Thursday 18 January 2018

Sign up for Athlone 7s in the City

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Bob McIntyre

This year's Athlone 7s in the City competition takes place at Dubarry Park on Saturday, May 20.

This is the fifth year that this event is being staged in the home of Buccaneers Rugby Club. Originally an all-female Sevens tournament, its growing popularity meant that a men's event has also taken place for the past two summers.

Thanks to the continued generous support of sponsors Smith's Supervalu Athlone and Athlone Towncentre Shopping Centre, there will be competitions for women's and men's teams again with attractive cash prizes on offer. Entries from U-18 squads (girls and youths) are also invited for separate competitions at that age level.

Athlone 7s in the City is now firmly established on the Sevens circuit as evidenced by the participation of teams from all four provinces for the first time last summer.

At the launch of this year's Athlone 7s in the City, Buccaneers president Eddie Walsh thanked the sponsors for their ongoing generous patronage.

He also acknowledged the huge volunteer effort, mainly by Buccaneers women's players, in staging it and he was particularly indebted to the work of Mele Kiripati, Lorna Stuart-Trainor, Buccaneers women's captain Niamh Gough, Claire Wyper and Judy Dowling.

Entry fee is €200 per squad of 12 players plus manager and coach. Entry fee for U-18 squads is €100. Registration is from 11am on the day.

Contact Mele at 083-8452563 or email to enter or for further information.

Irish Independent

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