St. Galls proved their pedigree yet again as the football 7s specialists, claiming a record 7th All Ireland Title. Trailing by 5 points in the latter stages of the second half, the Antrim side used all their experience to crawl back the deficit including an excellent team goal finished by Kevin Niblock in the last attack to deny hosts Kilmacud Crokes their second successive title. Fittingly it was the highly experienced and influential Kieran McGourty who struck home the winning spot kick for St. Galls to win 3-1.
The Ulster men now become the most successful club in the prestigious All Ireland Football 7s forty-four year history, sponsored this year by Volkswagen. The knockout stages proved to be very competitive and tactical with three games ending all level, including a tense shootout between the eventual winners and a talented Leixlip team which saw the Saints win by the narrowest of margins (3-2), thanks to an excellent penalty save by Cian O’Connor.
St. Galls' final opponents also had to dig deep against a determined Thomas Davis team in a game that saw the all Dublin quarter-final end 1-12 each before Kilmacud Crokes won 3-2 on penalties. The hosts went on to get the better of Derry club Bellaghy in the semi-finals with some impressive counter-attacking to win 4-09 v 0-10. Kildare’s Carbury just fell short against St. Galls, losing by 2 points in their semi-final which set up a final clash between the title holders and title specialists.
During the knockout stages of the tournament Performa Sports analysed key game events and individual player performances by live tagging on its iPad app. The analysis and coaching iPad app also fed live data to its integrated cloud analytics platform. This was then quickly linked with match videos to easily create video analysis and player performance profiles.
(Above: tactical analysis using the drawing tools and speed controls on the Performa Sports iPad help to highlight Kieran McGourty's 'point guard' style role as a basketball term where he dictates the play and launches the attack. Kieran directly assisted 4 of St. Galls 6 points from play in the final as well as being a second assist back for every shot attempt his side made with the exception of one which was an attempt from the throw-in)
(Above: full time match stats captured live during the VW All Ireland Football 7s Final between Kilmacud Crokes v St. Galls)
(Above: the auto-syncing of data captured in the Performa Sports iPad creates detailed interactive match analysis and accumulates player profiles)
(Pictured above: Joe Turley presents winning team captain Sean Burke with a Performa Sports GAA Analysis and Coaching software licence as an extra prize at the Kilmacud Crokes VW All Ireland Football 7s. Below, watch St. Galls' equalising goal in their last attack to level the final at full time and the following penalty shootout)