Magical Sevens a success for Crokes
HATS in the air at Stillorgan on Saturday evening.
It was the 11th FBD Kilmacud Crokes Under-14 All-Ireland Sevens.
The hosts took the big prize, beating Galway's Kilkerrin Clonberne in the final.
It capped a memorable day. Another super Sevens chapter.
Thirty-two teams took part. There were 78 matches played.
Three venues were used, Coláiste Eoin, Silver Park and Central Station, Pairc De Burca.
Twelve referees were on duty. So were the dedicated crew of the Red Cross.
Kilmacud are extremely grateful to Sean Fox and FBD for the generous sponsorship. And also to Finín Máirtín for his co-operation at Coláiste Eoin.
The first games began at 10.0am on the button. Drama and fun aplenty. High quality too.
For the Plate and Cup finals, a piper led the teams onto the pitch.
Dungarvan took the Plate, defeating Longford's Ballymahon Forgney.
In the Cup semi-final, Crokes accounted for St Paul's of Laois, while Kilkerrin overcame Dunboyne.
The final was a thriller. It could have gone either way.
A late goal lifted the roof at Glenalbyn. The cheers could be heard over in the Shopping Centre.
Crokes had won their first title in 2012. This won't be their last.
It was a marvellous achievement for the squad and management.
And indeed for the entire Crokes crew who served from dawn to dusk.
The Player-of-the-Tournament award went to Kaeisha Tobin of Dungarvan.
But, as John Sheridan, would relate, every player on all the 32 teams was a star. And that's the attitude that sees them coming back year after year.
Meanwhile, over at Naomh Mearnog and St Sylvester's, the Tesco All-Ireland Sevens saw a staggering 87 clubs in action.
They came from 25 counties, and further afield like San Diego, Europe and Britain.
It is one of the highlights of the season, and the Dublin clubs were out in force.
Galway's Kilkerrin Clonberne took the crown, defeating Parnell's of London in the final.