Wednesday 1 December 2021

In this edition:

President's end-of-year message

Dear members, supporters and friends of Wellington/Hutt Valley GFHA

As we approach the end of 2021, it's a good time to celebrate another great year at Wellington/Hutt Valley Gaelic Football & Hurling Association.

Like 2020, this year has been adversely affected by COVID-19, but it’s a testament to the efforts of the Wellington/Hutt Valley Gaelic games family that we've had another successful year at the club.

We had a record attendance at the national championships in Christchurch in March and were very competitive in all of the codes that we entered. No doubt, the highlight was winning the double of senior men's football and hurling championships for the first time in living memory. It continued the winning vein within the club of capturing titles at Feis and national competitions. This is a reflection of the teamwork and coaching throughout the club to be so competitive so consistently.
Following on from the national championships, we celebrated 130 years of Gaelic games in Wellington. In a very successful weekend of celebrations, we welcomed back many players from the last 30 years who participated in a past vs present game of football. It was very special to welcome everyone to the Hutt Valley Irish Society to continue the day and share stories. And of course, we have to mention Ronan and Bobs' video compilation of the last 13 decades of activity. It will be a very valuable asset to the club. 

Unfortunately, COVID-19 lockdowns meant that the national junior championships scheduled for Hamilton had to be cancelled, and our own Wellington Sevens competition had to be a scaled down to a local competition. Hopefully next year we'll be back to normal on that front.

The social nines competitions have started off in fantastic fashion with a record number of new players participating in both football and hurling/camogie ('hurlogie'). It's very rewarding to see the enjoyment that Gaelic games can bring to Irish people abroad, and to Kiwis and other nationalities who have taken to our national games.

We wouldn’t have the club we do without the support of our sponsors. The Hutt Valley Irish Society have continued to be great friends of the club and support us incredibly well. A big thank you to Brian Gahan and all at HVIS. Whistling Sisters have come on board as our main socials sponsors and it’s a credit to them that they have given great support even though the hospitality sector has been under pressure this year.

A special word of thanks to all involved in the running of the club in 2021. The coaches have continued to promote our games to players of all skill levels and abilities whether it comes to kids Gaelic games, right up to the masters age group. Your dedication to the cause is very much appreciated. 

The club committee have been exceptional again this year and continue to lead from the front. It’s been a real team effort and I applaud the work ethic of every committee member to making the club what it is.

Of course, our club wouldn’t be a club without our members who take part in our games and make all our players feel welcome each and every week. Thank you to every one of you who have played your part in 2021. The club is a home away from home for many and, as we head into the Christmas period, our club provides a family environment for those missing theirs back home.

It would be remiss of me not to mention those people who we have lost in 2021. It has been a difficult year travel wise, and many will have lost close relatives at home without the ability to travel home to be with close family. You are all in our thoughts. 

We also remember Mike Fahy who passed away earlier this year. Mike was an active member of both the GAA club and also Super Paddy's FC. The togetherness shown by all within both clubs at the time of Mike's passing epitomises all that is good about us and should you be feeling alone at this time, please make sure to reach out to anyone within the club, even if just for a pint and a chat.

I'll wrap up by extending my own and the committee’s best wishes to you all for a very happy Christmas and a happy and healthy 2022. 

Nollaig Shona Daoibh,
Davey Rynne
Wellington/Hutt Valley GFHA

My Vaccine Pass and the COVID-19 Protection Framework

On Friday 3 December, Wellington moves into orange status under the COVID-19 Protection Framework (traffic light system). Under the framework, gatherings and events with more than 50 people require that all participants present a My Vaccine Pass.

What this means for socials on Wednesday 1 December

  • All players will need to be registered on Friendly Manager. We will be checking players' registration status and sighting their vaccine passes (trial). 
  • On arrival at Ian Galloway Park, all players and spectators need to sign in at the welcome desk by the dressing rooms
  • Committee members will record your attendance as usual
  • As per the framework, we will sight and verify your COVID-19 My Vaccine Pass. The requirement to sight the passes comes into effect on Friday, but we're using this opportunity as a trial, and also so we can process as many passes as we can early
  • We will update your attendance record to show that the vaccine pass has been sighted by us. Once we record it, you won't have to present it to us again at events, trainings etc. before the expiration date.

Registering for the beach tournament on Saturday 4 December

  • Registering your interest to play in the beach tournament on Saturday 4 December is via Friendly Manager
  • All players will need to be registered on Friendly Manager. If you haven't received an email about the beach tournament, then you are not yet registered 
  • If your My Vaccine Pass is sighted and verified at socials on Wednesday 1 December, you won't need to present it again on Saturday.

How you can help

  • Please have your COVID-19 My Vaccine Pass loaded on your phone and ready for scanning
  • You can find details on how to register for your My Vaccine Pass at
  • Please be patient while we work through recording attendance and checking vaccine passes. It's a first for us too!

Useful links

If you have any questions, please contact club president Davey Rynne at

Registration on Friendly Manager

Reminder: 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: Guidance on registering on the platform can be found in our November newsletter.

We have been using Friendly Manager for one month now and it has many benefits including:
  • centralising registration information
  • competitions, teams, draws, fixtures, results, tables, referees etc. 
  • recording attendance
  • invoicing and payments
  • events and reminders
  • reporting for committee, managers and captains 
In the next few days, it will have additional functionality for vaccine passes which will mean that we don't need to repeatedly check everyone again at every event, training or match. We will continue to roll out functionality to captains and managers, and we are moving more administrative tasks to the platform to minimise the effort for members and the committee. 

We will also be moving our website onto the new platform in the coming months so watch this space/.
If you have any questions around completing the form or using the platform, please reach out to our treasurer Damien Farrelly at

Social Gaelic games

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

Our social Gaelic football and 'hurlogie' season kicked off on Wednesday 10 November. Three gameweeks in and Whelan 'n' Dealin' are leading the pack in the football standings with three wins out of three. Fr Mangans and The Socialites are close behind with two wins each, while the remaining five are all on two points each. With two gameweeks left in the pre-Christmas tournament, we're approaching the business end of the competition.

'Hurlogie' has been a welcome addition to the socials calendar. It's great to see so many people playing, especially those trying the game for the first time. We think we've even unearthed a future camogie/hurling player or two to line out on our regular teams.

Finals day

Our pre-Christmas finals day takes place on Saturday 11 December at Ian Galloway Park. For football, the top four teams in the season's standings will qualify for the senior competition. The bottom four will qualify for the junior competiton. Both completions will have two semi-finals and finals. A 'hurlogie' game will also take place.

That evening, we'll head to Whistling Sisters for our awards shindig. We have an area upstairs reserved and we'll be there from about 6pm. Awards for the MVPs for each team will be presented. We'll also be playing a few games on the night and we'll be treated to Whistling Sisters' finest finger food. We can't wait to celebrate with you all.
Socials results and standings

Beach tournament

On Saturday 4 December we'll 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. We'll be kicking off at around 9am and going until 2pm.

If you're a club member/socials player, you should've received an email inviting you to the tournament. If you want to play, make sure to select the 'Yes, I will be attending this event' button in the email. If you're not a member/socials player and want to play, then get in touch.

Also, remember the COVID-19 guidance outlined above. 

In the meantime, check out this video from our 2019 beach tournament in Kāpiti:
2019 Gaelic football beach tournament on Raumati Beach, Kāpiti.
Beach tournament Facebook event

Golf classic

Our annual golf classic took place at Manor Park Golf Sanctuary on Saturday 13 November.

With the rain teeming down for most of the day, it’s safe to say there were no course records broken at this year’s outing. Still, despite being drenched to the bone, we’ve had worse Saturdays.

The day's results can be found through the link below. Thanks to Bryan Mulligan of the Hutt Valley Irish Society for braving the weather and taking some photos. You can view them here.

(L-R) Davey Rynne, Dan Doyle, and Chris McKibbin at the Golf classic. Credit: Bryan Mulligan, Hutt Valley Irish Society.


Huge thanks to everyone who sponsored the tournament:


Golf classic results

Kids Gaelic games

Sponsored by Hutt Valley Irish Society for the 2021/22 season

Kids Gaelic football has been going from strength to strength this year. Both Kāpiti kids and Wellington/Hutt Valley kids sessions are very well attended and welcoming new kids each week.

In the lead up to Christmas, Wellington kids will have two final sessions at Trafalgar Park on Sunday 5 and Sunday 12 December at 10.30am before taking a break for the Christmas period.

Kāpiti kids Gaelic games have a new base at Te Atiawa Domain and are running on Sundays from 11am-12pm.

Wellington kids Gaelic games chief Siobhán Cotter putting some of our new recruits through their paces.

Morning Star Cup

Kāpiti Kowhai are the winners of the 2021 Morning Star Cup. The team, led by Mike Lawson, defeated Ivan Ward's Wellington Kākāriki 5-14 to 5-12 and 10-12 to 2-12 in games one and two of the series. Game one was a close affair with only two points in it, but there was no doubt about game two with Kowhai raising 10 (ten) green flags. Kākāriki have a chance to pull a game back and restore some pride in the green jersey on Friday 10 December. Throw-in is at 7pm at Ian Galloway Park.

Wellington Kākāriki captain Ivan Ward (left) with Kāpiti Kowhai captain Mike Lawson prior to game 2 of the Morning Star Cup at ian Galloway Park on Friday 26 November.

When asked by The Green & Gold how he felt about being beaten by a man from Hamilton who learned to play hurling in France, Ward,  the Corkman, declined to comment.

The Rosie McDonagh Cup

In women's football, December sees the inaugural Rosie McDonagh Cup game take place. The game will pit Ulster players against the rest of Ireland with NZ and international players lining out on both teams. The game throws before the Morning Star Cup at 6.15pm on Friday 10 December. 

Entertainment book update

The Entertainment book folk have an exciting new offer to share with us. You can enjoy incredible savings across 20 cities with the free upgrade from single-city to multi-city membership. Check it out through the link below. Offer ends 11.59pm 9 January 2022 NZDT.
Entertainment book offer

Irish community


Green Kiwi Art

Clubman Trevor Mangan has recently turned his passion of art from a hobby to a budding enterprise. Trevor "enjoys bringing a new lease of life to second-hand goods and working on canvas using multiple techniques". You can get in touch with Trevor for commissions and check out his exciting artwork on @greenkiwiart on Instagram. 

Refurbished hurley with acrylic pour which Trevor made recently.
Green Kiwi Art on Instagram

Wellington Irish Day

Wellington Irish are celebrating a new home for the society in the capital.

In exciting news for members, friends and followers, as well as the wider Irish community in Wellington, D4 on Allen will become the exclusive home of Wellington Irish. As part of the new partnership, a regular schedule of events will get underway in 2022 with activities planned for young and old, as well as a variety of other benefits for Wellington Irish members, including discounted drinks and food.

You can join them on Sunday 5 December for a whole day of celebrations, including the screening of the Late Late Toy show at 1pm (with Santa rumoured to be planning a visit), a high tea at 3pm and live music from 5pm.
Register here

Other info

Check out the links below for the latest news from the region's Irish community:


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