MORE THAN 700 U7 players, along with their coaches, parents and supporters, turned out to support and compete in the recent Kieran Burke Perpetual Trophy at De La Salle Palmerston Football Club.
The festival, first established in 2005 in memory of Kieran Burke, one of the youngest and most enthusiastic players who died of leukemia in January 2004, aged six, has once again been a success.
The tournament was devised by DLSP. Since its inaugural event five years ago, it is now aided and supported by the Leinster Branch, who are honoured and proud to be affiliated with such a deserving charitable event that promotes and honours the memory of one of Leinster's mascots.
The tournament is a completely non-profit event, with the purpose of promoting mini rugby within the various Leinster clubs. Excess proceeds and donations given on the day will go to the Children's Cancer Fund at Our Lady's Children's Hospital in Crumlin.
The event enabled mini players to compete in a safe event, with the tournament adhering to the IRFU directive of "non-competition" rugby at mini level, and the participants were rewarded with a medal and some Leinster Rugby goodies.
Previous to the Kieran Burke tournament there was no other event for this age group, but it now allows them to experience the excitement of playing in a tournament from a young age. This event is a great chance for the teams to show their skills. It is also important as it gets coaches networking, leading to future fixtures for the young players.