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Player Profile – Brian Naughton

Brian

Name:  Brian Naughton

Age:  33

DOB:  May 29th 1981

Height: 5 ft 10

Weight:  180 lbs

Occupation:  Stone Mason – self employed

Club & County:  Kilkerrin/Clonberne, Galway.

Position:  Centre Back

Moved to Vancouver:  September 2010

Lives in:  Kitsilano

Favourite ISSC memory:  North American intermediate final in San Francisco in 2011.

What you like about Vancouver:  Long Summers, on the edge of a rain forest.

Premier League/soccer team supported:  Manchester United

Favourite GAA player at the moment:  Aidan O’Shea

Sporting interests:  Gaelic Football, soccer & golf.

Other interests:  Mountain biking, baking and runs on the beach.

Favourite TV shows:  MacGyver

Musical Interests:  Jazz and house.

Where have you travelled:  Australia, Europe, New York and Mayo

A prediction for 2015:  Bee’s to make a strong come back this year.

PLAYER PROFILE – TADHG EGAN

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.

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.

http://isscvancouver.com/honours-and-match-scheduleresults/

2015 Spring League Fixtures

Spring

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.

VanTech:  www.google.ca/maps/place/Vancouver+Technical+Secondary/@49.260553,-123.051778,15z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0x9b56221787c205b4

Memorial South www.google.ca/maps/place/Memorial+South+Park/@49.23114,-123.086237,15z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0x266237df7159253f

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.

Teams-and-Fixtures

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.

VanTech:  www.google.ca/maps/place/Vancouver+Technical+Secondary/@49.260553,-123.051778,15z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0x9b56221787c205b4

Memorial South www.google.ca/maps/place/Memorial+South+Park/@49.23114,-123.086237,15z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0x266237df7159253f

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 isscspringfootball@gmail.com by Monday, March 16th.

If you are not on a team yet but want to be assigned to a team, please email isscspringfootball@gmail.com 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 ladiesfootball@isscvancouver.com 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.