USGAA Newsletter: May 2022

USGAA Camogie Development hosts workshop in Chicago

On the weekend of April 29th, the 2022 Camogie Development Committee hosted a 15-hour development workshop and clinic at Gaelic Park, Chicago. The Tutor for the weekend was the Camogie Association’s National Coach Developer Eileen Gleeson from Co. Clare. She is also a coach with the Clare Minor Camogie team. Eileen delivered an in-depth 8 module course, a collaboration designed between GAA, LGFA and Camogie Association.

Sandra Holland reported that GAA Clubs from across the United States were represented, Raleigh NC, Boston MA, Chicago IL, Pittsburgh PA, Charleston SC, Denver CO, San Francisco CA, Milwaukee WI and Twin cities MN. Participants reviewed best practices from how to coach, being a coach right through to preparation and planning. This workshop was interactive and offered all participants a chance to practice best coaching principles in various groups. Each participant received two certificates at the end of the weekend.

For coaches of youth, there must be a balance between the need to win games and trophies versus the need to develop players and recognize the importance of fair play. Under the “How to coach” principles participants reviewed and practiced approaches such as IDEAL, ABC, HH(H)F, STEPR and GAMES as part of the workshop.

On Sunday, each participant finished with a coaching teenage girls clinic. During this workshop, club participants covered topics such as meeting the psycho-social needs of girls in sports, fostering autonomy, embracing, and maximizing a sense of belonging. Coaches learned what really matters in girls lives and how coaches can help them stay engaged in sport. It is important that we all play a role in addressing the large number of girls dropping out in sports at such an early age.

We would like to thank the staff at Gaelic Park, the Chicago GAA and the USGAA Games Development for all their hard work over the weekend. We would also like to extend a thank you to the Camogie Association and Sport Ireland for making this a terrific learning experience for our coaches. And lastly to Eileen, our tutor who flew in from Ireland and delivered an invaluable workshop to our USGAA Club coaches.

New Hampshire Wolves Host Northeast Spring Tournament

April 30th was a great day of hurling at the Merrimack Anheuser-Busch Sports Fields where we were able to line out two 100×60 fields for this 7’s tournament.
Cory Anderson reported that there were many new fans and supporters in attendance from the local area, which we sincerely enjoyed and welcome to the sport of Hurling. It was a great family, friends and team day in the Northeast.

The first two matches of the tournament had their throw-ins promptly at 9am, and the day just kept rolling from there. Each team played 4 matches, over 2 hours total of hurling on the day, with The Portland Hurling Club and Worcester Fenians playing one additional one for the Championship.

As the host team, the New Hampshire Wolves fielded two teams, White Jerseys and Blue Jerseys. Wolves Blue started their matches off strong in the first halves and remained competitive in the second. Making great use of the space and crisp passing to gain the early advantage, pucking for points when their quickness left them unmanned. The Wolves Blue 7s strategy became winning their battles and points through their midfielders. While on the other team, Wolves White tried to utilize their strong backlines to pass the ball, laddering it up the field to their more crafty full forwards to get in close for goals. Wolves White were competitive and kept their opponents close in many of their matches, unfortunately  seemed to just be a point or goal behind most of the day.

Hartford GAA put on an encouraging effort, short on substitutions, a daunting task in a marathon of games. The Hartford club remained strong and consistent through matches scoring points and goals in nearly the same capacity for each of their games. Many of the other players took note and mentioned the effort Hartford put forward with fewer substitutions, great showing.

Worcester Fenians showed up to the tournament looking close to midseason form. Strong and accurate points from distance and winning the scrums for the sliotars kept Worcester ahead in their matches. Additionally, their goalie was brilliant and made many saves, sometimes multiple on the same scoring chances.
Many of the matches for Portland Hurling Club were won in the second half. Keeping the scores close in the first halves allowed Portland to come roaring back in the second half with their striking and goal scoring, a trend that would lead them through the day. Well executed full forward runs to pull defenses out of position to get in for the goal chances. Portland’s defense was tough to crack through and score goals to keep pace with them most of their matches.
The Final Match between Portland and Worcester saw the intensity of the day ratcheted up to a level close to a true championship event. Challenges won in the air were turned around quickly for points by both teams, striking through the day’s strong winds. Ground battles would turn the momentum, which would eventually see Portland’s captain capitalizing on goal opportunities in the closing moments of the second half to win the first 7’s tournament at the Merrimack Anheuser-Busch Sports Fields.
The purpose of the tournament was to knock off the winter’s rust and to get many new players game experience heading into the 2022 season.
The New Hampshire Wolves were very proud to show off  their facility which is in the landscaping process of becoming a GAA full sized pitch, something that will soon be a showpiece for the Northeast.
New Hampshire Wolves would like to thank: The Peddler’s Daughter – Irish Restaurant & Pub for helping make this event possible, the Merrimack Biergarten for the facilities and drinks and Northeastern Sheet Metal for the fantastic trophy.
Also, a big thank you to all the referees, sideline and goal judges, from each club.

GAA unveil the new Tailteann Cupp

GAA President Larry McCarthy today unveiled the new Tailteann Cup trophy at Croke Park and revealed plans for the inaugural competition which will commence next weekend and conclude on July 9.

The draw for the Preliminary and First Round games took place this morning and was followed by an event in Croke Park where representatives from the competing counties gathered for the official launch.

Last weekend’s provincial championships results confirmed the line-up for the Tailteann Cup and the GAA’s CCCC will finalise details for the games drawn earlier today.

The GAA President said: “This is an historic day for the Association. It is rare that the GAA announces new competitions at inter-county level but that’s precisely what we are doing today here at Croke Park in the company of some of the players who will be competing in it.

“The sole motivation for the establishment of the Tailteann Cup is to provide counties with meaningful games against teams of a similar standard and I believe that the benefits of this will become apparent in the weeks and years ahead and replicate the success of our tiers in senior hurling and in the club championships.

“We will promote the Tailteann Cup in tandem with the Sam Maguire Championship and we will work with our players, managers and supporters to make it the success that we believe it can be.

“This is a Championship with a final contested at Croke Park and I look forward to seeing the competition unfold in the coming weeks.”

The players in attendance at today’s media promotional event were: Conor Stewart (Antrim), Mark Diffley (Leitrim), Darragh Foley (Carlow), Killian Clarke (Cavan), Barry O’Hagan (Down), Declan McCusker (Fermanagh), Evan O’Carroll (Laois), Mickey Quinn, (Longford), Johnny Moloney (Offaly), Niall Murphy (Sligo), Teddy Doyle (Tipperary), Conor Murray (Waterford), Kevin Maguire (Westmeath), Martin O’Connor (Wexford), Mark Diffley (Leitrim) and Dean Healy (Wicklow).

Today the GAA confirmed that financial assistance will be made available to the winning county towards a team holiday and a ‘Champions 15’ will be selected to honour the best 15 players from the competition.

The Association also confirmed how it plans to promote and market the competition.

In addition to both the final and semi-finals being broadcast live on RTÉ television, GAAGO will stream a preliminary round game, a Round One game and two Quarter-Final games. These games will be available to the domestic and international market and will also feature on the local radio stations of the competing counties.

GAANOW will produce in-game digital clips from televised Tailteann Cup games and a Monday round up package of the competition’s weekend action will also be distributed on and official GAA social channels.

Tailteann Cup action will also feature on RTÉ’s Sunday Game programme and TG4’s Monday highlights show.

As well as selecting a Tailteann Cup Team of The Week, the GAA will also choose a game of the week to preview featuring participating players for media promotional activity.

A targeted national radio and print and local radio and print marketing campaign, similar to that supporting the GAA Football and Hurling Championship, has also been planned to drive awareness among participating Tailteann Cup Counties.

These channels will be complemented by paid digital display and social media match specific promotion throughout the competition. Digital out of home advertising will also run in select high footfall locations nationwide, as will on air radio ticket promotions.


Check out the schedule here

Macs and Gaels into Pat O’Brien Cup Final, Worcester win Junior B Hurling Opener

Northeast PRO, Rory O’Donnell reports on May 14th and 15th games from Canton as follows, the 2022 Pat O’Brien Cup final will be contested between the Connemara Gaels and Aidan McAnespies next Saturday, May 21.  There will be a new name of the cup as last season’s post-COVID revival saw two Donegal teams play the final, but this year the holders fell at the semi-final to the Macs.  The Connemara Gaels left it a bit later to see off the Wolfe Tones/Christopher’s challenge but pulled away with a convincing win in the end.

McAnespies held an eight-point lead by the break of the second semi-final.  With a healthy looking 1-7 to 0-2 lead at the break for McAnespies it was going to take a big turnaround from Donegal to turn the tide.  The Donegal men were without the engine of Shane Carthy on the field however, and it looked like it was going to be a tall order to get back into it.  After some nicely clipped Robbie Croft points a Tiernan Saul goal put McAnespies into the driver’s seat.  Chances were not as plentiful for Donegal, and a point each from Darren Grant and Kieran McDevitt had the northerners on the board.   The second half continued along a similar vein with Rory Brolly coming to the fore in the forward line, and scoring a great individual point.  Cory Gallagher converted a penalty for Donegal, but a Brolly goal canceled it out soon afterwards (no blown kisses for the crowd from Rory) and McAnespies will look to add to the Enda Hammill Cup that they won a few weeks ago, with the final score 2-13 to 1-4.

In the other semi-final the Connemara Gaels dispatched a combined Wolfe Tones/Christopher’s side on a final score of 4-10 to 1-7.  It was not until the second half that the Gaels pulled away to make it safe.  It should be a good final next weekend to decide the 2022 winners.

The Junior B Hurling championship also got off the ground with the opening game between Providence and Worcester.  Worcester earned the 2 points with some solid performances from Sean O’Shaughnessy, Tom Lind, Conor Greene, and a few clips of magic from the hurl of Jerry O’Connor.  Some nicely taken scores from Austen Clark frees and a couple from play filled the Providence column, but the Worcester sharpshooters were too much for the men from down I-95.  A second half goal from Clark would not be enough to eat into the Worcester lead as Andrew Engel and PJ Heffernan also netted for Worcester.  Final score, Worcester 2-24 Providence 1-8.

You are invited to attend the Camogie 360

You are invited to attend the Camogie 360 event hosted by The Midwest Division with support from USGAA Games Development and The Global Games Development Fund.

Camogie 360 is a well-rounded camogie upskilling event with Player/Coach and Referee upskilling workshops on Saturday from 10am to 4.30pm on Saturday 4th June. There will be a draft tournament on Sunday morning 5th June (9am-Noonish)

Upskilling will be provided by Colm Egan (GDA), Frankie Moloney (USGAA Camogie Development Officer) and Keith Knott (Midwest Referee Co-Ordinator)

Your club can sign up your team or you can sign up as an individual (no cost)by reaching out to Midwest Camogie Development Officer John Young at (412-452-1040)

A Hotel block has been reserved for Saturday 4th June evening and can be accessed at this link Book your group rate for Camogie 360 Cleveland 2022  (cost $104.57)

**Reversible bibs will be given to each participant for the draft tournament and there will also be a free event tee for everyone in attendance!**


Upcoming Events

    • 2022 Registration
      • still open for new Homegrown players
    • Southeast Ladies Football Development Clinic
      • May 21, 2022
    • Tournaments
      • Spring Hurling Development Tournament
        • May 14, 2022
      • Cleveland Memorial 7s Tournament
        • May 21, 2022
      • West Coast Sevens
        • May 28th-29th 
      • The Connolly Cup
        • June 4, 2022
      • TCRE Northstar Tournament
        • June 4, 2022
      • Austin Gaelic Experience
        • June 11, 2022
      • Atlanta Peach Cup
        • June 25, 2022
      • Rumble in the Rockies
        • July 16, 2022
      • Timmy Cronin Senior Memorial Cup
        • July 16, 2022
      • Willamette Valley Nomads Hurling Tournament
        • August 6, 2022
      • Naperville Irish Fest Hurling Tournament
        • August 6, 2022
      • 15th Annual Midwest Tournament
        • September 17, 2022
    • CYC, Chicago
      • July 28-31, 2022
    • USGAA Playoffs, Chicago
      • August 19-21, 2022
    • USGAA 2022 Convention, Chicago
      • November 11-13, 2022