Madison Gaelic Football Club
& Madison Ladies GAA
Thank you for visiting the Internet home of Madison's Gaelic Football Club, your only source for this great game in Central and Southern Wisconsin. Founded in 2015 by members of the Hurling Club of Madison, the Madison Gaelic football club offers teams for men and women. We welcome new players of all skill levels or, if you prefer to watch, we are always happy to add new fans and sponsors!
Originating in Ireland -- as you might have guessed! -- Gaelic football is an Irish team sport similar to soccer and rugby. The ball is similar to a soccer ball, but in our game, you can catch it with your hands and you won't be called for a foul! Players advance the ball by dribbling ("soloing"), hand passing and kicking the ball to teammates. Scoring is similar to hurling: a goalkeeper guards a soccer-style net beneath an upright. Teams score by beating the keeper for a goal (3 points) or kicking the ball over the crossbar for 1 point.
News & events
Gaelic football training (April through August)
University Bay Fields, UW-Madison campus
Men: Mondays, 6:15 p.m.
Women: Wednesdays, 7 p.m.
Introducing our 2018 Club Board
General Manager - Marcus Kennedy
Secretary - Laura Shiels
Treasurer - Ben Bares (interim)
Registar - Brady Terry
Public Relations Officer - Tamas Peterson
Ladies Clubs Director - Emer Dahl
Men's Football Director - (open)
2017 Awards & Anniversary Dinner
Men's Football Player of the Year - Ross Dunford
Men's Football Breakout POY - Connor Drellishek
Ladies' Football POY - Perline Verse
Ladies' Football BPOY - Elaine Murphy
USGAA Finals - Sept. 1-4 | San Francisco
Ironman Hailstones fall just short of glory
An unprecedented parallel championship run at the USGAA Finals, yielded runner-up finishes for both the Madison hurling and men's Gaelic football clubs. Consisting of mostly dual-code players, the Hailstone men's teams got their money's worth out of the trip to San Francisco, playing in the maximum number of possible games in record Bay Area heat.
The men's Gaelic football team avenged a 2015 defeat to the LA Wild Geese before reaching the national championship match against a veteran, experienced San Francisco squad. Home-field advantage prevailed, although the Hailstones kept the match close throughout. In the ladies' bracket, the Madison Ladies GAA club delivered an honorable mention performance in falling to the eventual tournament winners.
Sat., June 17 | World Sports Park, Indianapolis
With all but a handful of Hailstones entering the tournament as dual-panel players, the hurling and football clubs combined for a 6-1-1 record in eight games, putting Indy 500-like miles on their legs as they raced to two championships and hoisted two championship trophies as the hot sun set on a long, historic day. The Hailstones return to Madison with their second-consecutive Indy football cup and second Indy hurling cup in three years. The Madison Ladies GAA had a strong second-half showing in Indy.
Second Harvest Food Bank
Each quarter, the Hurling Club of Madison volunteers to help stock food pantries throughout the Madison area. Information about our next event for 2017 will be coming soon. Please follow our men or ladies on Facebook to learn more about our volunteer efforts or email us at email@example.com.
Join us today
Between our spring, summer and winter leagues, weekly summer practices & training and tournament/travel teams, you will quickly get the hang of our fast-paced game. Despite our tradition of stopping at the pub after nearly every club event, you will get and stay in shape, especially if you also play hurling as many members of our club do.
Share your email below for more information. In the meantime, catch a full match here from our 2016 Winter League, presented by One Barrel Brewing.
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