Thursday 17 January 2019

Kilmacud have Sevens System down to a tee

AS ever, Linda Mellerick made the perfect connection. The Leeside legend had an article in Saturday's Sevens programme.

"The Kilmacud Crokes 7-a-side tournament is synonymous with All-Ireland Camogie final weekend. The prestige of winning the Kilmacud Sevens ranks up there," she wrote.

She recalled the 1990 competition with Glen Rovers when they beat Celtic in the quarter-final and Marino in the final. "I cherish that medal."

Saturday saw the Sevens set sail for the 41st time. SE Systems are the sponsors. President, Aileen Lawlor, was in the congregation.

All enjoyed the exhibition games by local schools, Scoil San Treasa, Mount Anville, Thaobh na Coille and Our Lady's Grove.

Mike McCartney was on the mike for RTE. Katrina Parrock of St Ibar's/Shelmalier was on the ball. She won the Player-of-the-Tournament. Her club took gold for the first time.

They beat Oulart the Ballagh in an all-Wexford final. Eglish of Tyrone took the Shield. St Dominic's of Roscommon won the Plate.

The Poc Fada crown went to Oulart's Una Leacy, while Eimear McElwee of Castledawson, Derry earned the Wall Ball accolade.

The day was highly organised. It was blessed with fine weather and the best of grub from Denis Gorey.

Teams arrived from all over the country. And London too. The Dubs were represented by St Vincent's, Thomas Davis and the hosts.

As the sun set on Stillorgan, the Crokes crew sat down for supper. As they did so, the sweet fulfilment of a job well done swept across Pairc de Burca.

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