Campaign Speeches and Early Voting? Ope! You BETCHA!

All members of the St. Louis Gaelic Athletic Club…
We ask for your help in selecting from the members below, that have stepped forward to take on the task of keeping our club moving forward, growing and ever striving for excellence.

Place your votes Saturday Night at the Holiday Party @ Heavy Riff from
7pm to – 10pm

If you are unable to make it to the Christmas Holiday Party, early voting options are available:
Mallory will be at Amsterdam Tavern from 11am to 2pm

Below you will find messages from both opponents that are running opposed and unopposed.
Here are your STLGAC Board candidates

We thank each and everyone of you that have stepped up to run for the open positions. Good luck to everyone that is running.

Anne Glaser – Treasure
Bridget O’Brien – Camogie Trainer
Lauren Delaney – Camogie Trainer
Will Stewart – Registrar
Mike Hertfelder – President
Joe Kinealy – President
Tony Cowin – Football Trainer
Landon Zirkelbach – PRO


Mike Hertfelder (President Candidate)


I assume most of the club knows me, but I am running for the position of club president. I am very fortunate that Grant Gorman invited me to try hurling back in 2013. I love the sport, I’ve met many new friends in St. Louis and from other clubs over the past few years. Wearing the club’s jersey and representing St. Louis in travel tournaments is great, regardless of the result. I am lucky to be a member of the St. Louis Gaelic Athletic Club.

As much as I enjoy being a member of the club and playing our sports (even football), I think we need to have a recalibration of the club.

There is a lot of work that needs to be done, recruiting is a top priority. Hurling/camogie and Gaelic football are amazing sports, I do not want to see them fade away from St. Louis. We need to make sure we are all advocates for our club and sports. We need some new blood in the club.

I am also looking to explore ways to make our sports more accessible to new players along with becoming more competitive on the national level.

I would be honored to have your vote this Saturday. Regardless who wins, the next president and the board as a whole needs the entire club to help make 2018 the best year yet for STLGAC.


Lauren Delaney (Camogie Trainer Candidate)

Hi my name is Lauren Delaney and I am grateful to have been nominated to serve as camogie trainer for a second term. For those that may not know me I have been in the club 6 years playing camogie, hurling and football, and have been the camogie trainer for the past 2 years. I am very proud of what the club and more so the camogie ladies have achieved over the last two years and I am excited to continue our momentum as we look to win Junior Camogie at Nationals and complete the trifecta of all of the teams in our club having won a junior title.

As camogie trainer I would look to achieve the following:

  • Foster a fun, yet competitive environment for both veterans and rookie players at practices and matches giving everyone the opportunity to enjoy the sport and improve their skills.
  • Continue to grow camogie membership with the goal of expanding the city league to 3 teams over the next 2 years.
  • Help provide opportunities for those who are interested to play competitive matches with and against other clubs.
  • Collaborate with the hurling and gaelic football trainers to provide better training opportunities for all club members.
  • Win Junior Camogie at Nationals in Philadelphia in 2018!


  • Certified as a GAA Coach.
  • Have played competitive sports for over 20 years at the highest levels and have coached amateur youth, college and adult teams including having given private sports lessons for 10+ years.
  • Strong ties with other camogie clubs across the country.
  • Member of the USGAA Heartland Division Development Committee.
  • Dedicated club member having captained both hurling and camogie teams and co-chaired the STLGAC Mouse Races in 2016 & 2017.


Tony Cowin (Gaelic Football Trainer)

Vote Cowin. ##IWillDoBetterThanLastTime


Landon Zirkelbach (PRO)


Joe Kinealy (President Candidate)

Hello All,

First off, I would like to thank outgoing President Eric Weber and the rest of the outgoing board for the hard work and dedication they have put in over the last 2 years.

Just a quick little background of my experience with the club. I have been a board member in the past serving three years as club secretary and know how much work goes on behind the scenes to make this organization work. I have worked hard to bring in sponsors (the Hibernians, Tower Pub, O’Shays), work with them and keep up a good working relationship. As secretary, I was able to build up a good rapport with other clubs throughout the country in all three sports, such as Indy, D.C., Atlanta, etc.

Over the years, I have been a strong proponent of all the sports in our club. I worked hard with a few others (Jim Schaft, John Behl) to get the footie club off the ground and while on the board I was an extra voice for the camogie club. It has been a joy to see the camogie and footie teams grow and get better every year. I have spent a lot of my time these past 14 years spreading the word of the Gaelic Club and hope to continue to for years to come.

I have several goals that I would like to accomplish if elected:

  1. Find a new field. I appreciate the location we have been at the last few years, but we are not getting any exposure at this location and therefore it is harder to gain new recruits. I would like to find a field that will not only allow us the exposure needed but also accommodate our sporting needs.
  2. Find a travel sponsor. Now that we have our 401(c) 3 non-profit status, this should be incredibly important to our club.
  3. Unify the club. We are currently a fractured club. We need to bring the club together as a whole if we are to thrive and that comes with the support of everyone. Currently hurling does their own thing, same as football and camogie. We need to be ONE club. I would like to start a committee with members of all three sports so that we can get more input as to what is working and what isn’t.
  4. Recruitment. We need to get back to the basics of getting out in the community and doing the leg work. Getting out to the bars, schools, etc.
  5. Communication. I would like to work with the board and collaborate with the club members to figure out new ways in getting club information out to the masses. I know this past year we instituted some new ideas and I would like to continue on with this initiative.

In closing, no matter who you vote for on Saturday night, please make every effort to come out and make your voice heard. Plus, it is the last chance this season to see everyone.

Thank you,



Bridget O’ Brien (Camogie Trainer candidate)
STL GAC Members,

My name is Bridget O’Brien, I am writing to gain your support in becoming the next Camogie Trainer. I have been a proud member of the St. Louis Gaelic Athletic Association and an active Camogie teammate in both the pub league and the travel team for two years. Over the past couple of years I have built many relationships with the camogie players and coaches both on, and off the field. I have not only consistently showed up to practices to learn, but I have also organized optional conditioning practices in order to physically prepare for tournaments and further strengthen our team cohesion. One of my fundamental beliefs is that to succeed as a team you need preparation and communication, and these two tenets would be the cornerstones of my effort as Camogie Trainer. My strong interpersonal skills, willingness to learn from others, and determination to succeed not only makes me a dedicated player, but an excellent candidate as a club leader.

The Camogie team holds a dear spot in my heart and I am proud of the current St. Louis Gaelic Athletic Club leadership and what they have accomplished so far. I believe that it is essential for the club to get different perspectives and try to push new ideas to increase the club’s potential of growing and sustaining itself for future generations to enjoy the sport as much as I do. As the Camogie Trainer, I will push for fluid communication and support between the Camogie, Hurling and Football teams, ultimately leading to the growth of dedicated players within the Club.

I would like to contribute my communication, organizational, and managerial skills to fulfill my desire to push our club to new heights. It would be an honor to have the opportunity to help promote Camogie awareness in St. Louis, and be the advocate within and outside of the Club for the devoted camogie players.

Thank you, and please remember to vote on Saturday, December 2nd.


Bridget O’Brien

Annual STLGAC Holiday Par-TAY!

REMINDER – We will be celebrating this year over at:
Heavy Riff Brewing Company
6413 Clayton Ave, St. Louis 63139
Time: 7PM – 11PM

There will be drinks and get there early to put in your vote for the upcoming elections!!! It will surely be a good time…. as always!

Hope to see everyone there

Candidates & Holiday Party Reminder

The time has come!

Your 2017 Election Candidates

We thank each and everyone of you that has stepped up to run for the open positions. Good luck to everyone that is running.

Anne Glaser – Treasurer
Bridget O’Brien – Camogie Trainer
Lauren Delaney – Camogie Trainer
Will Stewart – Registrar
Mike Hertfelder – President
Joe Kinealy – President
Tony Cowin – Football Trainer
Landon Zirkelbach – PRO

Stay tuned for statements from those running.

See you at our Holiday party this Saturday 7pm at Heavy Riff Brewing!

Christmas Party Dec 2nd at Heavy Riff!

We will be having our Christmas party December 2nd at Heavy Riff Brewing! The Party starts at 7pm!

These positions are up for election. Descriptions below.
– President
– Registrar
– Camogie President Trainer
– Gaelic Football Trainer
– PRO (Public Relations Officer)
– Treasurer

Please email our secretary at if you are interested or if you want to nominate someone.

Board Positions Available:

President. The president is the main spokesperson for the Club. He or she is the point of contact by default for most club-related concerns. The president also sets the agenda for Board meetings. In addition, the president is responsible for organizing the jerseys for each season.

Treasurer. The treasurer is primarily responsible for all the finances of the Club. Among all the duties the Treasurer has to make sure the Club remains fiscally sound, the Treasurer is responsible for collecting all sponsorship payments, disbursing payments that are due on behalf of the Club and annually reporting back to the Club in the form of an in-person presentation the state of the Club’s finances.

Registrar. The registrar is in charge of registering the members for games, either in our leagues or other competitions. The registrar is also responsible for keeping track of all club members’ information, including email addresses.

Public Relations Office. –The Public Relations Officer (PRO) is tasked with increasing community awareness of the club by planning events, seeking media coverage, updating social media, and other outreach. This includes Recruitment, Sponsors, and major club events. The PRO is responsible for documenting club events (photographing or recruiting photographers) and then posting them to the applicable social media accounts.

Gaelic Football Trainer. The football trainer is responsible for organizing and training those interested in playing Gaelic football. The Trainer is responsible for selecting the football team captains, setting the season schedule, and conducting the football draft. In addition, the Trainer determines the travel team and is the voice of the travel team within and outside of our club.

Camogie Trainer. The camogie trainer is responsible for organizing and training those interested in playing camogie. The Trainer is responsible for selecting the camogie team captains, setting the season schedule, and conducting the camogie draft. In addition, the Trainer determines the travel team and is the voice of the travel team within and outside of our club.

2017 Annual Hurling 7s Tourney!

The Annual Club 7s Hurling Tournament is going to be held on Saturday, November 4 at St.
Vincent’s Park. The event is open to one and all but you are responsible for forming the team
roster. Matches will start in the morning and will be played throughout the afternoon between
the Gaelic football league matches. Details and preliminary rules are as follows:

1. Roster limit per team is 10 players. Open subs over the endline. Players can only be on
one roster.
2. Entry fee per team is $100 (i.e., $10 per person). If we have 6 or more teams, champ and
runner-up teams will get a cash prize.
3. Retired players, ringers and ghosts of seasons past are all welcome.
4. Teams will be responsible for judging and refereeing matches.
5. Pitch will be smaller than the normal league pitch. Pointing off puckouts will not allowed.
6. Match length will depend on the number of teams, but the max match length will be 30
minutes (15 minute halves).
7. The tournament draw and team colors will be randomly selected.
8. All players will have to sign a waiver.
9. Completed rosters along with the payment is due by Saturday October 28.

If you are interested in forming a team or need help finding a team, please send an email to Eric
Weber ( Team captains will receive a schedule of matches on Tuesday,
October 31, as well as additional playing rules.

Gaelic Football Match Week #5 : Recap and Results

Match 1: 10:00 AM @ St. Vincent’s Park – Main Pitch

Ferguson Brewing Co vs. AOH St. Charles

With the wind whipping and the clouds rolling in, we braced for a fantastic match Saturday at St. Vinny’s. AOH St. Charles with their high powered goal machine was facing off against an extremely talented and well-captained Ferguson Brewing Co. For the first half, AOH had the advantage of a solid 10-15 mph wind and would look to go up in the first minute like last week. However the first blood was drawn by Matt Anglin of FBC. Last week’s man of the match picked up where he left off by ripping a wicked shot from just outside the corner of the small box. That’s 3 up for FBC. 2 minutes later, it was Anglin again. As Ryan Limb carried the mail, he found Anglin with an amazing pass at the 20m line and Matt instantly popped it over the bar for 1 more. at 7″ in, FBC was quickly up by 4. AOH finally found their stride 10″ in with Pete DaPrato breaking in on goal from the right side. Left with no alternative, Matt Stuart had to wrap up Pete and give away a free from the 20. With ball in hand, DaPrato went for the immediate impact of 3 points, but the shot found the keeper’s gloves and the ball was quickly cleared out to the sideline. Phil Hawkins grabbed the clearance and motored the ball up the sideline until a harsh challenge from AOH’s Tim Buckley punted him over the line and resulted in a warning from the reiteor. AOHSTC and Pete DaPrato found themselves another opportunity at 15″ and this time didn’t walk away empty handed. As DaPrato charged in from the right wing, he let loose a bomb from 30m away that found the net inside of the left post – amazing strike.

As if to quench the AOH flames, only minutes later Ferguson’s Joe Byrne was seen ambling up the path towards the pitch. Like manna from heaven, captain Sterling Hayden looked upon Byrne as a welcome and necessary source of sustenance. “There he is, my guy” said Hayden. As the match heated up, FBC’s Michael Keane was shown a yellow for a trip that could be seen as a little casual. Even though the possession firmly favored them, at this point Ferguson was only up by 1. With 4 minutes left in the half, Byrne sent a rainmaker of a kick over the bar from way, way out – immediate impact from a talented young man. Only a minute later, Angel Garcia for FBC got loose at the edge of the large box and sent a shot on goal that was parried away by keeper Tim Renz. Unfortunately the rebound went right into the path of Garcia and he gave Ferguson a little breathing room at the half by depositing the 3 points into the bank.


Ferguson Brewing Co: 2-5-11

AOH St. Charles: 1-3-6

Within 3 minutes of the 2nd half throw in, Joe Byrne once again made his presence felt by sending a point in from just inside the left sideline. Only a few minutes later, Ferguson decided to take over the match with back to back goals from Phil Hawkins and another 3 point tally for Byrne. And just like that, what was a 4 point lead at the half blew out to 11 before you got back from the concession stand. At 35″ FBC’s Keane decided this all looked like fun and he wanted in as well, rocking a strike off the crossbar from 15m out. Not to be denied, Keane swooped in from the right only 2 minutes later and went for a highlight reel goal. Keeper Tim Renz had other ideas though. Keane caught Byrne’s eye and JB sent a beautiful ball over towards the right post where Keane used a 2 handed punch to try and beat Renz. Only he didn’t, as Renz was the one that stole the highlight on this occasion and made an amazing save with some very strong hands.

The majestic save from Renz served to motivate AOH and they were throwing everything at Ferguson in the last 10 minutes. A lovely strike from a serviceable John Krause brought AOH 3 points closer, but it was never going to be enough as the goal only halved the score 22-11. A final impressive clear off the goal line by AOH’s Mikey Orbin in the last minute of play showed that the Hibernians hadn’t lost their fight and that there is always pride to play for.

With more points than goals in this match, it shows that AOH can play with a bit of finesse and movement. Unfortunately the goals didn’t come along for the ride and there was never any real threat to Ferguson Brewing Co. If AOHSTC can keep pouring in the goals and use their new found ability to score points, then they look like they could make a real push in the 2nd half of the season.


Ferguson Brewing Co:  4-10-22

AOH St. Charles: 2-7-13



Ferguson Brewing Co: Angel Garcia(1-0), Dan Cowin(0-3), Joe Byrne(1-3), Matt Anglin(1-1), Mike Keane(0-2), Owen McQuiston(0-1), Phil Hawkins(1-0).

AOH St. Charles: John Beard(0-2), Jeff Brown(0-2), John Krause(1-1), Pete DaPrato(1-2).

Man of the Match: Joe Bryne – Ferguson Brewing Co.


Match 2: 11:15 AM @ St. Vincent’s Park – Main Pitch

Happy Apples vs. Pat Connolly Tavern  

With the weather looking as if it was going to threaten, the wind had shifted to a steady cross-pitch direction – no real advantage would be gained for this one. I was really looking forward to this one, with both sides having some real speed on tap to make for a wide open, aggressive contest. Imagine my surprise when it took almost 10 minutes for the scoring to start.

At 4″ Anne Glaser sent a superb point attempt towards the PCT frame, only to have it called wide after a little consultation. Hat’s off to Anne though, as she made her own space and got a great foot on the shot. The Apples’ ball movement was sublime in the first 10 minutes and captain Ryan Lobbig’s leadership was clearly evident in the team’s wide play. The problem for the redshirts was that NOTHING was going over – the first 3 point attempts were all wide. To that, the PCT responded ‘hold my pint young lad, lemme show you how it’s done’. The 10″ mark saw PCT’s Matt Green put an elegant point over for the first score of the match, followed closely by points from Kieran O’Shea and Tony Cowin. 14″ in, the Apples’ co-captain Ryan Hallows had a golden chance on goal to get the redshirts on the board, but it wasn’t to be. At this point it was evident that Lobbig was sacrificing personal offensive contributions in order to keep a speedy Matt Green in check.

Finally 18″ in, Jeff Fowler let fly with a Byrne-esque skyrocket of a point to put Happy Apples’ first mark on the score sheet. But only a minute later, PCT’s Mike Reynolds broke in with a burst of speed and drove a blast off the upper 90. The rebound off the frame conveniently found Reynolds in stride and he slotted the ball home for a grand goal. Happy Apples bounced back from the goal very well though and took the play to PCT. The Apples desperately need a score with halftime on the horizon and Anne Glaser obliged. With a looping drive, Glaser found a little daylight over keeper Kara Richardson’s head and hit side netting for a sorely needed 3 points. This would be the final score of the half and only the 2nd score of the match for Happy Apples.


Pat Connolly Tavern: 2-5-11

Happy Apples: 1-1-4

A fiery and strategic halftime talk for the Happy Apples got them ready to rock & roll for half #2. By this time, the sky had turned pale grey and there were rain drops being felt in the wind. Apples were about ready to turn up the heat. 1 minute into the 2nd half, Chance Evans wearing his Hannibal mask (to protect broken facial bones) slipped into the PCT penalty area and drove home a goal for the redshirts. 5 minutes later Joey ‘the Godfather’ Abkemeier got a toe to a loose ball in the box and tallied another goal for the ‘starting-to-get-a-little-happier-Apples’. From near disaster at halftime, Happy Apples with 2 quick goals pulled to within 1 point of the Pat Connolly Tavern. NOW we’ve got ourselves a match.

After another point from Matt Green – who was ALL over the pitch – Kelly DaPrato pulled the Apples back to within 1 with a well-earned point. This is as close as the match would be. 36″ in, PCT’s Reynolds strikes back with his 2nd goal of the game, driving one low out of the keeper’s reach. Another goal from Reynolds 43″ in completes his hat trick and stretches the lead to 8 points for the PCT. The man was virtually untouchable on the day and his 2 goals in succession in the 2nd half essentially put this match to bed. If a Mike Reynolds hatty wasn’t enough to kick Happy Apples in the gut, a 44th minute strike from Tony ‘this ain’t your grandpappy’s beard’ Cowin surely sucked the life out of the Apples. After Cowin’s blast, a rallying cry from captain Lobbig let the redshirts know that ‘we need goals people – goals now’. Although Happy Apples dialed up the pressure in the last 10 minutes, the only goal that came was from Lobbig’s own boot in the last minute of play. On the ensuing kick out, the final whistle blew.

Although the final score wouldn’t suggest it, this was a very tight match. I was very impressed by Happy Apples’ response after halftime and the fact that they were very close to taking the match back from PCT should put other teams on notice that the Apples will never quit. The problem with the Apples 2nd half comeback is that the Pat Connolly Tavern is VERY good team and they had the strength to thwart the comeback and take over. It’s the old adage of ‘poking the bear’.


Pat Connolly Tavern: 5-9-24

Happy Apples: 4-4-16


Pat Connolly Tavern: Eric Weber(0-1), Kieran O’Shay(0-1), Matt Green(1-3), Mike Reynolds(3-0), Tony Cowin(1-4).

Happy Apples: Ryan Lobbig(1-1), Anne Glaser(1-0), Chance Evans(1-0), Jeff Fowler(0-1), Joe Abkemeier(1-0), Kelly DaPrato(0-1), Mike Guinn(0-1).

Man of the Match: Tony Cowin – Pat Connolly Tavern

10/14 games Postponed!!

We will be postponing the games this weekend to travel to Columbia. We will be playing in the 4th Annual AOH East Vs West hurling Cup! Please email us at if you are interested in playing.

East vs West Hibernian Cup
Time: 1:00pm
Location: Father Tolton Catholic School
3351 E. Gans Rd. Columbia, MO 65201