Kilmacud stage set All-Ireland sevens

by Cóilín Duffy

KILMACUD CROKES will host its final All-Ireland Sevens competition of the year, as the 16th annual Chill Insurance All-Ireland Under-14 Ladies Football Sevens takes place this Saturday.

On what will be a magnificent weekend for Gaelic football, with the men’s replay on Saturday evening, and the TG4 All-Ireland senior, intermediate and junior finals taking place; 32 teams from 25 counties are set to travel to South Dublin for this underage showcase.

For most of the players involved, it will be their first taste of seven-a-side football, which makes for some really interesting games.

“It’s a different format to what players are used to playing,” Kilmacud Crokes Ladies Football Chairman Tony Hamill told the Dublin Gazette at the competition launch.

“While they get a number of touches in the 15-a-side game; seven-a-side is demanding in terms of exercise, but you get a lot of time on the ball.

“It’s constantly high-scoring. Even for a neutral to come down, it’s entertaining watching. You aren’t waiting all day for a point or a goal – scores will be like ‘5-11’.

“It’s really entertaining. I’ve watched it, and the girls have just smiles on their faces from the minute they arrive to going home – it’s enjoyable.”

Kevin Foley, Kilmacud Crokes GAA Chairman said he is looking forward to welcoming all players and mentors and supporters to Stillorgan for this major competition.

He added: “I hope that everybody will enjoy this wonderful event, which is now a key date on the annual LGFA Calendar.”

Ladies Gaelic Football Association President Marie Hickey was present at the Chill Insurance Sevens launch and commended the huge work from the Kilmacud Crokes club in ensuring that this event has gone from strength to strength in recent years.

She also noted that events, such as the sevens, help to promote all that is good about Ladies Football. And she reflected upon the positive and supportive feedback from supporters attending the games.

Host Kilmacud Crokes are joined by fellow Dublin side Clontarf – who lost this year’s All-Ireland Feile Division 1 Cup final, to fellow participants Claregalway.

Last year’s All-Ireland Sevens Cup winners St Ergnats, Antrim, are back in action; with Clare’s The Banner; St Conleth’s Laois; and Kildare clubs Sarsfields and Kilcullen; also among those who contested this years All-Ireland Feile, and are set to be involved.

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