All set for the Lisdowney 'Sevens'

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All set for the Lisdowney 'Sevens'

Hiems Transit (Winter has passed), and it was certainly a very tough and long Winter which swallowed up part of Spring.
Now that the best Summer in 40 years has unfolded in all its splendour, things familiar are ready to roll.
This year Lisdowney GAA club will celebrate the 37th anniversary of their immensely popular Lisdowney under-13, seven a side hurling tournament with the event backed by Windfarm.
The success of this hugely popular tournament is far reaching, for clubs and county.
There is a standby list of teams waiting for an opportunity to be invited to play.
Teams that participate each year are given first choice and are invited back, and on top of that new teams that have expressed an interest are put on the standby list.
Thirty-two teams participate in this competition with clubs from Kilkenny and other counties such as Kildare, Clare, Tipperary, Laois and Dublin also involved.
This time, uniquely, all 32 teams from last year have re-registered for the event, making it very difficult for those on the stand by list to get an opportunity to participate.
That in itself is a strong endorsement of the success of the event.
Great credit is due to Larry Hamilton, Eamon Dunne and Eamon Nolan who, 37 years ago, had the vision and foresight to came up with the idea and they drove it on.
Many a Kilkenny star, including the great Jackie Tyrrell and Eoin Larkin, played in the tournament in the past. Even at the height of their careers they spoke fondly about playing in it.
For hurling enthusiasts this is an opportunity to observe upcoming talent and to enjoy the pure skill of youngsters playing their hearts out.
Speed, skill, accuracy, team work and stamina are all part of Sevens hurling.
This is not like an ordinary game. To make a success of it it is important to observe the mechanics of the game and to understand how it differs from the average game of 15-a-side hurling.
The action will begin on Saturday with qualifier matches.
There will be qualifiers on July 28 as well and the finals will be played on August 4.