Gaelic games return to Vancouver on June 26th and 27th with the annual Vancouver Gaelic Games (Football) Tournament hosted by the Irish Sporting and Social Club (ISSC), Vancouver. Played over two days, this event marks the first round of the Western Canadian Champion for both men and women with competing teams from Calgary, Edmonton and Red Deer. The Annual Vancouver Gaelic Football Tournament will also be played with an additional competing Team from Seattle. The Vancouver tournament will also feature an exhibition game of Hurling, with Vancouver taking on Seattle.
(The tournament acts as the first round of the Western Canadian Championships for both menâ€™s and womenâ€™s Gaelic football. The tournament will host teams from Seattle, Calgary, Edmonton and Red Deer, and Vancouver will have two menâ€™s teams and two womenâ€™s teams competing.)
Edmonton Wolfe Tones, 2009 Western Canadian Champions (menâ€™s football) and Vancouver Harps, 2009 Western Canadian Champions (womenâ€™s football)Â will be playing to defend their titles. The final round games of the Western Canadian Championships takes place in Red Deer, Alberta on July 31st and August 1st.
The tournament will be held at the Capilano RFC Grounds at Kalahanie Park, 1910 Glenaire Drive, North Vancouver, BC. The weekend promises to be great fun for all the family with lots of activities for kids, including a kids Gaelic football camp from 11am to 8pm on Saturday. There will be a barbeque and a full bar during the tournament. On Saturday night, everyone will meet at Smileyâ€™s Public House on 911 Pender Street West for food, drinks and entertainment. $5 coverage charge at the door with all proceeds going to the Irish Sporting and Social Club (ISSC).
So mark your calendars for the 2010 Vancouver Gaelic Games (Football) tournament.