Manhattan College have withdrawn their offer of accommodation for our nationals this year. There is campus accommodation available at Iona College which is located approximately 15 minutes from Gaelic Park. See tournament details.
Manhattan College has set a deadline of April 1st for booking accommodation for teams at this year’s nationals. After that, their blocked-booked rooms will be released for public booking and your team may need to find more expensive accommodation with more expensive traveling distances to the field. See event details.
St Joseph’s University Gaelic Football Club in Philadelphia has made another piece of US collegiate GAA history by becoming the first American college Gaelic football club to be granted recognition by their college authorities. The emerging club had already made history in 2012 by playing in the first ever inter-collegiate Gaelic football match in America in a game against Boston College.
While most of the growth in the US collegiate GAA sector has been in hurling, Gaelic football has been making steady progress in the northeast.
“This is the result of a lot of hard work by our club to obtain formal recognition,” said Michael Ryan, club Chairman. “We have a good relationship with the college administration, we appreciate what they are doing for us, and we will build on that relationship by representing our college well on the field and proudly wear the name of St Joseph’s on our jerseys.”
Eamonn Gormley, Chairman of the National Collegiate Gaelic Athletic Association (NCGAA) welcomed the news. “It is by plugging into mainstream society that Gaelic games can become more mainstream sports,” he said. “The college system is a hugely important part of this. The GAA has got to integrate better into the way sports are structured in all of the countries where Gaelic games exist. We can see the benefits of this already with the growth that hurling has experienced in US colleges.”
Because they are recognized as legitimate student clubs by campus authorities, GAA clubs are now becoming a fixture at annual activities fairs across America. Freshmen looking for clubs and societies to join at the start of the academic year can walk among the stalls set out by such diverse groups as the soccer club, rugby club, archery club; now the hurling or Gaelic football club is in there among the stalls just like the other sports, providing a storefront through which the Gaelic games experience can be enjoyed by a new audience.
The NCGAA has announced that the US national collegiate GAA championships for the 2013/2014 academic year will be hosted in New York. The tournament will take place over the Memorial Day weekend, May 24 and 25. This will be the fourth year’s running of the national college hurling championship and its first appearance on the East coast. It will also be the first running of the national college Gaelic football championship.
“The NCGAA is committed to developing the collegiate GAA system on the East coast, particularly to bolster the Gaelic football movement that has been taking root there,” said Eamonn Gormley, NCGAA Chairman. “The Northeast Collegiate GAA is a new regional committee under strong leadership, we have the utmost confidence in their ability to host this event, and our ambition to develop the northeast region is underlined by our hosting this event in New York.”
Simon Gillespie, Chairman of the NECGAA, has welcomed the decision. “We are delighted to get to host this growing movement in New York,” he said. “New York has a long and proud GAA tradition, but we also recognize the importance of the collegiate system in securing our future growth and keeping underage players engaged with the GAA as they get older. It protects our investment in youth.”
A total of three bids were submitted from collegiate clubs eager to host the tournament, two of which came from the northeast. The bid to host it in New York came from the University of Connecticut Hurling Club. The NCGAA selected New York due to “a combination of the impressive facilities and the enthusiastic support for the bid that came from the local GAA community.”
The hurling club at the University of California, Berkeley, (Cal) are the current holders of the national collegiate hurling championship title and will now face a challenging journey across the country to retain the title. Meanwhile the national title in Gaelic football is yet to be claimed.
Cal had a fitting end to their epic 2013 campaign at Purdue on Saturday. After many player had driven 2,300 miles in a van, they overcame Indiana University in a grueling final to take the national championship.
Indiana University 3-6 (15) Purdue 2-7 (13)
Indiana University 1-3 (6) Cal 5-11 (26)
Cal 1-15 (18) Purdue 4-3 (15)
Stanford and Cal squared off at Treasure Island for the first of their two matches this CCGAA season. The weather was beautiful, but of course the high-quality hurling was even finer on the eyes. Stanford was reeling from the unexpected loss of two of its members before the match, leaving it down a man and at a significant disadvantage. Fortunately, Dariusz Wodziak was ready to fill in as the 9 v 9 game commenced. Cal was also missing two of its most experienced players due to injury.
The early minutes of the first half proved cagey and low-scoring. Stanford missed several mid-range point opportunities, while Cal was unable to convert on a series of frees and 65′s. Both sides played very physically, and with about a quarter gone the score remained a hotly contested Stanford 0-2 | 0-1 Cal. But late in the second half Stanford added two goals and several points to take a halftime lead of Stanford 2-4 | 0-3 Cal.
The second half proved much higher scoring. Cal substituted regularly to remain fresh, but were unable to break past the stalwart Stanford defense and goalkeeping until late in the second half. The Stanford team- without any subs available- began to get winded, but was able to slow the tempo of play thanks to the lead established in the first half. Stanford’s experience also shone through. Solid defensive work from Sean Troxel and Gearoid O’Brien provided the basis for strong scoring plays from Colin Roach and Chris Herries further forward. In the end, Stanford came out with a fine win, final score : Stanford 5-12 | 1-4 Cal.
We are all looking forward to seeing the next round of action- May 4th, back at Treasure Island again.
In the meantime, be sure to check out the Cal and Stanford team pages.
Be sure to check back for video highlights in a few days!