FÁILTE ROIMH GO LÉIR! Welcome to the Website of the Wolfetones - Western Mass Youth Gaelic Games. Our mission is to teach the children of Western Massachusetts about Gaelic football and hurling, the two national sports of Ireland. Football and hurling are great exercise, and develop a sense of teamwork as well as assisting each player in fine tuning their motor skills, coordination and character. The Wolfetones are open to all children, boys and girls, ages 5-16.
News and Notes
NEW!!! The Wolfetones will be marching in the Holyoke Saint Patrick’s day Parade again this year on March 22, 2015. Vanessa O’Sullivan is coordinating this event please contact her by email at email@example.com or by phone at 413-847-1358
In an effort to boost participation in Gaelic Football we are looking to put announcements in area church bulletins, CCD and local news outlets. Peter Murphy has volunteered to coordinate this effort. Please contact him by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Phone is 262 -8752
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Wolfetones Kickoff the 2015 Season!
The Wolfetones youth football team has hit the gym and have been busy training at their indoor clinics. See our calendar and schedule page for upcoming training sessions.
If your looking for something to do, the Wolfetones have plenty for you and your family. Gaelic football trainings, blitzes and fundraisers will have something for everyone.
Are You Ready For Some Football? Wolfetones are!!!
The Wolfetones are officially kicking off their 2014 season on Saturday, May 10th with practice at the Chestnut School at 355 Plainfield St. in Springfield. Practice will go from 3 till 4:30 and is open to all kids, ages 6-16. Bring your cleats, water bottle and invite some friends as the Wolfetones look to build the program again this year. Check out the schedule page for a complete list of practices and games.
Calling all Wolfetones Supporters! Fundraising Help needed!
Judy Cournoyer, Vanessa Duffy and Sheila Connally have been hard at work planning some upcoming Fundraisers to help support our Wolfetones football program. Just check out some of these awesome events!
May 29 Trivia Night at the JBO June 2 Wolfetones Night at MoFroYo in Westfield June 24 Boxing night at the JBO June 27 Celebrity Bartender with Aaron Saunders at the JBO
They also have another Quarter Auction planned for early July. These are sure to be fun for all of the people attending and profitable for our Wolfetones. These funds will be going to offset travel expenses for this year's CYC in the Big Apple.
Though these events are a lot of fun, they are a lot of work too. We need your help to not only support the events but pitch in some time to help organize! We need your help! Please contact Judy at email@example.com to help schedule some time!
Wolfetones Quarter Auction Fundraiser April 23, 2014
What a great success! Judy Cournoyer and her team raised over $1100 for the Wolfetones CYC participation. Great job to Judy and all of the people who helped organize and support this fundraising event!!!
All proceeds will support the Wolfetones' trip to this year's CYC in New York. The Continental Youth Championships (CYC) is the largest collection of youth Gaelic sports outside of Ireland and includes teams from across the US and Canada.
Dates for the Wolfetones 2014 Season
The Wolfetones' schedule is starting to take shape for the 2014 season. Here are some preliminary dates from the minor board. These are subject to change as the league's teams are still working on numbers and field reservations. Sunday June 8 Gaelic For Girls Hartford CT Saturday June 21 St Brendan's Blitz Boston MA Saturday July 12 Hartford Blitz Hartford CT Saturday July 19 MGSA Blitz Portland ME Thu-Sun July 24-27 CYC 2014 New York Saturday Aug 9 WOLFETONES BLITZ Springfield MA TBD Boston Minor Board Championships Hopefully, these early dates will help our Wolfetones' families with their summer planning.
County Galway Football and Hurling Youth Clinic
Saturday, April 12, 2014 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM Irish Cultural Centre Canton, MA
Clinics will be run every 1⁄2 hour with hands on training from Former Galway Footballer Padraig Joyce and Vice Captain of Senior Team Galway Hurler David Burke No Need To Sign Up. Clinic is Free and open to anyone. Hope you can join us.
New Final 2 Football Skills Clinics Set For Lynch School in Holyoke.
The Wolfetones will be hosting the final 2 indoor skills clinics of the off-season. Great time to get out and bring some friends and family before we hit the turf in May!
We were able to average just over 30 kids a session for our first five sessions and are looking to build that number. We saw a few new faces but we need more to continue to build our program.
MARCHERS NEEDED! Holyoke St. Patrick's Day Parade 3/23/14
Come and be a part of the Wolfetones marching contingent! Here are two of the ways to join the team in this year's St Patrick's Day Parade. EASY IN AND EASY OUT! Join the rest of the Parade goers leaving the John Boyle O'Reilly Club at 9:00 on Sunday morning, March 23rd. The bus will bring you to the Kmart plaza staging area and will drive you back to the Boyle at the end of the parade. Be on time as this bus leaves promptly to and from the parade! Concierge service with a smile. YOUR WAY, YOUR PLAN. Drive and meet us at the Kmart plaza for 1030 and the parade starts at 11:00. Remember there is no return service at the end of the parade, so you'll need to work a drop off and pick up with friends or family. Or as some of us have done…do the parade twice just the second is backwards. Not as much fun as it sounds. Questions please reach out to Mike Carney at 413-427-3534.
Winter Skills Clinic 2/9/14
Check Out the Wolfetones Online Store! But Hurry!Support our Wolfetones Youth Gaelic Athletic Association by purchasing your official ‘Tones gear from our exclusively designed webpage!
Not only will you support the kids program but you will acquire GAA gear just in time for the St. Patrick’s Day Weekend! We have Wolfetones GAA hoodies, long and short sleeve t shirts, baseball caps and winter woolly hats for purchase!
This website is only open until the 19th of February so GET THE WORD OUT QUICKLY. All orders will be available for pick up at the John Boyle O’Reilly Club in time for the St. Patrick’s Day activities!
Feel free to contact Mike Carney at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Wolfetones Kick off 2014 with Winter Skills Clinics The Wolfetones GAA will be starting there 2014 Gaelic Games program with Gaelic Football Skills clinics at St Mary's High School, Bartlett St, Westfield. Clinics are open to children, ages 5-16, and absolutely free. Just bring sneakers, workout clothes and some water,
Sunday 2/9/14 2:30-4:00
Sunday 2/16/14 11:30-1:00
Sunday 2/23/14 11:30-1:00
Let's shake off the cold and heat up the St Mary's gym with some football skills and fun. It will be good to see all of our players and parents as we begin another year of Gaelic Games. Now is the best time to introduce the sports to friends and family. Let them try it and make some new friends and teammates. Last year was exciting as the football and hurling games came fast and furious. This year is shaping up with as many matches if not more! Be sure to LIKE us on Facebook with receive additional news and great Gaelic Games links
Come join us and bring some friends!
Got Gaelic? Wolfetones Do!
Parents/Players Game 2013
Excited About 2014? Wolfetones GAA are! The Wolfetones were wondering "How do we beat the incredible year we all had last year?" Looking back…
Most Football matches ever!
More Hurling with each blitz
CYC in Philly
Awesome Parents/Players game
Well, the Wolfetones want to make 2014 even better. We are transitioning from Wolfetones GFC to Wolfetones GAA. We would like to grow our football club into a Gaelic Games organization. Though we may not be ready to field Hurling teams yet, we are going to increase the weekly exposure to the "Fastest Game on Grass"
We will continue with the games format from last year with some additional tweaks. We are looking to add some mid week practice time to our weekend match schedules. Games are a difficult time to practice new skills and mid week practice time will accelerate each player's skill level. We also hope to enter teams in this year's Boston Minor Board Championships in August
The Wolfetones are only as strong as our numbers and parent participation. We need numbers! Encourage friends and family to check us out. The only cost is time and the benefits are many. We understand everyone is busy. But for a short time investment, the kids get athletic activity, new friends, teamwork and great insight into Irish sports. Parents make new friends and enjoy the pleasant atmosphere while watching their kids develop within a team sport. Spread the word!
The Wolfetones are also looking into a variety of new options for each of our families. CYC is in NY this year and our goal is to bring the numbers. The experience of being surrounding in a Gaelic Games atmosphere is incredible and hard to match in any sport! Hopefully, with the matches being closer, it becomes a more viable option for our parents.
We are always open to new ideas and Leadership participation! 2014 is a sponsorship year and we are looking for any new sponsors to support our crew of Gaelic kids. As we do not charge for any of the GAA activities, we must still pay for uniforms, equipment, fields and insurance.
Online merchandising as well as the possibility of purchasing new uniforms are just two more of the areas, we are looking to upgrade for this 2014 season. Send your thoughts, ideas and suggestions!
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Wolfetones Award Banquet, Thursday, September 26, 6:00-7:30 John Boyle O'Reilly Club
Come join us on Thursday, September 26 at the John Boyle O'Reilly Club as we celebrate another successful Wolfetones season with food, fun, and awards. This is a great chance to see your Wolfetones family, enjoy dinner, survey our auction items and cheer on our players who made our 2013 season one of the best ever! Families are $35 while individual adults ($10) and kids ($5) are always welcome. Bring the whole extended family to cheer on your players. Got someone interested in Gaelic football? This is a great chance to show them what Wolfetones GFC is all about. Please contact your Coach with the number of people you are expecting to bring so we can plan for the dinner. Looking forward to seeing all of you on the 26th.
Sons of Erin Irish Fest, Sunday, September 1st
Sunday, SEPTEMBER 1st 11:30 – 6:00
Sons of Erin, William Street
Celebration of Irish Heritage
Family Fun……….Kid Friendly
Join us for live music, dancing, food,
raffle, games, contests,
Gaelic football, road bowling, hurling
vendors and much more….
12 noon – 3:00 Leo Doherty
3:00 – 6:00 Bards
6:00 – 10:00 (inside) Erin’s Guild
Adults $5.00, 12 & under free
JBO v SOE Golf Tournament Rescheduled Aug 17th Thanks to our Volunteers !
Thank you to the volunteers for helping with the JBO-SOE Golf Grudge Match last Saturday at the Shaker Farms CC in Westfield. We had support from the Cournoyers, O'Neils, O'Briens, Moores and Connallys. The kids helped register the golfers as well as running a "Double or Nothing " on the 9th. Check out the Pics! The proceeds will help support the Wolfetones next year.
Special thanks goes to Eamonn Burke, Pat Burns, Dan Shea and Ed Gates for helping organizing the event to support GAA in Western Mass!
Wolfetones Players v. Parents Helps Kick Off the JBO Feis
The Wolfetones brought their 2013 competitive season to a close with a high spirited match between the Players and Parents. A lot of fun and even more laughs filled the Chestnut school pitch on Saturday. Though the Parents edged the Players on the scoreboard, the Players had the last laugh as the Parents moved gingerly off the field! There will be more than one household with the aroma of Ben Gay on Sunday morning. The Players were still running around the Feis as the Parents made themselves comfortable by listening to some great Irish music and enjoying food, friends and beverages. Check out these photos by Sheila Connally. She promises to play in next year's contest!
*NEW* Players v. Parents Photos
Wolfetones Schedule Update 8/3 and 8/10
This Saturday, 8/3, will be a training session at the Chestnut Middle School from 3:00 to 4:30. Next Saturday, 8/10, will be a Parent/Player fun match at the Chestnut Middle School from 2-4. This is a great chance to get out and kick the football around with the kids. It's a lot of fun. Immediately following the match, will be the JBO Feis back at the club. It's should be a great day with a lot of laughs. Please confirm with your coaches on your availability.
Wolfetones Compete At The 2013 CYC
The Wolfetones were well represented at this year's Continental Youth Championships held just outside Philadelphia. The Wolfetones U8 team played very well against teams from San Diego and Philadelphia. Our youngest team kept getting better with each match, winning one and just missing in two more. We also had 6 players from our U10 and U12 teams join the the St Brendan's U12 team in their B division contests. They played against some premiere talent from New Haven and New York. Tomas Carney and Maura Cournoyer joined up with the older Hartford teams and got a lot of football in during the tournament. Maura also joined ISYL in their matches as well. A special congratulations goes to our own Brigid Moore for helping ISYL win the U8 camogie title. A round of applause goes to all the players and their parents for making the trip to the CYC. Check out some pics from the CYC below!
U8s: Liam Cournoyer, Garrett Keleher, Brigid Moore, Brendan Moore, Rory Shea, Pat Fletcher, Declan and Deirdre Connally. U10s: Cathal Carney, Conor Connally and Riley Shea. U12s: Jack Shea, Liam and Clare Murphy U14s: Tomas Carney and Maura Cournoyer
Next year in Long Island, we are hoping for full teams in the U8, U10 and U12 divisions! Let's get ready to take New York in 2014!
CYC 2013 Philadelphia
Wolfetones Travel to Canton for ISYL's GAA Blitz 7/20/13
ISYL will be hosting this weekend's GAA Blitz at the Irish Cultural Centre in Canton MA. The fields are located at 200 New Boston Rd., Canton MA. The games are scheduled to go from 10 to 3:00, but everyone should be at the field for 9:30. We have a tenatative schedule that may have a few adjustments. The ISYL will be providing Pizza at 12:30 and water towers will be available. Please remember you mouth guards and waterbottles. Here is the schedule as it stands, but there most likely will be adjustments to get 3 games for each of the age groups.
Time Teams Field 10:30 U8: ISYL GIRLS v Wolfetones A1 11:00 11:30 U8: TRINITY V WOLFTONES A2 12:00 12:30 1:00 U10:TRINITY V WOLFETONES C 1:30 U8: WOLFETONES V ST. BRENDANS C 2:00 U10: WOLFETONES V ISYL A1 2:30 U8: ISYL GIRLS V WOLFETONES C 3:00
Wolfetones GFC Host The Boston Northeast Minor Teams
Western Mass GAA played host to teams from Dorchester, Canton, Milton, Portland ME and Hartford CT. Over 100 kids played Football and Hurling before making their way to the John Boyle O'Reilly Club for some food with friends and families. Though Mother Nature couldn't make up her mind if it was going to rain or not, it didn't dampen any spirits of the players, families or friends who attended the first Springfield GAA Blitz! There were multiple games in all the age groups from U6 up to U16. There were a lot of people making sure that the Wolfetones Blitz went off smoothly and created a perfect environment for the Gaelic games. The list is long but filled with Parents, Wolfe Den Members and Coaches who did everything from scheduling, organizing, lining the field, directing players and families, coaching, sales, fundraising, photography, cleanup and cooking. The Wolfetones would like to thank everyone who helped, played, traveled and made our first Blitz memorable. Now, check out some of the photos of the football, families and friends!
Wolfetones GFC Welcomes The Boston Northeast Minor Teams To Springfield on Saturday, July 13th
It's the Wolfetones turn to host this season's GAA Blitz and it looks like a great turnout planned! This Saturday, July 13th, we host St Brendan's, Trinity, ISYL, Hartford and Maine at the Chestnut Middle School, 355 Plainfield St, Springfield. This is a great chance to invite friends and family to see what Football and Hurling are all about. The Wolfe Den will have merchandise and snacks available for purchase. There will be water stations set up for players. Bring your water bottles as we are going green.
The day will start with Team/Player registrations at 10:00 AM. This will be a great time for players to mix in with combo teams if they don't have a full squad. Our match schedule will start at 11:00 AM with 4 pitches going for the different age groups. Based on teams and adjustments, we should wrap up play at 3:00 Pm and make a quick jump up to the John Boyle O'Reilly Club, 33 Progress Ave, Springfield, to treat the teams to food and refreshments. As it goes each week, adjustments will be made to accommodate as many players as possible with Football and Hurling. Here is the tentative schedule:
11:00 Field 1 U16 Hartford v. Combo Team Field 2 U 8 Wolfetones v, St Brendan's Field 3 U10 Wolfetones v. St Brendan's Filed 4 U10 Trinity v. ISYL
11:30 Field 1 U12 Wolfetones v. ISYL Field 2 U8 Wolfetones v. Trinity Field 3 U10 Wolfetones v. Trinity Field 4 U10 St. Brendan's v. ISYL Modified Pitch U6 Football
12:00 Field 1 U16 Combo v. Hartford Field 2 U 8 St Brendan's v. Trinity Field 3 U10 Wolfetones v. ISYL Field 4 U10 St Brendan's v. Trinity Modified pitch U6 Hurling
12:30 Field 1 U12 ISYL v. Wolfetones Field 4 U8/U10 Hurling
1:00 Field 1 U16 Mixed Hurling Field 4 U12 Mixed Hurling
REMINDER! THIS IS TENTATIVE AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE!
We will lining the pitches on Friday evening at 5 (pending permission from Parks and Rec) and setting the goals up on Saturday morning. This may change if the fields are in use on Friday evening. Our Wolfe Den and Volunteers will be working the merchandise tent while Christian Elmasian and his team will be cooking up a storm at the Boyle post play! It's all shaping up and coming together. Looking forward to seeing all of our friends and as many new faces as possible!
Practice scheduled for 7/6, 10-11:15. Plainfield St Springfield. *Volunteers Needed*
Understanding many families have plans for this Holiday weekend, we have been able to move up training to 10 AM on Saturday at normal practice field on Plainfield St, Springfield. After two weeks of competition, this will be a great chance to polish some skills and get ready as we host our League Blitz in 11 days. As you've been able to see in Dorchester and South Portland, a lot of planning and coordination goes into planning a league event. St Brendan's and MGSA have set the bar pretty high as they have hosted the first two blitzes. We will be looking for volunteers for as we prepare for July 13th's event. We will discuss more in the coming days as well as after Practice on 7/6. Please contact Ed Gates @ 413-627-4968 or email@example.com to sign up for the lucky 13th!
Volunteers will be needed for Field Prep: Setting up goals, lining the field Merchandise: Wolfe Den will be set up selling Wolfetones apparell as well as snacks Food Prep: Teams invited to the JBO after the matches. Grilling outside
Wolfetones at the MGSA Blitz 6/29/13
James Tierney and his MGSA team did a great job with this weekend's blitz! Weather and additional numbers kept him and his on the their toes. What a great day for everyone who got the chance to make the trip to South Portland. Their was plenty of football and hurling for everyone. The U10's swept their football matches while the U8's joined with St Brendan's to give ISYL a run for their money. Then it was time to notch their first team win as hurlers as the Springfield team with the help of a few St. Brendan's edged out a ISYL/Maine group. The Best Western Merry Manor should be getting back to normal as the Wolfetones departed Sunday morning after two great nights by the pool! Football, fun, friends and family is what the Wolfetones are all about.
*NEW* Wolfetones Travel To Portland, Maine as the MGSA host this Weekend's Blitz
On 6/29/13, Maine Gaelic Sports Alliance will be hosting their annual blitz at the Wainwright Sports Complex, Highland Ave, South Portland Maine. For directions, CLICK HERE. Schedule of Events 12-12:30 Player Check In White Tent 12:25 Coaches meeting 12:30-12:45 Welcome Ceremony
Games Field 1: U8 and U10 12:45-1:15 Football U8 Maine/Wolfetones v. ISYL 1:20-1:50 Football U10 Wolfetones V Maine 2:00-2:30 Hurling U8 Maine/Wolfetones v ISYL 2:40-3:20 Football U10 ISYL V Wolfetones 3:30-4:00 Football U8 Mixed teams Optional 4:10-4:30 Football U10 ISYL V Maine 4:40-5:10 Hurling U10 Mixed teams Optional
Field 2 U12
12:45-1:20 Football Maine/Wolfetones v St Brendan's/ISYL 1:45-2:15 Football Mixed teams Optional 2:45-3:15 Hurling Maine/Wolfetones v St. Brendan's/ISYL 3:45-4:15 Hurling Mixed Teams Optional
Field 3 U14/U16
12:45-1:20 Football Maine/St Brendan's v Hartford/Wolfetones 1:45-2:20 Football Mixed teams Optional 2:45-3:20 Hurling Maine/St Brendan's v Hartford/Wolfetones 3:45-4-20 Hurling Mixed teams Optional
Field 4 U6
The post-party is in Portland about 25 minutes away but easy access. Burgers, dogs and salads. This is also an indoor facility and can host some additional games as well.
CANCELLATION: We are planning to play in light rain but if there is 24 hours of steady rain and more of the same projected, we'll inform all of you by email and post on the Facebook andwww.gaelicsportsme.com page by 7:15PM Friday as per our agreed upon framework. Either way, the indoor event will happen, so if you have made travel plans, please consider coming up as we'll just expand the social events and get some fun games in on the indoor pitch.
*UPDATED W/ SCHEDULE* Wolfetones Travel To Pope John Paul Reservation, Boston, on 6/22/13
The Wolfetones will take on the best Boston has to offer as they travel to Pope John Paul Reservation, Gallivan Blvd, Boston this saturday, June 22nd. Please bring plenty of water, sunscreen and MOUTHGUARDS. Times to be determined.
Mouth guards are a brand new requirement this year as mandated by the Boston Northeast Minor Board and the GAA. Sorry for the inconvenience as we were just made aware of the requirement. You can purchase a variety of mouth guards at the sporting goods stores. 6/22/13 Schedule Please be at the Field at least 30 minutes prior to your Matches. Please account for traffic. The coaches will be on site early and have a central tent set up for a rally point. Look for us and check in as early as possible.
Round 1 10AM (9:30 at field)
U10 Hart/Spring v. ISYL Field 3 U16 Hart/Spring v. ISYL Field 5
Round 2 11 AM (10:30 at field)
U 10 Hart/Spring v. Milton Field 3 U 14 Comb v. ISYL Field 5 U6 Hart/Spring v. Milton Field 1 U 8 Hart/Spring v. ISYL Field 2
Round 3 12:00
U14 comb v. ISYL Field 5 U12 comb v. ISYL Field 4
Round 4 1:30
U16 Hart/Spring v. ISYL Field 5 U 8 Hart/Spring v. St B's Field 3
Round 5 3:00
U14 comb v. ISYL Field 5 U12 comb V. ISYL Field 4
As you will see on the schedule, there will be "Open Fields" for pick up games for different age groups. Our Host will be providing water and pizza for players and parents. Please remember the sunscreen and mouth guards. Thanks
Wolfetones Enjoy A Taste Of Hurling
With Hartford having to cancel the matches on Saturday, it was a great chance for our footballers to try the other great Irish sport, hurling. Coach Eamonn Burke took the kids through the paces and topped of the session with some friendly competition. Check out some of the pictures.
*Fundraising Results* Boston Red Sox Ticket Raffle and Celebrity Bartender
Congratulations to Ronnie McDonald of Chicopee. Ronnie, formerly of County Mayo, won Tuesday night's tickets to the Red Sox!
The Wolfetones would like to thank Todd Wallace of Dunkin Donuts for donating the pair of tickets to help support Gaelic Football in WMass!
Also on Friday night, Bill Christophori and Tom Ashe were helping the Mean Green Machine by pouring some pints at the City Line Cafe. Special thanks to Marty Cunningham of the City Line for hosting this event.
A round of applause goes to our own Eamonn Burke and Peter Murphy for spear-heading these two fundraising events. In a very short time, they were able to raise just under $1,000 for the Wolfetones.
*NEW* CYC Hotel Room Raffle
Golf Tourney is cancelled 5/25
*Location Update* Celebrity Bartender Event to Benefit the Wolfetones GFC
The City Line Cafe in Springfield will be hosting a Celebrity Bartender Event on Friday, June 14th from 7-9PM. Billy Christophori and Tom Ashe will be pouring pints and mixing some magic on Friday June 14th. They have been kind enough to donate all of their tips to the Wolfetones GFC. Those proceeds will help the team's expenses as well as support the Wolfetones' trip to the Continental Youth Championships, July 25-28, 2013. This year's CYC will be held just outside of Philadelphia and will be the largest gathering of GAA sports in North America. Bring your friends and family to enjoy the hospitality of the City Line Cafe, located at 9 Rimmon St. in Springfield.
*Cancelled* Thank you to volunteers Still Time to Volunteer for the JBO-SOE Golf Tournament
We hit a lot of topics at the parent's meeting after the practice. The most immediate of those topics is the Golf Tournament support for this Saturday, June 8th. We are looking for two groups ( Group A 8:00-11:15 & Group B 11:15-2:00). We have had some quick responses from Saturday's practice. Here's what we have so far:
Group A (8-11:15) Coach Carney Rory, Riley & Jack Shea Maize & Bridie Bowler Cathal Carney Brigid and Brendan Moore
Group B (11:15-2:00) Coach Connally Patrick Fletcher Seamus Darcey Conor, Declan and Deirdre Connally
And there is a possibility of a Group C back at the SOE for the after dinner. They will be running a raffle and looking for a couple of players for the selling of the raffle tickets.
Please let me know if I've missed your name or time slot for Saturday. We are still looking for a few more players. You can reply to this email or reach me at 413-454-3392. It's a great way to support two of our primary sponsors and show our appreciation for their financial backing.
I just wanted to take a moment and thank all of the parents for their generosity for sponsoring two tees at this upcoming tournament!
The Golf Tournament is scheduled to kickoff for 8AM on June 8th at the Shaker Farms Country Club, 866 Shaker Rd., Westfield. I will update you with any last minute changes regarding the details.
June 1st Practice and Picture Day
After last week's rainout, the Wolfetones will be back for training at Chestnut Middle School on Plainfield St, Springfield. Practice will be from 3:00 to 4:15 with parent/coach time to discuss any questions you may have ie, CYC, season, Golf Tournament. Important: Please bring a copy of your child/children's birth certificate for registration purposes. We will also be holding Picture Day! We use these pictures as part of the league registration process as well as part of our Annual Video Yearbook. This Video is completed for the awards banquet at the end of the season. This weekend practice is supposed to be very warm, so please insure the kids and parents have plenty of water to stay hydrated. I look forward to seeing all of you this weekend and remember, It's never to late to introduce someone new to Gaelic football. The Wolfetones are always on the search for new faces interested in new sports. Friends and Family welcomed. For our U14 players, Hartford will be holding practices on Wednesdays at 6:30. All of our U14 players are invited to attend these sessions. For more information, please see Judy Cournoyer. Thanks
Sons of Erin v. John Boyle O'Reilly Annual Golf Tournament
John Boyle O'Reilly-Sons of Erin Golf Tournament, June 8th, 2013
This annual tournament between our two clubs has been a big assistance to the Wolfetones GFC. Along with the GAA Broadcasts, the Wolfetones are the primary beneficiaries of the money raised from this golf outting. It's a friendly competition between the clubs with fun and food both on the course and afterwards at the Sons of Erin in Westfield.
Volunteers We are looking for players to volunteer on the day of the tournament to work the course. Handing out waters and helping out. It's great for the Golfers to see the Wolfetones players that their fees are helping make Gaelic football possible. We'll have the kids in uniform and guided by a coach or team parent. We are looking to have two groups, Group A from 8:45 to 11:15 and Group B from 11:15 to 2:00. Please contact your coach to sign up!
Sponsorships There will be signs at each tee naming sponsors for the event. Once again this year, Wolfetones Coaching staff will be sponsoring a tee. In the previous years, the Wolfetones parents have combined to sponsor a tee. The tee sponsorship is $50 per tee. It's great to chip in on one and show your support. For sponsorship information, contact our own Eamonn Burke at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-288-9155.
Players There is still room for additional players if golf is your thing. The tournament is open to all club members. It's just $80 per golfer and includes golf, cart and dinner at the SOE after.
It's a lot of fun and all for a great cause, GAA in Western MA!
CYC Hotel information, Booking Deadline June15
The Wolfetones, MA have been assigned to the Homewood Suites by Hilton Malverne for the CYC. The booking link is as follows:
The main number for the hotel is 1-610-296-3500. If booking your reservation over the phone, please use the booking code CYC - Continental Youth Championships - Gaelic Football. You must reference this booking code when making reservations over the telephone to get the discounted rate.
When booking online via the link above, the rate of $145/night is only available starting 7/24 so if you plan or coming before the 24th, you will need to contact Heidi Derise at email@example.com to book the other nights at the discounted rate.
The room available to us is a one bedroom king suite with double sleeper sofa.
This is the ONLY room type available to us at the discounted rate. They have no 2 bedroom suites available that week and will not discount any more if you need to book more than one room. They also do not have cots available. The room come with kitchens and complimentary breakfast daily and indoor pool.
VERY IMPORTANT: All families must reserve their rooms by June 15. If rooms are not booked by the 15th, they will be released and any reservation made, if available, after that date will be at the full "summer" price. There are two other large tournaments in the area the same weekend of the CYC so hotel rooms may be difficult to find and naturally hotels will be less inclined to honor the reduced rate after the deadline.
The Wolfetones will start their 2013 football season with practice on May 4th from 3:00-4:15 at the Chestnut Middle School, Plainfield St, Springfield. We've had a great turnout at our pre-season events and now it's show time. This year should be especially fun and competitive as we have a new blitz format as well as league playoffs! Check out our schedule on the Calendar and Game Schedule page! Interested in playing? The Wolfetones Gaelic Football Club is open to all children, boys and girls, ages 5-16. Contact Mike Carney at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Mike Connally at email@example.com for more information. Click here for a Wolfetones Application. We look forward to seeing all of our new faces as well as our seasoned veterans on the pitch May 4th.
Holyoke Sun Supports the Gaelic Football Skills clinics held in Holyoke
The Holyoke Sun put together a great article on Gaelic Football returning to Holyoke. Check out the article. Gaelic football has been on and off since 1914 in western Mass and the Wolfetones are dedicated to providing the opportunity for all children, age 5-16, to experience one of the great sports of Ireland. No experience needed. Just bring your cleets, waterbottle, a great attitude and we'll teach you the rest!
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Looking for some information about Irish events, Irish history or great photos of your Wolfetones? Visit The Craic at www.thecraicwmass.com for great pieces on Irish heritage, recipes and news regarding WMass Irish.
Spring Skills Schedule
Well with only a few official hours of winter remaining on the calendar, what better time to share our Gaelic Football Spring Skills schedule. As previously noted, this set of clinics will be held in Holyoke at the John J Lynch Middle School, 1575 Northampton St. It's a great chance to grow our team including new players from Holyoke as well as reconnecting with those Holyoke Players from the 70's, 80's and 90's. Tell your friends and relatives, the Wolfetones are back in Holyoke! We are open to all children, ages 5-16 who are interested in fun and football.
Spring Skills Clinics
Sunday April 7th, 11:15-12:45 Sunday April 14th 11:15-12:45 Sunday April 21st, 11:15-12:45
Originally, we had March 24 on the schedule and noticed it was Palm Sunday. Sorry about any confusion.
Great round of applause to the kids and families who were able to march this past Sunday in the Holyoke St Patrick's Parade. With over 400,000 spectators and 15,000 marchers, the Wolfetones GFC may have been the loudest group to walk the 2.65 miles in that sunny cold!
Special thanks to Judy, Vanessa, Kate and Sheila for working the Wolfe Tones concert last Wednesday. The Wolfe Den was working the fundraising by selling our new Wolfetones merchandise and pulling the 50/50 raffle.
Enjoy your Easter, Michael Connally
2013 Holyoke St Patrick's Day Parade Wolfetones Style
Wolfetones and the Springfield Falcons Host "IRISH NIGHT" at the Mass Mutual Center
On Friday, March 1st, the Wolfetones kicked off the St Patrick's Holiday season with the Springfield Falcons and their "Irish Night" celebration. Section 26 was filled with Wolfetones' green hoodies, as the team cheered the Falcons to a 7-2 victory over the Phantoms of Adirondack. The Wolfe Den did a great job getting the word out on short notice, selling 57 tickets as well as running a very successful game jersey raffle. Successful? The Wolfetones set a Springfield Falcon's record for raffle tickets sales and raised an easy $900 for our club!! That's what I call scoring one for the home team!
Our Falcon's Jersey Winner
Wolfetones Close out their Winter Clinic Sessions with a Great Turnout!
The Wolfetones would like to thank all of the parents and their kids for coming out to our Winter Skills Clinics this year. We had a very good and consistent turnout for the three snow-time sessions. Several new faces have joined the Wolfetones Family and like any family, the MORE the MERRIER! It may have been drizzling outside, but the kids were all smiles and hustle as they spent the session playing their hearts out.
Facebook Friends, Check Out Boston Northeast Minor Board Page.
The Boston Northeast Minor Board is our league's governing body. They work hard at providing Gaelic Football education and competition throughout New England. The have launched a Facebook page and are in the process of constructing a website. We will be adding links to all of the teams within the Boston Northeast Minor Board early next month. This week they are profiling our team, the Wolfetones. Check them out and give them a "like" or a comment. Great job to James Tierney, our league's Public relations Officer, for pulling it all together!
Wolfetones' skills clinics are combining fun, football techniques and friendly competition!
Sunday, February 17th kicked off school vacation week in Western Mass and the Wolfetones had a great clinic with some very enthusiastic children at the St. Mary's High School. After practicing High Catches, Punt Kicks, Feints and Near Hand Tackles, the Yellow and Red teams displayed some healthy competitive spirit. The Blue and Green squads closed the session with smiles and a closely contested match. We have one more Skills session scheduled for next Sunday, February 24th before our St Patrick's break. We will be picking the the skills sessions at Lynch School in Holyoke on March 24th and April 7th and 14th.
Wolfetones kickoff the preseason with a skills clinic.
Sunday's skills clinic had many of our seasoned players as well as some new faces. About 30 kids came out to start their Superbowl Sunday with Ireland's most popular sport, Gaelic Football. The scrimmages at the end of the clinic, helped all the players get some exercise and practice those football skills. Our next two clinics are scheduled for Feb 17 and 24, 1230-130 at St Mary's High School. Thanks to Pat Smith and Father Brian for arranging the use of the school gym!
*Fundraiser Alert* Wolfetones and the Springfield Falcons team up to celebrate "Irish Night" at the Mass Mutual Center
The Wolfetones have teamed up with the Springfield Falcons to celebrate their "Irish Night" on March 1st. The Wolfetones will be offering tickets to the night's event for $16.00. That's 20% off the face value! This is a great opportunity to kick off the Irish Holiday season the right way.
The Wolfetones will also be running a Falcons' Game Jersey raffle at the game. This is an actual game jersey worn by a Springfield Falcons player during one of this year's league matches. A portion of the ticket and raffle sales will go to the Wolfetones Youth Gaelic football club!
Tell your friends and family about a great night out supporting local hockey, Irish heritage and your Wolfetones. The Claddagh School of Irish dance will also be present helping celebrate the festivities.
For these great discounted tickets, please call Mike Connally, 413-454-3392 or reply to this email with the number of tickets needed along with your contact information.
The Wolfetones Prepare for 2013! Check Out the Updated Calendar for New Clinic Dates!
The Wolfetones have scheduled their first three clinics of the 2013 season. February 3rd, 17th and 24th from 12:30 to 1:30 at St. Mary's High School, 27 Bartlett St, Westfield. It's a great time to get out of the cold and brush off those Gaelic football skills. Great exercise and a lot of fun learning or sharpening those ball handling skills.
These are just the first set of clinics planned to help the team get ready for an exciting new season with an entirely new approach to scheduling games. Besides these three, we plan on three more at the end of March/early April (in Holyoke if possible) and three final outdoor clinics/trainings in May prior to the official start of the game schedule.
We have been busy planning some great events throughout the year for the kids as well as the parents. Check out the Calendar Page for a quick glimpse at an early events. Some additional items that are in the planning phase but the dates are still up in the air include Celebrity Bartending JBO v SOE, Comedy Night and Springfield Falcon's welcome the Wolfetones. Many of the ideas this year will include fundraising as we are making every attempt to offset the cost of traveling and staying in Philly for each of our families for the CYC this year.
Wolfetones GFC Awards/Fundraiser Banquet, Saturday, December 8th @ 4:00PM
I wanted to let everyone know, we have finally been able to book our annual Awards/Fundraising Dinner for December 8th, 2012. We will be holding it once again at the John Boyle O'Reilly Club in Springfield. The festivities begin at 4:00 with dinner starting about 5:00. It's a great chance to see your Wolfetones friends and family. Festivities will include medals for this season's Wolfetones players, dinner, Wolfetones 2012 slideshow, merchandise and a raffle. A little fun over food and drinks is just what the season calls for! The more the merrier! Cost for the event is $35 per family or $20 per person. TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER OR AT THE DOOR. PLEASE RSVP TO MCONNALLY@WESTERNMASSGAA.COM WITH THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE ATTENDING. THIS WILL HELP US IN PLANNING THE EVENT. We also ask that each family donate an item to our Wolfetones GFC Raffle. This is a great opportunity to raise a few pennies to offset the cost of the season. Balls, uniforms, t-shirts, insurance and equipment can add up fast. We would like to thank our sponsors, The John Boyle O'Reilly Club, The Sons Of Erin Club, Lifetime Roofers and Tilers, Rob Levesque Associates and the SOE/JBO Golf Tournament supporters.
Michael J Finn to Be the JBO's Latest Celebrity Bartender On Friday, October 26 @8:00
I hope everyone is enjoying this last gasp of beautiful weather prior to the onslaught of winter. This Friday at the John Boyle O'Reilly Club, Michael J Finn, State Rep for West Springfield, will be the Celebrity Bartender. He starts his shift at 8:00 and has promised his tips to our favorite cause....The Wolfetones GFC! Come join the crowd and support your Wolfetones!
Donegal defeats Mayo and are the All Ireland Football Champions.
What a great crowd this Sunday at the JBO. It was a full house enjoying the All Ireland finals in the member's lounge downstairs. We had a strong Mayo contingent, Wolfetone players all sugared up on cupcakes and cookies as well as the one or two lonely Donegal fans (Mr. Darcey) celebrating their victory. It was a great day had by all. Especially, Tom McCarthy of Springfield, who won the Kerry jersey at the completion of the final. Congratulations Tom and thanks to all of the Wolfetones supporters who participated in the raffle. Judy, Vanessa and Sheila, once again rocked the hospitality by running a bake sale, preparing breakfast sandwiches and selling the final raffle tickets. What a great success. Check out Facebook for some shots of our sugared players!
All Ireland Hurling Final, Kilkenny v Galway, this Sunday, September 9th at the John Boyle O'Reilly Club
Galway takes on last year's All Ireland champs, Kilkenny, this Sunday at 10:30 AM down in the member's lounge. Entry fee is $20 per person. Also included is the Minor Hurling Final between Dublin and Tipperary at 8:15.With this season's hurling clinics, many of our players showed some strong interest in the "fastest sport on grass". What a great chance to see it played at it's highest standard!
The Wolfetones GFC help The Sons Of Erin Club celebrate their Irish Feis.
The sun was shining , the kids were smiling and Irish music was in the air this Sunday at the Sons of Erin. Sheila Foley and her team hosted a wonderful day! The Wolfetones' football kick around had some fresh faces as well a sea of green Wolfetones shirts. "Eamonn's Academy of Hurling" made his final clinic of the season and generated more than a few glances from the crowd of onlookers. The Wolfe Den was busy with raffle ticket and merchandise sales while peaking the interest of some new recruits. They were the hit of "merchant's row". Special thanks to Judy Cournoyer, Vanessa Duffy, Meg Shea and Sheila Connally for running an awesome table and donating some raffle and baked goods! Seamus Darcey, Packie Smith, Chris Shea and Eamonn Burke kept the balls flying and the ash clashing. Thanks to all of our Wolfetones families for coming out and enjoying a great day of Irish fun.
Autographed Kerry County Jersey signed by the O'Shea players up for raffle!
Get your chances to win this autographed Kerry County Jersey! Only $5 a chance to win this classic piece of Football history, beautifully framed for proud display. It drew some attention at this weekend's JBO Feis and will continue to build momentum up until the All Ireland Senior football final on Sunday, September 23rd. For your chances, contact Kate Carney at firstname.lastname@example.org. This prize will also be available for chances at the Sons of Erin Festival on Sunday, September 2nd in Westfield as well as the All Ireland Semi final matches on August 24th (Cork v Donegal) and Sept 2nd (Dublin V Mayo). Drawing on September 23rd at the John Boyle O'Reilly at the conclusion of the All Ireland Football Final.
Wolfetones Host The Final Game of the Season Prior to The JBO Feis!
This Saturday, August 11 @1:00, the Wolfetones will be hosting the final set of matches for the season. Immediately following the matches, players and their families from all the teams are invited back to the JBO (free of charge) for music, food and fun. More details to come!!! Bring your family and friends to enjoy an afternoon of football and fun.
Wolfetones Edge Hartford with Great Team Play!
Our Wolfetones played a brilliant game against our southern partners at Hartford GAA. Our kids used their technical skills to outwit the aggressive style of Hartford. Both teams displayed great sportsmanship as the two teams met for pizza downstairs at the Irish American Home Society after the match. The Wolfetones did their best at enjoying Hartford's hospitality. Thanks Hartford.
Wolfetones represent Western Mass GAA at the MGSA 2012 GAA Blitz
On 7/28/12, the Wolfetones attended the Maine Gaelic Sports Alliance's First annual GAA Blitz. Tomas and Cathal Carney, Marcus and Colin Kane, Jack, Riley and Rory Shea, Moira and Liam Cournoyer, Liam and Clare Murphy, Dylan Sullivan and Conor, Deirdre and Declan Connally represented the Wolfetones. The event was held in South Portland, ME and was everything a GAA enthusiast could ask for in an event. Football and Hurling skills clinics got the blood flowing and the muscles loose. Then, an afternoon of football and hurling matches showcased some great competition and excellent sportsmanship. The Wolfetones joined St Brendan's, Worcester and the Gaels on the pitch for an unforgettable day. To cap off the event, our gracious hosts treated the players, coaches and families to a BBQ on the beach. Hats off to the MGSA for their gracious hospitality and an excellent day of GAA competition. LOOK FOR THE EVENT PICTURES ON THE "WOLFE TONE GAELIC FOOTBALL" FACEBOOK PAGE SOON!
Wolfetones excel in the skills competition at the MGSA GAA Blitz
The final event of the GAA Blitz included football and hurling skills competitions among the three age divisions. The Wolfetones played well and took home some 1st and 2nd place finishes. U8 Football Liam Cournoyer 1st and Conor Connally 2nd. U10 Football Cathal Carney 1st, U15 Football Marcus Kane 2nd. A round of applause for all of the players who competed in the events.
Wolfetones expand their GAA program with their first Hurling Clinic.
Wolfetones GFC v ISYL, Sunday July 8th @ Irish Cultural Centre in Canton, MA. Time 11:00 AM
After a great showing in Dorchester last week, The Wolfteones are once again off to Eastern Massachusetts to take on the ISYL of Boston. This is a Sunday match and will include many matches from the Boston area occurring that day. This is a great opportunity to see the game played at a senior level and enjoy some Hurling as well. We will look to meet up at the JBO for 8:30AM for those that will be car pooling. For directions to Canton, Click here for directions or on this Google Link
Wolfetones GFC will travel to Boston on Saturday, June 30th @ 12:00PM for matches with St Brendan's and Trinity Gaelic Football clubs
Great news! We were able to move our time up an hour earlier! The games will start at 12:00 PM. Our Wolfetones will be traving to Pope John Paul II Reservation for our matches this Saturday, June 30th. The fields are located in Dorchester and have entrances on Hallet St as well as Gallivan Blvd. The Gallivan Blvd entrance will bring you to the parking lot closest to the playing fields. A group of parents will be meeting at the John Boyle O'Reilly club and leaving from there at 9:30 AM. Remember, white shorts and plenty of water as this park has very limited shade. We'll have the Wolfetone's tent up for some help with the sun. for directions visit our direction page or this GOOGLE maps link.
Wolfetones GFC v. Hartford GAA met on Saturday with strong performances from the U13 squad.
Our Wolfetones played some spirited matches against a strong Hartford club last Saturday. Our U13 team played Hartford twice with the contests falling to Hartford's favor each time. This Saturday, June 23rd will be practice at the Chestnut School field and June 30th will be our next match. This match is scheduled for Pope John Paul Field in Dorchester MA. More news and directions to follow.
Wolfetones GFC host their first annual "La Teaghlaigh" (Family Day)
2012 Wolfetones" La Teaghlaigh"
With the last minute cancellation by Boston ISYL, the Wolfetones hosted their first annual "La Teaghlaigh" (Family Day). The rain held off as family and friends enjoyed two inter-squad matches, picture day and some soda and pizza. A great way to kick off the 2012 game schedule for the Wolfetones.
Wolfetones U 14 squads put on a scoring blitz 6/9/12
The older teams kicked off La Teaghlaigh with a 9-a-side match. With a score of 21-9, everyone got a chance in this offensive battle. Great job and some tremendous team work!
U 9 Teams display great teamwork with improved ball handling. 6/9/12
The U 9 teams played 7-a side and were all smiles while fighting for every hand pass and point. The final score of 9-3 showed some great defensive play while focusing on the Gaelic football fundamentals!
Celebrity Bartending Challenge was a great success! Our favorite politicians raised over $1700 for the Wolfetones CYC 2012 campaign
John Boyle O'Reilly club played the gracious host for the the Celebrity Bartending on Friday June 1st. Mayor Domenic J Sarno and School Committee Members Peter Murphy and Norman Roldan worked the taps and entertained the downstairs lounge as they helped raise $1700 in donated tips. The Wolfetones truly appreciate these gentlemen taking time out of their busy schedules to help support our CYC 2012 campaign. Special thanks goes to Eric Devine and Peter Murphy for arranging this successful event!
Congratulations to Ed Gates! He was elected Cathaoirleach (Chair) for the Boston Northeast Divisional Minor Board at their AGM elections. Eddie has always been a great voice for the Wolfetones and will now be supporting the entire league in his newly elected position.
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The Wolfetones 2012 Calendar of Events The GAA National League Spring 2012 (JBO Broadcast Schedule)
The Wolfe Den are busy at this very moment scheduling Fundraisers andTeam events. Call Judy, Sheila, Kate or Vanessa to join in!
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Wolfetones and the 2012 Holyoke St. Patrick's Day Parade
Great job to all of the players, parents, coaches and Wolfe Den for showing Holyoke what Wolfetones Gaelic Football is all about!