LAST PRACTICE THIS THURSDAY (sniff) BUT!!! MGSA WELCOMES GREENBRIDGE HURLING to WAINWRIGHT FOR A SATURDAY AM FRIENDLY.

The Gnarly Geckos, a fledgling Hurling program from Topsham is visiting the friendly confines of the Wainwright complex this Saturday at 10:00. We’ll have a U10/12 match followed by a U14/16 tilt. Below is a quick survey monkey for MGSA parents to answer to confirm their attendance.

Later in the day, at 3pm, the Portland Hurling Club adult team will be competing against Concord’s Barleyhouse Wolves. This is always an intense matchup and a great chance to see excellent hurling up close.

SURVEY: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/VDTTRFN

The GAA has endorsed this “friendly” in the hope it will lead to more meaningful and competitive local games in the state and provide options a little closer than Boston and beyond for little hurlers and footballers.

Let’s all make an effort to welcome Greg and his crew and provide some great craic. This will also be the last game (for now) played by the Powerful Pereiras, Jessie and Ted who are moving with Mom to Galway on the 12th. We are so happy for your time with MGSA and wish you all the best across the Pond.

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More on Greenbridge:

http://www.eteamz.com/greenbridgehurlingclub/

A BUSY WEEK FOR MGSA

Hello Gael Force parents and supporters. This is a busy (and fun) week for the MGSA.

WEATHER ALERT: Please use your best judgment based on conditions after 5. The radar looks to show a concentrated system that is passing over us in the next hour.

IF WE CANCEL PRACTICE (decision will be made by 4:30)

raffle ticket drawing will be done SATURDAY AM in Canton and ALL tickets/money will need to be delivered to an MGSA coach by then
If you are going to Canton, please please please respond to the survey monkey i send out tonight by tomorrow afternoon

-Coach James

1. We’ll again be focusing on game situations and reinforcing skills to allow the players to be successful on the pitch. Please make every effort to have them ready to play for the 5:30 start time.
2. RAFFLE TICKETS: You have 4 more days to sell what you can AND BRING THEM TO PRACTICE so we can do the drawing. NO MORE SELLING AFTER THIS, we PROMISE.
3. CANTON BLITZ is Saturday and we need to know by tomorrow (Tuesday) AM who is coming and who is not in order to honor our hosts with correct information. We are doing this as a day trip (5 hour round trip) with MGSA springing for ice cream after. This is the last blitz of the season before championships on August 17th and a great opportunity to experience 1st rate facilities at the Irish Cultural Center.

A few notes:
We’ll be announcing the dates for our home and home friendly with Green Bridge Hurling (Topsham) soon. We expect them to be the next official GAA club in Maine next year and want to support them in any way we can.
Looking for pics taken from our blitz to put up on the websites.
PORTLAND HURLING CLUB pub league semifinals are this Wednesday 6pm at Wainwright on the section of field next to ours, but a little further down. This figures to be a great night of hurling, or at least a chance to see Coaches James and Sean test the limits of their medical coverage.
As always…stay safe, hydrated, and have fun out there.

MGSA Blitz was a HUGE success.

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Over 110 players and their coaches, parents, and supporters gathered at Wainwright Fields on a suddenly sunny Saturday to enjoy hours of games. After a welcome concert by the Claddagh Mhor Pipe Band, we saw football and hurling from U6 through U16 featuring teams from Maine, Massachusetts, and Connecticut.

The ones that still had energy joined us for a 2 hour cookout and poc/kick fada at the Riverside Athletic Center.

We are so proud to have hosted the clubs of the New England Minor Board and look forward to our next trips South.

7/13 Springfield, MA
7/20 Canton, MA

We’ll finish with a poem by U8, Sam Stocks:

Hurling is the best
but do not bump with your chest.
Scoring goals is really fun
but you have to run and run and run!

MAINE HOSTS THE CLUBS OF THE NEW ENGLAND MINOR BOARD TOMORROW (or if you are reading this on the 29th…TODAY)

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The coast of Maine is a little damp from 3 straight days of rain, but the pitch will be ready for the start of the games.

We are so excited to welcome the following clubs (in alphabetical order):
Boston ISYL
Hartford
Springfield
St. Brendans (Dorchester/Quincy)
Worcester

Check-in from 12-12:30
Games begin at 12:45 and end by 4:30

After-event party at Riverside Athletic Complex 6-8

See our events page for details

Ceide mile failte!

SEE YOU ON THURSDAY JUNE 20th FOR PRACTICE! Looks like it’s gonna be warm. Hydrate! REGISTRATION IS STILL OPEN and there is an OPTIONAL PRACTICE WED. JUNE 26th at 5:00.

What you’ll need for each practice and game:

1. A smile
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3. Water (preferred over “sports drinks”) and a healthy snack
4. Cleats (if you have them) or sneakers

5. Weather-appropriate attire.
We are going to have a great time. Just follow the Green Belt toward the Irish flag. 1st, we’ll be measuring for hurls and helmets ($25 rental for the whole season) if you don’t have them. Then it is right into games, skills, and more games.

OPTIONAL PRACTICE and NEW PLAYER CLINIC:  If you are a new player, or are interested in Gaelic sports and have not registered, stop by the fields at 5pm Wed. 6/26.  We’ll have a 45 min clinic then a scrimmage.  Returning players can come as well and participate.
Afterwards, check out the Portland Hurling Club pub league games starting at 6pm.
www.portlandhurling.com
Coach James

ONLINE REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN ON ACTIVE.COM

 

This is our exclusive method for registration.  You will need to create an account for your family members.   Once complete, the correct program will show as available to register.  Please  have  a current picture of your child and  insurance plan info handy.  All discounts will be calculated at checkout.

 

Copy THIS link into your browser to set up and register. Or click on the ACTIVE link on the righthand bar.     https://active.leagueone.com/Olr/Pages/Welcome.aspx?ClubId=13439

 

Active.com registration for gaelic programs

Westbrook Rec Gaelic Football begins THURSDAY 5/2 – Active.com registration opens 5/7 for MGSA summer programs

REC PARTNERSHIP:  1st of 4 sessions begins this week.  5:00 to 6:30 at the Westbrook Community Center fields behind the pool.  THERE IS STILL TIME TO REGISTER YOUR 4 to 8 YEAR OLD.

MGSA SUMMER PROGRAM

MGSA practices will be Thursday nights in South Portland from 5:30 to 7:30.  Kids will learn both hurling and Gaelic football based on the GAA “GO Games” curriculum.   Emphasis is on games-based learning with skills integrated into game situations and scrimmages.

Competitive matches will be played with the 8 teams of the Northeast Divisional Minor Board.  Teams are St Bendans (Dorchester), ISYL (Canton), Trinity (Milton), Springfield Wolfetones, Worcester, and Hartford (CT).  There are also developmental programs in Concord, NH and Topsham, ME  not yet in the GAA cohort.

HOME 

June 29th:  Maine hosts the teams of the Northeast Minor Board with over 100 players expected from ME, NH, and MA

TRAVEL

                                                    June 22:  St. Brendans (Dorchester, MA)  DAY TRIP

                                                   July 13:  Springfield, MA  OVERNIGHT TRIP

July 20 and 21:  ISYL (Canton, MA)  OVERNIGHT TRIP

( tournament on Sat. and exhibition games during Boston senior matches Sun. )

 

REGISTRATION OPENS FOR SUMMER PROGRAM NEXT TUESDAY on Active.com (link posted soon)

You will need your insurance information and a photo of your player(s) to upload.   Payment by credit card or defer to pay by check at 1st practice May 23rd.   $70 with tons of discounts and incentives!

WHAT THE HECK ARE HURLING and GAELIC FOOTBALL, and why should my child play?

They are the official games of Ireland.  They are also a couple of the most skillful, fast paced, and safest games available for young athletes anywhere.  BOTH are played on a soccer-style field with traditional goals flanked by tall posts.  In each game, a ball is advanced and 3 points awarded for putting it past a keeper while 1 point is earned for splitting the uprights.  Shoulder to shoulder contact is allowed for U10 and above.

HURLINGis a 3000 year old sport which has changed very little over the years.  A flat, wooden stic

The fastest games on grass

k called a “hurley” is used to move a baseball-sized ball called a “sliothar” toward the goal by a combination of lifts or strikes from the stick, hand, or foot.  It shares traits of ice/field hockey and lacrosse.  Players wear a helmet (similar to hockey, but not as bulky) and some choose to wear gloves or shin guards.

GAELIC FOOTBALL is very similar to a mix of soccer and basketball.  All soccer rules apply but the football, very much like the love child of a soccer and volleyball can be picked up and run with, passed from the hand, and bounced off the ground or the foot.

Maine Gaelic Sports Alliance is a fully certified program in the Gaelic Athletics Association (www.gaa.ie) and part of the Northeast Minor Board.  All coaches are Foundation level or higher and have been CORI background checked.  All teams are co-ed through U14 and games/drills are modified for age-appropriateness as defined by the GAA’s “Go Games’ curriculum.

Our Rec football sessions start in later April through the end of May and our summer season is Thursday nights from 5:30 to 7:30pm in South Portland.  Please join us.

Like soccer but also want to use your hands

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