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Wednesday 3 November 2021

In this edition:

New club-member portal – register now


If you are a player or member for the 2020/21 season, you must register your details on our new registration form on our website: wellingtongaa.com/register/

We have recently signed up to Friendly Manager – a club management software system that provides membership and administration management for the club. The software will make everyone's lives easier as that admin stuff we all have to do will be made much, much simpler. From signing up and paying for membership, club competitions and events, to editing your personal information with the club, the platform is quick and easy to use. The platform doesn't currently have an app, but you can add the login page to your phone's home screen via your internet browser.

As we have just signed up to the platform, we need all of this season's players and members to complete the registration form by Friday 5 November (ahead of the start of socials next week). 

Here are the steps on registering:
  • Complete the registration form (making sure to fill in all the required fields)
  • Once completed, you will receive a verification email with details on how to log into your account 
  • After you have logged in using your temporary password, you will be asked to enter a new password
  • Once done, you can then use the platform to manage your information and make additional registrations
  • In your profile, you will see membership fees that are due. You can pay membership through the club account details provided
  • If you have already paid your membership for this year, your profile will be updated in the coming days to reflect this.
If you have any questions around completing the form or using the platform, please reach out to our treasurer Damien Farrelly at treasurer@wellingtongaa.com.

Labour weekend tournament
 

We had a great day's Gaelic games at a resplendent Awakairangi on Saturday 23 October.

Originally slated as a New Zealand sevens competition, the infamous delta variant had other ideas and we had to quickly focus our efforts on a Wellington-only tournament.

Despite the disappointment of the national competition's cancellation, players and spectators alike enjoyed some fine football, hurling and camogie games throughout the day. All teams had been training hard in the months leading up to the weekend and the quality of play was clear to see. On that note, a special mention must go to the coaches for having the teams in such fine fettle.
 

Robbie Loughman shoots for a point in the men's football final. Photo: Sam Bircham
 
The tournament wouldn't have been possible without our troop of volunteers. Thanks to all of you. In particular, a shout out to Eoin 'Brick' Norton for organising the fixtures; Tiaré Verenitani for her excellent coordination and planning; Darragh Corboy for ferrying the goal posts to and from the grounds; Sam Bircham for the photography; and, of course, the Hutt Valley Irish Society for their post-match hospitality.

Results can be found through the link below. Well done to everyone who played on the day, and congratulations to those players who shone in their respective finals. 


Players of the finals

Women's football: Cara Horisk
Men's football: Robbie Loughman
Camogie: Lindsay O'Driscoll
Hurling: Phillip Byrne
 

Sponsors

The tournament was generously sponsored by Eddie and Myles Carson on behalf of E Carson & Sons Ltd; and Brian Gahan on behalf of Gahan Energy Ltd in the Hutt Valley. Myles and Brian are ex Wellington/Hutt Valley players who lined out on our teams in the 80s and 90s. They both represented the club in local and national competitions, and in the Australian Games over the years. It's a great honour to be affiliated with both companies, especially as they have such strong ties to the club and the Irish community. We are extremely thankful for their generous support of the tournament.
 
 
Labour weekend tournament results

Social Gaelic games


Sponsored by Whistling Sisters Beer Co. for the 2021/22 season

Our social Gaelic football and hurling/camogie season commences on Wednesday 10 November. This year sees the introduction of a hurling/camogie socials competition for the first time. We're still looking for some players for this hurling/camogie comp, so make sure to let us know if you're interested in playing. In recent weeks, beginner sessions have taken place and we've seen an excellent turnout with up to 50 players descending on Ian Galloway Park.
 
Some fledgling hurlers learning the ropes at our first beginner session. Photo: Rachel Kirby.
 
Registration is $60 for the season. If you’ve paid full-year ($130) or half-year ($80) club membership for 2021/22, then it’s all included. You must also register for socials on our new registration form – by this Friday 5 November – even if you have already paid. 

To stay up to date with this season's information, fixtures and results, keep an eye on our website. You can also join the Wellington Social Gaelic Football group on Facebook. Any questions, contact our Player Development Officer Bryan ‘Badger’ Downes at playerdevelopment@wellingtongaa.com.


Sponsors

Once again, thanks to Whistling Sisters for sponsoring the 2021/22 season. As a thanks for their support, club vice-president Denise Durkin recently popped into the bar on Taranaki St to present them with a framed 130-year anniversary jersey. As part of their sponsorship, they have kindly contributed vouchers for the season. The vouchers will be awarded to players of the game at socials this year.
 

(Left) Denise receiving vouchers from manager Stef Yates. (Right) Denise presenting our 130-year jersey to Bede Roe of Whistling Sisters.

Golf classic

It has been some time coming, but our long-awaited golf classic will take place on Saturday 13 November at Manor Park Golf Sanctuary
 

Gameplay

You have the option of playing 18 holes or a 9-hole scramble in teams of four. 9-hole scramble means playing from the farthest-hit ball on your team. There will be prizes for longest drive, and closest to the pin. Golf clubs will be available to hire at the course for $15. Tee times will be available closer to the date.
 

Registration and sponsorship

Registration and payment details can be found through the link below. Details on sponsoring a hole can also be found here. We're looking for 18 sponsors – one for each hole – so we'd appreciate if people could reach out to any contacts who may be interested in sponsorship.

If you have any questions in the meantime, contact Ronan O’Malley at events@wellingtongaa.com.
 

Register and pay / sponsor a hole

Kids Gaelic games
 

Kids Gaelic games returned to Lower Hutt and Kāpiti in October. We've had a fantastic turnout so far, and it has been great to see new players and parents come along on Sunday mornings and have some fun.

Session in Lower Hutt in early October.
 
If you or anyone you know is interested, you can sign up for this season through the link below. If you need any further information, please contact our Youth Officer Siobhán Cotter at kids@wellingtongaa.com or call 021 078 9663. You can also follow us on Facebook at Kids GAA Wellington and Kāpiti Kids Gaelic Football for more info.
 

Sponsors

A special word of thanks to the Hutt Valley Irish Society who have kindly sponsored this year's kids Gaelic games. The society has, and continues to be, great supporters of Gaelic games in the region. Everyone at the club is grateful for their continued support and hospitality.
 
Kids Gaelic games sign-up form

Morning Star Cup
 

Keep your Log o' Wood and your Chatham Cup, the Morning Star Cup is probably the most sought-after trophy in New Zealand club sport. And we've got great news – the three-part series is back in Ian Galloway Park this month.

This year will see Kāpiti Kowhai (yellow) take on Wellington Kākāriki (green). Mike Lawson will captain Kowhai and Ivan Ward will lead Kākāriki. The selectors are making their final team selections, and match-day panels are to be released on the week of game one. 
 

The teams after game three of the 2020 Morning Star Cup.

Last year saw Dean McMahon's red team defeat Felim O'Leary's green team 2-1 in the series, with each game going down to the wire. Over the three games a massive 43-106 (235) was racked up. We're looking forward to more high-scoring hurling in this month's games. The games are scheduled for Friday 12, Friday 26 November, and Friday 10 December.
 
Did you know? The Morning Star Cup is named after the river which flows through the quaint Limerick town of Bruff

Beach tournament


Lock Saturday 4 December into your calendars because we're going to be taking to the white sand of Oriental Bay for our annual Gaelic football beach tournament. It's always a great day out and we can't wait to entertain the throngs of Wellingtonians passing by on the parade.
 

Our 2014 beach tournament in Oriental Bay.

Entertainment book update


The Entertainment book folk have an exciting new offer to share with us. Check it out through the link below.

You will receive a bonus $40 Farmers e-gift card when you purchase a multi-city or multi-plus membership or a $20 Farmers e-gift card when you purchase a single-city membership.

Also, they will be giving anyone who purchases membership from 18 October the chance to win $5,000 worth of groceries from Countdown. You will be automatically entered into the draw just by purchasing an Entertainment membership. That’s free grocery shopping for 6 months. This is a  limited time offer, ending on Wednesday 17 November at 11.59am.
 
Entertainment book offer

Irish community


Mike Fahy Memorial Cup

Early October saw the inaugural Mike Fahy Memorial Cup kick off at Boyd Wilson Park. The support from players and supporters on the night was incredible. Well done to everyone who either played in or donated towards the tournament.

Special shout out in particular to Super Paddy's FC and Better Football for organising the tournament. They raised a whopping $1,890 for a fantastic charity and Super Paddy's FC's sponsors Lifeline Aotearoa.
 
Wellington/Hutt Valley GFHA represented at the Mike Fahy Memorial Tournament. (Back row, L-R: Ronan O'Malley, Dean McMahon, Enda Costello, Michael Archer, Dominic Leeson.
Front row, L-R: Dan Doyle, Trevor Mangan, Robbie Loughman, Rónán McIlvenny)

 

Other info

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