Monday, November 26, 2007

Indy Hurling Blitz

The first annual Indy Hurling Blitz concluded with some outstanding play on all sides. Over 100 hurlers came out to Habig fields to challenge themselves and each other in the 9-on-9 tournament.

North Central topped both Cathedral teams to take the Junior trophy. All three teams played with great passion and the more experienced Panthers edged out the Fighting Irish of Cathedral.

In the Senior's bracket, Indy Hurling divided itself into 3 teams and invited teams from Bloomington and West Lafayette to join them. In the 3rd place match, Iglesia's Hombres led by Brian Church and Kyle Griffith outlasted the Quarrymen from Bloomington. The final matched the Indy Hurlers led by Mike Monaghan and Drew Calver against the CPs led by David Littlejohn and Jason Crace. In the end the Indy Hurlers pulled off the win thanks to a spectacular goal from Matt Glasheen.

A huge thanks goes out to the tournament organizers and the dozens of people who volunteered their time to referee, serve as side/end judges, or just chased the balls as the flew over the goal. Special thanks also goes out to Westfield Youth Soccer for their hospitality in letting us again use their fields. We hope the relationship continues in the future.

A contingent of IndyHurling is traveling to Akron to participate in their annual Al O'Leary Invitational. Akron has been outstanding for us in the past and we expect no different as we take part in this 7-on-7 tournament. Good luck guys!

This concludes our season for the year. The only scheduled events until the spring currently are the winter social/awards dinner and the annual general meeting. Both events are yet to be finalized but look for them to be in December and January respectively. Everyone is still free to email out a notice that they want to puck around, whenever the hurling itch gets too persistent.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Indy Hurling travels to Akron

Thanks to Jason for writing it up! And thanks to Akron for hosting!

We were the honored guests at the Akron Hibernians club on Saturday night. AQ few Akron players came out to greet us. We had good pints and free pizza. It was a very nice club and the host Paddy Taylor, was a great guy.

The match was awesome. We ended up losing 2-4 to 2-8, but we had a great showing. Kyle Griffiths played exceptional for a newbie, especially on defense. And our help from Bloomington , Robbie and Brianna played their asses off, running circles around their marks. Akron had some youth and some real speed up front, but both of their goals were cheap deflections made after great aggressive saves out of the box by me. Brian Mathes, Matt Davis and Eric Raderstorf picked it up in the second half and played very aggressive scoring some hard fought goals and points. Richard Connolly played strong all day and proved he could hit the long point hitting two just inside the half line in the second half.

We got a ton of compliments from the Akron players and fans. That was the toughest match they had been given at home all year. Although we did not win the Al O’Leary trophy, we took home some good consolations. According to an 8” X 10” photograph hanging in the Hibernian’s club room, the last Al O’Leary invitational ended up in an Akron manslaughter of Milwaukee , 43 to 17. So our 14 to 10 defeat was the best showing in tournament history. Something that the Indy Hurling Club should be proud of. They can’t wait to come to Indy next year and may just invite us back for another shot at the trophy.