SUMMER REGISTRATION OPENS ON 3/17 ….Coincidence?

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Our summer GAEL FORCE hurling and football program will feature age groups in U6, U8, U10, U12, U14, and if numbers allow U16.

This means your child is eligible if they are turned 4 to 16 in 2016.

Registration is on Active.com (see link on RIGHT pane). $50 includes all practices and equipment for the season. Preseason practices start in April/May with full time starting early June Wed. and Thurs PM at 5:30. 90 min for older kids and 60 for the U6/8’s.

NO CHILD TURNED AWAY FOR ABILITY TO PAY.

MGSA joins MRPA

That’s the Maine Recreation and Parks Association to YOU, folks!

Commercial Member

Commercial Member

As part of our continuing partnership with Maine community organizations, we are proud to have joined the MRPA. This wonderful professional organization is made up of recreation programs from across Maine. These programs form the heart of the spring Gaelic Football League and also a base for growing the games organically. The GAA is fully invested in this partnership and is providing material and educational support through Northeast Games Development and the Boston/Northeast Minor Board.

The 2016 League features teams in:

SOUTH PORTLAND/CAPE
SACO
STANDISH
WINDHAM

2-3 slots open each each season and we always need enthusiastic local people to learn about football and even get certified. MGSA can help, with clinics and classes tailored to your community’s needs.

Find out if YOUR local program wants to try the Fastest Games on Grass.

Annual General Meeting is MONDAY Feb 1 from 6-8

This will be at the Portland offices of Magna Carta, behind RiRa.

THE BEST WAY TO GET THERE IS SIMPLE: Meet us in the square between RiRa and the Portland Ferry Terminal…look for the Irish flag. We’ll be walking over at 6.

HOW TO I FIND IT?

An MGSA rep will be at the little square between RiRa and the Portland Ferry Terminal with and Irish Flag from 5:45 to 6 when we’ll walk people over to the office (it can be hard to find).

HOW LONG WILL IT LAST?

2 hours plus optional jar afterwards.

6-7 2015 Season Recap and 2016 ‘What to Look Forward To’. This is a good opportunity for people to learn more and ask questions in a low-key environment.
7-8 Nomination and Election of Officers, Formation of Committees
8 – 9 Social hour at RiRa

WHY, AGAIN? I’M REALLY BUSY.

The AGM is an important event the life of a GAA club. It is doubly important for a club like MGSA who is building a youth program from scratch, focused on the best interests of the kids of Maine.

IF you cannot make it, please think of someone who might enjoy being involved. The most important qualities are enthusiasm, love of the games and kindness.

We’re running an all-volunteer program that costs $50 for nearly 3 months of fun. We’ve been able to do this for 5 years because of parents and supporters that help in small and no-so-small ways. By the way….”We” means you. We’ll all in this together and MGSA is what we put in to it.

All are welcome

All are welcome

Congratulations to U14 Frank Tierney

Frank has been selected to the Northeast Minor Board U14 boys football squad who is traveling to the FEILE tournament in County Kerry, June 2016. Frank has been with MGSA since Day One, demonstrating great skill and sportsmanship as he makes his way through the ranks.

He has a GoFundMe page to support him as he raises money for the group effort. Is is called ‘Frank the Tank’s Feile Journey’ and looks to raise $3000 from Maine-based donors. All monies raised go to the Boston Minor Board’s account for this trip and benefits all 22 players.

Frank the Tank’s Feile Journey

CYC Dad-frank

THERE IS NO OFFSEASON!!!!

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We kid, of course.

Suffice to say we at MGSA are always working to make our program better, and to that end we are hoping YOU will be a part of our future through membership on the MGSA Board or one of our planning committees. We’ll be getting together in January (dates TBA) to discuss things, and we hope to see you there.

We’ll also be hosting some clinics and are always open to visiting school and Rec programs.

Check out the new Gaelic Football Rec League page for info on this growing spring program.

Come to an off-season Wall Ball session at Redbank (dates soon)

GAELIC FOR GIRLS clinic 10/17

DSCF3156 Wainwright Fields in South Portland.

This will be 2 separate clinics, running concurrently. This will be co-hosted by the Boston GAA featuring players and coaches from the ladies football teams in Boston.

THE FIRST is for the SOPO HS Girls Soccer team from 3-5

The SECOND is an OPEN EVENT for ANY AGE..well, age 4 and up (including adults). The open clinic will run from 2-4 with players and coaches from MGSA teaching the skills to play a game of Gaelic football and/or camogie. CLEATS ARE RECOMMENDED but not required. Mouth guards will be required if your child wants to scrimmage.

This is a great opportunity to learn the basic skills needed to play the greatest games IN THE WORLD. It is FREE, too.

What is Gaelic Football?

What is Camogie?

A CRAZY, FUN WEEK. The Canadians are coming! and more….

GAEL FORCE parents and supporters. This is a call out for volunteers to ensure we provide the best possible experience for our out-of-town guests.

Please take this 3 question Survey Monkey and select the 1 hour volunteer job you can do to help out MGSA and make this the best blitz we’ve ever hosted.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ZJBZNJ9

THIS WEEK’s TIMELINE:

Wednesday practice 5:30 to 6:30 then MEET AT THE PLAYGROUND NEXT TO THE SOCCER FIELDS TO PICK UP YOUR PLAYER so we can give you the 10 cent tour and describe the blitz format. Please make every effort to attend this important orientation that will be done before 7pm.

Thursday we are planning on meeting at EasyDay Bowling, proud sponsor of the mighty Portland Hurling Club for a Happy Hour+. Kids will bowl for free on reserved lanes and hors d’oevres will be provided. Meet the players and parents from Ottawa Eire Og and socialize with the other Gael Force families out on the deck.

Friday…rest up.

Saturday we’d like to see the players at Wainwright by 11:45. Opening ceremonies at 12;15 and 1st throw-in at 12:30.

ISYL / CANTON BLITZ is this Saturday 7/11

CARPOOL INFO:

If you want to meet at the South Portland / Jetport park N Ride lot, we will leave at 7:30am

We will stop at the Kennebunk Turnpike plaza and leave there at 8:00

DIRECTIONS to the Irish Cultural Center of New England

From the North

From Route 93 South take Exit 37B to Route 128 (95) South. At the junction of Rte 95 South and 93 North, stay straight on 93 North.

(Dedham/Providence) Take Exit 2A on to Route 138 South. Follow Route 138 South 3.6 miles. Take a right onto New Boston Drive (at the large Irish Cultural Centre sign)

BE THERE BY 9:45….GAMES BEGIN AT 10

Email ‘mainegsa@gmail.com’ for more infoBOSTON ISYL

Proud member of the Gaelic Athletics Association, Northeast Minor Board. Spring Rec football league and summer hurling and football for kids age 4-16.