Rise of the Majestics – Game Recap – Week Three

This week, we got a taste of what the Majestic Grille team will be able to do with their new players, Buck Morris and Victoria Godwin. The Murphy’s team took to the pitch at a significant disadvantage with three of their players (Shane Keely, Ferran Espin, and Damien Klingberg) unable to take to the field. The Murphy’s team took volunteers and powered through the mud and rain to try and maintain to gain any ground possible. The Majestic Grille team was just far too strong for this undermanned team. Able to sub in a player, the Murphy’s team had no chance to catch their breath. The Majestics were relentless in their ability to apply pressure. In the end, the Murphy’s team was only able to four points (Joshua Gordon 0-1 and Zach Harrington 1-0) against the Majestic Grille’s impressive 31 points (see the event page for a full breakdown.)

In the second game the Celtic Crossing team was missing three of their star CBU players and decided to forfeit the match and play a scrimmage with volunteers from the Majestic Grille team, looking for some revenge from the past week. The Brass Door team was able to really stretch their legs and move their players throughout the pitch to keep the opposition confused and keep the ball moving. This strategy seemed to keep their opposition guessing and less able to get the ball to their star player, Brendan Bennett. The noncompetitive match ended Brass Door 3-6 (15) to Celtic Crossing 1-3 (6). It looks like we’ll just have to wait until later in the season when we can hopefully see these teams really meet on the field with their full entourage.

The current league standings are as follows…

2017 Spring Gaelic Football League


Opening Day Games – Recap Week 1

As the games began, it was already obvious that it was going to be a fantastic day for Gaelic football. Plenty of Memphians came out last Sunday to show their support for the Memphis GAA by cheering on their friends, family, and favorite Irish establishment.

Majestic Grille vs Brass Door

In the first game starting at 1PM we had Majestic Grille vs Brass Door with Shane Keely as the match referee. A solid display of teamwork, athleticism, and grit made by the Brass Door team led by Liam and Seamus. Brass Door definitely had the advantage, up one man on the field and two extra on the side line to sub in, they played a well-sustained match against Majestic Grille. Tommy Schlather of team Majestic Grille made excellent strides to get the ball down the field and keep Brass Door goalie, Tanner Lyday, on his toes. The Brass Door was at the most inspired by their ability to get the ball between it’s members and score through the uprights, hardly giving Dermot Murray a chance to block goals. Team Majestic Grille was hardly far from being able to catch up to Brass Door, but the final nail in the coffin came in the second half when Seamus Loftus came on to take a free kick and rocketed the ball in the goal in the game’s only goal.

In the end, Majestic Grille was just unable to take hold against the supreme tenacity of Brass Door. The game ended with Brass Door 1-11, Majestic Grille 0-1.


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Celtic Crossing vs Murphy’s

In the second game, both team Celtic Crossing and team Murphy’s took to the pitch down one man. Murphy’s couldn’t seem to get their footing in the first half, being blocked at every turn by Celtic Crossing goalie David Higgins. Brendan Bennett, Patrick Power, and Sean Rutter of team Celtic Crossing all showed their excellent football prowess by relentlessly being able to field the ball from the opposition and move right back into attacking. Brendan showed his experience early on when he intercepted a ball from a Murphy’s pass and managed to solo down the entire the pitch and sink a solid goal just past Murphy’s first half goalie, Melvin Purdy. Team Celtic Crossing really found it’s stride late in the last half after making a player rotation on the field allowing star players to take full advantage of their wide strides downfield. The first half ended with Murphy’s having an uphill battle in the second half.

Murphy’s took time in the break to regroup and formulate a new plan of attack. Ultimately deciding to move Melvin Purdy onto defense, Graham Hillhouse into the goal, and opting for a more defensive strategy, team Murphy’s managed to find a plan that kept the hill from turning into a mountain. Cheered on by their enthusiastic supporters, Murphy’s managed to start the second half very strong. Both Shane and Melvin managed to score a goal in the first minutes of the second half where Ferran Espin had several near misses on goal. In the midst of the second half of the game, team Celtic Crossing came across a unique strategy of a “forward defense” when Celtic Crossing’s Joshua Foster was able rebound quickly off kick outs from Murphy’s defenders. This change halted the strong momentum Murphy’s had managed to gain.

Ultimately, both teams ended the second half on a relative stand still where very few goals or points were able to be scored late in the second half. The game ended Celtic Crossing 11-8,Murphy’s 2-4.


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This season is just beginning and it is looking like it is going to be exciting to see how it unfolds. Next week the Murphy’s team will face off against Brass Door in the 1PM game and Celtic Crossing will see if they can continue strong against Majestic Grille in the 2PM game. Be sure to join us at the Fairground Youth Athletic Fields next Sunday (April 9th, 2017) for our next Gaelic football matches!

2017 Gaelic Football League Standings


Meet the Captains: Dermot Murray (Majestic Grille)

Club Chairman and Majestic Grille team captain, Dermot Murray

For our final installment of this season’s “Meet the Captains” series we sat down with Memphis GAA Club Chairman and Majestic Grille team captain, Dermot Murray. Let’s see what he has planned for this season!

How long have you played Gaelic football? Where did you play? And what was your favorite position?

“I was more of a hurler growing up, playing for Cullion Hurling Club, St. Finian’s Secondary School (Mullingar, County Westmeath) and the Westmeath Under-15 county team. But I did play Gaelic football with Shandonagh in Westmeath for a couple of seasons as a teenager, as well as in school (I wasn’t very good at it though). I always tended to play in the fullback line in both sports – probably because I can’t score for the life of me. I do like playing in the back-line so I can keep a close eye on how the rest of my team is doing.”

How do you plan to win the inaugural Memphis Gaelic football league?

“I plan to win the league by stacking my team with the best players & letting them do their thing. Only kidding! I do plan to have an evenly-balanced team of players and to quickly identify their best positions on the field so we can perform as a true team unit. And I think maroon/white is a winning color combination (it also happens to be the colors of my home club and county back home).”

Dermot in his element – with a hurley & sliotar

Why should anyone want to signup for your team?

“People should sign-up for my team because they’ll enjoy the experience, regardless of whether we win or lose. Plus I’ll buy pints for my teammates after every match we win, and I’ll see if Patrick & Deni at the Majestic Grille will lay on a free dinner if we win the league outright!”

Teamwork and pints – a killer combination for any season! We’ll have to see if Dermot can fly his county colors into the league finals and bring home another title for team Majestic Grille.

Thank you for joining us as we talked to Brendan, Liam, Shane, and Dermot. It looks like it is going to be an absolutely thrilling season! Don’t forget – for your best chance of joining your preferred team, be sure to sign up for the 2017 Gaelic Football Spring Pub League by Thursday, March 23rd. Be sure to stay tuned as we’ll be posting this season’s team rosters and the games schedules in the next few days!

Meet the Captains: Shane Keely (Murphy’s Public House)

Murphy’s Team Captain, Shane Keely

Third in our “Meet the Captains” series is Murphy’s team captain, Shane Keely. Shane coaches soccer for Christian Brothers University and is a player for the Memphis City FC. An Ireland native, Shane picked up the sport of Gaelic football early in life and you can really see that experience play out on the field. Join us as we talk to Shane about his plans for the season.

How long have you played Gaelic football? Where did you play? And what was your favorite position?

“I played Gaelic football from about 5-18 years old (so 13 years). I played for St. Finian’s GAA club in Swords, County Dublin. My favorite position was right half forward or midfield.”

How do you plan to win the inaugural Memphis Gaelic football league?

“We plan on playing smooth silky sexy Dublin style of Gaelic football to win the league. Take your points and your goals will come haha!”

Why should anyone want to signup for your team?

Shane Keely holding the Sam Maguire Cup

“People should sign up for the Murphy’s team because we already have a lot of good recruits signed up and with Dublin being the current All Ireland Champions what better team to play for then the team in Blue! Everyone hates the Dubs and we all know everyone hates the best hahaha.”

We’ll have to see if Shane and team Murphy’s will be able to get the formula right and follow the lead of his native Dublin. Club sponsors Seamus Loftus (Brass Door) and DJ Naylor (Celtic Crossing) are both from County Mayo so I’m sure they are more than eager to get the chance to take the Memphis title as payback for the 2016 All Ireland Finals!

For your best chance of joining your preferred team, be sure to sign up for the 2017 Gaelic Football Spring Pub League by Thursday, March 23rd. Join us Wednesday when we talk to club chairman and Majestic Grille team captain Dermot Murray!

Meet the Captains: Liam Coyle (Brass Door)

Captain of the Brass Door team, Liam Coyle

Continuing with our “Meet the Captains” series, we sat down with our Gaelic Football Recruitment and Development Lead and Brass Door team captain, Liam Coyle. In the weeks leading up to the start of the season, you can see Liam using his vast wealth of knowledge of the sport to coach the Memphis GAA Gaelic football practices on Sundays.

How long have you played Gaelic football? Where did you play? And what was your favorite position?

“My father, who immigrated from Ireland as a young man, taught my four brothers and me to play Gaelic football from the moment we could walk. Growing up, I played for St. Patrick’s Gaelic Football Club in Fairfield County, Connecticut. Personally, I enjoy the added pressure of playing full back as it is the last line of defense before the goalie.”

How do you plan to win the inaugural Memphis Gaelic football league?

“I plan to win the league championship by ensuring that those who take the field by my side have an understanding of the importance of their participation in Gaelic football and all it means.”

Why should someone want to signup for your team?

“Because we will win! That being said, I encourage anyone interested to sign up for any team. While we may compete on the field, the sweat, blood, tears, and post-match pints that Gaelic football precipitates makes for a potent potion that induces inextricable bonds of friendship in all its participants.”

Liam is a great coach for everyone in the Memphis GAA and it looks like he may be an even better captain for the Brass Door team. Next we’ll be hearing from the Murphy’s Bar team captain, Shane Keely. If you want your greatest chances of joining Liam and team Brass Door on the pitch, be sure to sign up for the 2017 Spring Gaelic Football Pub League!

Meet the Captains: Brendan Bennett (Celtic Crossing)

Neil Cummings handing over captaincy of the Celtic Crossing team to Brendan Bennett

Neil Cummings (left) handing over captaincy of the Celtic Crossing team to Brendan Bennett (right)

To help players and spectators get ready for the season we thought we’d sit down with all the team captains and ask them about their plans for the season. Today, we sat down with Brendan Bennett, the newest captain of the league, to talk about his history with the sport and his plans for the season.

Brendan will be the captain for the Celtic Crossing  team this coming season.

How long have you played Gaelic football? Where did you play? And what was your favorite position?

“I started playing Gaelic football at the age of 15 after a few school friends persuaded me to join with them. I play for St. Teresa’s Gaelic Athletic Club in Belfast, County Antrim, and my favorite position is anywhere on the half forward line.”

How do you plan to win the inaugural Memphis Gaelic football league?

“I plan on playing it simple with the Celtic Crossing team, making the other teams do all the work chasing us around and then we will wear them down and take our points and steamroll them.”

Why should anyone want to signup for your team?

“People are here to win and enjoy themselves and with team Celtic Crossing’s tactics and attitude I feel we have best chance of taking the title this year. And with some potential spring signings coming up team Celtic is definitely the team to be on!”

It looks like Brendan will be looking to be a force to be reckoned with. Next we’ll be talking to Liam Coyle to see his strategy for The Brass Door team. Be sure to get signed up for the 2017 Spring Gaelic Football Pub League!

Introducing the Memphis GAA club’s new crest & colors!

After many tireless hours, local Memphis artist Devin Culpepper has created a new crest for the Memphis GAA club.
Held within a modern rendition of the traditional Celtic cross, the centerpiece displays fundamental Memphis symbols drawn from the city’s official seal: the steamboat, the white oak leaf, and the cotton boll. The steamboat symbolizes the transportation and economic value of the mighty Mississippi, the cotton boll represents the area’s most important historical commodity, while the white oak leaf represents the tree that covered the Memphis region, before the area was cleared to make way for our city.
The Gaelic football and hurling sticks corner the inner shield, while Memphis’s iconic bridge arches over it all. The primary colors of blue and yellow represent the city’s deep musical tradition as well as the grit and grind that our athletes are known for, while the white accents give the crest a sharp, clean aesthetic. While pictures speak a thousand words, this crest shouts “Up Memphis!” (or “Memphis Abú!” in Gaelic). I hope the thought of donning this crest side by side with you all elicits the same thunderous excitement in your hearts, as it does it mine.

On behalf of the entire Memphis GAA club board, I would like to thank Devin for her hard work on the new crest. If you would like to learn more about her work, please visit www.devinculpepperart.com.

Gaelic Football Spring Pub League Registration Now Open!

We’re delighted to announce our Spring 2017 Gaelic football co-ed pub league, which will run from March-May. In case you’re not familiar with the sport, it’s basically a cross between soccer and basketball (it’s actually older than either sport), so you can use your hands AND your feet to play. See the video below for a brief intro.

We’re expanding the Spring league to four teams (Brass Door, Celtic Crossing, Majestic Grille & Murphy’s Public House). Please click here to register.

Welcoming our new non-executive club board members

We’re delighted to announce that our club sponsors (Seamus Loftus from the Brass Door, DJ Naylor from the Celtic Crossing, Patrick Reilly from The Majestic Grille and Benny Carter from Murphy’s Public House) will be joining the board as non-executive members. Below is a photo of Patrick, DJ and Seamus, along wth Dermot Murray (Club Chairman) & Joshua Foster (Chief Technology Officer), at our club board & sponsors meeting on Thursday, January 26th at the Brass Door. We’re very excited to have such an esteemed group of local businessmen come on board to help us drive the club forward in 2017. Stay tuned for info about our upcoming Spring pub league. Slainte!

MemphisGAA – Now Online!

Hello, ladies and gents, and welcome to the Memphis Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) club website.IMG_0347

As you can tell, the site is very bare right now and we’re in very early stages of development. Eventually, our plan is to use this website (in conjunction with our Facebook page) to post information on match schedules, match statistics and recaps, and team rosters, in addition to general news about the club. So please bookmark us and check back regularly for updates (or better still, join our Facebook group to stay updated and meet fellow club members online.

We would also like to take this opportunity to thank our wonderful club sponsors – The Brass Door, Celtic Crossing, The Majestic Grille, and Murphy’s Public House – for their support in helping get the club off the ground.

We’re going to start using the site to register players for our Spring 2017 joint hurling/Gaelic football spring league which will run from March through May. If you’re interested in signing up for the league (no previous experience necessary), please fill out your contact info below and we’ll let you know when registration is open.

On behalf of the Memphis GAA Club Board, we look forward to seeing you soon,

Dermot Murray (Chairman)
Jesse Gammons (Treasurer)
Lauren Higgins (Secretary)
Josh Foster (Chief Technology Officer)
Eric Vick (Hurling Player Development Lead)
Liam Coyle (Football Player Development Lead)