8th Annual Azalea Cup in Augusta
Nov. 12, 2019 • Andrew Maron
For our final tournament of the year, we made the trip to Augusta for the Azalea Cup. We tried a new experiment as a club, where we pooled our cash and rented a passenger van for the majority of the players to ride in for the daytrip. While it meant having to wake up earlier than usual for the drive, it turned into a great team building experience for those of us in the van. Once we arrived, we saw a number of familiar faces, as we had played most of the attending teams at least once this year. Those of us who made the trip to Knoxville were also happy to see the Augusta players who were our teammates for a day. Augusta greeted us with a welcome package full of bottled water, protein snacks, and koozies. While the temperature was much, much cooler than average, we were excited for the otherwise perfect weather for a full day of hurling.Continue reading
6th Annual Scruffy City Invitational in Knoxville
Oct. 22, 2019 • Andrew Maron
After the 7th Annual Holy City Cup, there was a short respite to prepare for 6th Annual Scruffy City Invitational in Knoxville. As you may be aware, the Knoxville Hurling Club walked away from Charleston with our cup in hand. The bitter taste of defeat left several Charleston players determined to make the trip north to challenge Knoxville for their own trophy, the Clancy Cup.Continue reading
2019 Holy City Cup - Tournament Recap
Oct. 1, 2019 • Andrew Maron
This was the 7th Holy City Cup in the club’s history and turned out to be the biggest tournament to date. With two fields to play on, eight teams were present including Greenville, Knoxville, two teams from Augusta, two teams from Charleston, a college team in UNC-Chapel Hill, and the newly reformed Charlotte club. There were also some players from Orlando, Tampa, Columbus and Raleigh to help some teams out with numbers. The tournament also had two USGAA registered referees, Scott Cooper from Tampa and Keith Knot from Akron.
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Lessons learned; experience gained at first USGAA Finals
Aug. 26, 2019 • Ryan Shrum
2019 Gov. Thomas Burke Tournament Recap
Jun. 24, 2019 • Andrew Maron
Fresh from a tournament victory in Greenville, we were eager to jump back into some competitive hurling. We spent the 4 weeks in between tournaments further developing our skills and endurance, playing Stick-Toss games without any substitutions and introducing cardio-focused Overtime Sessions. When the tournament schedule was announced, we were excited to see our old rivals, and 2018 Junior C National Champions, Coastal Virginia (formerly Hampton Roads), hoping for an opportunity to play for the first time since they won the Holy City Cup in 2017. We were also expecting Raleigh to be a much more difficult match-up playing on their home fields than when we met at Greenville. While we managed to put together one of the strongest travel teams that we have fielded in recent years, this would be our first 13s tournament on a nearly full sized pitch. With only 3 extra players, we knew that we were leaving ourselves vulnerable in the event of an injury or exhaustion.