Rugby in Vancouver

Rugby is a growing sport in BC. There are several clubs in and around Vancouver. Rugby season goes from mid September to December, and then from January to April. This ties in nicely with the end of the Gaelic Football, Hurling and Aussie Rules seasons.

If you want to play rugby in Vancouver, choosing a club will probably come down to how close it is to your work or home, for easy travel to training and to games.

There is a list of rugby clubs in the Vancouver and surrounding areas on the BC Rugby Website.

scribescrestOne men’s club with close ties to the ISSC is Scribes RFC. The Scribes are currently looking for new members, of any level. For the first time in years the Scribes are entering two teams in the local league; a team in the 1st and a team 2nd in the second division.

For ladies wanting to get into the game of rugby, the Rogues RFC have a women’s team. Several ladies from the ISSC also play with the Rogues.

2009 Awards

The ISSC 2009 awards night which was held at Moose’s down on Saturday August 29th was a great success and a big thank you to all who atteneded.

The winners are as follows:

WCD Ladies All Stars:
Elan Park
Marie Dowling
Alaina Bleker
Rita Burke
Helen Keohane
Stacy Lewis-Jaklin
Angela Oldknow
Tara Philips

WCD Men’s All Stars:
Sean Twomey
David Tonge
Gary Howe

ISSC Awards:
Hurling MVP: Eoghan Buckley

Ladies newcomer: Stacy Lewis-Jaklin

Ladies MVP: Rita Burke

Men’s newcomer: Ciaran Mone

Men’s MVP: David Tonge

Club person of the year: Mel Fisher

Thanks to all who helped out during the year to make 2009 a very successful year for ISSC Vancouver.


Pat Lowney

ISSC Awards Night

The ISSC awards night will take place at Moose’s Down Under on August 29th 2009 at 8pm.
Entry is free for members and $5 for non members.
Music on the night  is by Mark Downey.

Feel free to come along as it should be a great night.

Please print out this poster and spread the word:

ISSC Awards Night 2009


Moose’s Down Under,
Restaurant, Bar & Grill
830 West Pender St.
Vancouver, B.C.

ISSC Update

Burlington this weekend:
The Ladies football & hurling will take place at Skagit river park in Burlington this weekend.
Please contact Mel Fisher and Sean Twomey if you require further details on this.
Aussie Rules:
The Vancouver Harps play the Saints at UBC this Saturday at 3.45pm in the semi final of the league.
Please be at the ground for 3pm to prepare for this important game.
The first game Eagles vs Cougars is on at 2, for anyone who wants to
Irish Ambassador’s visit:
The Irish Ambassador  to Canada, Mr. Declan Kelly  will visit Vancouver on Saturday October 3rd.
Tickets are available from Conor Walshe at
Awards night:
The 2009 ISSC Vancouver awards night wild be held at Mooses down under on August 29th at 8pm.
Entry is free for members and $5 for non members.

Harps Aussie Rules

First off, a quick well done to all the lads who went to Whistler last
weekend. We pushed it close and if one or two events in the game went our
way, instead of the Saints we could have won it.

Our next game is on Saturday the 22nd, again against the Saints. This game is the first round of knock out games (and possibly our last game). It will be
very important for as many people as possible to come out and play, so we
can give the Saints a run for thir money.

NB – There is a rule saying that only people who have played for the Harps or ISSC members, may play for the Harps in the knock out stages.

Once i have details of where the games are taking place and the times, i
will forward them on. Also it would be good if we could get as many
supporters as possible out, to cheer us on.
More details to follow.



ISSC Awards night

The ISSC awards night will take place at Mooses down under on August 29th 2009 at 8pm.
Entry is free for members and $5 for non members.
Music on the night  is by Mark Downey.
Feel free to come along as it should be a great night.

Please print out this poster and spread the word:

ISSC Awards Night 2009


Pat Lowney

Upcoming events

Just a quick note on upcoming events.

Squamish Gaelic Football Tournament:
There will be a Gaelic football tournament taking place in Squamish on Saturday August 15th next.
It will run from 10am to 4pm.
Please email the club if you are willing to travel to this tournament.

Hurling & ladies football in Burlington:
The hurlers and ladies football team travel to Burlington WA, to take on the Seattle Gaels on Saturday August 22nd.
Please let us know if you need a lift to this tournament.

Awards night:
The ISSC Vancouver awards night will take place at Moose’s Down Under on Saturday August 29th at 8pm.
Entry is free for members and $5 for non members, we hope to see you all there.

Powerscreen Calgary 7’s tournament
The Powerscreen Calgary 7’s tournament will take place on September 5th & 6th 2009
Please let us know if you would like to travel to this event.

Thank you,


Pat Lowney

Edmonton Tournament

Congratulations to the Vancouver Harps Ladies football who completed a clean sweep in the Championship & Tournament in the Albertan capital in 35C heat.
Tara Philips captained the side to success and Angela Oldknow deservedly picked the MVP award with a powerful display in front of goals.
A big thank you goes to coaches Ronan Matthews and Vinny Crowley for their hard work throughout the year.

The Celts and Harps mens’ teams who were missing some regulars were less fortunate and did not have enough in reserve to stick with a determined Edmonton side who went on to pick up both Championship and Tournament silverware on home soil.
Thanks to Gary Howe and Dave Tonge who captained the Celts and Harps respectively and to Darren Duff and Ruairi Dolan for running the line.

Ronan Deane and John O’ Flynn also deserve a special mention for travelling over the Rockies to marshal proceedings on the pitch over the weekend.

Pat Lowney

World Police & Fire Games 2009

Calling all GAELIC FOOTBALLERS in the Lower Mainland.

With less than a months to go, the World Police & Fire Games are appealing to all ISSC Members to volunteer , at the BC Games.

The World Police & Fire Games that will be held in Burnaby, BC in August 2009, and these Games have massive significance from an Irish perspective. This is the first time that Gaelic Football has been offered as an Police & Fire Games sport, and this is regarded as an excellent opportunity for exposure of Ireland’s National Sport. The long-term plan is that Gaelic Football becomes an official sport at these Games, with demonstration status at the BC Games (2009) and New York Games (2011), and full status in time for the Belfast Games in 2013.

The 2009 Games organisers are expecting between 4 and 6 Gaelic Football teams to attend, with forces interested in participating from Canada, USA, Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and England.

Already the Canadian County Board of the GAA and the Irish Ambassador to Canada have expressed great enthusiasm and support for the addition of Gaelic Games to the roster of sports at such a high profile international sporting event. The games themselves expect 11,000 participating athletes in over 65 different sports.

The Vancouver Gaelic Football teams & the local Irish community will be working to make the introduction of Gaelic Football a success for the 2009 World Police & Fire Games, the Gaelic Athlethic Association and for the Irish diaspora. The Gaelic Football tournament will be held on the August Bank Holiday week-end at the Burnaby Lake Rugby facilities.

If you are interested in volunteering at the Games, you can follow these links. More information can be found at, or the Games organisers can be contacted at

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