MGSA coaches and players will be teaching PE on Thursday and Friday this week. Not just 1 class, but ALL the classes. We are so thankful for the opportunity and will be looking to show the kids just how amazing Gaelic games are. We’ll be focusing on football for now and hopefully getting the Scots to go Irish for the day.
Thanks to the support of our friends at SOPO Recreation, we’ve been invited to be one of 3 presenters (along with football and pickleball) at the Maine Recreation & Park Director’s conference in March 2015.
MGSA will present 3 sessions and have an information table with coaches ready to provide insight about how we can help create fun, accessible and sustainable Gaelic sports programs within the community Rec model. The Boston GAA and Munster Council has been on board with this effort for 2 years and the results have been very positive so far.
Thanks to them, as well as our friends at Tex-Tech who’ve provided us the financial stability to fund these efforts, we able to come to directly to the decision makers and offer these wonderful games with free instruction, certification tracks, and local and international support.
Coach James from MGSA was a presenter and exhibitor at the Maine Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance 2014 conference at the Samoset Resort. This also corresponded with the biggest snowstorm Maine has seen in the last umpteen years. Our Sunday session was done without the benefit of lights, internet, and heat. Fun stuff and merely a challenge to overcome.
Despite that, we had some great fun and were able to enjoy a good day in the exhibition hall on Monday when power was restored to most of Rockland, ME. We came with a standing offer to provide free instruction and program maintenance to any public rec or school program that wanted to pilot Gaelic football. The GAA has made some equipment available and as always is offering a free Foundation course and referee training to interested parties. We had very constructive interactions with folks and look forward to touching base with several interested entities.
PRACTICES are set for the next 3 Sundays: 9/7 9/14, and 9/21
After viewing our waterlogged fields and seeing that the weather is calling for 60% chance of showers with thunderstorms likely, we are cancelling for tonight.
With most kids starting their Fall sports, MGSA will be moving to our modified schedule until the 9/27 blitz. Dates need to be finalized with SOPO, but look for an email from your coaches in the next week.
This has been a really fun season, and we are going to have a great finish.
Maine Gaelic Sports Alliance
The Mighty MGSA Gael Force represented well at the 2014 CYC’s in NYC.
Jack, Ross, and Hunter played U16 football and hurling for Hartford GAA and came up short on the scoreboard, but big on the field with some great efforts against incredible competition. They were really the only hurlers on a football-heavy and very young team. We are so proud of the leadership and effort they displayed and for making themselves a part of Hartford’s quality program.
Coach James assumed the field directions and strategy for the 2 hurling matches, and we nearly took out a strong New York squad while playing a hard-fought match against an always-disciplines Chicago team.
Maggie played for the U16 North American ladies football team and got serious playing time, finishing 4th in their division.
Frank and Greta played U12 football for Springfield and got their 1st taste of victory at CYC’s but the very young squad, despite some close games against established clubs just missed the Sunday playoffs.
Frank also played U12 hurling for the new Ottowa squad, and they also made a great showing in really their 1st competition.
Ross’s North American U16 Hurling squad nearly took down the mighty New York team in their only match, losing by 2 points. Ross played a magnificent game for a team that had only practiced together for 2 days.
ATTENTION: Due to the CYC’s and the burden that puts on our partner clubs, we are looking to reschedule the July 19th blitz to September as the Fall Shamrock n’Roll Festival.
The good news: LONGER GAELIC SEASON (a short list of practice days will be sent soon, but nothing to overwhelm your schedules). We also hopes this provides some more days of involvement for the kids who got a late start this year.
We regret any inconvenience this causes. All we want is to provide quality games and this requires finding a dates when our friends from the rest of NE can make it up. The youth nationals start on 7/23 and many clubs have made significant time and financial commitments to this, including the 6 MGSA players heading down. We understand Fall sports will be in full swing but ours is a year-round program designed to meet the needs of ALL our partner families. You mean the world to us and we strive every day to provide you a quality experience.
NO PRACTICE THURSDAY JULY 3rd. HARTFORD TRIP JULY 12 UP NEXT. MGSA is hosting the New England Clubs July 19th.
Due to the holiday, enjoy some extra time with the kids at a lake, beach, BBQ or other awesome holiday destination.
We’ll see you next week!
SEASON KICK OFF PARTY NEXT THURSDAY AFTER A SHORT PRACTICE. St. Brendans Blitz on the horizon for June 21.
Practice is on for tonight, 6/12 but NEXT WEEK we are gonna get things going in style. After a short practice, we’ll adjourn to CIA Cafe and hang out, watch some Gaelic on the big TV, and get everyone together for some good craic.
1st tournament is in Dorchester on June 21 and MGSA needs to be ready to play. Our combined U14/16 boys and girls will have both a hurling and football game with their friends from Hartford and Boston while our younger kids will be playing with Trinity, St. Brendan’s, ISYL, and Springfield.