Spring League Week 4

Week 4 of the ISSC Vancouver Spring League took place last Friday at Memorial South Park.

The action started with the conclusion of Week 3 action between the Wibblies and the Cougars.  The Wibblies took a two point lead into the final seven minutes to be played.  After the teams exchanged points the Cougars looked to go for goal to try and seal the win.  They passed up some good point scoring opportunities in search of a goal but the Wibblies defended bravely to keep their opponents at bay.  John Roche did breach the defence but missed a one on one with keeper Setanta Moran who narrowed the angle well.  A Wibblies point looked to have given them their first win of the season but the Cougars didn’t give up the goal chase and were rewarded when Russy Cleere finished to the goal after good build up play.  This was the last kick of the game which split the points on offer for both sides meaning that both Week 3 games ended level.

The Cougars were up straight away to open the Week 4 fixtures against the Saints.  There was a lot on offer here with the winner going on to challenge for the title and the loser would be out of the title race.  There was a high degree of skill on offer from both teams in a fast paced opening.  Conrad Murphy was causing the Cougar defence problems at the start of the game.   John Roche was winning a lot of ball for the Cougars inside but his goal scoring radar was off on this night as he missed another good goal scoring opportunity.  He did contribute a lot to the Cougars cause as he was a constant source of trouble for the Saints defence, winning a lot of ball in a high energy display.  Sean Quinn was also a thorn in the Saints side as he gave his usual display of point scoring with the left and set up scores for team mates.  The game was nip and tuck for a large part of the first half but the Cougars started to find the net and pull away from their opponents as the half progressed, a lobbing shot of goalkeeper Barry Lambe being the highlight.  At half time it was clear that score difference had entered the Cougars minds as they looked like they would win the game but to win the title would need to beat the Beast Modes score difference and hope to win out in a three way tie.  They played aggressively in the second half to add to their score difference as they continued to search for and carve out goal scoring chances.  Cougar and hurler Rob Dunphy looked like he may get on the score sheet as he stepped up to take a penalty but a double save from keeper Ciaran Cunningham put paid to that.  The Cougars won out on a score of 6-9 to 2-9 in an all action encounter where goals where plentiful.

The second game saw the Wibblies and Stack’s face off.  Thankfully this game started time, much to the relief of all but especially the Wibblies who were hoping that the lights wouldn’t fail them again.  This game was another encounter where goals were plentiful.  The majority of the goals were scored by the Stack’s as they put five into the net in the first half.  The Wibblies did have their goal chances, two penalty misses by Tom Howlin in the first half being two examples, but credit should go to the Stack’s keeper for a fine save for the first penalty.  The second penalty resulted in a point.  The Wibblies had a big mountain to climb in the second half, trailing by double figures.  They chipped away bravely at the lead as the Stack’s packed their defence.  The Stack’s were resolute in defence, ensuring they would not give up the goals the Wibblies were seeking.  Their keeper made some good saves when they were breached.  At times, the Stack’s were happy to turn over the ball and kick it away and let the Wibblies come at them again.  At other times, they played keep ball to wind down the clock.  The Stack’s didn’t seek out many scores in the second half but on one of their rare foray’s into the attacking half they earned a penalty which was finished with conviction into the top corner of the net.  The speed of Keith Revelle caused trouble all night for the Wibblies defence as he won a lot of ball, ran and attacked the Wibblies defence and was involved in all the Stack’s did well in attack.  The Stack’s won out on a scoreline of 6-2 to 2-5, proving the adage that goals win games.

 

Spring League Week 3

Week 3 of the ISSC Vancouver Spring League took place last Friday at Memorial South park on a rain swept night.

The first game saw Beast Modes take on Stack’s.  All started well for the Beast Modes who were in control of proceedings with all the action in the early stages going towards the Stack’s goal.  Darren Mc Andrew and Dave Mc Dermott were winning plenty of ball inside and causing trouble for the Stack’s defence.  The Beast Mode’s spurned a high number of scoring chances during this time.  A scoring blitz of 2-1 from the Stack’s in a three minute spell turned the game on it’s head as things started to unravel for the Beast Mode’s heading into half time.  Stack’s lead by 2-1 to 0-3 at the break.  The second half started like the first with the Beast Mode’s eating into the deficit, getting to within a point with just a few minutes played.  The Stack’s defence were resolute as they held the Beast Mode’s at bay for the remainder of the game, turning ball over time and again.  The Beast Mode’s did themselves no favours with inaccurate shooting and taking poor options under pressure.  With the game winding down the Beast Mode’s equalised from a Brian Naughton free.  There game was level with a couple of minutes remaining.  The Stack’s remained resolute and the last action of the game seen a Stack’s block on a James Gannon shot to give both sides a share of the spoils on a 2-1 to 0-7 scoreline.

The second game seen the depleted Cougars, due to Aussie Rules commitments, take on the Wibblies who re-entered the competition after their bye week.  This game was another nip and tuck affair played at a fast pace.  Brian Morley of the Wibblies turned back the clock with a fine display, taking the game to the Cougars.   A tight first half seen the side level at Wibblies 1-3 Cougars 2-0, a Russy Cleere penalty being a vital score for the Cougars.  The Wibblies started the second half in strong fashion, a Darren Lambe lobbed shot for a point dropped short, but did enough to evade Cougars keeper Philip Murphy to give a goal that looked like setting the Wibblies on their way to victory.  From there the Cougars upped their game and their dangerous forward line of John Roche and Sean Quinn came to the fore, causing havoc in the Wibblies defence to bring the Cougars right back into the game.  The score was 2-6 to 2-4 with seven minutes to go and a grandstand finish was in store.  However, at this point the lights went out leaving everyone wondering how it would be resolved.  The game will continue next week at 8pm sharp with the remaining time to be played.

There is lots to play for with two weeks left.  Week 3 finishes and Week 4 starts next Friday at Memorial South from 8pm.

Player Profile – Brian Naughton

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Name:  Brian Naughton

Age:  33

DOB:  May 29th 1981

Height: 5 ft 10

Weight:  180 lbs

Occupation:  Stone Mason – self employed

Club & County:  Kilkerrin/Clonberne, Galway.

Position:  Centre Back

Moved to Vancouver:  September 2010

Lives in:  Kitsilano

Favourite ISSC memory:  North American intermediate final in San Francisco in 2011.

What you like about Vancouver:  Long Summers, on the edge of a rain forest.

Premier League/soccer team supported:  Manchester United

Favourite GAA player at the moment:  Aidan O’Shea

Sporting interests:  Gaelic Football, soccer & golf.

Other interests:  Mountain biking, baking and runs on the beach.

Favourite TV shows:  MacGyver

Musical Interests:  Jazz and house.

Where have you travelled:  Australia, Europe, New York and Mayo

A prediction for 2015:  Bee’s to make a strong come back this year.

Social Membership

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Want to be an ISSC Vancouver member but you are not a player?  Wondering if or how you can do this?  Why become an ISSC Vancouver social member?  Read below for all your answers.

A social membership is an option given by ISSC Vancouver to people who want to be a part of the club but not in a playing capacity, allowing people to be a part of our active club.

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There are a number of benefits to being a social member including:

  • not having to wait in line at our sponsor bar Doolin’s.
  • free admission to Doolin’s.
  • discounts on food at Doolin’s.
  • 10% discount at Kitsilano Liquor Store.
  • access to discount’s and group rates on Whitecaps games.
  • access to games and tournaments.
  • access to club social night’s.
  • entered into the draw for All Ireland final tickets.
  • access to anything newly created for member’s.

 

Social membership is $50 for the year and can be paid at any club event.

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PLAYER PROFILE – KELLEY AYLWARD

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Name :  Kelley Aylward

Age:  23

DOB:  9th August 1991

Height:  5ft 8

Occupation:  Montessori Teacher

Club & County:  Moyle Rovers,  Tipperary

Position:  Forward

Moved to Vancouver:  4th February 2014

Live In:  The West End

Favourite ISSC memory:  I loved the tournament we had last year in Seattle and also the Western’s here in Vancouver but Boston was definitely the highlight.  Although we didn’t win the final we still celebrated like we had.  The Monday we spent in the Irish bar is one to remember.   Here’s hoping we can win it in Chicago this year.

What you like about Vancouver:  It is a beautiful city and there is always something to do.  The people here are so friendly and I love the Irish community we have here also.

Premier League/soccer team supported:  I hate soccer!!  It’s so boring but I’d support the Irish team.

Favourite GAA player at the moment:  Noel Mc Grath (Tipperary hurler)

Sporting interests:  Football, running and shopping.  I love hurling but just to watch!!

Other interests:  Love hiking and snowboarding.

Favourite TV Shows:  Grey’s Anatomy, The Fall, Revenge, Master Chef.

Musical Interests:  Ed Sheeran, Hozier, Christy Moore, Ellie Goulding and Beyonce.

Where have you travelled:  Toronto, Seattle, Boston, San Francisco and Europe.

A prediction for 2015:  With the retirement of Henry Shefflin, I think Tipp definitely have a chance to win and bring Liam Mc Carthy home this year!!

ISSC Premier League Last Person Standing

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ISSC Vancouver are running a Premier League Last Person Standing fundraiser as the Premier League enters the final stretch.  After the success of the National Football League Last Man Standing, it is  hoped we can increase participation and with it the banter between rivals over the coming weeks.  The competition will begin from games starting on April 11th onwards.

Rules

  1. Pick two teams who you think will win in that weekend’s round of games.
  2. You can only pick a team once for the duration of the competition.  e.g. if you pick Manchester United and Everton in your first week you cannot pick either team again.
  3. Entries must be sent to issclastmanstanding@gmail.com by 1159pm on the Friday before that weekend’s round of games.
  4. Entry is $10.  Cash entries will be handled by Darren Mc Andrew.  Email entries will be handled by JP Mc Loughlin at jpmcloughlin007@hotmail.com.  PayPal entries will also be handled by JP, send PayPal entries to jpmcloughlin007@gmail.com.  Entry fees must be in by 1159pm on Friday, April 10th.
  5. Prize fund will be done on a 50/50 basis.

PLAYER PROFILE – TADHG EGAN

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Name:  Tadhg Egan

Age:  29

Weight:  79kg

Height: 6’1

Occupation:  Articling Student – Law.  (Trainee Solicitor back home)

Club & County:  Boyle, Roscommon.

Position:  Half back (when not injured!!)

Moved to Vancouver:  January 2011

Live in:  Kitsilano

Favourite ISSC memory:  2011 San Fran North American Championship

What  you like about Vancouver:  It’s just a beautiful place to live with good opportunites and great people including a buoyant Irish community

Premier League/soccer team supported:  I supported Blackburn Rovers in the day

Favourite GAA player at the moment:  Ian Mc Walter.  2015 will be his year!  Everyone should probably wear their gum shields!

Sporting interests:  Golf, snowboarding & hiking

Other interests:  Taking it easy

Favourite TV shows:  Entougage, Breaking Bad & Game of Thrones

Where have you travelled:  Since coming here, China twice, Belize.  Obviously living here you have great travel opportunities within Canada and in the States.  With the club in 2015, we have invites to Seattle, Victoria, Alaska, San Diego, Edmonton and Chicago, however, we won’t be in a position to go to all of those.

A prediction for 2015:  The Rossies could go far this year.

Spring League Week 2

Week 2 of the ISSC Vancouver Spring League took place last Friday at Vancouver Technical secondary school.

The first game saw Stack’s enter the competition, facing the Cougars in the first game of the night.  Stack’s started strongly and battled competitively, taking an early lead.  The Cougars were slow to start but were awakened by a Stack’s goal.  With John Roche grabbing the game by the scruff of the neck around the middle of the park, the Cougars came alive and clawed back the deficit.  In the second half the Cougars were much more efficient.  With Sean Quinn making the move from goalkeeper to his usual position in the forwards in front of the posts, the scoreboard began to tick over favourably for the Cougars.  The Cougars defence were exceptionally tight in the second half, giving up very little and turning over Stack’s attacks on a regular basis.  Anthony Doyle and Keith Reveille battled hard to break the Cougars defence but found little room to manoeuvre as they were kept at bay.  The Cougars won out on a scoreline of 2-8 to 1-4.

The second match seen the two winners from Week 1 face off with the Saints facing Beast Modes.  The first half was a close affair with just two points separating the team at half time with Beast Modes leading 1-5 to 1-3.  It had looked like Beast Modes were taking command but Saints Barry Lambe as other ideas, as he took the fight to Beast Modes with some surging runs leading to Saints scores just before half time.   The game was on a knife edge as the second half began with both teams knowing how crucial the two points on offer could be.  After a close start to the half it was the Beast Modes who began to take control as the goals started to come thick and fast.  A Tom Egan brace of goals were instrumental in the Beast Modes winning the game.  A Niall Eivers point off the weak foot and a late Saints goal kept hope alive but the Beast Modes responded to those scores with goals to seal the contest on a scoreline of 5-9 to 2-6.  Special credit must be given to Gaelic Football newcomer Sam Hoare from Australia lining out for Beast Modes, who forced some great turnovers leading to scores and put in a solid performance.   Newcomers to the game is something that is great to see in the League and hopefully Sam and others continue to try and thrive.

Thanks to referees Ronan Matthews and Phillip Murphy for officiating proceedings.

The League takes a break for a week but will resume on April 10 at Memorial South at 8pm where Stack’s take on Beast Modes and the defending champions Wibblies re-enter the league against the Cougars.

Vancouver Whitecaps v LA Galaxy Club Offer

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ISSC Vancouver and the Vancouver Whitecaps are working together to give our members discounts, among other offers, on Whitecaps games throughout the season.

For the upcoming game LA Galaxy on April 4th we have a link that will give discounts on tickets for any section of BC Place.  Ireland’s own Robbie Keane should feature for the reigning champions after coming back from international duty.  In future games we will have group rates where we can be together as a group.

For this game, follow the link below and the instructions to purchase tickets for the game.

https://oss.ticketmaster.com/aps/whitecaps/EN/link/promotion/home/2c52ca605757d08a2124212605c05d36801e35ce

  1. Click on ‘Find Tickets’ under the LA Galaxy match
  2. Enter promo code:  ADULTSOCCERTH
  3. Within the ticket map, click on any dark blue shaded section (where you wish to sit).
  4. Select the number of seats desired and then click on ‘Add to Cart’.
  5. Enter in existing account information or create an account.
  6. Once completed, select the ‘Venue PickUP’ option and click ‘Checkout’.
  7. Then ‘Agree to the Terms’ before entering in your credit card information.
  8. Finally, forward on the link above to your friends, family, and co-workers so they can enjoy a Whitecaps FC match as well!

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