Rovers Gaelic Football Club Kicks Off Season
The first tournament was hosted by the St. Barnabas Gaelic Club on Saturday, June 29th. The event was played at Paddy’s Field in the Woodlawn section of the Bronx. 22 teams participated before a vast crowd of spectators.
The Rovers shocked the entire crowd as they mounted win after win, all the way to the championship round. In the final match of the day the much more seasoned Rockland GAA club scraped past the Rovers by a score of 8-7. The fans from both squads were standing all match long, in amazement as the Rovers battled the more seasoned club throughout the nail-biting competition.
Their impressive performance got them an invitation to the Dennis McHugh Invitational held in Rockland County on Saturday, July 13th. The Rovers continued their fine play finishing that tournament with three wins and one loss.
Forward Joe Foye and mid-fielders John Leahy and Mattie Murray filled the nets all day for the Rovers, while goalkeeper Bridget Leahy was a rock behind her team over the last two matches.
Newcomer Henry McNamara played most of the tournament at full back and was relentless all day. He seemed to win the fight to every loose ball in the defensive end and quickly turned them into offensive chances for the Rovers.
Aidan O’Sullivan, also in his first Gaelic match, played tirelessly all day, on both ends of the field, setting up many scoring opportunities for his mates.
Thomas Leahy demonstrated his versatility by playing every position on the field throughout the day. The Rovers were also helped out by players from across the pond, as cousins Niall, Kate and Thomas Lynch from Co. Cavan, Ireland joined the squad to help the cause.
Most of the players on the Rovers have little or no experience playing Gaelic Football. However, they picked up the nuances of the game quickly using their speed, enthusiasm and aggressive style to offset any mistakes that they may have made.
The Rovers, sponsored by the Ancient Order of Hibernians (A.O.H.) Division 21, are looking forward to playing in more U8 tournaments and friendlies throughout this summer and fall. The club’s mission is to get a team in the New York If any boy or girl between the ages of 6-10 years old is interested in playing Gaelic Football with the Rovers please contact Mike Leahy (firstname.lastname@example.org).