In this episode, we take a look at what happened in the North American Hurling community in August 2021, including the USGAA Finals, New York GAA Finals, and Charleston Hurling Club’s creative approach to recruiting!
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00:00 | Hurling in North America News
00:14 | New US Hurling Clubs
In 2021, there are 3 new hurling clubs:
1) Willamette Valley Nomads in Oregon: https://www.facebook.com/WVNomads
2) Telluride Hurling Club in Colorado: https://www.facebook.com/Telluride-Hurling-Club-110814971186698
3) Lexington GAA in Kentucky: https://twitter.com/lexingtongaa
This brings the total count of hurling clubs up to 152 in the USA and 21 clubs in Canada. Check out our club finder to find a club near you: https://playhurling.com/clubs/
00:33 | Vancouver Championships
Vancouver held their championship in August as a best of 3 series. JP Ryan’s won the senior hurling championship beating Cu Chulainn in the final. ISSC Pearse’s beat ISSC Shamrocks in the Vancouver Camogie Championship. This was the first time a camogie final was played in the Vancouver Championship.
00:49 | Toronto Championships
The 2021 season began in Toronto on August 7th and will run up until Sept 19th, with alternating weeks between ‘9-a-side Blitzes’ and ‘Knock Out Championship’. The latest result as of today, is the hurling semi final between Cuala Sarsfield and Clan na Gael with a final score of:
Clan na Gael 2-20
Cuala Sarsfield 1-12
Clan na Gael advance to the Championship final against Na Piarsaigh.
01:05 | 2021 USGAA Finals
The USGAA Finals were held in Canton MA from August 20-22. Over 100 teams from all parts of the USA competed in hurling, camogie, and Gaelic football. The last time Boston GAA hosted the USGAA Finals was in 2014. In 2022, the USGAA Finals will be held in Chicago.
Here are the final scores:
Camogie Senior: Liberty Gaels 5-10 Twin Cities 3-4
Camogie Intermediate: Atlanta GAA 1-5 Annie Moore’s 0-9
Hurling Senior: Fr. Tom Burkes 1-11 Galway Boston 1-18
Hurling Junior A: Celtic Cowboys 3-17 Madison 1-13
Hurling Junior B: Na Toraidhe 4-6 Twin Cities 2-18
Hurling Junior C: Madison 3-3 Denver Gaels 2-19
Hurling Junior D: Cleveland GAA 1-4 Charlotte GAA 1-14
01:47 | Northwest Draft Tournament
In Montana, 50 players from across the US and several players from Ireland competed in a one-of-a-kind tournament in Butte. The Wolfe Tones Hurling Club hosted the Northwest Draft Tournament, where players were divided up into teams on arrival.
02:02 | New York GAA Finals
New York GAA Finals were hosted throughout August at Gaelic Park in the Bronx.
Here are the final scores:
Hurling Senior: Tipperary 2-21 Hoboken 2-18
Hurling Junior: Tipperary NY 2-13 Westmeath NY 2-21
Camogie Junior: Liberty Gael’s 2-5 Annie Moore’s 2-6
02:27 | 2021 All Ireland Hurling Final
On the same weekend as the USGAA Finals were held in Boston, Limerick took the 134th All-Ireland Finals win against Cork. The amount that Limerick scored would have won every All-Ireland hurling final since 1972.
02:57 | Photo of the Month
August’s photo of the month has to go to Charleston Hurling Club who have been stepping up their recruiting tactics with these amazing memes: https://www.facebook.com/CharlestonHC
03:21 | Video of the Month
August’s video of the month goes to this clip from the All-Ireland Final: https://twitter.com/IrelandLacrosse/status/1429474413364191234
03:31 | Club of the Month
August’s club of the month is the Denver Gaels, who are also now Junior C Champions. A big thanks to the Denver Gaels who took over the Play Hurling social media accounts in May. During their takeover week, we heard from several players giving reasons why you should play hurling and camogie, and they also did a crossbar challenge.
Make sure to follow them on social media:
Denver Gaels Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DenverGaelsGAADenver Gaels Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/denvergaelsclub/
Denver Gaels Twitter: https://twitter.com/denvergaelsDenver Gaels Website: http://denvergaels.com/
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