Our 2019 season is starting nice and early, with our intro day on the 5th of January, in the Stinger Dome, where newcomers can try their hand at Football and Hurling and get a taste for it, and our existing members can clear out a few of the Christmas cobwebs.
Then it’s into the season proper with the Winter Superleague, also out in the Stinger Dome, keeping us busy until April – with a break in the middle so we can march in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
As the weather warms up, our first trip out of Montreal is upon us in May with the Spring Thaw tournament in Ottawa, and shortly after the first big fixture on the Eastern Canadian GAA calendar – our own May tournament. Last year saw the Shamrock senior men’s team finally break the hoodoo against Toronto so we’ll we looking to build on that.
Moving into the Summer months, we’ll be participating in a halftime show in the Percival Molson Memorial Stadium, home of Montreal’s CFL team the Alouettes before we get down to brass tacks with our own Summer Superleague. And as the weather is nicer we’ll be taking to the road again with trips to Toronto, Syracuse, Ottawa, and Almonte for tournaments and exhibition games.
July also sees the World Games in Ireland where the Shamrocks will be well represented and if the last world championships are anything to go by, the craic will be mighty.
Our Youth program will also be well represented in the Continental Youth Championships in August, a promising sign of things to come.
September sees us hosting the Eastern Canadian Championships – After the Men’s Seniors and Juniors bringing home trophies last year, the pressure will be on to keep those trophies in Montreal – as well as avenging a loss in the Hurling finals, and the Ladies teams will be itching to put the Shamrocks names on their silverware as well.
Moving into the Autumn we will have the end of the Superleague and our finals day, which is always a great day out. October also sees the annual international rules competition between AFL Quebec and the Shamrocks – this year both Men’s and Ladies’ Shamrocks took the trophies, so expect this years clash to be fierce as AFL Quebec will be out for revenge.
Finally, we move into the winter, where after a year of us showing our Canadian members the wonders of our games, they repay the favour with events like Floor Hockey, Curling, Flag (american) Football, and Footsal. And we fully encourage our non-Irish members to come forward with event ideas for this part of the year. We’re always up for anything.
And to cap everything off, the last big knees-up of the year, the Christmas Banquet – where we honor the people who helped make the club what it is, with awards like player of the year and shamrock of the year.
Don’t plan anything for the day after this one, folks. You won’t be fit for it.
All in all, 2019 is shaping up to be a hell of a year – we hope you’ll join us for it.