Lisselton NS are Mini Sevens champions

KERRY football manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice had better keep his eye out around the school yard at Lisselton National School as it seems there are plenty of up and coming GAA stars to choose from out there.

Not alone did the fifth and sixth class boys take county honours in the Cumann na mBunscoil football competition earlier this summer, but they have just been crowned county Mini Sevens champions after defeating Kenmare in the county final.

What made the achievement even more remarkable was the fact that the lads had only four training sessions ahead of the county-wide competition because their training pitch had been flooded during the recent spell of horrendous weather.

However, thanks to the commitment of the team, along with the expert coaching of retired principal Mike McEllistrim, they fought hard to win the coveted title.

"We're the first ever north Kerry school to win the county Mini Sevens and great credit is due to all the boys as well of course to Mr McEllistrim who continue to come and train them two years after retiring," said class teacher Ms Crickard.

"It was a great achievement given how little practice they had but we were lucky this year that we had many talented, athletic and agile players which certainly helped.

"They brought fierce pride to the school and thoroughly enjoyed the celebrations."