KILMACUD Crokes finally won their own tournament as they got the better of Portroe to win the One Direct All-Ireland Hurling Sevens last Saturday in Stillorgan at the annual final weekend festival.
Over 50 teams representing the four provinces took part in the Senior Cup, Shield and Under-13 competitions at five venues around Stillorgan venues.
The tempo never let up throughout the senior group games as teams from Tipperary, Clare, Cork and Galway dominated, culminating in home club Kilmacud Crokes winning the title for the first time.
Crokes have hosted the tournament for 42 years and this was the first time that they have kept the cup in Stillorgan, and only the second Dublin club to win the tournament after Ballyboden St. Enda’s won it last year.
Crokes beat Portroe of Tipperary in the final on a scoreline of 6-21 to 7-5, with county stars Ryan O’Dwyer, Niall Corcoran and Jack Dougan among the key players.
Crucial goals for Crokes came from O’Dwyer, who scored two, and Oisín O’Rorke, who bagged a hat-trick, in the final, with Seán McGrath getting the other goal. Other Crokes’ players including Caolán Conway, Dillon Mulligan, and Niall Corcoran chipped in with important scores during the game.
The O’Carroll brothers of Bill and Ross were solid at back along with goalkeeper Matt Collins, while captain Sean McGrath provided leadership throughout.
The beaten quarter finalists were Mullagh of Galway, Wolfe Tones Shannon of Clare, Borris/Kilcotton of Laois, and Moycarkey/Borris of Tipperary, while Tubber of Clare with intercounty star Patrick O’Connor and Middleton of Cork, with Cork ace Conor Lehane falling short in the semi-finals.
The future of hurling was well represented by the Under-13 contingents from all over Ireland with Erin’s Own of Castlecomer, Co Kilkenny, claiming an historic victory over the home club Kilmacud Crokes on a scoreline of 3-5 to 1-3.
Kilmacud Crokes hurling chairman Peter Walsh said: “Hurling fans countrywide came out in their throngs to sample sevens hurling at its finest.
“We are delighted that Crokes were able to secure the championship for the first time.”