MATCH REPORT: League Round 2 - Jun 1st, 2019

Toronto Gaels men overcame tough St. Mikes as women took on Roger Casements

Author: Sean O’Shea

Senior Men’s Football League – Round 2

The second round of the Toronto Senior Football League witnessed Toronto Gaels face St. Mikes in the final game of an action packed Saturday at Centennial Park. Mikes, the runners up of last year’s championship, had defeated St. Pats in the opening round of the league the previous week while the Gaels got the better of Durham.

Toronto Gaels opened the scoring on the 4th minute with a free from Conor Finnegan. Mikes were quick to respond; popping a point over the crossbar. Finnegan, the Gaels talisman on the half forward line didn’t stay quiet, scoring a point from play with a fantastic left foot. Despite good pressure from the Gaels, Mikes were not long in drawing the game level by scoring a point on the 6th minute mark. A tit-for-tat scoring battle would be the theme for much of the first half.

13 minutes in Dan Fay, who was exceptional for the Gaels against Durham, scored a beautiful point from play, aided over the bar by the post. Unfortunately, moments later, Dan went down with a bad shoulder inquiry. After a lengthy stop in play, he was forced to leave the pitch and was replaced by Dublin’s Eoin Delaney.

With play resumed, both teams exchanged points. Sean Fee, Aaron O’Hara and Tadg Quilligan forced errors from Mikes as the Gaels defence held firm. Enda ‘Jemba’ McCaffrey, in his first outing for the Gaels this season, mopped up loose possession at the half-back line. The first half was a defensive battle as both the Gaels and Mikes stood steady for much of the opening 30 minutes.

The Gaels finished the half with a late flurry, with points from Conor Finnegan and Aaron O’Hara. The score at halftime stood Toronto Gaels 0-7 St. Mikes 0-6.

Eoin Delaney in action for Toronto Gaels

Eoin Delaney in action for Toronto Gaels

The second half opened with a fantastic point from JJ Quigley. In his first outing in a senior jersey for the Gaels, the former Louth inter-county player proved adept at throwing off a series of Mike’s defenders with dummy solos. His fellow county man, Cian Halpenny, worked tirelessly throughout the game. The young defender continuously ran the ball up the field. Colm Byrne from Offaly proved excellent with well-placed shots into the Gaels forwards. He added to the Gaels tally with a fisted point in the final quarter of the game.

Toronto Gaels proved the stronger team in the second half. Conor Finnegan once again had his scoring boots on. The Cavan man and Gaels captain demonstrated his leadership and football prowess with a series of points from play and frees. He was aided by scores from Brian O’Callaghan who is becoming increasingly comfortable in the forward line.

In a game where the Gaels were always going to be challenged the experienced clubmen stepped up to the mark to provide direction. Ciaran Clarke brought an increased tempo to the Gaels in the second half which allowed them to push ahead. The mixture of experience and new blood served the men in green, white and yellow well.

Toronto Gaels finished the game out a lot stronger as Mikes failed to keep up on the scoreboard. Brilliant hands from Andy Dunne under a high ball aided Conor Finnegan with another score. A goal by Eoin Delaney put distance between the teams as Toronto Gaels pushed on for a victory.

It was overall a tough game for Toronto Gaels but one which will stand to them as the league progresses. St. Mikes are a serious outfit who produce quality displays year after year. Without a doubt, these two teams will face each other down in competitive games later in the season. The Gaels face St. Pats this weekend in the next round of the league.

Final Score: Toronto Gaels 1-14 St. Mikes 0-10

Senior Ladies Football League – Round 2

Toronto Gaels Ladies had their second ever competitive game on Saturday, facing the women of Roger Casements. They opened the days proceeding with an early start of midday.

After facing Durham in the first round of the league, the Gaels were eager to prove themselves against a Roger Casements team who have extensive experience. It was clear from the display that Toronto Gaels Ladies are developing week-after-week and are becoming more comfortable with the pace of play in Toronto.

Toronto Gaels Ladies against Roger Casements

Toronto Gaels Ladies against Roger Casements

Erin Merkley, a Canadian who discovered Gaelic Football a matter of weeks ago, dominated midfield throughout the opening half. Receiving excellent ball from her sister Shawna, she provided pace and tempo to the Gaels. Knocking over a fantastic point she was assisted by Rachel Moen who also added to the Gaels first-half tally.

The second half opened with another point from Erin Merkley. Another point from Katie McCormack kept the Gaels in contention. Rachael Moen added to her tally for the day with another excellent score. A goal by the Gaels Ladies late in the second half rallied the assembled crowd.

While the result did not go the way of the Gaels, it is evident that the team is coming along in leaps and bounds. This Saturday, Toronto Gaels will face the women from St. Mikes at 5.30pm at Centennial Park.

Final Score: Roger Casements 2-16 Toronto Gaels 1-06

Golf Tournament - Jun 16th, 2019

Toronto Gaels GFC are delighted to announce the launch of our Inaugural/Annual Golf Tournament, on June 16th.

All are welcome!!

Reach out to Gerard Reynolds if you would like to play - gerard.reynolds@gmail.com


Further details:
Shotgun Start at 1pm with cart included.
4 person groups and best ball format.
Lowest team score prizes.
Longest Drive, Closest to the Pin & Closest to the Keg prizes to be won.
Shuttle to The Galway Arms after included.
Roast Dinner, prize presentations & Raffle @ The Galway Arms.

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MATCH REPORT: League Round 1 - May 25th, 2019

Historic day for Toronto Gaels as 2019 season kicks off

Author: Sean O’Shea

Senior Men’s Football League Round 1

Toronto Gaels opened the 2019 season in emphatic style on Saturday in their first game of the Toronto Senior Football League. The Gaels initial game against St. Vincent’s was rescheduled due to inclement ground conditions at Centennial Park which forced Toronto GAA to make room for these games later in the season. Saturday morning did not look equally promising as the skies opened from early light and the field was faced with a heavy downpour. Undeterred, the Gaels lined out for a 1.30pm throw-in against Durham Robert Emmets.

Toronto Gaels got off to a good start, clocking up some early scores to settle them into the game. Points from Dan Fay and Conor Finnegan pushed the Gaels into an early lead. A fantastic run from the longtime club stalwart, Enda ‘Badger’ McHugh at the 21st minute demonstrated to the assembled crowd that the Leitrim forward has lost no speed and pace over the long winter.

It was not until the 24 minute of action until Durham registered their first point of the game, which was responded by a free from Lacken’s Conor Finnegan shortly after. Another two points from Dan Fay pushed the Gaels out further. A point by Durham on the stroke of half time kept them in touch as the scores stood at 0-11 to 0-3 at the break.

Toronto Gaels Conor Finnegan

Toronto Gaels Conor Finnegan

Durham emerged with increased urgency in the second half, knocking over two points in quick succession. However, an finely executed free from Finnegan on the 36th minute kept the Gael in control of the game.

The Gaels made a number of substitutions around the 40 minute mark with Cavan’s Andy Dunne replacing Cian Halpenny of Louth and Rory Conway of Dublin coming on for Sean Fee of Leitrim. Ray Ronaghan, who replaced Belleeks man Brian O’Callaghan, made an instant impact. The former Monaghan intercounty star demonstrated his experience and understanding of the game when he intercepted a short kickout from Durham. With a quick turn this ball found its way into the back of the net and the Gaels led 1-13 to 0-5.

However, not all the action was in the Gaels forward line as Durham won a penalty. Fortunately for the lads in green, white and yellow, the shot hit the cross bar and the Gaels defence worked the ball up the pitch to win a free, which was converted by Conor Finnegan.

A point from play from Eoin Cusack pushed the Gaels further into the lead. Cork’s Tadg Quilligan was replaced by Shane Hughes at the 49 minute as the Gaels pushed on. A high ball and some quick thinking by Ronaghan resulted in the second goal of the game. Dan Fay finished out the day with another point from play.

While the Gaels looked comfortable for most of the game it is very early in the season. Durham have proved sticky competition in previous years as Toronto Gaels will well remember. Next weekend they will face St. Mikes in the next round of the Senior League.

Final score: Toronto Gaels 2-16 Durham Robert Emmets 0-06


Senior Ladies Football League Round 1

Toronto Gaels and Durham Captains

Toronto Gaels and Durham Captains

The Ladies team have bonded over the past number of weeks, which is clear from their on-field performance and off-the-pitch comradery. Made up of a mixture of Irish born women and native Canadians, they have moulded together as a serious outfit. Having won the junior ladies Railway Cup competition on Good Friday, they are are an up-and-coming force in the city of Toronto.

In their first game of the Senior Ladies League they faced Durham Ladies, a team that has consistently been one of the top performing teams in both the League and Championship for several years. Unfortunately, the result did not go the way of the Gaels women on their first league game of the season. However, these women will not be disheartened and their performance demonstrates the dedication and commitment that they have put in over the past few months. Having built a team from scratch since January they have been the remarkable success story of the club so far this year. Watch this space as we expect great things from Toronto Gaels Ladies.

Junior Blitz

Toronto Gaels juniors also got their first run out of the season on Saturday at the first Toronto Junior Football Blitz of 2019. The first blitz saw a record number of teams participating in a competition which saw its first inception in 2018. Joining the Gaels were teams from St. Mikes, St. Vincents, St. Pats and Buffalo Fenians.

With an early start of 9.30am, many would have been forgiven for pulling the duvet covers over them on a Saturday morning as rain showered down from the heavens. Despite some treacherous weather conditions, the Gaels had a great turnout from men looking to get their first run of the season. Featured on the panel were both old and new faces. Paul Deeney, Mick Lynch and Keith Barry all featured. Combined they most likely have almost 40 years spent in a Gaels jersey.

It was very encouraging to see many new faces in the green, white and yellow. There were very impressive displays from Kevin Banks in goal and David Mahon at midfield. The Baile Bhuirne duo of Dara Healy and Jim Mahony stood rock solid in defence, shouting instructions to each other as gaeilge. There were further fine performances from Dominick Keaney and Aaron Brady.

Toronto Gaels Dara Healy

Toronto Gaels Dara Healy

Having made it through the round-robin of the blitz the Gaels faced St. Mikes in the semi-final. The Gaels kept in front through the entirety of the game, never letting Mikes to pose a serious threat in front of goal. Some very smart football saw the Gaels close out the game as on a winning margin of 1-7 to 1-3.

St. Pats were the competition in the final, having overcome St. Vincents in the other side of the semi-finals. This was a tit-for-tat encounter with neither side dominating throughout the game. Kevin Banks was very impressive for the Gaels once again in goals until he was forced to come off after a clash with a Pats player during the second half. Never-the-less, the Gaels stood strong and continued to push until the dying seconds of the game. Unfortunately, they were pipped at the final whistle and suffered a one-point loss in the end.

Undoubtedly Toronto Gaels will put on another impressive performance in the next blitz scheduled in a few weeks time. Having been the most successful team at junior level for the past number of years, the Gaels will be eager to retain silverware this season.

2018 SEASON AWARDS NIGHT - Apr 6th, 2019

Massive thanks to everyone who come out to the Hot House Restaurant (our fantastic hosts for the evening), this past Saturday, to help us celebrate the season gone by.

2018 Senior League medals were given out to players, along with recognition awards for the season, and lots of prizes in our raffle.

Thanks to Canada GAA Chairman Sean Harte, and his wife Noelle, for coming along and supporting, and speaking with great words of encouragement for the club.

Thank you to our raffle prize sponsors and donors on the night; Alectric Solar, Ward & Burke, Hydron Plumbing & Mechanical, Brennan Irish Food Products, Liffey Mechanical, Blacklion Construction Group, Connacht Construction, Keith Barry, Sean O’Shea, and Adam Kiernan.

Congratulations to our award winners on the night:

Best Newcomer of the Year - Conor Finnegan
Sportsperson of the Year - Darragh McNamara
Sportsperson of the Year - Shane Watters
Club Person of the Year - Stephen Leonard
Intermediate Player of the Year - Allan Healy
Senior Player of the Year - Eoin Cusack

A special word of thanks to Ray Ronaghan for taking the photos on the night, and to Sean O'Shea for doing MC duties. Sean overcame the “second album curse”, to deliver quality showmanship and professionalism again this year. Thank you lastly, but not leastly, to all of the committee members who put everything together, and who helped run the show on the night.

See our gallery for photos of the event.

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new GAA manifesto: where we all belong - Apr 8th, 2019

Young and old, players and volunteers, supporters and administrators, coaches and referees, wherever we are, whatever our role, our GAA is where we all belong. Today we're celebrating all the people who make our GAA what it is and what our GAA means to us all. #GAABelong

Check out the new GAA manifesto video below.

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New Ladies team launching in 2019!!

Toronto Gaels are excited to announce that we are now recruiting to launch a new Ladies Gaelic Football team for the 2019 season.

We are a tight-knit, active club, with a busy social calendar, and we look forward to extending our work hard, play hard ethos to our Ladies team.

If you are interested in playing, or getting involved in any capacity, please email us or message on social media.

See poster for contact details.

Gaels Abú!!

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INDOOR FOOTBALL - WINTER 2019

The Toronto Gaels will be starting Winter training with 12 weeks of indoor football beginning on Jan 12th, 2019.

Location will be Soccer World Polson Pier on Cherry St., in the Port Lands.
Click HERE for directions.

Due to high demand this year, we have booked two weekly time-slots for our current club members to play Indoor Football.
If you are not currently affiliated with the club and would like to join us for a game please feel free to drop us an email at torontogaels@gmail.com so that we can confirm numbers and availability.


Dates:
(All dates are Saturdays, 6-7pm, and 7-8pm)
January - 12th, 19th
February - 2nd, 9th, 23rd
March - 2nd, 9th, 23rd, 30th
April - 6th, 13th 27th

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Christmas Party, Dec 1st 2018 - Save the date!

HoHoHo!!
Looking forward to our Christmas Party this coming Saturday, December 1st.

We’ll be starting off with a Toronto Marlies Game at 4pm in Coca-Cola Coliseum.

Once the game wraps up we’ll be heading over to the 3 Brewers in Liberty Village at 7pm to ring in the season.

All are welcome!! If you would like to come along, get in touch with us!

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Buffalo Bills trip - Nov 4th, 2018

Big shout out to veteran Gaels player, and 2019 Committee member Enda McHugh (a.k.a. Badger) for organizing his annual November trip down to Buffalo to see the Bills play!
Enda has made this a firm fixture in the club social calendar, and it is always a serious craic weekend away!!

Check out our gallery for more photos.

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Scotiabank Marathon - Oct 21st, 2018

Well done to the Gaels lads who completed the Scotiabank Half Marathon this past Sunday.

Gavin Blower, Shane Watters, and Dominick Keaney are pictured below, looking fresh enough to do it all over again!!

Fair play lads!

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RACE NIGHT AT THE GALWAY ARMS - MAY 5TH, 2018

Toronto Gaels are hosting our 5th Annual Race Night on Saturday, May 5th at The Galway Arms, 838 The Queensway, Etobicoke.  We invite all club members and friends to join us for what is expected to be a great night's entertainment. First race on the night will be at 6:00pm.

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Horses can be purchased for $10 each.

Horses can be bought online by transferring money to the club with Interac eTransfer to "torontogaels@gmail.com".
You must include the information below in the money transfer comments.

Your Name
Horse Name(s)
Phone Number
Email Address

Feel free to be creative with your horse names!

Alternatively, reach out to any of our club members or email torontogaels@gmail.com if you would like to buy a horse.

If you are a club member and would like a Race Card to sell horses on behalf of the club you can download it here and print a copy. All Race Cards should be returned to a member of the committee by May 1st at the latest.

All support in making this another successful fundraising night for the club would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you!

2017 SEASON AWARDS NIGHT - April 7th, 2018

A great night of celebration was had this past Saturday, with medals for the 2017 Senior & Intermediate League wins given out to players, recognition awards for the season given out, and lots of prizes collected in our raffle.

Our thanks go out to all who attended and supported the Toronto Gaels Awards Night, and celebrated the 2017 - 30th anniversary season with us, and also to the Hot House Restaurant for hosting the event.

Thanks to Peter Byrne and David "Toastie" Crombie from the Toronto GAA for coming along and supporting, and to Peter for saying a few words.

Thank you to our raffle prize sponsors on the night; The Galway Arms, Alectric Solar, Ward & Burke, Hydron Plumbing & Mechanical, Brennan Irish Food Products, and Blacklion Construction Group.

Congratulations to our award winners on the night:

Best Newcomer of the Year - Cormac Bonner
Best Newcomer of the Year - Darragh McNamara
Sportsperson of the Year - Shane O'Connor
Club Person of the Year - Sean O'Molloy
Intermediate Player of the Year - Gerry Smith
Senior Player of the Year - Pat Barrett

A special word of thanks to Ray Ronaghan for taking the photos on the night, to Sean O'Shea for doing MC duties with a deft balance of professionalism & one-liners, and to all of the committee members who put everything together, and who helped run the show on the night.

See our Gallery for photos of the event.

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SAVE THE DATE: Toronto Gaels 2017 Season Awards Dinner

Join us at our Toronto Gaels 2017 Season Awards Dinner to celebrate our club's 30th anniversary season (1987-2017), on Saturday, April 7th at 7pm, in The Hot House Restaurant, 35 Church St.

Tickets are $50 and include a three course meal, and wine.
For ticket purchase, email 'torontogaels@gmail.com'.

We look forward to celebrating a strong 2017 season, with competition wins and silverware on the books for both our Senior & Intermediate teams.

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TORONTO GAA Railway Cup 7-A-SIDE TOURNAMENT - MARCH 10TH, 2018

Well done to the Gaels lads on the Munster team who won the Toronto GAA 7-a-side Railway Cup this past Saturday, Mar 10th!! You did us proud lads!!

Thank you from the Toronto Gaels club to everyone on the TGAA committee involved in scheduling games for the 160 players on the day. Great work!

Left to right in the photo:
Tadg Quilligan, Dara Healy, Shane O'Connor, Seamus O'Mathuna, Conor O'Lochlain.

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ICE FISHING TRIP - FEBRUARY 24TH, 2018

Great times had up north at Innisfil for Toronto Gaels annual Ice Fishing trip this past weekend.
Massive thanks to Morgan Hynes (Gootch) for organizing the weekend, and to all of the lads who came along and made it serious craic!

Visit our Gallery for more photos.

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Pre-season Conditioning Training 2018

Weekly Indoor pre-season conditioning training begins February 20th at UofT Athletic Centre at 55 Harbord St.

Meet beside the turnstiles in main lobby 15 minutes sharp before start time (see schedule below). All are welcome!

Tuesday evening:
Feb 20th - 7-8pm
Monday evenings:
Feb 26th - 6-7pm
Mar 5th - 6-7pm
Mar 12th - 6-7pm
Mar 19th - 6-7pm
Mar 26th - 6-7pm
Apr 2nd - 6-7pm
Apr 9th - 6-7pm
Apr 16th - 6-7pm

If you would like to join, reach out to us ahead of time at torontogaels@gmail.com

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TORONTO GAA 2017 Season AWARDS BANQUET - JAN 29TH, 2018

Well done to everyone involved in the Toronto GAA on hosting a fantastic awards event this past Saturday night at the King's Garden Banquet Hall!!

We were proud to see long time Gaels man Eamonn Gallagher receiving the Toronto GAA Person of the Year award.

Our own Gerry Smith picked up the well deserved Intermediate Men's Football Player of the year award.

What a night!!! There will be a Toronto Gaels award night ceremony to present the trophies, medals etc. Date TBD

Visit our Gallery for more photos of the night.

#gaa #torontogaa #canada #gaelic #torontogaels #seniorleaguechamps #intermediatechamps

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INDOOR FOOTBALL - WINTER 2018

The Toronto Gaels will be starting Winter training with 12 weeks of indoor football beginning on Jan 13th, 2018.

Location will be Soccer World Polson Pier on Cherry St. down beside the Docks.
Click HERE for directions.

We have booked a weekly time-slot for our current club members to play Indoor Football.
If you are not currently affiliated with the club and would like to join us for a game please feel free to drop us an email at torontogaels@gmail.com so that we can confirm numbers and availability.


Dates:
(All dates are Saturdays, 2:30pm-3:30pm)
1/13/2018
1/20/2018
1/27/2018
2/3/2018
2/10/2018
2/17/2018
2/24/2018
3/3/2018
3/10/2018
-- Skipping St. Patrick's weekend, March 17th --
3/24/2018
3/31/2018
4/7/2018

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MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY 2018 TO ALL!

As we move into this Christmas season the Toronto Gaels would like to take this opportunity to wish all of our players, members and friends (near and far) a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year for 2018!

With the club claiming the Toronto GAA Men's Senior and Intermediate Football League titles; and with our friends at Clann na nGael Hurling club winning the Toronto GAA Senior League & Championship titles, we count this as a very prosperous and successful year for the club.

Thank you to all of our members who contribute to making this a strong and vibrant club.

Here's to a prosperous year for all in 2018!

 

 

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Toronto Gaels Jersey makes the Balls.ie Top 10 GAA Jerseys from around the world

Toronto Gaels are delighted to get a mention at number 5 on BALLS.IE in their "The Ten Best Looking GAA Jerseys From Around The World" article.

Thanks for the shout out lads! Ye have fantastic taste!

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