2014 National Championship Accommodation Information

We have updated information for those seeking accommodation in New York during the National Championship in May. Iona and Manhattan Colleges have low-cost dorms available. More…

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US North East Colleges hold first tournament

Gaelic Sportscast reports on the recent NECGAA collegiate tournament, the first college GAA tournament in the Northeast.

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St Joseph’s University GFC Recognized by College

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.

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2014 NCGAA National Championship to be Held in New York

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.

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Cal Roar to Great Victory

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.

Results:

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)

Final: Cal 2-9 Indiana University 1-9 (12)

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National Championship Schedule Update

Schedule for this weekend’s national championship at Purdue (subject to change) is as follows.

Format: Round robin, top two go to final. Any ties settled by scoring difference.

Saturday:
10:00am – Indiana v Purdue
12:00pm – Indiana v Cal
2:00pm – Cal v Purdue
5:00 – Final (if Cal are in the final)

Sunday:
2:30pm – Final (if Cal are not in the final)
5:00pm – NCGAA Annual General Meeting

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Davis v Stanford Video Highlights

The video highlights and interviews of the Davis-Stanford game are up and ready for viewing. A big thanks to Eamonn for his work in putting these together.

Match Highlights:

Interviews:

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Cal vs. Stanford Match Summary

Exciting college hurling over the weekend!

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!

Cheers

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Southern Collegiate GAA Forms

To support of the aims of the National Collegiate GAA (NCGAA) in the region, Eamonn Gormley, NCGAA Chairman, organized the first Southern Collegiate GAA (SCGAA) Division on October 28th, 2012.

Attendees of this founding meeting included both collegiate and non-collegiate supporters from Florida, South Carolina, and Tennessee elected the following board of directors: Chairman Scott Graves (Orlando HC/SED PRO), Secretary Tim Buckley (Middle Tennessee State University HC Pres), and Member at Large John Watson (Middle Tennessee State University HC.

“Our area of responsibility is massive.” said Graves, “We cover a 12 state area bounded by Texas and North Carolina.” Initially the group will serve as communications conduit between the NCGAA and area collegiate units as they seek volunteers in each state to help spread Gaelic sports.

Collegiate participation in the South is currently sparse, and clearly lead by the energetic Middle Tennessee State University Hurling Club. However, Ryan Shrum, founder of the Charleston Hurling Club and Pat Doab, President of The Celtic Cowboys, Austin TX both indicate there may be new universities entering the SCGAA landscape. Chasing these leads, the SCGAA staff is currently engaging potential organizers at The Citidel; The Military College of South Carolina, the University of South Carolina, and Texas A&M University.

Though college v college play is the foremost priority of both the NCGAA and SCGAA, both national and divisional branches hope to encourage a symbiotic relationship between college units and local area clubs. This relationship is demonstrated by the Celtic Cowboys in assisting in organizing Gaelic football matches for Texas A&M in the spring of 2013 and with club practice and area tournament invitations by the Charleston HC.

To learn how you can support the NCGAA, visit their Find a Club page. A Southern Collegiate GAA website/FaceBook presence is forthcoming but the Southern Collegiate GAA staff can be reached as follows:

Scott Graves, Chairman pro.southeast.usa@gaa.ie
Tim Buckley, Secretary trbuck13@gmail.com
John Watson, Member at Large hjwatson@gmail.com

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California Season Opener

Cal and Stanford joined local clubs Na Fianna and St Joseph’s for an informal tournament at Stanford on Sunday to get the college hurling season started.

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