SHANDONAGH 7'S TOURNAMENT


SHANDONAGH 7'S TOURNAMENT

Last Saturday saw us run the second annual Shandonagh 7's tournament at our pitch in Kilpatrick. We played host to 7 neighbouring clubs from around the county in what proved to be a glorious day for football. We were delighted to welcome back St Loman's, Mullingar Shamrocks, and near neighbours Milltown for the second year running and the new clubs this year were Ballinagore, St. Marys, Rochfortbridge and Rosemount. The teams were competing for the Lynn Memorial Perpetual Cup and Plate.

Last Wednesday evening a draw was made which saw two divisions established. In one group we had Shandonagh, St. Loman's, Rochfortbridge, and Rosemount. Each team played the other in the group to establish which competition they would enter in the afternoon. The top two placed teams after the mornings games would compete in a semi final for the Cup and the bottom 2 would play a semi final for the plate. By lunch time on Saturday the league tables were as follows:

Group i

Rosemount 6 points

Shandonagh 4 points

Rochfortbridge 2 points

St. Loman's 0 points.

Group ii

Tyrellspass 6 points

Milltown 4 points

Ballinagore 2 points

Mullingar Shamrocks 0 points

Our cup semi finals therefore consisted of Rosemount against Milltown and Shandonagh against Tyrellspass. The plate semi finals saw Ballinagore against St Loman's and Rochfortbridge pitted against Mullingar Shamrocks.

Rosemount prevailed over the host club and previous winners of the cup to advance to the final where they took on Tyrellspass in a very entertaining final. Tyrellspass' experience from playing in senior ranks, and previous 7's tournaments stood them in good stead as despite Rosemount's efforts, Tyrellspass came through the game to win by 2 points. Denis Glennon, in his acceptance speech paid a glowing tribute to Padraig Lynn and his contribution to the successful Westmeath team of 2004.

On the plate side of the competition Richie Daly's Mullingar Shamrocks avenged defeat at the hands of Ballinagore from earlier in the day to take home the Lynn Memorial plate.

During the lunch time interval Pat Gavin and Tommy Nally both from Good 2 Talk delivered a short talk on their service and gave some tips on Mental Health Awareness. Their words were extremely well received by the people present. Good 2 Talk provide Counselling and Psychotherapy support services from their offices in College Street, Mullingar. They can be contacted on 044 9332531.

We would like to thank all the participating teams, their managements, the referees, the Order of Malta, the referees co-ordinator Michael Gordon, the Lynn Family, Pat Gavin and Tom Nally and their helpers from Good 2 talk, Ciaran Clarke of Clarkes Bar, CL Tool Hire, Tynan's Butchers, Value Centre and the hard working members of the organising committee. This was a good sporting day raising money and awareness supporting a very worthy cause.