NASHVILLE, TN The Nashville Gaelic Athletic Club (Nashville GAC) will kick off the fall hurling league Sunday, September 7 at Heartland Soccer Complex in Donelson. This new season comes on the heels of the club’s inaugural city league summer play. Three teams played competitive matches for the duration of the six-week season, culminating in Nashville’s first hurling championship on August 3.
Founder John Watson says, “The autumn league will be similar to the summer league (hopefully without the punishing heat) with 3 teams facing off in 7-a-side matches each Sunday. The summer saw some incredible games as the Ports, the Leesiders, and the Blue Notes battled over 6 weeks. In the end, it was the Ports and the Blue Notes who earned the chance to claim the first league championship and take home the Iron Hurl.” The Iron Hurl is actually a solid steel, full-sized replica of a hurley, crafted by club member Caleb Harper. Watson continues with, “On that day, the Ports took the prize, but the real prize went to all of the men and women who showed up week in and week out to play the ancient game right here in Nashville.”
The fall league is currently open to any in the area who wish to join. The club hosts introductory sessions on Thursday evenings at Centennial Park. Nashville GAC also welcomes spectators to the league games on Sundays at noon. To those considering the ancient Irish sport, Watson challenges, “Who will raise to trophy this November? Will you be among those who take to the pitch and play the fastest game on grass? There’s only one way to find out!”
The Nashville GAC also recently completed a successful crowdfunding campaign, which enabled the purchase of travel jerseys for summer tournament play. These shirts feature the club crest and the words “Baile Ceol,” which mean Music City in Gaelic Irish. There is currently no sponsor featured on the jerseys. Businesses interested in sponsoring should contact the club to discuss the potential benefits.