INPHO/Donall Farmer Dublin and Kilmacud Crokes players Kevin Nolan and Cian O'Sullivan at the launch this week in Croke Park.
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Clubs gear up for football sevens action

39 clubs from seventeen counties will be vying for the Kilmacud Crokes All-Ireland Football Sevens title tomorrow.

THE TRADITIONAL BUILD-UP to the All-Ireland senior football final will take place tomorrow with the 40th running of the FBD Kilmacud Crokes All-Ireland senior football sevens.

The action throws in tomorrow morning with the opening matches in the ten groups at Glenalbyn, St Olaf’s and Silverpark. Group games will be played on a league basis. The winner of each group will qualify for the knock-out stage of the competition. The first games take place at 11am tomorrow morning with the knockout stages all pencilled in for the Kilmacud Crokes club grounds in Glenalbyn.

Five previous sevens champions are in action with Roscommon’s Clann na Gael in Group 3, Dublin’s Kilmacud Crokes in Group 5 and the Down trio Bryansford (Group 6), Castlewellan (Group 8) and Clonduff (Group 10) all in action as well.

There are also four reigning county champions featuring with Galway’s Corofin in Group 1, Antrim’s St Galls in Group 7, Cavan Gaels in Group 8 and Sligo’s Tourlestrane in Group 10.

Group 1: Ballymun Kickhams (Dublin), Corofin (Galway), Gweedore (Donegal), Ilen Rovers (Cork) – Venue: Glenalbyn.

Group 2: Lexilip (Kildare), Kickhams Creggan (Antrim), An Other, Ballylanders (Limerick) – Venue: Glenalbyn.

Group 3: Naomh Olaf (Dublin), Killererin (Galway), John Mitchell’s (Derry), Clann na Gael (Roscommon) – Venue: St Olaf’s.

Group 4: Skyrne (Meath), Mountbellew-Moylough (Galway), St Brigid’s (Antrim), Ballinascreen (Derry) – Venue: St Olaf’s.

Group 5: Kilmacud Crokes (Dublin), Knockmore (Mayo), Eoghan Ruadh (Derry), Erins Own (Antrim) – Venue: Silverpark.

Group 6: Gracefield (Offaly), Milltown (Galway), Dunloe (Donegal), Bryansford (Down) – Venue: Silverpark.

Group 7: Ballycumber (Offaly), Caherlistrane (Galway), St Gall’s (Antrim), Clonoe (Tyrone) – Venue: Silverpark.

Group 8: St Mary’s Saggart (Dublin), Kilkerrin-Clonberne (Galway), Cavan Gaels (Cavan), Castlewellan (Down) – Venue: Silverpark.

Group 9: An Tóchar (Wicklow), Cortoon Shamrocks (Galway), St Pat’s Loup (Derry), An Ríocht (Down) – Venue: St Olaf’s.

Group 10: St Loman’s Mullingar (Westmeath), Clonduff (Down), Claremorris (Mayo), Tourlestrane (Sligo) – Venue: St Olaf’s.

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