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New York GAAGames Development Newsletter February 2018   03/01/2018

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New York GAAGames Development  Newsletter  February 2018

This year we have 5 teams in total going home to Ireland to compete in their respectedCompetitions, they include U14 Ladies Feile football team, U14 Boys Feile football team,U14 New York Hurling team, U16 New York Boys football team - as well as the New YorkCollegiate team that were just out.Going home to compete is a fantastic experience for these young players, getting top classcoaching, development as players and people, as well as making new friends. Over the lastfew weeks the try outs for these teams have taken place, with record numbers.The New York U14 Ladies Footballers listening to trainerColm Donnelly after the rst Feile Try Out.New York Feile Try OutsU14 New York Hurling trainer Laurence Kennedy taking acool down with the players after a tough session.New York Feile Football Manager Paul Moore congratulatingthe eort at one of rst few Feile try outs from a recordnumber of players.“The training from Feile developed my game incredibly, and is what sparked by love for the game to go onand play at junior and intermediate level in New York. As well as further at minor and collegiate levels inManchester and Dublin - and at the World games in Dublin. Feile provides great coaching and training toall players and is an enjoyable experience where I made lasting friendships with my NY teammates and host clubfamilies... I’m very also jealous of the Hurling team going back and would of loved that opportunity.”Shane Slattery - St Raymonds.“As a footballer, Feile was one of the best opportunity's I had as a player and a person. Girls who were once mysworn enemies on the pitch became my best friends. We still share stories and laugh about the months wespent together, still analyze the matches, and still wish we could go back and do it all again 5 years later.Feile is an amazing opportunity to make friends and seeparts of Ireland you’ve never seen before, while improvingyour skills and overall game play. I’ve now some friendsfor life and I’m much stronger, tter and connected tothe GAA community and Ireland”Kelly Ann Henry - RocklandNew York U16 team at their strength and conditioningworkshop at Rockland GAA Pavilion.History was made last week when a New York Colleges team competed in the Higher EducationChampionships for the rst time. They were highly competitive too, losing by just four pointsto the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) in the Corn Na Mac Leinn Shield Final.The level they performed at was a tribute to the huge eort put in by their players –all American born - who trained together throughout December and January.Some made that commitment despite having to commute seven-hour round trips, and onone night 22 players turned up for training even though two feet of snow had fallen.Signicant private fund-raising was done to make the trip possible with local sponsorsGC Warehouse, Commodore Construction, RMD Floors, El Sol Construction,O'Callaghan-Perela Construction, and BAR construction all coming on board, and theteam proudly wore jerseys emblazoned with the emblem of Solace House, the New Yorkequivalent of Irish suicide and self-harm charity, Pieta House.SEE ABOVE: The 2018 New York College that will compete in the Corn na Mac Leinn’ Cup in February 17th having been putting inthe hard work throughout the holiday season.Management Team 2018:Barry Walsh - ManagerRoger Slattery - Tour ManagerOwen McSweeney - SelectorEamon Devlin - SelectorMick Burke - Trainer“As a player it never once felt like we were out matched on the eld. We honestly felt more condent once we nally went out onthe pitch. We were unlucky to get the results we did, a few breaks of the ball our way and we would have had a crack at Hope Liverpool inthe nal. Overall it was a great experience for our rst year in theCorn na Macleinn Cup and one to build on for the New York teamcoming back next year.”Donnacha O’DwyerNew York Collegiate 2018SEE LEFT: Theplayers withDirector of theGAA Pairaic Duyat Croke Park.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQ09mbL9OaoOnce the lads were home we decided to catch up with Man of the Match and Shannon Gael’sown Tiarnan Mathers. We wanted to know what expectations were like ahead of the weekendand despite winning was it a valuable experience. “Overall the trip was a success not only forour team but for New York GAA. We denitely left our mark on the tournament and have laidstepping stones for the New York teams of the future. The Irish colleges expected to walk allover us and quite the opposite happened. We were there every step of the way and just fellshort in the end”.This wasn’t the rst time some of these lads went back to Ireland compete, and asking Tiarnanwho didn’t make the Feile team in his year, he stated “it’s hard to believe but I felt an advantagebeing one of the only players on our panel that had not played for a New York Gaelic Footballteam abroad before. Most of our players have been involved with New York teams thatTraveled abroad to play football, several which won their respected tournaments. From thestart it set me up to train harder that everyone else. I was in the gym at least six times a weekleading up to the match, because unlike msot of our players I had something to prove.For me going out onto the eld the rst day against Magee with butteries in my stomachwas probably the best thing that could’ve happened. It meant I had to be rst out for everyball, and once I won the rst ball I just had to keep going.”With in being the time of the year with Feile try outs, would you have any advice for young girlsor boys who didn’t make the team? “I didn’t make the Feile team when I was U14. I was actuallycut three times between the two years I was eligible. I was devastated, but I didn’t give up onthe football and I just kept pushing myself because I had something to prove.” Tiarnan addedthat when you work hard at something - sooner or later success comes knocking.SEE BELOW: New York’s Man of the MatchTiarnan Mathers from Shannon Gaels.New York Collegiate 2018CLICK BELOW TO VIEW JEROMEQUINN”S VIDEO REPORT ONNEW YORK GAA’S HISTORIC TRIP!http://nyyouthgaa.com/#456701CLICK BELOW TO VIEW MICKYQUIGG’S MATCH REPORT“Two years after Feile I was the U16 player of the year,two years after that I was U18 player of the year and I madeNew York World Games Hurling team, and this year Iwent to Ireland with the Collegiate team and ended upReceiving man of the match not only over our team, butover the Irish players that beat us in the nal. So by nomeans stop playing football or hurling - just because youget cut from Feile or any other team. It may hurt at rstbut take it in and use it to your own benet. Train with thatchip on your shoulder and your won’t miss outon the next opportunity.New York GAA are proud to announce the start of our rst ever NYGAA Development Squadstargeted at helping young players transition from juvenile to adult Hurling, Camogie and Football.The Academy will train on the date and times indicated below and will feature guest coaches,former county players and strength and conditioning in preparation for the 2018 season.The Hurling and Football Development squads are aimed at players aimed at 17-21 year olds.The Camogie Development Squad is aimed at playing turning 14 this year to 20 year olds.However, we will not be turning players away if they are a year or so o the eligibility.The Squad’s rst training session will take place in Gaelic Park below:- Monday 5th March 8-9pm Football9-10pm Hurling - Saturday 7th April 8-9pm CamogiePlayers who attend the mandatory amount of training sessions and events will receiveOcial NYGAA Training kits & gear.To Register for the Football Academy email nygaagdo@gmail.comTo Register for the Camogie/ Hurling Academy Email micky.quigg.hda.newyork@gaa.ieNY Development SquadsUp and RunningFebruary saw Wexford past and present legends including Tom Dempsey, Adrian Fenlon fromthe 1996 Wexford team and current stars including Lee Chin and manager Davey Fitzgerald.They made their way up to visit the players and parents of Rockland GAA on Friday, February 9th and then Shannon Gaels on Saturday 10th February.Shannon Gaels Chairman Robert McDonagh(LEFT) with Davey and NYMB Chairman DannyBrowne.Wexford Legends Visit New YorkDavey Fitzgerald inspiring the nextgeneration of Shannon GaelsHurlers.Lee Chin showingo his Inter-Countyskills.Rockland GAA Chairman Paul Rowleyintroducing the four legends at the Questionand Answer session.The sessions at each club were both very dierent - however both extremely valuable. AtRockland the session was very much a Q&A facilitated by Rockland GDO, Owen Mooney - Davey spoke on the values he tries to instill in his players. He spoke on the importanceon respect and buy in between player and management, that there needs to be aReciprocal trust involved for success to happen.He also mentioned that in each of his trainings hevalues fun and enjoyment, the basic skills andeverything in training relating back to the game -all games based practices. Players must beable to make decision in the game, be spatiallyaware and be given freedom to think forthemselves.The Shannon Gaels workshop was very interactivewith the kids, taking penalty's at Lee Chin.It also gave Davey the opportunity to stressthe importance of practice, that it never isenough for you just to pick up your stick oncea week for an hour at club training. To get betterat anything you need to be consistent andwork on all your skills.Jack Horgan started mideld for Nemo Rangers last weekend in the All Ireland Club Semi nal, asthey knocked out Derry and Ulster Champions, Robert Emmett’s Slaughtneil. Yet, if Jack wasplaying for most other clubs in Ireland, he might have walked away a long time ago.When he was 20, he wasn’t deemed good enough to make the club’s U-21B Team. Yet a fewyears on, he was man of the match in the 2017 Cork County nal replay over St Finbar’s.He is the most recent and obvious example of an underage policy that ies in the face of traditional methods, but it goes all the way back to Dylan Meighan, who never made an ‘A’ team the wholeway up through underage but won All-Irelands and Munster titles across more than a decade ofsenior football.The Nemo Rangers way is to develop the greatest spread of talent they can across the board,even when they know it will be at the expense of underage trophies. Game time is givento every player who turns up to play. In an interview with GAA.ie in 2016, senior footballerStephen Cronin – who has gone on to play for Cork – talked winning just one championshipgame the whole way until the end of his minor days. “You could be playing in the middle of themiddle of the eld and you’re being beaten by 20 points and you’re looking around and half theteam is being substituted,” he said at the time.Former Allstar Joe Kavanagh won two All-Ireland club titles with the Cork city outt states,“We had two teams and you’d always have nine or ten good players across the two teams,but we’d put ve on one team and ve on the other team. And we never won anything upthrough the grades bar maybe an U16 league. The idea was that you’d have two reasonablygood teams instead of having one good team and then 20 guys who maybe can’t play at all”.“The ve good guys helped both teams out and brought on the average players. That was theethos. We weren’t interested in winning an under-13 league or an under-14 championship”. “Bythe time 16 comes, you’ve a good idea of the good players are and the average players haveimproved. Leave the other clubs win these u14, u15, u16 championships but we’ll have good teamsready to compete, and recently win, minor and under-21 championships. That’s the way it goes.”And you would think that a policy of sacricing short-term success for the long-term gainwould be a hard sell to a bunch of pre-adolescents with other options on their doorstep. But notso, it seems - because the kids are getting to play.“I don’t think it was, and if you’re lucky enough, they might win something anyhow. Maybe it’s good to get beaten at those ages, maybe that’s a psychological thing we didn’t even think about.“I remember telling those fellas ‘it’s not about winning at 13 or 14 or 15 – you’re 14 years of age now, give it three or four years and ye’ll be competing at the highest level, and ye will be winning.’“Maybe they sucked that in and believed it. It invariably becomes truth because Stephen Cronin is playing senior football and even Cork football now”.“He was a well-driven guy I remember, and you just let them know that’s the way we’re going.That we’re not interested in winning. “If we do, great, but ye are all going to get a game. We want to develop ye and make ye all Nemo players by the time you’re 17 or 18.”With seven All-Ireland titles to their name, they’re entitled to feel that their way works.The Right UnderagePolicy?Article written byCahair O’Kane(Irish News)You may have noticed over the last number of weeks that some clubs have put togethera promotional video of their indoor program encouraging more kids and parents toget involved with the club.In the ever-changing society creating content is important especially on social media. Facebook video ads can receive 10 to 30 percent more views, and populate 11 times largerin news feeds. A short and sweet video, yet relevant video is more impaction and memorable.Videos are also more likely to be shared by friends and family members, rather than a image.“PR videos are a great tool to help grow, shape and mound a clubs brand across socialmedia and the Internet. It is so important that clubs have an active, streamlinedand consistent social media footprint to continue to grow numbers, and their relationshipwith their community.”Owen Mooney - Rockland GAA GDOIf your club is interested in getting together and organizing a Promotional Video shoot please MickyEmail micky.quigg.hda.newyork@gaa.ieCheck out all the club videos so far by clicking on their crest - which is your favorite??New York Club’sPromotional VideosWestput Setanta GAALe Cheile HurlingClubRockland GAA New Haven GAALong Island GAA St Brigid’s