Bord Gais All-Ireland Junior Sevens
For the third year running, St James’ participated in the Bord Gais All-Ireland Junior Sevens, which as always was played in Templeogue on the eve of the All-Ireland football final. St James’ were drawn against junior clubs from Tyrone, Kildare, Antrim, Louth, Dublin and Europe – yes, Europe (a team comprised of players based in Brussells and Strasbourg).
The first two games – against St Mary’s of Tyrone and O’Donnell’s of Antrim – each ended in a draw. A big win over St Mochtna’s of Louth put St James’ right back in the mix, and despite losing to Caragh of Kildare on a score of 3-3 to 3-2 St James’ had done enough to earn a quarter-final meeting with St Brigid’s of Dublin. In this game, St James’ produced their best display of the day, and marched on to meet tournament favourites Europe in the semi-finals. However, injuries, fatigue and the weather all took their toll, and though St James’ gave as good as they got in an enthralling game enjoyed by a fine following from Ardfield and Rathbarry, Europe came out on top.
Team: Micheál McCarthy (Dunnycove), Seamus McCarthy, Donnacha McCarthy, Micheál McCarthy (Brittas),James O’Driscoll, Paul O’Sullivan, Frank Hayes, Conor Hegarty, Ian Evans, Mark Evans. Selectors: Michael O’Leary, Finbarr McCarthy