Belfast Telegraph

Friday 26 December 2014

Sevens on ball to raise funds for Sam

Colm Bradley's son may need treatment overseas
Colm Bradley's son may need treatment overseas

Brewster Park, Enniskillen, will play host to an exciting seven-a-side tournament on Saturday, September 14 in aid of the Sam Bradley Care Fund.

Sam is the son of former Fermanagh player Colm Bradley and was diagnosed with high-risk neuroblastoma back in January.

He is currently recovering from high-intensity chemotherapy and stem cell transplant before undergoing radiation in August.

Sam's condition is rare and some of his treatment may have to take place outside of Ireland.

It is hoped that the successful staging of the sevens tournament will help defray some of the costs involved in this treatment.

The competition will recall memories of a golden period of Ulster football as three different All-Ireland-winning teams, along with others who just missed out in major honours, compete.

Ross Carr will captain an amalgamation of the Down teams from the 1991 and 1994 Sam Maguire winning outfits, while Joe Brolly will lead a Derry side selected from the '93 All-Ireland champs.

Martin McHugh will be hoping to inspire Donegal to victory when he leads players from the 1992 All-Ireland winning team.

Anthony Forde is in charge of the Cavan team that won Ulster in 1997, Jarlath Burns is gunning for Armagh, while Peter Canavan will be hoping that karma from the 1995 All-Ireland final is restored with his Tyrone team.

The 1997 Fermanagh team will be reformed, while Kevin Madden heads up an Antrim squad, and All-Star winner hero Nudie Hughes lines out for Monaghan.

Two invitational teams are also competing. Sam's father Colm and uncle Simon will get a chance to atone for their loss to an Oisin McConville led Crossmaglen Rangers in the 1999 Ulster Club final when they lead out an Enniskillen Gaels select from that period.

Colm Bradley says: "Myself and Michelle are delighted with all the support. Sam is fighting this horrible illness and he is doing so with a smile on his face.''

For further details contact Declan Bogue (07909997299) or Gareth Cauldwell (07792254516).

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