ISSC Premier League Last Person Standing


ISSC Vancouver are running a Premier League Last Person Standing fundraiser as the Premier League enters the final stretch.  After the success of the National Football League Last Man Standing, it is  hoped we can increase participation and with it the banter between rivals over the coming weeks.  The competition will begin from games starting on April 11th onwards.


  1. Pick two teams 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 competition.  e.g. if you pick Manchester United and Everton in your first week you cannot pick either team again.
  3. Entries must be sent to by 1159pm on the Friday before that weekend’s round of games.
  4. Entry is $10.  Cash entries will be handled by Darren Mc Andrew.  Email entries will be handled by JP Mc Loughlin at  PayPal entries will also be handled by JP, send PayPal entries to  Entry fees must be in by 1159pm on Friday, April 10th.
  5. Prize fund will be done on a 50/50 basis.


San Fran

Name:  Tadhg Egan

Age:  29

Weight:  79kg

Height: 6’1

Occupation:  Articling Student – Law.  (Trainee Solicitor back home)

Club & County:  Boyle, Roscommon.

Position:  Half back (when not injured!!)

Moved to Vancouver:  January 2011

Live in:  Kitsilano

Favourite ISSC memory:  2011 San Fran North American Championship

What  you like about Vancouver:  It’s just a beautiful place to live with good opportunites and great people including a buoyant Irish community

Premier League/soccer team supported:  I supported Blackburn Rovers in the day

Favourite GAA player at the moment:  Ian Mc Walter.  2015 will be his year!  Everyone should probably wear their gum shields!

Sporting interests:  Golf, snowboarding & hiking

Other interests:  Taking it easy

Favourite TV shows:  Entougage, Breaking Bad & Game of Thrones

Where have you travelled:  Since coming here, China twice, Belize.  Obviously living here you have great travel opportunities within Canada and in the States.  With the club in 2015, we have invites to Seattle, Victoria, Alaska, San Diego, Edmonton and Chicago, however, we won’t be in a position to go to all of those.

A prediction for 2015:  The Rossies could go far this year.

Spring League Week 2

Week 2 of the ISSC Vancouver Spring League took place last Friday at Vancouver Technical secondary school.

The first game saw Stack’s enter the competition, facing the Cougars in the first game of the night.  Stack’s started strongly and battled competitively, taking an early lead.  The Cougars were slow to start but were awakened by a Stack’s goal.  With John Roche grabbing the game by the scruff of the neck around the middle of the park, the Cougars came alive and clawed back the deficit.  In the second half the Cougars were much more efficient.  With Sean Quinn making the move from goalkeeper to his usual position in the forwards in front of the posts, the scoreboard began to tick over favourably for the Cougars.  The Cougars defence were exceptionally tight in the second half, giving up very little and turning over Stack’s attacks on a regular basis.  Anthony Doyle and Keith Reveille battled hard to break the Cougars defence but found little room to manoeuvre as they were kept at bay.  The Cougars won out on a scoreline of 2-8 to 1-4.

The second match seen the two winners from Week 1 face off with the Saints facing Beast Modes.  The first half was a close affair with just two points separating the team at half time with Beast Modes leading 1-5 to 1-3.  It had looked like Beast Modes were taking command but Saints Barry Lambe as other ideas, as he took the fight to Beast Modes with some surging runs leading to Saints scores just before half time.   The game was on a knife edge as the second half began with both teams knowing how crucial the two points on offer could be.  After a close start to the half it was the Beast Modes who began to take control as the goals started to come thick and fast.  A Tom Egan brace of goals were instrumental in the Beast Modes winning the game.  A Niall Eivers point off the weak foot and a late Saints goal kept hope alive but the Beast Modes responded to those scores with goals to seal the contest on a scoreline of 5-9 to 2-6.  Special credit must be given to Gaelic Football newcomer Sam Hoare from Australia lining out for Beast Modes, who forced some great turnovers leading to scores and put in a solid performance.   Newcomers to the game is something that is great to see in the League and hopefully Sam and others continue to try and thrive.

Thanks to referees Ronan Matthews and Phillip Murphy for officiating proceedings.

The League takes a break for a week but will resume on April 10 at Memorial South at 8pm where Stack’s take on Beast Modes and the defending champions Wibblies re-enter the league against the Cougars.

Vancouver Whitecaps v LA Galaxy Club Offer

Robbie Keane

ISSC Vancouver and the Vancouver Whitecaps are working together to give our members discounts, among other offers, on Whitecaps games throughout the season.

For the upcoming game LA Galaxy on April 4th we have a link that will give discounts on tickets for any section of BC Place.  Ireland’s own Robbie Keane should feature for the reigning champions after coming back from international duty.  In future games we will have group rates where we can be together as a group.

For this game, follow the link below and the instructions to purchase tickets for the game.

  1. Click on ‘Find Tickets’ under the LA Galaxy match
  2. Enter promo code:  ADULTSOCCERTH
  3. Within the ticket map, click on any dark blue shaded section (where you wish to sit).
  4. Select the number of seats desired and then click on ‘Add to Cart’.
  5. Enter in existing account information or create an account.
  6. Once completed, select the ‘Venue PickUP’ option and click ‘Checkout’.
  7. Then ‘Agree to the Terms’ before entering in your credit card information.
  8. Finally, forward on the link above to your friends, family, and co-workers so they can enjoy a Whitecaps FC match as well!

Spring League Week 1

The 2015 Spring League got under way at Vancouver Technical School on Friday night last, March 20th.  The weather was wet and miserable but there was plenty of enthusiasm in the air for the two opening night clash’s.

Defending champions, The Wibblies, opened up the defence of their title against the pre-tournament favourites, The Saints.  The Saints edged the early proceedings and held a 3-1 to 1-3 lead at the interval.   It was a lead that they would maintain in the second half but, the Wibblies showed why they are defending champions as they battled strongly in the second half to keep the game on a knife edge.  Daragh Meredith bossed the play around the middle of the park and was a launch pad for many Saints forays into the Wibblies half while cutting out many Wibblies attacks.  It was the fifth goal that stopped the brave fight back as The Saints focused on defence from then on to ensure that they would not concede goals.   In a game where goals were the order of the night, the Saints edged out the Wibblies on a score line of 5-3 to 3-4.

The second game between The Cougars and Beast Modes was a very closely fought affair.  The Cougars with a mix of Australian and Irish talent showed that they will be very competitive this year and it was noticeable how the Australian players are significantly improving with the round ball.  The Cougars opened the game with an early goal after forcing a Beast Modes turnover.   Beast Modes slowly came into the game taking a one point lead into the interval, 1-3 to 1-2.  A potential goal of the tournament from Beast Modes Brian Naughton early in the second half did not dent the Cougars belief as they found the net twice more in the second half and looked the likely winners heading into the final stretch.   Beast Modes increased their tackling as the game entered the final minutes and a few vital turnovers lead to some crucial scores.  With 30 seconds left it looked like the spoils were going to be shared but from a turnover, Darren Mc Andrew was hauled down in front of the goals leading to Eamon Quinn converting the pressure kick with the last kick of the game to secure the win.

Thanks to Dave Foley who refereed all the games on the night.  It is always a thankless task and even more difficult in the driving rain.

Round 2 is next Friday from six at Vancouver Technical School.  You can see the results, fixtures and standings in the link below.

Player Profile – Tommy Bourke (Hurling & Football)


Name:  Tommy Bourke

Age:  24

DOB:  September 24th 1990

Weight:  175 lbs

Height: 6 foot

Occupation:  Manager, Logistics

Club & County:  Upperchurch – Drombane, Tipperary

Position:  Midfield, although some people think I’m a corner back!!

Moved to Vancouver:  May 2010

Live in:  Commercial Drive

Favourite ISSC memory:  Doing the double in Boston in 2014 and the following session.

What you like about Vancouver:  The views

Best place to eat in Vancouver:  Zawa Breakfast

Premier League/soccer team supported:  Liverpool

Favourite GAA player at the moment:  John Martyn

Sporting interests:  Soccer, bochi and pool

Other interests:  Movies and crazy golf

Favourite TV shows:  Homeland and Archer

Musical interests:  Jamiroquai and Royal Blood

Where have you travelled:  All of BC, Toronto, Seattle, Edmonton, Vegas and California

A prediction for 2015:  Twil be a wet year with very little growth.


2015 Spring League Fixtures


The Annual ISSC Vancouver Spring League will commence on Friday, March 20th at 6pm in Van Tech, East Vancouver.

The tournament will run over 5 weeks, March 20 & 27 and April 10, 17 & 24.  The games in March will take place in Van Tech with the games in April taking place in Memorial South with an 8pm start time.


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For the games in March there will be the opportunity to socialise and get to know new members in Scribes clubhouse on Commercial Drive.

Registration will commence from 6pm on the night.  The times of fixtures on the first night will be confirmed on the night as there is also a ladies game to confirm the time on.

Team captains are asked to collect as much of the Spring League registration as possible to assist in the smooth running of the night.  Team captains will also be asked to assist in registering your team on the first night.

Remember, No Pay No Play so it is in your teams best interests to assist on the night as much as possible.  We have the field until 8 so a smooth start is key to a successful night.

Best of luck to all teams in this Spring’s league.

You can find the team lists and fixtures by clicking on the link below.


ISSC Vancouver Spring League

ISSC coach JP Mc Loughlin hands over the trophy to 2014 winners, The Wibblies, captain John Martyn.


The Annual ISSC Vancouver Spring League will commence on Friday, March 20th at 6pm in Van Tech, East Vancouver.

The tournament will run over 5 weeks, March 20 & 27 and April 10, 17 & 24.  The games in March will take place in Van Tech with the games in April taking place in Memorial South with an 8pm start time.


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For the games in March there will be the opportunity to socialise and get to know new members in Scribes clubhouse on Commercial Drive.

If you have a team created, please email that team list to by Monday, March 16th.

If you are not on a team yet but want to be assigned to a team, please email by Monday, March 16th.

Please read the following tournament rules:

1.  There will be 6 Men’s teams with a total of 14 players initially named per panel (but if necessary will be increased or decreased).  The Ladies football squad will be involved to with a format to be decided among the Ladies squad.  Ladies footballers can email by Monday March 16th.

2.  Panels will be 14 players in total.   If submitting a team, please name 11 players only.  New playing members will be assigned to take up the remaining slots.

3.  Each player must have paid the entry fee for the competition of $50 to play.  This fee will go towards the full membership fee of $150. No pay, no play will be enforced.

4.  As per GAA rules, each player must wear a gum shield to play.

5.  Player participation is highly encouraged so ensure that all players get sufficient game time.

6.  Enjoy the games.

Player Profile – David Foley (Hurling)


Name:  David Foley

Age:  26

DOB:  02/24/1989

Height:  5ft 11

Occupation:  Operations Services Clerk – Law Firm

Club & County:  Moyle Rovers, Tipperary

Moved to Vancouver:  February 4th 2014

Live In:  West End

Favourite ISSC memory:  The trip to Boston last year for the North American championship.  The weekend had it all.  Between seeing Mark Turner and the boys covered head to toe in black s**t when the fire alarm and sprinklers were “accidentally” set off in their room in the hotel to being on the winning hurling team and then watching our footballers winning their championship.  To top it all off, it was one of the best sessions I’ve ever been on inside in the Littlest Bar in downtown Boston.  Also have to squeeze in……….  to CHINAAAAAAAA.

What you like about Vancouver:  Everything.  In the Summer you have the beach, the park, the mountains, BBQ’s etc.  Then in the Winter you have your snowboarding and skiing.  You’re never stuck for something to do and you’re surrounded by the best emigrants Ireland has to offer!

Best Place to eat in Vancouver:  For a nice meal Joe Fortes.  If you’re falling home at 4am on a Saturday night, it has to be Donair Dude!

Premier League/Soccer Team supported:  Liverpool

Favourite GAA player at the moment:   Was, is and always will be the son of God, Eoin Kelly.

Sporting interests:  Hurling, football, NFL, soccer & rugby.

Other interests:  I love the pub.  Also enjoy reading, snowboarding and playing FIFA.

Favourite TV shows:  Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, The Sopranos and all food shows, special shout out has to go to the legendary Adam Richmond from Man V Food.

Musical interests:  Kasabian, The Stone Roses, Arctic Monkeys, Oasis, Jay-Z, The Wolfe Tones, The Pogues, Hozier.  Everything and anything really.

Where have you travelled?:  America, Europe & Canada.

A prediction for 2015:  Tipp to bring Liam Mc Carthy to where he belongs and JP Ryans to win the Senior hurling championship  in Chicago!!!  Hon the boys!!!

Player Profile – Nathalie Behan (Football)

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.

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