The San Francisco Youth GAA participated at Irish Heritage Night with the Golden State Warriors on Jan 10th at Oracle Arena. Everybody had a great time, despite the Warriors not getting a "W". Several of our kids got to be on the court with the players for the National Anthem and had an opportunity to see players up close during the Pre-Game shoot-around. Thanks to everybody for participating and kicking off the year in positive fashion.
The girls and boys Feile teams were invited to play an Exhibition Game during the St. Patrick's Festival in Dublin, Contra Costa. A total of 30 players, coaches and several parents made the trip on March 19th. Everybody had an enjoyable time, it was a great bonding opportunity for all concerned as the teams get ready for Feile 2017 in June.
A sincere “Thank You” for making last night a memorable occasion for our kids and the San Francisco Youth GAA. I appreciate that it was an anxious commute for several of you, however, I’m sure that the stress level was short-lived once you saw how much the kids enjoyed the experience and being with their friends. I also want to recognize the respectful and courteous behavior of our kids during the pre-game activities. The Warriors Organization and the SFYGAA chaperones where very appreciative of this.
Thanks to everybody that turned out for our first Feile Football practice. We had a great turnout and the coaches are very excited about developing our kids' skills and knowledge of the game over the next several months. It's very evident that the team has great potential.
The players were introduced to the new member of the Coaching Team, Graham Bourke. Graham is originally from County Laois, Ireland and has lived in the Bay Area for the past 3 years. Graham spent 11 years in Chicago before moving West and we feel very fortunate to have him on-board.
In the tradition of San Francisco being in the forefront of all that is good about Gaelic Games, Emily Naughton (on left) was awarded the first ever CYC Camogie Scholarship.
Emily has been playing Gaelic Football and Camogie with the San Francisco Youth GAA for 10 years. At a very young age she fell in love with the sport and has continued to develop and improve over the years, under the guidance of the IFHYL coaches. Emily helped promote Gaelic Games at her High School (Mercy Burlingame). She was team captain for the first San Francisco girls Feile team who played in Mountrath, Co. Laois in 2012. Emily has participated in numerous CYC tournaments, representing San Francisco and the North American team.
This past summer was Emily's last CYC tournament (Chicago Gaelic Park). She played on the U18 Girls Football team which won the Champio...