In this episode, we take a look at what happened in the North American Hurling community in October 2021, including Akron’s O’Leary Tournament, Ottawa’s Heritage Cup, and Knoxville’s Scruffy Tournament.
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00:18 | Hurloween 2021
This month to celebrate Halloween, clubs across North America hosted Hurloween events. Hurloween has become a tradition where clubs play a hurling match dressed in full Halloween costumes.
Hurloween was originally popularised by the Milwaukee Hurling Club.
Some highlights from this year:
Augusta Gaelic Sports Club in Augusta, Georgia: https://www.facebook.com/AugustaGaelicSportsClub/posts/2998745917106315
Ottawa Gaels in Ottawa, Ontario: https://www.instagram.com/p/CVtLoyipju8/
COVA GAA in Coastal Virginia: https://fb.me/e/ZSYFSae8
Philadelphia GAA in Pennsylvania: https://www.facebook.com/groups/usgaacamogie/permalink/6316330845075160/
00:50 | New Hurling Teams
A few updates on new hurling teams in October:
-Recently formed San Antonio Hurling Team had their first competitive match of 2021 against St. Peter’s in San Diego
-Cleveland GAA entered their newly formed camogie team into the O’Leary Tournament in Akron, Ohio
-Newly formed Willamette Valley Nomads hosted their first tournament in Eugene, Oregon
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01:11 | Al O’Leary Tournament
In Akron, OH, the 12th Annual Al O’Leary Tournament was held in Akron, OH on October 2nd. 12 teams competed in this one day, 7-a-side tournament.
01:26 | Holy City Cup
In Charleston, SC, the 2021 Holy City Cup was held on October 16th.
01:36 | Higgins Cup
In Little Rock, AR, Little Rock GAC hosted clubs from across the Southeast USA in the first ever Higgins Cup. This tournament included 6 matches throughout the day, beginners hurling sessions, and a poc fada competition.
01:57 | Heritage Cup
In Ottawa, ON, 5 clubs competed in Ottawa’s Heritage Cup at the beginning of October. Hurling and camogie clubs from Toronto, Kingston, Ottawa, and Montreal competed in this one day tournament.
02:24 | German President Discovers Hurling
Michael D. Higgins introduced hurling to the German President Steinmeier and Ms Büdenbender during their visit to Ireland
02:44 | Photos of the Month
October’s photo of the month goes to the Denver Gaels who celebrated their USGAA Finals win by encouraging different players to bring their trophy to work.
03:11 | Video of the Month
October’s video of the month goes to Charlotte GAA who also showed off their USGAA Finals trophy by using it to pass out sweet to trick-or-treaters for Halloween.
03:33 | Clubs of the Month
This month, we have 2 clubs of the month:
Knoxville GAC who took over our social media accounts at the beginning of October. During their takeover week, we got a look at how they got started as a US Army Reserve club. And we got a play by play as they hosted the 5th Annual Scruffy Tournament which Knoxville GAC won!
Follow Knoxville GAC on social media:
Knoxville GAC Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KnoxvilleGAC
Knoxville GAC Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/KnoxvilleGAC/
Knoxville GAC Website: https://KnoxvilleGAC.com/
Willamette Valley Nomads who took over our social media accounts at the end of October. During their takeover week, we got to see their recent news feature. And they hosted their first tournament as a new club in Eugene, OR.
Follow Willamette Valley Nomads on social media:
Willamette Valley Nomads Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WillametteValleyNomads
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