New date for Castlewellan Ladies Seven's

Ladies Annual Sevens

New Date for Ladies Sevens

The Ladies Sevens due to take place in Castlewellan Co Down
on Saturday 14th August has been postponed until later in
the season at the request of a number of teams because of
their County Championship commitments over the same week-end.
The Castlewellan Club organising committee are eager to
maintain the high standard of the ‘May Steele’ Sevens now
in its fifth successful year and have agreed to set a new
date probably in September in order to accommodate many
of the senior Clubs interested in competing in the prestigious

The Ladies Sevens has grown in stature each year and the
Club has attracted major new sponsorship for the 2004 Sevens
from ‘Clubtel’ and from O’Neill’s International Sportswear.
As part of the 3 -year deal agreed with O’Neills the winning
team would receive a £1000 sports voucher and player of
the tournament will receive an individual sports voucher
for £50. This is in addition to the individual Belfast Crystal
trophies for winners, runners up and player of the tournament.

Teams from Antrim, Armagh, Cavan, Derry, Down, Dublin and
Monaghan are among the top Clubs already committed to competing
for the May Steele perpetual trophy which was won last year
by Clann Eireann from Armagh. Any other senior Ladies Clubs
interested in entering should contact the Club Secretary
on 07714232783 email or visit
the Castlewellan Club website at
Castlewellan Ladies hopes to build on last year’s very successful
competition when 24 teams from Ulster and further a field
provided a tremendous day of football in a sun drenched
St Malachy’s Park.

Clann Eireann of Armagh were the winners of last years competition
beating our own ladies team in the final. The winners and
runners -up received Belfast Crystal trophies and the winning
team also received the May Steele perpetual trophy. The
hard working sub-committee are determined to make this annual
competition the show-piece that Ladies football deserves
and to mirror the success of the Club’s Adult Men’s All-Ireland
Invitation Sevens which they host in September of each year.
The men’s 7-a-side has been running now for 25 successive
years and is second only to the famous Kilmacud Sevens which
are held each year on the eve of the All-Ireland Final.
The ladies teams will be divided into groups of four teams
that will play-off on four separate venues in the town on
a league basis.

The group winners and runners-up will play the final stages
of the competition in St Malachy’s Park on a knockout basis,
thus guaranteeing each participating team a minimum of 3
games. The competition will commence at approximately 11.00am
with the finals scheduled for about 5.00pm. After the finals
the presentation of the May Steele Perpetual Trophy will
be made to the winning team together with individual sponsored
Belfast Crystal trophies and £1000 O’Neill’s sports voucher
to the winners. The runners up will receive Belfast Crystal
trophies and the Player of the Tournament will receive a
special Belfast Crystal sponsored award and £50 O’Neill’s
sports voucher. The event is more than a sporting occasion;
it is also a great social event with evening meal and musical
entertainment in the Clubrooms following the presentations.
The Club are hoping that many of the visiting teams opt
to make a week-end out of it and stay over in some of Castlewellan’s
hospitable guest houses and family run hotels.

Enquiries welcome via the Club website email
or telephone the Club Secretary on 07714232783 or Event
organisers Kevin Sweeney on 07747803804 or Kevan Owens 07712183399

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