Wild Geese Gaelic Football Club http://wildgeesegfc.org Wild Geese GFC A Real Community of Irish Sport Tue, 03 Apr 2018 19:24:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.10 Mc Carthy Spreading Wings With The Geese http://wildgeesegfc.org/mc-carthy-spreading-wings-with-the-geese/ Sun, 08 Oct 2017 02:43:24 +0000 http://wildgeesegfc.org/?p=7243 Former O’Donovan Rossa footballer Conor McCarthy recently helped USA GAA outfit the OC Wild Geese win the Southland Cup. The GAA Club who are based in California enjoyed a very successful season. Their men’s and ladies’ teams also won the West Coast seven-a-side tournament. Conor played a key role in their triumphant season.
The West Cork football ace who moved to California in 2014 was delighted to help his new club enjoy a great season. “Overall we had a good year. The season actually only ended very recently when we won the local Southland Cup which was a great achievement. Our men’s football and hurling teams and ladies football team also won the West Coast seven-a-side tournament. The big tournament in the US is the Nationals, which were held in San Francisco in September. Our preparation for the tournament was good and we were quietly confident going up to it, but unfortunately we lost in the first round of the competition to a team from Wisconsin. The experience of competing in the National Championships was great however,” revealed Conor.
Conor has been playing with the OC Wild Geese for the last two seasons. The dual star loves representing the aptly named GAA Club who are based in California. Conor was also a strong junior hurler with Ballymartle. “I really wanted to play football and hurling again after I moved to America so I joined the OC Wild Geese club who are based in Huntington Beach. They are a fantastic club with a great group of men and women involved. We have men’s football and hurling teams and a ladies football team. We are always looking for new players as we continue to grow and become more competitive in the various tournaments across the States. A lot of Irish people join the club even if they are only on a holiday or working for a few weeks in California. We are always delighted to get new people as it all helps grow the club.”
The Cork native has been very impressed with the standard of football he has experienced during his GAA career in California. “The standard of football is very good. We have a strong Irish connection, so there are lots of good players in the area. It is the same with the other clubs in Southern California, Setanta in San Diego and Culver City Cougars in Santa Monica. We have a few guys who played inter-county at underage level and one or two lads who played hurling for their respective underage counties also. On the other local teams there are one or two guys who played inter-county at adult level. When I first moved to California in 2014, I played hurling for the first year with St. Peter’s of San Diego. This year I played with the Wild Geese who started up playing hurling again. We won the West Coast seven-a-side tournament which is an annual tournament held in San Diego. That was a big achievement considering it was our first year back in existence.”
Conor has been operating in the half back line for the OC Wild Geese football team this season. He has been pleased with his form which has contributed immensely to them enjoying such a successful season. “I have been playing in the backs, normally as a half back or sometimes I play in a sweeper role in front of the full-back line. I’ve been happy with my form overall this season. We have other players from Cork also in our panel which ensures we have good craic amongst ourselves. It’s great to have guys from Cork playing on the same team.”
The OC Wild Geese GAA Club have enjoyed relative success since the club was established in 1979. Conor hopes this latest generation of players will continue to spearhead their drive for more succcess in the foresseable future. “At times the club had quiet spells in terms of success, but in the last three or four years it has started to grow a lot with the addition of new players and the start of a ladies football team. Many of the original club players and founders are still involved and it really highlights what the GAA represents and means to people.
Conor works for Glanbia who are based in California. Conor has developed great friendships through his love for the GAA. Conor is loving life in California and has no immediate plans to return home. “Playing GAA in America has been brilliant.  It is a great way to make friends. Obviously we enjoy playing football out here, but there is also a great social aspect to the club. I work as an engineer, I started with Glanbia in 2013 in Ireland on the Graduate Program and moved to the US with them. They are a great company. I have no real plans to move home at the moment, it’s been good that I probably get home twice a year and have had my family come visit on different occasions which has been great.”

Conor still maintains a keen interest in the fortunes of his former club O’Donovan Rossa. He is confident they will enjoy a productive championship campaign next year. “I keep a close eye on the fortunes of all the Cork teams and O’Donovan Rossa. The Rossas have a great group of lads and hopefully they will have a big year in 2018.”
By John Bohane
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3rd Annual Irish American Golf Tournament http://wildgeesegfc.org/3rd-annual-irish-american-golf-tournament/ Mon, 09 Jan 2017 03:32:13 +0000 http://wildgeesegfc.org/?p=6933

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O’Malleys on Main Sponsor The Wild Geese http://wildgeesegfc.org/omalleys-on-main-sponsor-the-wild-geese/ Fri, 09 Dec 2016 03:30:16 +0000 http://wildgeesegfc.org/?p=6930

A Huge thank you to O’Malleys Bar on Main St Seal Beach and the Auld Dubliner in Long Beach for their sponsorship of our new Polo Shirts. Thanks to Dave, Christy and Damien for always welcoming and accommodating us after the games. The team and management are forever grateful. If your in Seal Beach or Long Beach make sure to call in to either bars for great food and friendly atmosphere.

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wildgeesegfc.org WIN Website of The Year http://wildgeesegfc.org/wildgeesegfc-org-win-website-of-the-year/ Sat, 19 Nov 2016 03:19:46 +0000 http://wildgeesegfc.org/?p=6922

Several of our board members attended the annual USGGA convention in San Diego on November 12th and they were extremely lucky to walk away with winning the Website of the year for 2016. Our new website was launched in February, so this is a huge achievement for the club. Remember you can keep up to date on all the Wild Geese events at www.wildgeesegfc.org

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Club President Kevin M. Mac Donnell Is Awarded Volunteer of The Year http://wildgeesegfc.org/club-president-kevin-m-mac-donnell-is-awarded-volunteer-of-the-year/ Wed, 16 Nov 2016 03:11:33 +0000 http://wildgeesegfc.org/?p=6915

We are proud to share that our Club President Kevin Mac Donnell was honored at the USGAA convention on November 12th 2017 in San Diego. Kevin has been with the Wild Geese for many decades, so it is without doubt that this award was long over due. Thank you for your constant support and commitment to the Club and the GAA. Congratulations Kevin from everyone here at the club.

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The Wild Geese Are Heading To Seattle http://wildgeesegfc.org/the-wild-geese-are-heading-to-seattle/ Fri, 26 Aug 2016 01:28:55 +0000 http://wildgeesegfc.org/?p=6732

The Wild Geese players and management are heading to Seattle this memorial weekend to take part in what is expected to be an enjoyable and competitive NAC finals tournament.

You can keep up to date with fixtures and results on their facebook page. All the best to everyone participating in the tournament!

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Wild Geese Merchandise For Sale Online http://wildgeesegfc.org/wild-geese-merchandise-for-sale-online/ Fri, 17 Jun 2016 01:19:52 +0000 http://wildgeesegfc.org/?p=6727 The Wild Geese GFC committee are delighted to announce that all Wild Geese Merchandise is now for Sale on O’Neills website. Choose from a wide selection of Adults & Kids Jerseys, Socks, Shorts and much more. Check it out today.

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Southland Cup Round 2 Game Analysis http://wildgeesegfc.org/southland-cup-round-2-game-analysis/ Tue, 14 Jun 2016 20:53:54 +0000 http://wildgeesegfc.org/?p=6698

The second round of our Southland Cup vs the Culver City Cougars took place on June 11th at
2.30pm in Saint John Bosco’s Field in Long Beach. With the sun hidden away for a few hours by the
overcast clouds and the brand new SJB field in pristine condition the scene was set for another
wonderful day of Gaelic Football in Southern California. The Cougars once again arrived in large
numbers with competition for places in their squad one of their strongest traits. The Geese were
dealt their first blow of the day before a ball had been thrown in as we failed to secure a referee in
time for the Game so manager Tony McCarthy had to take over the reins and we lost our presence
on the touchline.

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The game got underway in good time with two extremely strong teams taking the field even with both
sides missing a number of players. The Geese started strongly and were first on the scoreboard with
a fine score from Nic Turkington, however the Cougars began to come into the game and started to
control midfield, clean ball was hard to come by for the Geese and the Cougars racked up a number
of scores from powerful runs through the midfield. With approx. 20 minutes gone the Cougars led by
8 points to 3. Then two killer goals in quick succession before half time meant the Geese had it all to
do in the second half. A much more spirited second half performance from the Geese put pressure
on the Cougars, however the damage done in the first half proved a mountain too big to climb. Final
Score Wild Geese 1-15 Cougars 4-19. Congrats to the Cougars on a good win. The Southland cup
is now tied at 1 game apiece.

Team: T. Leahy, R. Minahan, J. Connolly; C. McCarthy, T. Dolan, J. Daly; S. McGiver, P. Cole; D.
O’Brien, N. Turkington, D. Mackey; C. Maclinney, E. Crowley; Subs: D. Listowel, G. Boccarra, M.
McGovern, J. Lambert, J. Quigley.

Scorers: E Crowley (0-4), N Turkington (1-3), D Listowel (0-2), S McKiver (0-2), D O’Brien (0-1), T
Dolan (0-1), P Cole (0-1), J Daly (0-1)

Thank you to the Auld Dubliner in Long Beach who hosted the teams after the game provided food
and entertainment. Thanks guys.

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Clare Native to the fore in San Diego Tournament http://wildgeesegfc.org/clare-native-to-the-fore-in-san-diego-tournament/ Wed, 08 Jun 2016 01:01:41 +0000 http://wildgeesegfc.org/?p=5675  

Co Clare was well represented at the West Coast 7’s GAA tournament held in San Diego

 
Manager Tony Mc Carthy has been hitting the headlines in his home county. 

The West Coast 7’s is one the prestigious G.A.A. tournaments outside Ireland, run similar to many tournaments in Ireland such as the Kilmacud Sevens. Teams travel from all over the United States and Canada to play in the competition from cities such as Chicago, Austin, Calgary, Phoenix, Flagstaff, Tucson, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

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Consisting of hurling, gaelic football, ladies football and camogie, the tournament is extremely popular with the Irish abroad and the Banner County had a big role to play in this year’s competition.

Tony McCarthy from Killaloe was the successful manager of the Los Angeles Wild Geese junior football outfit who won the Junior Football 7’s championships. Tony has been one the main members of the Geese both as a player and now as a manager and was a member of the Wild Geese who won the All-Ireland Sevens in the 1980’s.
The Wild Geese beat a strong Austin outfit which contained Kilmaley brothers Conor and Dermot Neylon, the brothers were instrumental in getting the Austin team to the final with superb displays in the group stages.

With such a large Clare involvement with the Gaelic Games, great praise is due to these expatriates  for their role in promoting the game on an international scale.

Read the full report here in the Clare Herald.

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West Coast 7s Tournament 2016! We are Champions! http://wildgeesegfc.org/west-coast-7s-tournament-2016-we-are-champions/ Fri, 03 Jun 2016 21:21:30 +0000 http://wildgeesegfc.org/?p=6716

The Wild Geese set a number of targets at the start of 2016 and winning the West Coast 7’s was one of them, and we did exactly that. Below were the two groups in the competition and the Wild Geese Panel that traveled on the day.

Game 1 vs LA Cougars:

Our first game was vs old rivals the Cougars, the Cougars had taken the brave decision to bring down two men’s teams which meant that they had only 9 players for the panel. The game was quite edgy in the first few minutes but once the Geese got the first Goal we never looked back and ran out comfortable winners on a score line of 5-4 to 0-2.
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Game 2 vs Seattle Gaels:
Similarly to the first game this one started slowly, the Geese went two pints up in the first 4-5 minutes but initially found it difficult to break down the Seattle defence, however after Tim Courtney from Dublin burst through the defence and nearly burst the net with a ferocious shot the Geese never looked back and went on to win 2-7 to 0-4. The Geese had now qualified for the Semi Finals.

Game 3 vs San Diego Setanta:
In a game of little significance as both teams would contest the semifinal the following day anyway, it was nonetheless the best day of the game. An extremely tight game right until the final minute when Tim was pipped at the post to get what would have been the winning goal to Damien o Brien hitting the cross bar with the last kick of the game, it was nail-biting stuff, however the Geese could not find the winner and the game ended 1-8 to 1-7 in favor of San Diego.

Semi Final vs San Diego Setanta:
In a rematch of the day before the Geese took on San Diego in the semifinals on a wet Sunday morning in their home field. The game like the one the day before was extremely tight. The Geese played excellent football in the first half, almost perfecting the game plan that they had brought to the 7’s, Nic Turkington from Down kicked a couple of fine points before Damien O Brien of Donegal latched onto a broken ball and drove it into the net to give the Geese a 4 point lead at half time. The second half was once again nail-biting stuff as San Diego drove forward looking to close the gap, however the Geese defence held strong and played the ball around to ensure that we held on. Final score Geese winners 1-6 to 0-7. We were in the final!
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Final vs Austin Celtic Cowboys:
The Geese were now in the Final and would take on the 2015 winners Austin. Austin were unbeaten so far in the competition and presented some very strong opposition. However the Geese gave a masterful and disciplined performance from start to finish, unlike in the Semifinal were we played to 100% in the first half and then let San Diego back in in the second half we never gave Austin an opportunity, leading form start to finish. Some excellent fielding form Shea and Tim and a masterful display from the fullback line as well as awesome scoring from Nick meant we ran out winners on a score line of 2-8 to 0-8. We are champions!

Well done to all the players and management on a fantastic weekend, after beginning training in January 9th, and completing 27 grueling sessions and going over and over our game plan in the weeks before the game it all eventually paid off. A massive thank you also to the management team of Tony McCarthy and Eoin Crowley and also to our cheerleaders Michelle and Michaela for some lovely ham sandwiches!!

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