In this episode, we take a look at what happened in the North American Hurling community in September 2022, including the first ever Canadian National Championships, Wisconsin’s Midwest Tournament, and how hurling was featured as the first pitch at a Montana baseball game.
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New Hurling Clubs
In new club news, Georgia’s Pooler GAA introduced hurling and their new club at a local event.
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Canadian National Championships
In Toronto, the first ever Canadian National Championships were held at the beginning of September. Vancouver’s JP Ryan’s had a double win and are now Intermediate and Senior Hurling Canadian Champions. Toronto GAA had a triple win with Le Cheile winning in the senior camogie, Na Piarsaigh winning in the junior camogie, and Clan na Gael winning in the junior hurling.
In Wisconsin, the 15th Annual Midwest Tournament was hosted by Hurling Club of Madison. 10 clubs competed in Hurling, Camogie, and Gaelic football in adult, college, and youth. Congrats to Milwaukee for winning the 2022 Midwest Cup. Next year’s Midwest Tournament will be on September 16, 2023.
Catskills Youth Tournament
The New York Minor Board hosted a youth tournament in September. Almost 150 children participated in the Catskills Tournament. The day started off with a skill development session before the matches started.
Montreal Pride Tournament
In Quebec, Montreal Shamrocks hosted the 3rd Annual Pride Game Day Tournament. It was a coed tournament featuring Hurling, Camogie, and Gaelic football and all proceeds were donated to the local LGBT+ community.
Hurling At A Baseball Game
In Montana, hurling was featured as the first pitch at a baseball game. Thomas Meagher Hurling Club poc’d the first pitch at a PaddleHeads game.
Baltimore 7s Tournament
In Maryland, Baltimore GAA hosted the 2nd Annual Shamrock 7s Tournament. 20 teams competed in 36 Hurling, Camogie, and Gaelic football matches. Baltimore won against Charlotte in the camogie final. And Allentown won against Philadelphia in the hurling final.
Irish Navy Hurling Team
The Irish Navy docked on the East Coast of the US and played a hurling match against Maine’s Portland Hurling Club. They had scheduled a match to be played against Halifax Gaels in Nova Scotia but unfortunately was cancelled due to Hurricane Fiona.
Photo of the month – Knoxville GAC
September’s photos of the month goes to Knoxville GAC who took inspiration from classic video games for their social media promotion of hurling.
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Video of the month – Tacoma Rangers
September’s video of the month goes to Tacoma Rangers who poc’d a sliotar to their teammates across Mt. Ellinor on the Olympic Peninsula.
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