It promises to be an historic weekend for Gaelic sports and the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) in America this week as the first ever National Collegiate Hurling finals take place this Memorial Day weekend, May 28-29.
The birth of hurling at US college level has slowly been taking place over the past 3 years on America’s West Coast, particularly in California, and, over this past year on campuses across states of the Midwest.
This weekend, hurling as an American college sport, takes a huge step forward with the organisation of the inaugural National College Hurling Championships at Gaelic Park, Chicago, where teams from UC Berkeley in California take on Purdue and Indiana from the Midwest.
Also, there will also be a series of East v West competition with a mix of college players from Stanford, UC Davis and other western colleges, taking on an eastern selection that will include hurlers from University of Minnesota, University of Pittsburg, University of Akron, and Ohio State.
Here to fill us in on all the details of this historic event is National College GAA Secretary, Matt Schwertfeger.
NOTE: Watch out for up to the minute reports on this weekend’s historic first ever US National Collegiate Hurling Championships in Chicago with GAA reporter Coilin Duffy.