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San Francisco Tournament Report

After valiant attempts at past North American County Board
Championships in 1984 and 1985, third time lucky was proved once again
with the Vancouver Irish Sporting and Social Club’s Harps being
crowned the 2011 NACB Intermediate Football Champions as they
prevailed over San Francisco’s Young Irelanders in two sessions of
extra-time in a ding-dong of a battle that captivated hundreds of

Winning captain Freddy Gannon (Galway) was presented the trophy from
Croke Park’s Vice President Sean Walsh and NACB Chairman Joe Lydon
while Harps Manager Richie Jones was tossed in the air numerous times
by jubilant players and supporters.

2011 was also the first time since the inception of the NACB in 1959
that two Canadian ladies football teams were participating at the
Championships. Vancouver’s Lady Harps and Toronto’s St. Mikes
participated at the intermediate grade and met each other in the
Shield Final after suffering defeats to San Francisco’s Saoirse and
Chicago’s Aisling Gaels. It was the first time that these two Canadian
teams were meeting in a competition with Vancouver prevailing well
over St. Mikes for the NACB Intermediate Shield.

Vancouver’s Junior footballers came back from 6 points down to beat
Boston WolfeTones with a late goal at the whistle in their
quarter-final match. Vancouver was then narrowly defeated in a
semi-final match by San Diego’s Setanta who were equally matched with
fine fitness on both teams.

The two Vancouver JP Ryans hurling teams were defeated in their
respective semi-finals with the Seniors providing a most spirited
display and never for a moment looking out of place in a 4 point loss
to Boston Galway. The Junior Vancouver JP Ryans hurling team met San
Francisco’s Na Fianna, who were running on all cylinders firing, and
were eliminated in the competition by the Baysiders.

Well done to long time ISSC members John Coughlan, Marty McCann, Paul
Stack and Jimmy Speiran who travelled down to take in the games along
with the 90 or so in attendance from Vancouver. It was wonderful for
the players to meet two original 1974 Vancouver GAA founding members,
Pat McHugh and John Smith, taking in the Vancouver celebrations as
long time residents of California.

Toronto’s Hurling club fielded a Senior and Junior team as first time
entries for the NACB Championships. It has been nearly 30 years since
Toronto last participated with the small ball game. The Seniors were
beat by San Francisco’s Naomh Padraic and the Juniors by Boston
Wexford in their semi-finals. Evident effort and determination by the
men of Toronto was noted by all.

Finally, St. Mikes GFC mens team played Senior football up against one
of the best in the country, Chicago Parnells. Though they were well
beat it was clear that the men of St. Mikes would not walk away
without some fire in their play. Special thanks to St. Mike’s alumnus
Bill Flanagan who liased with all of the Canadian teams and was fully
involved in the running of a successful tournament in his beloved San
Francisco’s Treasure Island.

John O’Flynn
Rúnaí – Canadian County Board

ISSC Fundraiser – Race Night

The ISSC is hosting a fundraiser night on Friday August 12th at 7pm at Croatian Cultural Centre located at 3250 Commercial Drive, Vancouver. Attached are pdf documents to purchase a horse or sponsor a race.
$60 for a horse: A horse is sold in 3 parts; Owner, Jockey, Trainer each for $20. The idea is to get three friends/work colleagues, etc to purchase these and share in the fun on the big night. If their horse wins they each get $50 prize money.
Should you have an employer or know another business that would be interested in sponsoring a race for $300 please email info @ for forms.

Please have all forms and money returned for the training session on Sunday 07-Aug-11 or Tuesday 9-Aug-11 at the latest.
Also if you have friends who would like to support the event in another capacity invite them to come along to the event. The charge at the door will be $10 with a full bar available.

Tournament on Saturday

ISSC annual Gaelic games tournament:
Saturday June 25th at Capilano RFC. There will be a full compliment of sports on show including men’s football, ladies football, hurling and camogie.

There will be a full bar available from 12 noon and there will also be a BBQ on site.


Please arrive at the ground at 10am at the latest as we need to make up the teams.

Each manager will pick 3 captains and they will pick equal teams, you can name your team as you see fit.

Each team must supply a referee to ref the game that is being played while your team is resting.


If you have not paid, please do so on Saturday, June 1st was the deadline.


We are looking for volunteers to attend the BBQ and snacks table.

The clean up:

We have a very good reputation with Capilano RFC because we leave the grounds as we found them.

We would be very grateful if you could all spend just 10 minutes on the clean up at 5pm.

Click for Map to Capilano RFC


11:00 Pitch 1 – Hurling A V Hurling B
11:00 Pitch 2 Ladies A V Ladies B

11:45 Pitch 1 – Ladies A V Ladies C
11:45 Pitch 2 Men A V Men B

12:30 Pitch 1 – Men A V Men C
12:30 Pitch 2 Hurling A V Hurling C

13:15 Pitch 1 – Hurling B V Hurling C
13:15 Pitch 2 Ladies B V Ladies C

14:00 Pitch 1 – Men B V Men C
14:00 Pitch 2 Camogie A V Camogie B

14:45 Ladies Final

15:30 Hurling Final

16:15 Mens Final

15 minutes per half

5 minutes half time

All player to be at the ground for 10am

Finish the night off in Smileys Public House, ISSC’s main sponsors (from 9pm on)


Training times for May & June 2011

Ladies Football:

Tues 6:30-8pm Clark Park (E14th st & Commercial Drive)

Thur 6:30-7:30pm Brockton Oval (Stanley Park)

Men’s Football:

Tues 7:00 – 8:30pm Jonathan Rogers Park (Manitoba & 8th Ave.)

Thurs 7:15-8:30pm Brockton Oval (Stanley Park)


Tues 7:00-8:30pm Brockton Oval (Stanley Park)

Sun 11am-12pm Strathcona Park

*New players welcome to all teams

2011 Calendar

ISSC Calendar for 2011
April 2nd – May 7th: Mixed Sevens at Andy Livingstone Park
May – June:  Summer leagues for ladies and men’s football
June 4th:  Seattle trip for Hurling and ladies football
June 18th: Squamish Gaelic sports day
June 25th: ISSC Vancouver Tournament at Capilano Rugby Club
July 30th – 31st: WCD championship, Calgary
September 3rd & 4th:  NACB Championship, San Francisco

St Pat’s ISSC events

Thursday 17th: St Patrick’s Day party at Smileys, get a free Guinness or Jameson with ISSC membership card or Irish passport.

Saturday 19th: The hurlers and footballers will give a skills demonstration at Celtic Village on Granville St at 11.30am.

Sunday 20th: ISSC take part in the St Patrick’s day Parade at Drake & Howe at 10.30am

Irish V Aussies annual St Pat’s day game at Andy Livingstone Park at 3pm
Drinks after at The Met Bar on 320 Abbott St, Gastown.

St. Patrick’s Day Mass in Gaelic

March 17 St. Patrick’s Day Mass in Gaelic
Thursday, March 17 · 7:00pm – 9:30pm
Location: St. Pius X Church
1150 Mount Seymour Rd.
North Vancouver, BC
A March 17th St. Patrick’s Day ‘An tAifreann i nGaelige’- Irish Mass
will be celebrated by Rev. Anthony Boniface of Newton Forbes, Longford
Town at St Pius X Church in North Vancouver at 7 p.m. with a social to
follow. A collection in aid of the Irish Benevolent Society of BC and
St Pius X charities will be taken for both respective organizations.

March 17 St. Patrick’s Day Mass in GaelicThursday, March 17 · 7:00pm – 9:30pmLocation: St. Pius X Church1150 Mount Seymour Rd.North Vancouver, BC A March 17th St. Patrick’s Day ‘An tAifreann i nGaelige’- Irish Masswill be celebrated by Rev. Anthony Boniface of Newton Forbes, LongfordTown at St Pius X Church in North Vancouver at 7 p.m. with a social tofollow. A collection in aid of the Irish Benevolent Society of BC andSt Pius X charities will be taken for both respective organizations.