The GAA/INTO Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Mini Sevens finals were played in Cahersalee on Monday last. In the hurling a record number of schools participated in search of the coveted county title and a representative from their school to be chosen to play on the hallowed ground in Páirc an Chrócaigh on All Ireland Hurling final day in August. Eighteen schools making up sixteen teams went in search of the title. These were divided into groups of four with each team guaranteed three group games and the winning them in the group qualifying for the semi finals of the competition. The draw took place under the watchful eye of co-ordinator Mr. Conor Kearney and the draw was as follows.
In group (A) Ardfert, Dromclough, Glenderry and Killury faced each other and Ardfert proved too strong for all opponents to claim top spot. Group (B) was a very competitive group with little separating the teams. In the opening game Lixnaw scored a late goal to snatch a draw with Gaelscoil Mhic Easmainn while Abbeydorney were defeated by Sliabh a’ Mhadra. Gaelscoil Mhic Easmainn and Sliabh A’ Mhadra drew in round two and as Lixnaw claimed victories in their final two games they topped their group with Gaelscoil finishing in second spot. In group (C) Ballyduff, Kilmoyley, Kilflynn and Kenmare battled for top honours with Kilmoyley topping the group following three victories to claim a semi- final spot. In group (D) Buailín Siar/ Killahan, Baile an Crosaigh/ Drumnacurra, Fenit and Ballybunnion vied for the semi- final spot and the St. Brendan’s Fenit boys won all three games to top the group.
Ardfert accounted for old rivals Lixnaw in their semi- final with a fine performance and some excellent team work. While Fenit overcame Kilmoyley in the second semi-final to claim a final spot for the first time in the history of the Mini Sevens hurling competition now in its twenty fifth season.
In the final Ardfert got off to a good start while wind assisted and led 2-2 to 0-1 at the short whistle. Liam Óg Ó Chonchubhair and Keelan Best slotting the goals and Hugh Lennon point from a free for the Fenit boys. In the opening minutes of the second half the Fenit went on all out attack to close the deficit in a highly competitive and entertaining game but Eoin O Flaherty, Liam Óg Ó Chonchubhair repelled their advances and full forward Keelan Best landed a goal and an excellent point from play and a further point from a Liam Óg Ó Chunchubhair ensured victory for the Ardfert outfit. St. Brendan’s Fenit.Tom Lenihan, Hugh Lenihan, Maurice Lenihan, Ryan Hickey, Tom Quilter, Sean Hickey, Cillian O Brien, Sean Cronin, Billy Clifford
Ardfert. Brody Leen, Ainle Foley, Eoin O Flaherty,Fionn Mac Donnagh, Liam Óg Ó Chonchubhair,Matthew O Sullivan, Keelan Best, Seán Power,Liam Meade, Jake Clifford,Eoin Lawlor.
Nine teams were entered for the GAA/INTO Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Mini Sevens camogie finals and following the draw the three groups were as follows. In group 1 a young Ardfert lost their two games to Kilmoyley and Kilflynn. The final group game between Kilflynn and Kilmoyley was a ding dong affair and the sides were deadlocked at the end of an observing encounter. In group 2 Glenderry were the more balanced outfit and won their two games against Killury and Lixnaw to top the group. In group 3 Buailín Siar/ Killahan, Baile an Crosaigh/ Drumnacurra and Sliabh A’ Mhadra battled for top spot which was claimed by the Baile an Crosaigh/ Drumnacurra combination. Kilflynn accounted for Glenderry in their semi final while Kilmoyley proved too strong for Baile an Crosaigh/ Drumnacurra girls. The final was another ding dong battle between Kilmoyley and St. Tereasa’s Kilflynn but on this occasion the Kiflynn girls slotted the first half goals to set them on the road to victory as they led 5-0 to 3-0 at the break. Roisín Quinn and Ella Buckley landed a pair each while Ellie O Mahony scored the fifth. Ruth O Connor, Laura Nolan and Katie Maunsell all found the net for Kilmoyley who need a good start in the second period if they were to claim the title. However, the Kilflynn girls had other ideas and with Roisín Quinn now operating in defence there was no way through for the Kilmoyley girls who saw some second half efforts trickle wide as Kilflynn extended their lead at the other end with some fine scores from Ella Buckley to claim a first GAA/INTO Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Camogie title for the school. Kilmoyley, Rachel Flaherty, Caoimhe Regan, Gráinne Carroll, Ruth O Connor, Laura Nolan, Katie Maunsell, Clodagh Regan, Sarah Jane Feehan, Maebh Horan, Ella O Sullivan.St. Tereasa’s Kilflynn Zoe Mc Carthy, Clodagh Mac Namara, Ellie Mahony, Ella Buckley, Roisín Quinn, Katie Casey, Rachel O Donoghue, Emma Buckley, Emma O Shea, Muireann Hussey.