Indianapolis, June 17, 2017 - As they arrived at 8 a.m. to the World Sports Park in Indianapolis, the hurling and football Hailstones could feel from the morning sun that it was going to be a long, hot day. But as that sun burned down on a humid, Indiana summer day, the hottest thing on the park's pristine pitches was not the sun, but the lads donning the PBR and Kerry jersey kits. 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 Indy Cups as that hot sun set on a long, historic day. The Hailstones return to Madison with their first Jr. B Indy Invitational hurling cup -- their second Indy hurling cup in three years -- and their second-consecutive Indy football cup, along with the momentum and the confidence to repeat the same feat in September at the USGAA Finals in San Francisco.
Twin Cities Northstar Tournament
by CRAIG WAGNER
Public Relations Officer
Eagan, Minnesota, June 3, 2017 -- In keeping with a Northstar Tournament tradition, the hurlers from all clubs were soaking wet. Only this time, it was from perspiration rather than rain, as blue skies prevailed but were accompanied with humid conditions and temperatures in the high-80s.
Madison vs. Fox River
The Hailstones opened the scoring in their first preliminary match, but their opening goal and point were quickly matched by a determined Fox River Hurling Club. Madison was able to take a one-point edge into the half, and held off the FRHC with solid defense and late second-half scoring to begin the day with a win. The final unofficial score was 2-10 to 1-9.
Madison vs. TCRE C
In another well-played match by both sides, the Hailstones distanced themselves from the Twin Cities Robert Emmets Jr. C panel with more solid defense and an aggressive offensive approach as the mids and half-forwards kept the TCRE defense on the run with up-tempo play on the attacking end, taking the second match of the day by an unofficial score of 3-9 to 1-7.
Madison vs. TCRE B (championship match)
The Hailstone C's opened the championship as underdogs against the TCRE B's, but the scoring was even in the opening 5 minutes before the Twin Cities club asserted its experience and long-distance scoring power to pull away for a convincing victory to win the tournament for the home club by an unofficial score of 6-18 to 5 points, while the Hailstones settled for a 2nd-place finish.
- Tamas Peterson, Curt Harper, Logan Spillner, Gareth Kaltenburg, Jake Martell and Craig Wagner started all three matches, earning significant playing time and experience and contributing to the opening victories.
- Jr. B starters Bill Jones, Brady Terry, Connor Jones, John Kenney, Nappy Napralla and Paul Kelly provided veteran leadership, defense and scoring power to support the Jr. C panel in this successful road trip.
- The Hailstones acknowledged key contributions from the Kansas City Gaelic Athletic Club and Fox River Hurling Club, who provided significant minutes on a hot, humid day where water breaks were essential for all players.
- Next up is the Indy Invitational, as the Junior B hurlers join the men's and ladies' footballers in the last tournament of the spring season before City Leagues, the USGAA Finals and the Midwest Tournament headline the summer season.
Chicago Michael Cusacks Hurling Tournament
by BILL JONES
Director of Hurling
Oak Forest, Illinois, May 20, 2017 -- Cool temperatures and a rainy forecast met the Hurling Club of Madison B panel as it arrived early yesterday at Chicago's soggy Gaelic Park for its first three hurling matches of the spring tournament season.
Madison vs. Akron
Shortly after the first throw-in against Akron the clouds let their presence be known and the game proceeded with on-again off-again showers and thunder throughout the 40-minute match. The Hailstone defense manufactured a rare "super shutout" as Madison overran Akron to a final unofficial score of 3-9 to 0-0.
Madison vs. Giant's Causeway
The second matchup of the day pitted Madison against the 2016 Midwest Tournament champion, Giant's Causeway of Greater Chicago. Shortly before the match started, the rain ceased for good. While the pitch remained wet and the goal area muddy, hurling grips stayed dry as the teams clashed, fiercely at times, on the beautiful main pitch at Gaelic Park. In a result similar to last year's matchup between the two clubs at Gaelic Park, the Hailstones were out gunned and lost to the eventual tournament champions by an unofficial score 3-25 to 2-6.
Madison vs. Akron (The Rematch)
As tournaments sometimes go, the Hailstones aligned for a rematch against the Akron team. Akron, having done some recruiting, lined out a few more skilled players and the play was much more competitive. The last 20 minutes of this game may have been the best half of the entire tournament for the Hailstones. Crisp passing and lively communication on the field led to a dominate win by unofficial score of 4-8 to 1-5.
- Dan McAuliffe, Tamas Peterson, Peter Kelly and Curt Harper made their Hailstone travel-team debuts wearing the Blue Ribbons. Well done brothers. You each wore it well.
- The Hailstones hit the road again on June 3, as the Cs head west to the North Star Tournament in Eagan, Minnesota, hosted by the Twin Cities Robert Emmets Hurling Club.
2017 Breese Stevens Field Spring Series
Old & married beats young & single -- for now
by CRAIG WAGNER
Public Relations Officer
In place of a spring league draft and schedule, the Hailstone Hurlers squared off this spring in a series of all-star matches. The first featured the club's "older" set of players matched against the "younger" set, with a median age between 32 and 33. Age and experience prevailed over youth & energy... barely. On April 23, Team Old Man Tough edged out Team Young Guns by a slim three-point (one-goal) margin.
In the club's second Spring Series matchup on May 7, Team Married Bliss held off Team Lone Wolf by an even slimmer margin, 33-31. A late charge by the single lads left them saying, "we didn't lose, we just ran out of time." As time takes its toll, will the young & single prevail next time, or will the added experience keep the old & married on top?
Up next, tournament season begins for the Hailstones after the Spring Series finale at Breese Stevens Field on May 13. The Hailstone Jr. B's travel to Chicago on May 20 and to Indianapolis on June 17, while the Jr. C squad travels to the Twin Cities for the North Star Tournament on June 3.
The 2017 Summer League draft & schedule will take place after the Indianapolis tournament. Check back for team rosters and match schedules.
Club Tavern Indoor Hurling League
Grey takes Moose Cup
Congrats to Team Grey and its captain Chris Lane for a well-earned league championship this indoor season. Thanks again to Moose, Darcee and everyone at the Club Tavern for your continuing, generous sponsorship and support!
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General Manager - Mike Shull
Secretary - John Kenney
Treasurer - Ben Bares
Communications/PRO - Craig Wagner
GAA Football - Marcus Kennedy
Hurling - Bill Jones
Ladies' clubs - Colette Daly
Registrar - Matt Daly