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Call for Nominations for the 2017 NGAC Board

Nominations will be accepted for the following open Board positions from November 17th to December 8th.

1. Vice Chairman
2. Secretary
3. Member at Large
4. Games Development
5. Registrar
6. Public Relations Officer (PRO)

Nominations should be sent via email to: nashvillegac@gmail.com.

Please check with the nominee before nominating them to make sure they are interested in the position.

Nominees are permitted to send one campaign message to the club during the week of December 04-10th.

Elections will be held at the Annual General Meeting on December 10th.

Non-playing members are encouraged and welcome to serve on the board.

Descriptions of all Board positions can be found in the bylaws section of the club handbook.

Relevant language from the club bylaws:
4.1 Board role, size, and compensation: The Board is responsible for the overall direction and governance of the NGAC. The Board shall consist of 8 members: Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer, Secretary, Registrar, Public Relations Officer, Games Development, and Member at Large. Any member in good standing is eligible to serve on the Board. The Board receives no compensation.

4.2 Terms: All board members serve two-year terms and are eligible for re-election.

4.6 Election of the Board: The board is elected by the NGAC membership at the Annual General Meeting. Votes shall be cast through written ballot, and simple majority of those present elect board members. The Secretary solicits nominations during a 2-week nomination period, which opens 3 weeks prior and closes 1 week prior to the Annual General Meeting.

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New Board Position Created for 2017: Games Development Officer

At the Annual General Meeting, we will elect board members to serve for two years. In addition to the vacancies, we will also add a new position: The Games Development Officer. So, what does the Games Development Officer do?

The official description goes like this:

Games Development Officer: The Games Development Officer is responsible for Gaelic Games training and competition. The GDO shall organize leagues, training programs, and work in conjunction with other committees to provide quality Gaelic games experiences. The GDO shall work towards a sustainable Gaelic games system that provides a satisfying experience for players of all ages.  The mission of the GDO is to develop quality players, quality coaches, and quality referees.

To expound on that a bit:

The GDO will not necessarily be the trainer, coach, or referee. Instead, the GDO will identify candidates and put them into place for these positions.

The GDO will assume responsibility for scheduling training, scrimmages, and any other practices. He/She will ensure that all equipment will be available (though may not be responsible for storing or carrying that equipment) and that a trainer will be present.

The GDO will continue to nurture the success of the hurling division while also developing Gaelic football and a potential youth league. Again, this officer will not necessarily be the trainer or coach (though he/she could be), but will instead coordinate efforts between interested parties.

The GDO will work with the board to ensure there is a place for practice. While Heartland Fields are usually available to use, the GDO will verify and scout additional locations if Heartland is not available for use.

This is an essential position that is crucial to the growth and health of our club. The GDO will be expected to join all board meetings, participate in board email chains, and interact with club members as a full-fledged board member.

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Congratulations to Our Fall 2016 League Champions Quore!

quore fall league champions

Following our longest and most successful season to date, Team Quore, captained by Ben Flynn, took home the Harper Hurl after the championship match yesterday. Their competition, Homegrown, was captained by Trevor Hoagland. Homegrown edged out the third team, Beer Pale, during last week’s matches, when Beer Pale had to forfeit the first match of the day with too few players.

While Quore hit the ground running during the first of the season, easily winning match after match, both Beer Pale and Homegrown experienced tremendous improvement throughout the fall. Homegrown took two or three weeks to find their stride, as Beer Pale handed them loss after loss. Somewhere around the halfway mark, however, the tides turned. While Quore was still the big winner most weeks, Beer Pale and Homegrown began a fierce battle for the second spot in the championship.

Captain Ben Flynn assembled a crack team from some of the most experienced players on the NGAC roster, as well as two newcomers, including Doug Shaughnessy and Thom Watkins. Thom also took home the “Man of the Match” trophy yesterday. Also making up Quore’s team were Britti Layne, the Woman of the Match, Greg Roberts, Virginia Poole, Chris Davis, Ryan Buckley, David Bowen, Bill Rodriguez, Aaron Joley, and Ashley Murdock (absent during the championship match).

Homegrown also started the season with several new players, some of whom had never played a match before the first sliotar dropped on September 11. New players included Danny Espensen, Ryan Culligan, Chase Quirk, Frank Prather (who was absent during the championship match), and Andrew Tiller (playing his second season with the NGAC). Anchored by experienced players Brenden Rauer, Rayne Leonard, Liam Barry, Samantha Hoagland, Sam D’Amico (also missing from the championship match), Molly Buckley, and Captain Trevor Hoagland, the Homegrown rookies quickly caught up, winning one match over Quore last week before heading into the championship game yesterday.

man and woman of the match

Indeed, Thom Watkins and Britti Layne exhibited tremendous skill yesterday, with both responsible for most of the points on the board for Quore. Also of note from the Quore side were Aaron Joley, with perhaps his best hurling performance to date; Chris Davis, who split his time between turning in a spectacular performance and mentoring his rookie opponent; and Virginia Poole, who, in her second season with the NGAC, put some points on the board, as well.

The Homegrown squad also turned in spectacular displays, with Andrew Tiller performing jaw-dropping defense on several occasions, Liam Barry frustrating the Quore offense whenever possible, Danny Espensen playing injured (don’t tell his doctor!), Brendan Rauer’s dogged offense, and Ryan Culligan, who put points up for Homegrown.

As thrilled as we all are for Quore members, the real winner here is the Nashville Gaelic Athletic Club. This season was filled with some of the best hurling we’ve seen in our three and a half years of existence. We owe it to our captains, Ben, Trevor, and Caleb of Beer Pale, and to our seasoned players who have challenged and guided new members over the past few months.

Though competitive hurling is closed for the season, we look forward to a bright 2017 and a spring league filled with even more new players. Thanks to all who came out to support us this fall. We can’t wait to see you next year!

quore and homegrown

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How to Get Involved with the NGAC When You Don’t Play

We’re so excited to have new members and new fans on the sidelines! The Nashville GAC needs the support from wives, girlfriends, boyfriends, husbands, moms, dads, and friends just as much as we need the players. If you’re brand new to the world of Irish sports, you may be wondering just how you can get involved to help the club keep growing. Here are a few things that would definitely support the NGAC as we spread love for Irish sports and culture.

Become a Member

You don’t have to play—ever—to be a member of the club. The dues structure allows for non-playing members to join at $20 per year. What do you get with that $20? You get a voice in all major votes, which are usually held at the Annual General Meeting each December.

You also get some pretty neat swag every time we come out with something new. So far, we have bumper stickers, T-shirts, koozies, and key chains. More cool stuff is always in the works.

Ready to join now? Send your $20 through PayPal to banker.ngac@gmail.com.

Come Prepared

If you’ve been out to watch a match, you know things can get a little intense. Players are usually concerned with having their hurley, helmet, and jersey. Everything else might get left behind. That means extra ice, water, bandages, pain meds, wraps, and even hurleys could help a great deal.

Join a Committee

Want to give even more? We have committees planning, moving, and shaking all year long. Our most important ones focus on recruitment and events. If you’d like to know more about these, contact Emily Rodriguez and Brendan Rauer, respectively. We also would love to revisit fundraising and sponsorship possibilities and could use a little leadership in that area.

If you have other talents that might be of use, let us know! If we don’t have a committee for it already, we’ll put one together.

Become a Board Member

Believe it or not, you don’t have to play hurling, camogie, or Gaelic football to serve on the board. Any member is eligible to serve. This year, we’ll have several openings available, so think about offering your time, organizational skills, and leadership abilities by serving on the board.

Spread the Word

We’re a grassroots organization, which means we see our biggest growth through word of mouth. If you know someone who might like our sports, tell them about us! If they’re okay with you sharing their contact information, just let us know and we can take it from there.

Just Keep Cheering

Nothing is more exciting than hearing those cheers from the sidelines. We started small, with one person on the sidelines every Sunday. Now, we see upwards of twenty on really great days. The cheering section inspires players to keep giving their all, which means they have to learn as much as they can about the sport, come to trainings and events, and push hard to carry their team to victory. In other words, just cheering the players on helps us grow as a club. You do that!

We can’t tell you how happy we are that you’re here. There really are no words to express our gratitude for your support thus far. Whether you decide to do one or all of the things listed above, you’re driving us forward. Welcome to the club.

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NGAC to Host Intro to Hurling Session Aug 20

intro to hurling

After the wildly successful Intro to Gaelic Football session in July, the Nashville GAC decided to hold a similar training/workshop for anyone in Music City who may be interested in learning hurling and camogie. The intro session will take place on August 20 at 4 pm at Heartland Soccer Fields.

Anyone over the age of 18 is encouraged to join the fun. The club is a great way to get active, learn a new sport, and make new friends of all ages and fitness levels. Regardless of your athletic ability, you will get to play. Even the most experienced hurlers and camogs love to see new people come out to learn the sport, so you’ll have a warm reception, excellent instruction, and patient training.

As always, we’ll head over to Homegrown Taproom in Donelson to enjoy fellowship and #frostybevs. Make plans now to join us!

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NGAC Tours Nashville Parks to Introduce Hurling and Gaelic Football

NGAC park tour dates

The Nashville Gaelic Athletic Club (Nashville GAC), a co-ed Irish sports organization, is pleased to announce that the organization will tour four metro area parks during the month of August. The park tour is intended to bring awareness to the Irish sports of hurling, camogie, and Gaelic football.

Hurling, camogie, and Gaelic football are fast-paced, high-scoring field games. These sports, in addition to handball, are considered the national sports of Ireland, where they are predominantly played, but they’re also found in parts of the world where Irish immigrants settled. While many Americans have yet to discover these ancient games, which have been played for thousands of years, most are familiar with derivatives soccer, field hockey, and American football.

Each introductory session will take place on Thursday evenings at 6 pm. The dates and parks are as follows:

The Nashville club was founded in 2013 and has grown to include more than fifty members in a short time. Gaelic football was recently added to the club’s growing athletic offerings. It is the hope of all that anyone interested in Irish culture and unusual sports will discover the club and become a member.

Club membership is open to anyone over the age of eighteen (18), though plans for a youth organization are forthcoming. Any skill and fitness level are welcome; no experience with sports of any kind is required. The club furnishes all equipment for beginners, so interested parties should bring only athletic clothes and shoes, plenty of water, and excitement for a new sport. Express your interest on the Facebook event pages linked above.

 

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Nashville Gaelic Athletic Club To Introduce Gaelic Football to Music City

nashville gaelic football

The Nashville Gaelic Athletic Club is pleased to announce that, along with hurling and camogie, a new Irish sport will now be played in Music City. Through the efforts of the board members and Gaelic football organizer Marilee Murray, this ancient sport of Gaelic football has found a new home.

Marilee Murray comes to the Nashville GAC from the Detroit St. Anne’s Gaelic Football Club, one of the oldest and most respected ladies’ football clubs in the United States. She brings with her passion and expertise, which she has eagerly agreed to share with Nashville residents who want to learn the sport. The introductory session will be held at 4:00 pm on July 9, 2016, at 3135 Heartland Drive in Nashville.

Gaelic football, a fast-paced, high-scoring field game, is one of the national sports of Ireland, where it is predominantly played, but is also found in parts of the world where Irish immigrants settled. While many Americans have yet to discover the ancient game, which has been played for thousands of years, most are familiar with derivatives soccer and American football. The Nashville club was founded in 2013 and has grown to include more than fifty members in a short time. It is the hope of all that anyone interested in Irish culture and usual sports will discover the club and become a member.

Club membership is open to anyone over the age of eighteen (18), though plans for a youth organization are forthcoming. Any skill and fitness level are welcome; no experience with sports of any kind is required. The club furnishes all equipment for beginners, so interested parties should bring only athletic clothes and shoes, plenty of water, and excitement for a new sport. Express your interest on our Facebook event page.

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Everything You Need to Know When Joining the NGAC

We know; joining a club is hard. We’ve all been there. There are the usual questions, like “Will everyone like me?” and “How much commitment is required?” Then, you realize you’re going to play a rare sport that’s only starting to grow in the US.

Wow. So many questions.

Have no fear. We’re here with all the answers, and then some. Let’s start with the easy ones.

Who can play?

Right now, we accept men and women ages 18 and over. Our sincere wish is to start a youth league soon, but for now, we’re all grownups. Kind of.

Will everyone like me?

Pretty much guaranteed. We’re an eclectic group of people, from various geographic locations and cultures. If there’s one thing we know how to do, it’s accept everyone. Seriously, we’re so overjoyed that you want to play this rare sport that you’ll be on everyone’s Christmas card list immediately. Or Hanukkah. Or Kwanzaa. Or whatever you might celebrate.

What should I bring for my first time to training?

Good athletic shoes—cleats if you have them, clothes you can move in, and lots of water. We provide the rest of the equipment, until such time as you decide you’re hooked and want to buy your own.

How much commitment is required?

As much as you would like to give. We have spring and fall leagues, with matches every Sunday for six weeks. We travel during the summer for tournaments in other cities. We participate in several festivals, recruiting events, and fundraisers throughout the year. If you can make it to any, we’ll be so glad to see you.

How much are annual dues?

Our dues structure offers a few different options. For general members, the annual fee is $20. If you’d like to play in the spring league, add $40. For the fall league, dues are another $40. If you’re a student, the league fees are each $20. For any financial hardship cases, simply speak privately with a board member.

This structure provides everyone the chance to vote, even if they don’t play in the leagues. Paid members can also travel to play in tournaments, even if they choose not to join league play.

For a quick visual, just to keep things clear, a member who will not play in any league matches pays only $20 per year. A member who wishes to play in both the spring and fall leagues will pay the $20 general fee, plus two $40 fees, for a total of $100 for the year. If that’s still not clear, blame the writer of this blog, who always preferred English over Math in school.

Where can I get equipment when I’m ready to commit?

This is a tricky one. See, because we play an Irish sport, the best equipment comes from Ireland, but we do have one American supplier.

On occasion, one of our members will be lucky enough to go to Ireland. You may be able to convince them to pick up a hurley or other items for you.

Where can I find all the latest info?

The best bet is always the website. We update the calendar on a regular basis, complete with times and addresses. Sometimes things change at the last minute, especially if inclement weather is involved. To keep up with those announcements, you can do one of two things:

  • Send a text message to 81010 with the message: @hurling for text notifications.
  • Join the Facebook group.

We also have a Google group, but the information found there might not be the most up to date.

Are there frosty beverages involved?

For the love of all things Irish, yes. We do visit some local establishments for refreshments and fellowship after most training sessions and matches. Please don’t feel uncomfy if you don’t drink. Many of our members are there for a frosty sweet tea, soda, or water. Just…some are there for beer, too.

Who makes all the decisions around here?

We try to open up the biggest and most impactful decisions to the whole club. Everyone who has paid dues gets a vote. Some of the smaller decisions—mostly of the organizational type—are handled by the board. The board members for 2016 are as follows:

  • Chairman: Ryan Buckley
  • Vice Chair: Liam Barry
  • Treasurer: Rayne Leonard
  • Registrar: Molly Buckley
  • PR: Jen Barry
  • Member at Large: Aaron Joley

Each board position has a term of two years. Elections are held during the Annual General Meeting in December. Should a position vacate for any reason, the board appoints a new member until elections can be held.

How can I get involved?

If you’d like to offer more than just your skills on the pitch, we’re always excited to provide opportunities through our committees. Take a look at some of the potential groups and just let a board member know if your specific passions or talents might be of service.

  • Social
  • Fundraising
  • Events
  • Recruitment

Those are the biggest questions, but maybe you have more. If so, email us at nashvillegac@gmail.com.

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Summer News Updates

Blue Notes Win the Spring League Championship

Congratulations to the 2016 Blue Notes, who, under the leadership of captain Dave Bowen, won the Harper Hurl. They faced off yesterday against the Leesiders in what proved to be a very exciting match. Match report with photos here.

Summer League Travel

With spring league complete, we now look forward to traveling around the country to join other cities in hurling and camogie tournaments. We’ll field teams at Atlanta’s Peach Cup (June 4th) and Indianapolis’s invitational (June 18th). For NGAC members in good standing, some travel and room costs may be covered by the club. Look for more details about these trips coming soon from our travel organizer Molly Buckley.

Training Schedule

As we move into summer months, we will modify our training schedule a little. Training will now be at 7pm on Tuesdays at Heartland Fields. On Thursdays, we’ll have a puck arounds at Centennial Park, in front of the Parthenon, also at 7pm.

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The Blue Notes Take the Harper Hurl

blue notes champs

Blue Notes Best Leesiders 4-12 to 3-6

Congratulations to the winners of the spring league championship. The Blue Notes, captained by David Bowen, fought to stay on top through most of the season. The Leesiders were worthy foes, though, snagging a couple wins – just enough to keep the Notes from getting complacent. The exciting season culminated in a championship match between the reds and the blues.

In the first half, it looked as though the Leesiders might just snatch the victory from the Blue Notes’ confident clutches. After the break, the blues came back with a vengeance. In perhaps the most exciting match to date, the teams wrestled the lead from each other again and again. When the final whistle blew, the Blue Notes remained on top.

blue notes captain

We offer a hearty congratulations to all the Blue Notes team members: David Bowen, Corbett Ouellette, Benjy Flynn, Gillian Walshe-Langford, Molly Bombardi-Mount, Sam D’Amico, Aaron Joley, Trevor Hoagland, Bill Rodriguez, and Andrew Kamp.

Thanks to the referee Chris Davis and the Ports for officiating.

Special recognition goes to Caleb Harper, who forged our league trophy from solid steel.

Finally, thanks to everyone in the Nashville Gaelic Athletic Club for all your hard work in promoting Irish sports in Nashville. Baile Ceol Abú!

blue notes and leesiders