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This February was more rainy than cold when the call went out. But the members answered, gathering in back room of John D. McGurk’s pub in St. Louis’s Soulard neighborhood. Camaraderie and anticipation grew side-by-side, until the announcements were completed.
By the end of the night captains of teams for the St. Louis Gaelic Athletic Club (STLGAC) huddled around the rosters for the eight hurling and two camogie teams set to take the field for The Club’s tenth season. Murmurs of “Midwest Mortgage is stacked with vets,” and “Stravalli’s drafted himself more rookies,” were heard alongside premature playoff predictions, and strategies for their first match that Saturday, March 30.
In 2003, when, Dan Lapke, Pat O’Connor and Paul Rhode transplanted from Milwaukee to St. Louis, they found Tower Grover Park an ideal spot to knock around the Sliothar (ball). Being such a foreign sport, passersby were intrigued. When St. Louis’s freshman hurling team returned from Boulder, Colo., Labor Day weekend in 2004 they brought the North American County Board’s Junior C Championship with them.
Over those ten years, hurling in St. Louis has grown from two teams to eight teams; and moved through four home fields, before settling at St. Vincent’s park in St. Louis County for the last four years. Determined not to be a one-trick-pony, the club plays Gaelic Football there in the fall. And in 2012, St. Louis had its first local camogie league (women’s hurling).
On May 11, 2013, The Club along with Ancient Order of Hibernians (Father Dempsey, Division 1) celebrated those three founders with some grilling, four hurling matches and a camogie match. Two ceremonial throw-ins happened; one to honor the Founders, the other to honor all of the club’s duly elected board members, past and present.
The hurling season ended on July 2, when the O’Shay’s Tribesmen secured the league championship. Led by captains Aaron Wagoner, Mike Harrigan and Kelly DaPrato, the team let a loss in the first week of games be the only loss they’d tolerate. By playing the ball into space, using fitness to win the race, and being willing to shoot for points over the crossbar they had a 10-1-1 record by the end of the championship weekend. During the celebrations, two of O’Shay’s players, Mike White and Greg Grattan, announced they were going to take this opportunity to retire on top.
That evening, tradition dictated that the club members honor the sponsor of the second-place John D. McGurk’s Black Shamrocks, before heading to O’Shay’s on the west end of The Grove.
Though there won’t be any local league matches for the next few months, there’s still a lot going on for The Club.
- STLGAC is joining with the Indianapolis Hurling club on a trip to Ireland for The Gathering. Taking time to both tour and train while in Erin, the trip will culminate in a chance for the members of the combined clubs to compete in the Thurles Sarsfield Hurling Tournament and Festival.
- STLGAC will also be hosting its sixth annual Gaelic Sports festival on Saturday, July 27. Admission to SportPort in Maryland Heights, Mo., is free, and celebrations will be at Tigin Irish pub in downtown St. Louis that evening.
- The public is also welcome to join The Club for a fundraiser Trivia Night on Friday, Aug. 16, at St. James the Greater Parish, with proceeds to help St. Louis players afford a trip to the 2013 NACB Tournament in Cleveland this August.
For more information, visit the St. Louis Gaelic Athletic Club’s website at STLGAC.comPosted in GAA, Hurling, STLGAC | 6 Comments June 28, 2013
Check it out! St. Vincent’s Community Park!
The schedule for Finals Weekend is:
11.00 – Old v. Young (get there at 10.45 to play)
12.30 – Camogie Final
2.00 – Hurling Final – O’Shay’s v. McGurk’s
After we’ll head to the runner-up’s and champion’s sponsor bars to celebrate the end of the 10th year of the hurling league!
Our Public Relations Office, Grant Gorman was recently interviewed on Gaelic Sportscast.
“In our Podcast today, GaelicSportsCast features a proud and growing tradition of Gaelic Sports in the city of St. Louis, Missouri, where the local GAA club recently celebrated its 10th birthday.
St. Louis GAA PRO Grant Gorman reflects on the last decade, talks about the Summer and Fall Leagues as well as the club’s visit to Ireland next week.”
Please visit this link to listen to the podcast!Posted in STLGAC | 269 Comments May 6, 2013
The ancient Irish sport of Hurling came to St. Louis 10 years ago. the STL Gaelic Athletic Club will celebrate 10 years of Irish sports and culture with hurling and BBQ (provided by Ancient Order of Hibernians) Saturday, May 11, at St. Vincent Park, 7355 Saint Charles Rock Rd.,Saint Louis, MO 63133. Camogie match at 10 a.m., Hurling matches 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Followed by an evening at one of our sponsors, Tower Pub 3234 Morganford Road, beginning approx 6 p.m. Including raffles of Hurling jersey’s and equipment.
Captains are meeting tonight to draft the 2012 hurling teams; the jersey and team reveal will be at Nellie Glenns (on Gravois) at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
The schedule has been loaded to the calendar page and can be found here.
Confused about judging duties? It’s simple:
- If your team is listed first for game one, you help set up (get there a 1/2 hour early) and help judge game 2.
- The team listed second for game one also helps judge game 2.
- Both teams playing game 2 get there early to judge game 1.
- Both teams playing game 3 judge game 4.
- Both teams in game 4 judge game 3, but the second listed team also cleans up the pitch.
Because of weather and pitch conditions, the practice times for Saturday, March 2, have changed.
New players will start at noon; returning players will start practice at 1 p.m. We will still be at St. Vincent’s Park off the Rock Road, but we ask that players stay off the main field.
Camogie practice will also start at noon at St. Vincent’s Park.
If you have questions, you can email the Yahoo listserve or a board member.
Don’t forget to bring cash or a check for dues ($75 if paid by March 13).Posted in STLGAC | 8 Comments February 21, 2013 Hurling, STLGAC | 102 Comments February 5, 2013
Beside the fundraiser for Tommy Gage (the owner of O’Malley’s on Cherokee) on Feb. 16, there are several other important dates approaching:
- First practice for coed hurling league: Feb. 23 at St. Vincent’s Park — THIS PRACTICE HAS BEEN CANCELED BECAUSE OF SNOW.
- First Wednesday practice and Annual General Meeting (league-wide), March 13 (meeting at 8 p.m.)
- Jersey unveiling and team announcement, Tuesday, March 26 at Nellie Glenns
- First games of the 10th hurling season: Saturday, March 30, at St. Vincent’s Park. Games will continue to be at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3:30 p.m.
The club also plans to participate in both St. Patrick’s Day parades (downtown and Dogtown).
Dues for the hurling season will be $75. If dues are not paid before (or at) the general meeting on March 13, they will increase to $80.Posted in STLGAC | 234 Comments February 2, 2013
Bring your friends and family to the Tommy Gage Benefit!GAA, STLGAC | 14 Comments December 31, 2012