It is always such a lovely occasion," remarks Aidan.