Monday, September 5, 2011


It was a hectic weekend on Treasure Island in San Francisco over the Labor Day weekend.   Treasure Island sits in the middle of San Francisco Bay and is accessible from the Bay Bridge which crosses from San Francisco to Oakland.  The island is named after Robert Louis Stevenson, author of the book of the same name, who lived in San Francisco for a time.  It is a man made island and was created for the San Francisco Exposition in the 1930s using material dredged from the harbor.  It has also served as a Naval Yard and with several 1930s era buildings on the island, movies have been shot there.  Land on the island is slated for development and the San Francisco GAA opened two fantastic playing fields and a clubhouse.  Pairc na nGael now serves as a home from which to promote and grow Gaelic Games games in the Bay Area.   The site was abuzz for three days of Gaelic Games with teams from across the United States and Canada competing for North American Championships in different categories.  Boston teams made 7 finals and took home 2 cups. Aidan McAnespies won their third senior football and Wexford won their first junior A hurling championship.  Tir na nOg came within 2 points of the Ladies Senior Football championship, while at Junior C Hurling the Barley House Wolves looked good for the title but conceded a late goal to St. Louis to lose out.

Senior Football:  Aidan McAnespies won their third NACB senior championship by beating Parnells Chicago in the final 1-14 to 1-7.
Senior Hurling:  Galway made the final but lost heavily to Na Fianna San Fran by 3-14 to 1-6.
Ladies Senior Football:  Tir na nOg lost out to a very good Mairead Farrell's from Philly in the final, 3-7 to 3-9.
Senior Camogie:  Eire Og made the final but were beaten by St. Mary's Chicago in the final.
Junior A Football:  Wolfe Tones narrowly lost in the quarter final to Vancouver.
Junior B Football:  Aidan McAnespies made the the semi-final, but lost to eventual winners Pittsburgh Celtics 2-4 to 1-10.
Junior A Hurling:  Wexford beat Na Fianna San Fran to win their first NACB championship, 3-13 to 2-7.
Junior C Hurling:  Barley House Wolves of Concord, New Hampshire made it to the final game amidst a crowded field and lost narrowly to St. Louis by a score of 1-11 to 3-4.
The Boston All American team also made the final, and ended up on the losing end of the final game.
Reports coming.

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