Saints wins Tir Choaniall Gaels 7s Again
All Saints from Ballymena (Antrim) successfully defended their title by winning the 9th Tir Chonaill Gaels International 7s tournament for the second time. In what has now become the biggest and most successful 7s tournament in Britain with twenty seven teams competing in both a men’s and women’s competitions. All Saints along with Stars of Erin (Dublin) and Clann Eirean (Armagh) travelled from Ireland to compete along with Roger Casements (Coventry) and twelve other London teams to make up the men’s tournament.
The men’s competition started exactly at 12pm with military precision. The first shock off the day came when Heston Gaels beat Tir Chonaill Gaels in one of the opening games. However as the day progressed this turned out to be no shock. Heston topped their group by winning all three group games. Other teams that qualified to the quarter final stages were All Saints, Parnell’s, TCG, Stars of Erin, Fulham Irish, St Kiernan’s and Round Towers. After extra time it took penalties to sort out the Fulham Irish and St Kiernan’s game, with Fulham Irish going through in sudden death to the semis.
Fulham played Heston in one semi and TCG played All Saints in the other. Heston continued the day with another good win against Fulham in the semi to progress to the final for the first time. All Saints overcame TCG but not without playing an extra ten minutes of extra time.
Unfortunately, for Heston the day was long and the tank was getting empty, as All Saints with their vast experience of playing in this tournament for the eight time, won comfortably.
The women’s tournament was just as competitive as the men’s with a record eleven team’s participating. The Parnell’s overcame a very strong St Mary’s University team to win the senior trophy. Other teams participating in the women’s included Tara’s, John Mitchell’s, Cambridge University, Fulham Irish, Clonbony, Dulwich Harps, Claddagh Gaels and Roger Casements.
Stevie Keane (PRO for Tir Chonaill Gaels) wants to thank all clubs for taking part, especially those from outside of London. This tournament is run and organised by the Tir Chonaill Gaels club, however, we could not do this without the support of the London County boards (Men and Women) all London clubs and all Gaels within London. We also thank all our sponsors in supporting this great event and already we are looking forward to next year’s event.