North America was all about finals for the month of August. In this episode of Hurling in North America News, we take a look at the USGAA Finals, the Eastern Canadian Championships, DC Gaels who introduced hurling and camogie live on NBC Sports, and the launch of the #HurlingNearMe campaign.
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New American Clubs:
America’s newest hurling clubs are Tulsa GAC and NC State. Go show your support and like their pages!
Clubs of the month:
This month, two clubs took over the Play Hurling Instagram and Facebook accounts: Montreal Shamrocks GAC & Philadelphia Hurling and Camogie Club
1) Montreal shared their action-packed week as they prepared for the Eastern Canada GAA Championships in PEI. They live streamed a match, ran a 10k, were in the pride parade, and dropped a mixtape (well, got a meme made about them). A huge thanks to Jake for his excellent work during the takeover!
If you haven’t already, make sure to like their page: Montreal Shamrocks GAC
2) Na Tóraídhe shared the week leading up to the USGAA Finals, where they hosted clubs from across the USA and Canada. During the takeover, they unveiled their new jerseys, their camogie team participated at Nationals for the first time, and they started the #HurlingNearMe campaign. A huge thanks to Katrina Terry and Ciara Trainor for their excellent work during the takeover!
If you haven’t already, make sure to like their page: Philadelphia Hurling and Camogie Club
Video of the month:
“If there’s one sport that combines all of America’s sports, that would be by default America’s new sport.”
Check out this exceptional documentary by the Columbia Red Branch
This film follows the journey of their hurling team’s development since the club was formed in the early 2000s.
Photos of the month:
This month, we had two photos of the month:
1) 98-year-old John Hunt, the Founder & Honorary President of Chicago GAA, brought his luck home with him to see Limerick become All-Ireland Champions 82 years later.
2) Philadelphia GAA took this photo during the USGAA Finals, and I feel it perfectly captures the community and family side to the sport.
Clubs featured this month:
Rockland GAA, New York GAA, Montreal Shamrocks GAC, Philadelphia GAA, Philadelphia Hurling and Camogie Club, Columbia Red Branch, Tulsa GAC, UNC Irish Sports, National Collegiate Gaelic Athletic Association (NCGAA), Washington D.C. Gaels
List of USGAA Finals 2018 Winners:
Senior: JP Ryan’s Hurling Vancouver 1-19 vs. 3-21 Tipperary Hurling Club Boston
Intermediate: JP Ryan’s Hurling Vancouver 4-24 vs. 2-5 Indianapolis GAA
Junior A: @St. Joseph’s Hurling Club – Silicon Valley 0-11 vs. 5-17 St. Peter’s Hurling Club San Diego
Junior B: Wolves Hurling Club 1-8 vs. 2-7 Allentown Hibernians Hurling Club
Junior C: Coastal Virginia GAA 7-14 vs. 0-8 Twin Cities Robert Emmets Hurling
Senior: Liberty Gaels Camogie Club – New York New Jersey 6-2 vs. 4-9 Cú Chulainn Camogie Club San Francisco
Intermediate: Toronto Camogie Club 1-12 vs. 0-7 Liberty Gaels Camogie Club – New York New Jersey
Junior: Seattle Gaels 1-1 vs. 4-5 Coastal Virginia GAA
USGAA Finals photo credit: Every Picture Tells a Story & USGAA Finals
Eastern Canadian Championships Photo Source: Augusta Gaelic Sports Club
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