2012-07-06 / Sports

Irish Eyes Are Smiling Proudly On Rockaway Gaelic Club

Rockaway’s first Gaelic Football Club took to the field on Saturday, June 23 at Paddy’s Field in the Woodlawn section of the Bronx. After only a short period of organization the club was invited to participate in the prestigious St. Barnabas U-8 Gaelic Football tournament. Even though they had never played the game before, the young boys and girls jumped at the opportunity to show their Celtic pride. The Irish lads and lasses brought pride to everyone on the Rockaway peninsula as they battled toe-to-toe with each seasoned team they met.

As the temperature reached 100 degrees the young footballers refused to give up and fought all the way to the semi-finals where they were knocked off by a fine team from New Haven.

Bridget Leahy, Joe Foye, Josie Payne and Aidan Mills were stone walls as they split most of the time in goal. The offense was led by Jack Leahy, Kyle Fabajowski and John Leahy. Tommy Leahy played a brilliant backfield and Brooke Leahy took control of the game on both ends of the field with her relentless play. Thirteen-year-old James Leahy showed that size doesn’t matter as he stuck his nose and red head into every fray for the short time that he played. The team’s performance was so inspiring that they received a standing ovation from everyone around the awards table as they received their medals and were invited to play in the next big U-8 tournament being held in Rockland County on July 14. The team is sponsored by the Ancient Order of Hibernians Divison 21. If you have a child that is interested in playing please feel free to email Mike Leahy (coachmleahy@aol.com).

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