ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Sharon is a Journalism and New Media graduate from the University of Limerick, and originally hails from Clonakilty in West Cork, Ireland. Always keen to embark on a new adventure, she has been residing in Calgary, Alberta since November 2012 and is currently working as an administrative assistant in Calgary. She has written for a variety of newspapers and publications, both in Canada and Ireland, and is delighted to be a part of the Moving2Canada team.
Above: the victorious Vancouver Harps senior football team. Credit: Tadhg Egan.
Back: Barry Lambe, David Walsh, Johnny Brennan, Ronan Deane, Keith Smith, Tadhg Egan, Brian Naughton, Eamon Quinn, Ronan Matthews.
Front: Peter Stevenson, Jimmy Gannon, Oisín Daly, Keith Reville, Scott McBrearty, Darren McAndrew, John Martyn, Russell Cleere.
By Sharon Whelton in Edmonton
This year’s Western Canada GAA finals were held in Edmonton over the August long weekend, and what a scintillating weekend of Gaelic games was witnessed by all present.
Edmonton were delighted to welcome teams from Calgary, Red Deer, Regina, Fraser Valley and Vancouver for the weekend and all teams brought a hugely competitive aspect to the games. The weather was quite the mixed bag for the two days, but the sun shone for all finals, which brought the perfect end to the weekend.
In the men’s senior football final, Vancouver and Edmonton were vying to become champs and it was another great game of football. Following a close battle throughout the game, Vancouver ran out winners by a couple of points to claim the Tom Butler Cup, much to the delight of the Vancouver following.
Regina were earlier crowned junior football winners following a well-deserved win over Calgary’s second team.
Credit: Elan Park.
The ladies final saw Calgary and Vancouver battle it out in an absorbing encounter, and it was the ladies from BC that got off to the better start. Despite the slow start, the Calgary girls took some great scores and were just a couple of points adrift at half-time. However, the Vancouver ladies showed their experience and were once again crowned Tim Gibbons Cup champions, making it a double win for the Vancouver senior football teams.
History was made as Calgary and Edmonton met in the first ever Western Canada hurling final, and it was another great game with some hugely impressive skills shown throughout the course of the game.
There was great excitement at the final whistle, with Calgary crowned deserving winners following some very strong performances throughout the weekend.
Earlier in the day, Regina were crowned junior winners following their win over Vancouver, making it a double for the Regina lads.
Overall, it was a wonderful weekend of GAA and it was fabulous to witness some of the skills and talent displayed over both days – Gaelic Games really is flourishing here in Western Canada. A huge thanks must also be extended to Edmonton for doing a great job in hosting this year’s finals.
2015 Western Canada GAA Winners:
- Senior Men’s Football and Senior Ladies Football: Vancouver
- Senior Hurling: Calgary
- Junior Men’s Football and Junior Hurling: Regina
Above: Defeated semi-finalists Fraser Valley Gaels of Surrey. Credit: James Woods.
Back: Denis Ryan, Garrett Doyle, Eoghan O’Mahony, Joe Kelly, Conor Morrissey, Peter Markey, Eoin McCloskey, Mickey McShane
Front: Patrick Hartnett, Padraig Greene, Vincent Crowley, David Foley, Keith Cox, Iain Corrigan, James Woods.