In this episode, we take a look at what happened in the North American Hurling community in May 2022, including the West Coast Sevens, Montreal May Tournament, and the Victoria Highland Games.
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New Hurling Clubs
In new club news, there are 2 new hurling clubs in the US:
In Downtown Chicago, the Windy City Hurling Club: https://www.facebook.com/groups/438262988099007
In Arizona, the Hurling Club of Phoenix: https://www.instagram.com/hurlingclubofphoenix/
West Coast Sevens Hurling Tournament San Diego
May was a month of 7s tournaments all across America. The largest of these tournaments was in San Diego, California.
The iconic West Coast Sevens was held over Memorial Day weekend in Chula Vista. 36 teams travelled from all across the United States to take part.
The weekend saw a huge win in particular for San Diego with a clean sweep in Junior Hurling and Camogie for St. Peter’s Hurling and Na Fianna Camogie.
Other Hurling 7s Tournaments
Other 7s hurling tournaments that happened in May were the New York 7s and the Philadelphia 7s.
New York GAA 7s Tournament
The New York 7s were also held on May 28 (Memorial Day) featuring teams from New York, New Jersey, and Toronto.
Clare Hurling New York competed in the New York 7s and the West Coast 7s on the exact same day.
Waterford GAA Club New York won the senior hurling division. And Jersey Shore GAA won the novice hurling division.
Philadelphia Hurling 7s Tournament
The Annual Philadelphia 7s tournament was held on May 21st that featured teams from Philadelphia, Allentown, CUA, and New Jersey.
Na Tóraidhe Philadelphia won the camogie and hurling A finals. And Jersey Shore GAA won the hurling B final.
Canadian Hurling Tournaments
In Canadian news, there were two big tournaments in May.
BC Hurling Tournament
In BC, the 159th Victoria Highland Games and Celtic Festival was held on May 21 & 22, 2022. Over 40 teams from BC and Alberta competed at the University of Victoria, in British Columbia.
The Flanagan Cup for hurling was won by Cú Chulainn Hurling Vancouver.
Montreal May Hurling Tournament
In Quebec, the Montreal May Tournament was also held on May 21st. Teams from all over Canada and the US competed in hurling, camogie, and football.
Montreal Shamrocks GAC took the win in hurling, and Le Cheile Toronto won the camogie.
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LA Poc Fada Competition
In California as part of Ireland Week, LA Hurling Club and Play Hurling hosted LA’s 2nd Annual Poc Fada Competition on Santa Monica beach.
Contestants were a mixture of seasoned hurlers and people trying hurling for the very first time. We even got a share from the Official GAA Poc Fada on Facebook.
Congrats to James O’Neill who is LA’s 2022 Poc Fada Champion!
And thanks to Ireland Week for their support!
Photos of the Month
May’s Photos of the Month has to go to Sharon Redican for her excellent coverage of the New York GAA scene.
Check out her Instagram to see more of her work: https://www.instagram.com/sharonredicanphotos/
Video of the Month
May’s Video of the Month goes to the Charleston Hurling Club for their latest recruitment video: https://fb.watch/d6cASfxi15/
Club of the Month
May’s Club of the Month goes to San Diego Na Fianna Camogie. A special thanks to Caitlyn from Na Fianna for taking over our social media accounts.
Na Fianna Insta storied the West Coast Sevens throughout the weekend showing their clubs path to victory to the Junior Camogie Final.
Follow SD Na Fianna Camogie on social media:
SD Na Fianna Camogie Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nafiannasd/
SD Na Fianna Camogie Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nafiannacamogiesandiego/
SD Na Fianna Camogie Twitter: https://twitter.com/NaFiannaSD
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Jerome Quinn Media / West Coast Sevens
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Cú Chulainn Hurling Vancouver
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Montreal Shamrocks and Steph Breton
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