Full Details for Thomas Burke Cup!

The Thomas Burke Cup Hurling & Camogie Competition is tomorrow at the Raleigh
Rugby Complex (7417 Poole Road, Raleigh). Gates open at 11am, come and
witness the fastest field sport in the world and at over 3000 years old
more than likely one of the oldest.

The first game starts at 11.30am with Raleigh A taking on Hampton Roads B,
the full match schedule is:

11.30am (Lower Pitch): Raleigh A v Hampton Roads B
12.30pm (Lower Pitch): Richmond v Hampton Roads A
1.30pm (Lower Pitch): Raleigh B v Hampton Roads B
2.30pm (Upper Pitch): Hampton Roads A v Hampton Roads B
2.30pm (Lower Pitch): Raleigh A v Richmond
3.30pm (Lower Pitch): CAMOGIE FINAL
3.30pm (Upper Pitch): Richmond v Raleigh B
4.30pm (Lower Pitch): Raleigh A v Hampton Roads A

Grilled food will be available as will the refreshing lemonade stall which
is making a comeback again this year.  There is plenty of space to put up
tents pitch side, bring coolers, ice and your favorite beverages to sip
whilst watching the games.

The after show party (and presentation of the cup) will be held at the
Hibernian Pub (Glenwood Avenue) starting shortly after the conclusion of
the last game of hurling. Appetizers will be served to anyone associated
with the Hurling competition.

Everyone is welcome and admission is free.

Youth match in Durham a big success!

The Triangle Irish Sports Youth Association (TIYSA) hosted 17 Durham youth for a great match at Northern Durham High School on June 5. After two hours of football, it was clear the players displayed great enthusiasm and talent.

Thanks to Mike Barbaza, Dara O’ hAnnaidh, Laree Reeves, and Nick Holmes for a great organizational effort! Extra special thanks to Alan Rigsbee and Mike Monsees from our host Northern Durham High School for their generous hospitality!

Be sure to visit the TIYSA website (www.tisyagaa.com) for more information about upcoming events, including the Youth Summer Camp from July 25-27.

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Peach Cup Recap!

Last Saturday, Raleigh GAA competed in the annual Peach Cup in Atlanta. 10 players from the club made the 12 hour roundtrip and represented the club with honour. All players had to cope with the sweltering Georgia heat, but that didn’t stop Raleigh’s players from playing both hurling and football at the competition (even Atlanta’s dual players in the day focused on one sport!).

 In the football, Raleigh played the hosts Atlanta and Charlotte in what turned out to be a 10 a side competition. Atlanta defeated Raleigh in the 1st game of the competition with a dominant performance. Raleigh lead at half time against the pre tournament favourites Charlotte before fatigue caught up with our players and the fresher charlotte side pulled away towards the end. Despite coming out 2nd best to both sides, there were many positives to take away from it. Jay “Torgo” McGee,  Tony Power, Aidan O’Connell and Mark Keane all played their first games for the club. Both Aidan (scorer of the point of the competition) and Mark (goal poacher vs Charlotte) also got on the scoresheet for the club. Nick Holmes and Ed Quinn showed their versatility throughout by playing in numerous positions.

All of our players also played hurling as they starred for Knoxville, Greenville and Atlanta B hurling teams (yes we were mercenary hurlers on the day!). So much so that Steve Shannon and Enda ended up marking one another playing for opposite teams in the last hurling game of the tournament!

 Possibly the most GAA played by anyone were Ann Scheunemann and Mia Jafari. They both played football for Raleigh and played lead roles in numerous Camógie games for the Hampton Road Camógie squad.

Well done to all concerned and a thanks to the Atlanta Clan na nGael club for organizing a well run tournament.

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