Wednesday 16 January 2019

Sevens set to rock around the clock

THE Crokes kettle will be singing with the dawn.

Saturday sees the 11th FBD Kilmacud All-Ireland Under-14 Sevens coming to Stillorgan.

"We are delighted with the sponsorship of FBD," states Ladies Football Chairman, Donal Daly.

Thirty-two teams from 23 counties are taking part, including Dublin sides Foxrock-Cabinteely, Scoil Uí Chonaill and the hosts. Three venues will be used, Silver Park, Coláiste Eoin and Páirc De Burca where the Plate (4.45pm) and the Cup (5.30pm) finals will be held.

"The standard has risen so much. We get some of the best teams in the country taking part,"says John Sheridan.

"It has grown in stature. New clubs keep arriving. And the teams enjoy themselves, which is the main thing."

President Pat Quill is charmed by the event. He is a big fan of Sevens football.

Last year Corofin of Galway took the prize. They beat St Val's of Cork in the final. It was a thriller.

Corofin will be defending the title as will the Plate holders, Tinahely of Wicklow.

Garrycastle of Westmeath were the first to take gold. There have been three Dublin champions - Foxrock Cabinteely, Ballyboden St Enda's and Kilmacud.

The first games throw-in at 10.pm, and the day will finish with a big social night for all the teams. Dee Leonie and Friends will be on stage.

Meanwhile, across town, Naomh Mearnóg and St Sylvester's are preparing to stage their Saturday Sevens carnival.

The Tesco All-Ireland Sevens is a huge co-production that brings teams to the coast from all over the country and beyond.

It is run like clock-work, and there's always a real festival atmosphere at the Portmarnock and Malahide venues.

A gate leads from one venue to the other. Last year Na Fianna took the crown.

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