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Player Profile – Nathalie Behan (Football)

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Name: Nathalie Behan (aka The Behan Machine)  
Age: 25
DOB: July 1 1989 (ironically born on Canada Day)
Height: 5ft 7
Position: Half forward
Occupation: IT Project Coordinator
Club & County: Round Towers, Clondalkin, Co. Dublin
Moved to Vancouver: May 2012
Live in: Renfrew, Vancouver
Favourite ISSC memory: Monday Madness in the Littlest Bar, Boston.  Saying it’s one of my “favourite memories” is a bit of a false statement as I don’t remember much from it!!  It was some laugh though!!
What you like about Vancouver: The weather, the outdoors and all the “awesome” friends I’ve made.
Premier League/soccer team supported: Man Utd of course
Favourite GAA player at the moment: Lorraine Muckian
Sporting Interests:  GAA, camogie, soccer & rollerblading
Other Interests: Drinking my wages away every weekend in Foxes or Doolin’s
Favourite place to eat in Vancouver: Mean Poutine on my way home in the early hours
Favourite TV Shows: The Fall, Spongebob Squarepants
Musical Interests: The list is endless – Indie, rock, some pop and especially Irish Trad.  Can’t beat a bit of Luke Kelly, Christy Moore, The Fureys or Mary Black to get the seisiun going
Places Travelled: Canada, USA, Australia and a lot of Europe
Prediction for 2015: Dublin will win Sam again.  Up da Dubs!!
Check out some video from  the 2013 Western Canadian Championship when Nathalie was interviewed by Global TV Edmonton.
https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10153141092185276&set=vb.115064405270972&type=2&theater

Football Year – 2014

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The year 2014 will go down in the record books as a successful one for the Men’s Gaelic Football team.  With this being the 40th anniversary year of the ISSC the importance of the year was not lost on the management team and players.

The players met as a group in January to map out the year ahead and to put structures in place that could make the year a success.
The year kicked off on St Patrick’s Day weekend with the traditional annual Gaelic Football match against our friends from the Cougars Australian Football Club.  A wet March afternoon did not dampen the spirits of those involved and a good and competitive game of football kicked off the year in fine fashion.
huddle
Next up in the calendar was the annual “Sevens” tournament which takes place at Capilano Rugby Club.  Six team battled it out over five weeks for the early season bragging rights.  There were some extremely competitive games over the course of the tournament, none more so, than when The Wibblies edged out The Beast Modes in Week 2 in a game of high intensity, high tackle count and some great scores, especially for so early in the season in the Spring rain.  The Wibblies went on to win the tournament with a 100% record with some tests along the way.  The trophy was presented to WIbblies captain John Martyn who gave a stirring acceptance speech on how great the year could be if we decide to put the effort in.
Not long after the dust had settled on the Spring Series of football we were finally back in training in early May.  In the past it had been found to be difficult to keep enthusiasm going with no tournament of note until early August.  In 2013, the inaugural Vancouver Championship was formed.  It had been a modest success but the plan was to make the Vancouver Championship a key part of our year for May, June and July and build on the foundations set in 2013.  A group of players met at the end of April to formulate a plan for the Vancouver championship.  There was plenty of good debate on how it would work best.  A consensus was reached that we would have three teams who would play each other every second Thursday night in May and June with a finals night in July.  There would be three games per Thursday night with each team playing each other.  For finals night, the first place team would play the invited Fraser Valley Gaels in one semi final with the second and third placed teams meeting in the other.  There was a third/fourth place game as well as a final.  The three teams were decided by the group who met to form the championship.  Three equal teams were formed after some deliberations.
One thing we lacked in the forming of the Championship was creativity in team names as Team 1, Team 2 and Team 3 battled it out.  The first night was very competitive as all team won one and lost one.  Team 2 took control from Week 2 as they won every game from there all the way through to the final to be crowned Vancouver champions.  They faced plenty of tests throughout, especially in the final against Team 3 but came through as deserving champions.  Throughout the championship there were some great battles and it really was to the benefit of the Vancouver team as players were more battle hardened in the Summer compared to Summer past.  The championship was a huge success as it gave competitive game to those who needed it for tests to come further down the road, but as well as that, it provided games to those who wanted to play recreationally.
pressure
After finals night in mid-July the Western Canadian championship was in sight.  Vancouver hosted the tournament to mark the 40th anniversary of the club.  Two Vancouver teams took part in the Western Canadian championship, as well as the newly created Fraser Valley Gaels.  We prepared diligently for the tournament and went into the weekend with plenty of belief that we could succeed.  The Saturday went well with Vancouver Harps winning all three games to top the group.  Vancouver Celts struggled in their first game against Edmonton but regrouped admirably to win their remaining games on the day to come second in the group and qualify for the semi finals.  This set up a match up between the two Vancouver teams in the semi final on Sunday. This was a keenly fought contest.  An early black card for the Celts Mark Turner showed that the referee was going to keep the game under control, a job he did very well throughout the tournament.  This black card earned Mark the dubious honour of being the first Vancouver player to receive a black card and possibly the first player in a game in Canada to do so too.  The Harps prevailed to win through to the final with extra fitness and some quality score taking up front giving them the edge in an absorbing contest.  Defending champions Edmonton beat Calgary in the Battle of Alberta to qualify for the final.
The final was a nail biting affair with Edmonton winning by the minimum on a scoreline of 0-13 to 0-12.  Vancouver disrupted Edmonton’s short kick out tactic to a high degree of success, turning over the man in possession or intercepting the ball on a number of occasions in the first half.  It was 0-8 to 0-5 to the hosts at half time.  Edmonton came back strong in the second half.  They had a very accurate full forward line who started to find their range in the second half with some great score taking from various angles.  It was a nail biting finish with Vancouver trying hard, forcing turnovers and creating chances but just unable to convert to force extra time or a winner.  It was bitterly disappointing to lose and of little comfort to have been involved in a thrilling finale, the best game in the tournament for a number of years.
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The hangover of that defeat hung around the group for a couple of weeks.  The task of checking on flights and getting players to the North American Championship was a distraction but a small one as the “what if’s” ran laps through the minds.  To the credit of the group, while hurting from defeat, the answer was positive as the numbers at training showed that this group would not be dissuaded.  A couple of lull weeks of training however were but to a halt after a clear the air discussion at the end of a bad session.  Management and players spoke their mind and it was decided we had to increase our intensity and not just phone it in if we wanted to compete at the North American Championship in Boston.  The session that followed, as well as subsequent session, showed that the hunger was back in the group and training went on an upward curve as we approached Boston.
At the North American Championships in Cleveland in 2013 we had been outclassed severely by Philadelphia.  We went into this year’s championships under no illusions at the task at hand with the message that we would compete in Boston and that if we do that we had the talent to be successful.  Our focus was on our first game, nothing more, as we boarded planes at YVR through many different cities on layover to meet again in Boston.  We had dinner and a meeting Friday night as we discussed our semi final on the Saturday against Cork – Boston.  We started against Boston very positively as we adapted to the normal sized GAA pitch, a difference in size from the rugby pitches of Canadian GAA.  At half time we lead by three, 0-10 to 0-7, a position we were content with but should have been a lot more as we were not a clinical as we could have been, both in front of the posts and in possession.  This was addressed at half time and we came out in the second half and upped the ante as we put the Boston team to the sword to come through comfortably in the end on a scoreline of 3-17 to 0-14.
break
The final would see us meet a Philadelphia team again.  The Philadelphia intermediate entrant is the runner up of the Philadelphia senior final so in effect they are a senior caliber team.  This should have been a daunting prospect but there was a confidence in the group that we would not be over run or out competed by our opponents and that we could win the trophy for ourselves.  Saturday evening was spent having a team dinner and a meeting again as we prepared for our final.  There was a determination and belief in the room that we could achieve.
On Sunday we headed to the pitch in determined mood.  A quick start to the final gave us a 0-6 to 0-0 lead as we settled quickly.  The first score for Philadelphia came from the penalty spot and we were once again in a close contest.  It was never going to keep going that easily and we were prepared for battle.  At half time we regrouped, set out our plan and got ready for the final half hour of our year, all would be left on the pitch.  We were having great success with the run game and decided to proceed with that course of action.  In the second half we ran hard at them drawing fouls which were being converted or creating overlaps for scores in the scoring zone.  All was going to plan until Philadelphia netted from a quick free.  Once again it was a battle as the sides were level.  There was a calmness and a certainty that we would not be beaten as we got ready to go at them again.  Throughout the game the pressure put on by the middle eight was exceptional as they prevented Philadelphia from supplying quality ball into the vastness of the full forward line.  Any ball that did go in was contested by the back line bravely.  Vancouver kicked on to get the last scores of the game and defended en masse to ensure to disaster at the end.  Disaster averted, the full time whistle blew to crown Vancouver the North American Intermediate champions of 2014 on a score line of 2-11 to 2-8.  The celebrations were filled with joy as happy Vancouver players hugged and jumped.  Liam O Neill presented the trophy to our captain John Martyn.  One could reflect on John’s words earlier in the year when accepting the winter tournament trophy as being prophetic.
This year has been a fantastic one to be involved with this great group of players.  I would personally like to thank each and every one of them, including all who did not make Boston, on their commitment and effort throughout the year.  I’d also like to give a massive thanks to Fred Gannon for getting on board the management team to great effect.  Thanks also to Connaught Masonry for their sponsorship of our team tops.  There are many people who make up a successful club, so many to mention but a huge thanks to everybody who contributed to our team in 2014.
There are not many teams who get to end their year with a win, we did.  Nobody can ever take this success from us.  We will savour the joy but we cannot wallow in it as there are even bigger tests ahead next year.  Looking forward to the challenge and the opportunity to compete again at a higher level in 2015.
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Player Profile – John Martyn (Football)

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Name: John Martyn

Age: 28

Height: 6ft 1

Occupation: Supply Chain Lead at Biomedical Company.

Club & County: Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare

Position: Forward

Moved to Vancouver: January 2011

Lives in: False Creek

Favourite ISSC memory: Winning the North American Championship in Boston in 2014.

What do you like about Vancouver?  The lifestyle and the people I have met.

Premier League/soccer team supported: Arsenal

Favourite GAA player at the moment: Mark Turner

Sporting Interests: Soccer, Rugby, NFL, Skiing.

Other Interests: I enjoy a social drink every now and again.

Favourite TV Shows: The Office. Peaky Blinders, Game of Thrones.

Musical Interests: Tin Whistle.

Where have you travelled?  USA, Canada, and different cities in Europe.

A prediction for 2015:  Vancouver to become the first Canadian team to win a North American senior championship and The Wibbly’s franchise to complete the 3 in a row at the sevens!

The Football Year – 2014.

team shot

 

The year 2014 will go down in the record books as a successful one for the Men’s Gaelic Football team.  With this being the 40th anniversary year of the ISSC the importance of the year was not lost on the management team and players.

The players met as a group in January to map out the year ahead and to put structures in place that could make the year a success.
The year kicked off on St Patrick’s Day weekend with the traditional annual Gaelic Football match against our friends from the Cougars Australian Football Club.  A wet March afternoon did not dampen the spirits of those involved and a good and competitive game of football kicked off the year in fine fashion.
huddle
Next up in the calendar was the annual “Sevens” tournament which takes place at Capilano Rugby Club.  Six team battled it out over five weeks for the early season bragging rights.  There were some extremely competitive games over the course of the tournament, none more so, than when The Wibblies edged out The Beast Modes in Week 2 in a game of high intensity, high tackle count and some great scores, especially for so early in the season in the Spring rain.  The Wibblies went on to win the tournament with a 100% record with some tests along the way.  The trophy was presented to WIbblies captain John Martyn who gave a stirring acceptance speech on how great the year could be if we decide to put the effort in.
Not long after the dust had settled on the Spring Series of football we were finally back in training in early May.  In the past it had been found to be difficult to keep enthusiasm going with no tournament of note until early August.  In 2013, the inaugural Vancouver Championship was formed.  It had been a modest success but the plan was to make the Vancouver Championship a key part of our year for May, June and July and build on the foundations set in 2013.  A group of players met at the end of April to formulate a plan for the Vancouver championship.  There was plenty of good debate on how it would work best.  A consensus was reached that we would have three teams who would play each other every second Thursday night in May and June with a finals night in July.  There would be three games per Thursday night with each team playing each other.  For finals night, the first place team would play the invited Fraser Valley Gaels in one semi final with the second and third placed teams meeting in the other.  There was a third/fourth place game as well as a final.  The three teams were decided by the group who met to form the championship.  Three equal teams were formed after some deliberations.
One thing we lacked in the forming of the Championship was creativity in team names as Team 1, Team 2 and Team 3 battled it out.  The first night was very competitive as all team won one and lost one.  Team 2 took control from Week 2 as they won every game from there all the way through to the final to be crowned Vancouver champions.  They faced plenty of tests throughout, especially in the final against Team 3 but came through as deserving champions.  Throughout the championship there were some great battles and it really was to the benefit of the Vancouver team as players were more battle hardened in the Summer compared to Summer past.  The championship was a huge success as it gave competitive game to those who needed it for tests to come further down the road, but as well as that, it provided games to those who wanted to play recreationally.
pressure
After finals night in mid-July the Western Canadian championship was in sight.  Vancouver hosted the tournament to mark the 40th anniversary of the club.  Two Vancouver teams took part in the Western Canadian championship, as well as the newly created Fraser Valley Gaels.  We prepared diligently for the tournament and went into the weekend with plenty of belief that we could succeed.  The Saturday went well with Vancouver Harps winning all three games to top the group.  Vancouver Celts struggled in their first game against Edmonton but regrouped admirably to win their remaining games on the day to come second in the group and qualify for the semi finals.  This set up a match up between the two Vancouver teams in the semi final on Sunday. This was a keenly fought contest.  An early black card for the Celts Mark Turner showed that the referee was going to keep the game under control, a job he did very well throughout the tournament.  This black card earned Mark the dubious honour of being the first Vancouver player to receive a black card and possibly the first player in a game in Canada to do so too.  The Harps prevailed to win through to the final with extra fitness and some quality score taking up front giving them the edge in an absorbing contest.  Defending champions Edmonton beat Calgary in the Battle of Alberta to qualify for the final.
The final was a nail biting affair with Edmonton winning by the minimum on a scoreline of 0-13 to 0-12.  Vancouver disrupted Edmonton’s short kick out tactic to a high degree of success, turning over the man in possession or intercepting the ball on a number of occasions in the first half.  It was 0-8 to 0-5 to the hosts at half time.  Edmonton came back strong in the second half.  They had a very accurate full forward line who started to find their range in the second half with some great score taking from various angles.  It was a nail biting finish with Vancouver trying hard, forcing turnovers and creating chances but just unable to convert to force extra time or a winner.  It was bitterly disappointing to lose and of little comfort to have been involved in a thrilling finale, the best game in the tournament for a number of years.
john
The hangover of that defeat hung around the group for a couple of weeks.  The task of checking on flights and getting players to the North American Championship was a distraction but a small one as the “what if’s” ran laps through the minds.  To the credit of the group, while hurting from defeat, the answer was positive as the numbers at training showed that this group would not be dissuaded.  A couple of lull weeks of training however were but to a halt after a clear the air discussion at the end of a bad session.  Management and players spoke their mind and it was decided we had to increase our intensity and not just phone it in if we wanted to compete at the North American Championship in Boston.  The session that followed, as well as subsequent session, showed that the hunger was back in the group and training went on an upward curve as we approached Boston.
At the North American Championships in Cleveland in 2013 we had been outclassed severely by Philadelphia.  We went into this year’s championships under no illusions at the task at hand with the message that we would compete in Boston and that if we do that we had the talent to be successful.  Our focus was on our first game, nothing more, as we boarded planes at YVR through many different cities on layover to meet again in Boston.  We had dinner and a meeting Friday night as we discussed our semi final on the Saturday against Cork – Boston.  We started against Boston very positively as we adapted to the normal sized GAA pitch, a difference in size from the rugby pitches of Canadian GAA.  At half time we lead by three, 0-10 to 0-7, a position we were content with but should have been a lot more as we were not a clinical as we could have been, both in front of the posts and in possession.  This was addressed at half time and we came out in the second half and upped the ante as we put the Boston team to the sword to come through comfortably in the end on a scoreline of 3-17 to 0-14.
break
The final would see us meet a Philadelphia team again.  The Philadelphia intermediate entrant is the runner up of the Philadelphia senior final so in effect they are a senior caliber team.  This should have been a daunting prospect but there was a confidence in the group that we would not be over run or out competed by our opponents and that we could win the trophy for ourselves.  Saturday evening was spent having a team dinner and a meeting again as we prepared for our final.  There was a determination and belief in the room that we could achieve.
On Sunday we headed to the pitch in determined mood.  A quick start to the final gave us a 0-6 to 0-0 lead as we settled quickly.  The first score for Philadelphia came from the penalty spot and we were once again in a close contest.  It was never going to keep going that easily and we were prepared for battle.  At half time we regrouped, set out our plan and got ready for the final half hour of our year, all would be left on the pitch.  We were having great success with the run game and decided to proceed with that course of action.  In the second half we ran hard at them drawing fouls which were being converted or creating overlaps for scores in the scoring zone.  All was going to plan until Philadelphia netted from a quick free.  Once again it was a battle as the sides were level.  There was a calmness and a certainty that we would not be beaten as we got ready to go at them again.  Throughout the game the pressure put on by the middle eight was exceptional as they prevented Philadelphia from supplying quality ball into the vastness of the full forward line.  Any ball that did go in was contested by the back line bravely.  Vancouver kicked on to get the last scores of the game and defended en masse to ensure to disaster at the end.  Disaster averted, the full time whistle blew to crown Vancouver the North American Intermediate champions of 2014 on a score line of 2-11 to 2-8.  The celebrations were filled with joy as happy Vancouver players hugged and jumped.  Liam O Neill presented the trophy to our captain John Martyn.  One could reflect on John’s words earlier in the year when accepting the winter tournament trophy as being prophetic.
This year has been a fantastic one to be involved with this great group of players.  I would personally like to thank each and every one of them, including all who did not make Boston, on their commitment and effort throughout the year.  I’d also like to give a massive thanks to Fred Gannon for getting on board the management team to great effect.  Thanks also to Connaught Masonry for their sponsorship of our team tops.  There are many people who make up a successful club, so many to mention but a huge thanks to everybody who contributed to our team in 2014.
There are not many teams who get to end their year with a win, we did.  Nobody can ever take this success from us.  We will savour the joy but we cannot wallow in it as there are even bigger tests ahead next year.  Looking forward to the challenge and the opportunity to compete again at a higher level in 2015.
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Last Man Standing

The Vancouver Men’s Gaelic Football team will be running a Last Man Standing competition for the Allianz National League.  This is an opportunity for fund raising for the club along with some predictive skills and maybe some banter.

Rules

1. Pick two teams per week who you think will win in that weekend’s round of games.

2. You can only pick a team once for the duration of the league, and both from seperate divisions per week.  E.g. if you pick Mayo and Galway, Divsion 1 and 2, in week 1 you cannot pick Mayo or Galway again.

3. Entries must be sent to issclastmanstanding@gmail.com by 1159pm on the Friday before the games.

4. Entry is $20.  Cash entries will be handled by Darren Mc Andrew.  Email entries will be handled by JP Mc Loughlin at jpmcloughlin007@hotmail.com.  You can also enter using PayPal, send to jpmcloughlin007@gmail.com.  Entries must be in by 1159pm on the Friday before the first round of games which commence on Jan 31st.

GAA Player Transfer Forms 2015

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If you are planning on playing for the ISSC Vancouver club this year and are not transferred to the club you should do so as soon as possible.  This avoids the need for a sanction for you later in the year, of which each team gets a limited amount, plus it also saves expense for you, the player.

For the transfer, you need to fill out Section A and Section C.   A reminder that the county you’re transferring to is Canada and not Vancouver.

You do not need to get your home club and county secretary to sign the forms. However you do need to include the date and opponent of the last championship game you played for your home club in either code (if you can’t remember an educated guess will suffice).

You should also include copy of your work permit and passport photo page.

The transfer deadline is the end of January.

The links below will direct you to the transfer form as well as an example of how it should be filled in.

If you have any questions, please email isscvancouver@gmail.com

Completed intercounty       transferInter_County_Transfer_Form_new_Jan2012

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12 Pubs of Christmas

ISSC Vancouver

It’s that time of year again!!  The Vancouver Ladies team would like to invite you to join them on the 12 Pubs of Christmas tour of Vancouver this Saturday, December 13.  This invitation is open to all existing members as well as any prospective new members or friends of the club.  Have fun and be safe out there!!

See the link below to discover all the details.

12 Pubs of Christmas 2014 Internet version

*Please note this is an unofficial event.   Any injuries sustained are not covered by or the responsibility of ISSC Vancouver.

GAAGO Club Initiative

GAAGO

GAAGO are providing ISSC Vancouver members with the opportunity to raise funds for the club while availing of the service provided by GAAGO.  Use the promo code below and 10% of what you pay for the GAAGO service will be distributed to the club.  There is a limit of 50 so make sure you do not delay.  You can also use to code to purchase GAAGO as a gift for family and/or friends, just in time for Christmas.

Promo Code: IVCA010

For more details on GAAGO click on the link below.

https://gaago.rte.ie/clubscheme

Lee Keegan, Mayo and Ireland, in a GAAGO sponsored Ireland shirt against Australia
Lee Keegan, Mayo and Ireland, in a GAAGO sponsored Ireland shirt against Australia

ISSC AGM 2014 & Halloween Reminder

The ISSC Vancouver AGM 2014 will take place on Monday 24th November at the Moose’s Down Under at 830 W Pender St, Vancouver. The meeting will begin at 7pm and the bar will be booked out for the ISSC so we can review the past year and plan for 2015 over a pint or two.

The 2015 committee will be elected on the night and all roles are up for re-election. If you have any nominations or would like to be a member of the committee, please email Jonny at: isscchairman@gmail.com

If you have any motions that you would like to put forward, please forward them to isscchairman@gmail.com by 12 pm Saturday 22nd of November for executive approval.

We would ask that all new & returning members attend!!

Also, just a reminder that this Friday, October 31st the ISSC will be getting our scare on at Moose’s Down Under from 8pm on with NO COVER for HALLOWEEN! Get there early to enter our costume competition (best costume, best couples costume, etc.) with prizes to be won! Friends, family, and lovers are welcome.

Later on in the evening we have the option to move on to Doolin’s with a $10 cover charge special that comes with a free pint of Guinness.

There is no better deal to be had in Vancouver on Halloween night!
Remember also that every time you’re in Doolin’s you should be asking for the ISSC wristband so we get $ back to the club for every drink we have!!

ISSC Vancouver @ Whitecaps Saturday 27th September

The Vancouver Whitecaps organization wants to highlight the ISSC’s 40th Anniversary at their upcoming fixture, vs Real Salt Lake on September 27th at 4pm.

The amount of exposure that they give us that day, will be directly linked to how many tickets we are in for. It will include a photo opp, plus potential for pitch access to demonstrate our sports and display our Trophies from Boston.

This will be a great day out for the Club. We encourage everyone to attend, and to wear your ISSC colours. And sure, why not re-celebrate our North Americans achievements together. 

Please spread to anyone linked to our club.

https://oss.ticketmaster.com/aps/whitecaps/EN/link/promotion/home/eb90f20b80be95e295f65528988070c6dd2ef336

Password: ISSCVAN