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NGAC’s East Nashville Beer Works and Quore Teams Prep for Championship Match

In what was the club’s most competitive league season yet, East Nashville Beer Works and Quore came out on top to qualify for the championship match. This Sunday, November 11, the club will gather to see which team will take home the life-sized steel trophy, the Harper Hurl.

The season opened on September 11, with three teams sponsored by local businesses. The Homegrown Taproom and Marketplace was led by club veteran and true Irishman Liam Barry. Quore also had an experienced hurler at the helm with Jamie Norris, who came to us four years ago from the MTSU Hurling Club. Jesse Gentry, the $100 Man (called so because he was the only person to show up to an event we paid $100 to boost on Facebook) led the East Nashville Beer Works team.

Homegrown came out ahead on the first day with two wins. ENBW took home the third, leaving Quore with zero points after the opener.

Week two brought one win to each team, with Homegrown besting ENBW, Quore then defeating Homegrown, and ENBW taking Quore down. Week three was a similar scenario, with each team winning one match. At this point, it became clear that the season would be a nailbiter all the way to the end.

Later in the season, however, the upset of three forfeited matches—two for Homegrown and one for ENBW—changed everything. As hard as Homegrown fought, they just couldn’t come back from the crushing losses they experienced in that one day.

Even the wins they managed to eke out in the final two weeks wouldn’t save them, giving Quore the edge they needed to move to the top of the table. ENBW was just behind by one point, and Homegrown at the bottom, missing a tied season by yet another single point.

On Sunday, the two teams left standing will battle it out for the trophy. Who will take home the Harper Hurl? Will it be East Nashville Beer Works, captained by Jesse Gentry, or Quore, with Jamie Norris as captain? As close as this season has been, it’s sure to be an exciting match. Play starts at 1 pm at Heartland Fields.

If you’ve been wondering what hurling in Nashville is all about, this is the day to come find out. We’ll see you there!

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Inaugural Gaelic Football League Starts NEXT WEEK

And we’ll be playing INSIDE.

Don’t let the heat of the summer sun discourage you from picking up a new sport. Our first ever Gaelic football league starts on July 9, and we’re playing every match indoors.

The four-week season will take a break on July 15 so that those who want to go to Atlanta for the Peach Cup tournament can attend. That means the dates for the league are:

  • July 9
  • July 23
  • July 30
  • August 6

We have enough signed up to form three teams, so we’ll do a round robin each week. Winners will receive 2 points, ties will receive 1 point, and a loss results in 0. The team with the most points at the end of the season will be the champions.

Sign up now!

Training Sessions

If you’ve never played before, that’s okay. There’s still one more training session before the league starts, so you can get the basic rules down. Then join us every week throughout the league and beyond to continue honing your new skills.

Training sessions Thursday evenings at 6 pm until sundown. If you can’t be there right at 6, that’s ok! We’re all doing this for fun. We’d rather see you late than to not see you at all.

Sign up now!

Team and Jersey Reveal

To play in the league, you have to pay membership dues to the NGAC, plus the league fees. Membership is $20 for the year and gives you the privilege to vote at any club meetings, as well as the ability to travel with the club to tournaments. League fees are $40 and help cover the cost of our indoor facility and your snazzy new jersey.

You’ll learn who your team is and see your new jersey after training on July 6. We’ll all gather at our sponsor pub, East Nashville Beer Works for the big reveal. It’s a celebration, so you don’t want to miss it!

Support Our Sponsors

We welcome back East Nashville Beer Works as the first of our Gaelic football league sponsors. They’ve been incredibly supportive of the club, serving as one of our spring league sponsors for hurling.

We’re also grateful to One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating, who have signed on as our corporate sponsor. Owner Mick is from the Mother Land, and he’s thrilled to support Irish culture as we spread it throughout Middle Tennessee.

Our brewery sponsor, Asgard Brewing Company, has joined on for the summer season, too. Though located in Columbia, TN, they’ve been excited about lending support to the club for months. We’re so honored and grateful for the support, and the delicious beer.

The Wrap-Up

When:

  • July 9
  • July 23
  • July 30
  • August 6

Matches start at 1 pm sharp, so be early enough to warm up on your own.

Where:

Boost Fitness Club

11 Vaughns Gap Rd, Nashville, TN 37205

Who:

Anyone over the age of 18 who wants to play Gaelic football, regardless of age, gender, experience, or fitness level. We’re home to everyone from age 18-64+, and everyone gets to play if they want to.

Why:

Because we’ve been playing hurling for four years now, and it was about damn time Gaelic football got its moment in Music City.

We’ll see you there!

Sign up now!

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All the News from the NGAC

NGAC News

The last month has been so busy for the Nashville Gaelic Athletic Club that this poor blogger couldn’t keep up with it all. Instead of several posts, we’ll wrap up all the fun here in one big post.

Intro to Hurling Day

It seems that our planned intro days get rained out more often than not. This time, nature one-upped herself and sent snow. Our March 11 Intro to Hurling Day was quickly postponed to the next day, which was of course beautiful and mild.

We welcomed out a few new people, but we fear we may have missed out on a large crowd due to the last-minute postponement. For that reason, we’ve decided to never tell Mother Nature when our next intro day is. Instead, we’ll choose a week each month for beginners to come out and give Irish sports a try. Keep an eye on our events on the Facebook page to catch the next one.

Of course, you NEVER have to wait for an intro day. Beginners are welcome all the time, any time we have social events or training. Someone will always take time out to teach you the basics if you want to learn.

NGAC on Today in Nashville

If you missed our exultant cries of delight on social media, here’s the scoop: On St. Patrick’s Day, Nashville’s WSMV featured the club on their Today in Nashville show. We filmed the spot on March 10 (a day before the crazy snow) at Centennial Park, with two full hours of hurling and Gaelic football scrimmages that resulted in amazing shots from the production crew.

If you haven’t seen the segment yet, check it out below.

WSMV Channel 4

Music City Invitational

Not publishing a write-up for this one was painful, but time kept marching on with more and more exciting things for Nashville GAC. On March 25, we welcomed clubs from all over America to play in a hurling and camogie tournament that lasted all day.

Opening ceremonies, led by Liam Barry, included remarks from club chairman Ryan Buckley, the American national anthem by Jennifer Barry, and the Irish national anthem by Caleb Harper. We were also very fortunate to enjoy Irish fiddle music from Dr. Ron Bombardi as we set up the fields.

Nashville split into two teams—Green and Gold—with Green winning its first match over Indy B. Gold fell to Knoxville but rallied well in their consolation match. Green played Coastal Virginia in the second round and were defeated. Still, it was an exciting day with enough proof for these players to know they’ve grown enormously in skill over the past four years.

The day ended with Atlanta A taking home the Wall Cup for camogie, and Indy A took home the Watson Cup for hurling. We presented the trophies at our afters celebrations with sponsors Smith & Lentz Brewing in East Nashville. It was an amazing day, and we already look forward to next year.

Spring League 2017

Our spring league registration topped out at 45 players, some pretty exciting growth after eight seasons. Each of the three teams has 15 players, and we bumped up play to 11-a-side, with 25-minute halves.

Our sponsors this season have been announced, but if you missed the posts, take a look at the incredible jerseys below, with sponsors East Nashville Beer Works, Homegrown Taproom & Marketplace, and Quore proudly and gratefully displayed.

The season officially started April 2, but it’s not too late to get in on the action. If you sign up by April 23, our third match of the season, you can be placed on a team. After that, you’ll have to wait until the fall.

Of course, we also travel to tournaments in the summer, so go ahead and join up anyway so you’ll be ready to play for Nashville GAC when we head to our first competition.

spring league 2017 jerseys

The Ben & Morey Show

This all brings us to last night, when Benjy Flynn and Britti Himelfarb represented the club on live, late-night talk show The Ben & Morey Show. If you haven’t heard of Ben and Morey, look them up. If you haven’t been to a show, make a point to head over to the Performing Arts Center at Centennial Park on a Thursday night.

Ben and Britti represented the club with pride and a lot of humor. They both had the crowd in stitches with their quick wit, but they also managed to convey their serious love for Irish sports. The club Instagram has a few images from the evening, and we hope to soon post the full interview.

If you met any of us at the show, please feel free to reach out with questions. You can also join us for intro sessions, trainings, or just to watch a match. Our Facebook page has an event schedule with all the latest information, or you can check the calendar here on the website.

This Sunday is week 2 of the spring league. We’d love to see you out there at 3135 Heartland Drive in Donelson!

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Winter is Coming!

As we prepare to hibernate I thought I’d put together a list of tips, tricks, videos and films to help you deal with seeing your club friends a little less. First the videos…

1. From Ash to Clash The Art of Hurley Making

25 Min documentary about the process of making a hurley. Different from other “Art of Hurley making” type videos (0f which there are many) in that it talks about sourcing the wood, and what makes a good plank.

2. Old Camogie Footage from 1934

Its only 2 minutes long, its black and white and theres no audio, but it’s probably the coolest video in this list. This video has it all. If you know of anymore footage like this let me know.

 

3. Lar Corbett and Eoin Kelly Special

53 min. A very nicely shot conversation style interview. Just some greats talking shop.

 

4. The Story of DJ Carey

One of my favorite Hurling docs. Really illustrates the sense of hometown pride folks have in these players. No money in the sport but legends all the same. Shows the sacrifice of their time and talent for the club/town/county.

 

5. A Year ‘Til Sunday

1hr 12min. Great looking doc about Galway gaelic in 1998. I havn’t finished it yet but I’m enjoying what I’ve see and growing my appreciation for the sport.

 

6. Sports Movies

  • Goon (Netflix) – If you havn’t seen it – see it. It’s short and sweet and by golly it’s got HEART!
  • Ip Man (Netflix) – Martial arts. Get your meditation on for taking those frees.
  • Peeky Blinders (Netflix) – It’s like Gangs of New York, but more. Features your man Cillian Murphy.
  •  If you want to understand the benefits of amateur sports in our communities and amongst our youth watch a little “Friday Night Tykes” and “Last Chance U“.
  • Nowitski: The perfect shot – Take aways you can apply to your game.

 

7. Tips n Tricks

Go train! 

  1. Step 1: Watch training videos on youtube. Memorize the movements.
  2. Step 2: Use a wall or a friend to practice with. Recall the way the players in the video moved and executed the skills
  3. Step 3: Profit, not monetarily of course,

Buy NGAC gear!

Nothing like a new hoodie or a bag to make you feel better in the off season. In fact, the off season is just about the only time we can wear our cool hoodies in Tennessee.

LINK: NGAC Store

LINK: O’neills Store

Stay in the Loop

Even though it’s getting colder we are still doing things as a club. We’ll be releasing a winter schedule of events soon. Also, keep an eye on the calendar and  the Social media for random puc arounds or calls for #frostybevs.

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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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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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Music City Invitational Information

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When:

This Saturday (April 2nd) Opening Ceremonies will begin at 9:30 with the first match starting at 10am sharp. Representatives from competing clubs will meet at 9am.

Where:

Heartland Fields – 3135 Heartland Dr, Nashville, TN 37214

No alcohol or ​dogs allowed at the park. There are nearby porta potties at the park.Food and beverages will be available for purchase on site.

What:

9’s Round Robin Hurling Tournament and Camogie 13’s (best of 3) match.  The Hurling tournament will end with a championship match.***A reminder, teams not playing in matches will be responsible for refereeing as well as line and goal judging.

Afters:

We will be having our post tournament celebration and trophy ceremony at The Harp and Fiddle – 1538 Demonbreun St, Nashville, TN 37203
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Reminders and announcements and bears! Oh my!

The 2nd Annual Music City Invitational fast approaches as well as our spring league season. Read on for reminders, announcements and important dates!

1. Tonight! – Thursday, March24th

Do you have plans tonight? Well cancel them, because we have something way better. It’s our regular club social at Beer Pale TO THE MAX! Make sure you come out to Richland Park for training at 5:45, then wander over to the Beer Pale for Turtle Anarchy Pint Night. The T.A. crew will be on hand giving out T.A. gear and serving discounted pints of their fine #frostybevs. As a bonus, show up in club gear for your chance to win the St. Patrick’s basket of Irish goodies. But wait, there’s more! It’s the reveal night for our super fresh Camogie jerseys! I’ll go out on a limb and say there’s no better place to be than with the NGAC!

2. April 2nd – 2nd Annual Music City Invitational

If you are a NGAC Member and planing to play in the Music City Invitational please let us know.

Men: Fill out this survey

Women: Contact Ashley Tabolinsky.

The Music City Invitational Tournament is April 2nd, that’s 10 days away. Start eating right and getting a few touches on the ball daily.

3. April 10th – Spring League Opener

New players are welcome to join league. All players can Sign up here and pay dues online via paypal.

Register

4. Calendar

It exists! and we do our best to keep it up to date.

Go to Calendar

5. Remind – Text based alert service

If you’ve not signed up for Remind, I encourage you to do so. Joining the one-way text messaging service will ensure that you don’t miss any important alerts about practice, matches, or social events. To join, send a text message to: 81010 With the message: @hurling