Congratulations to this year’s Hurling Pub League Champions: Jeptha Creed Distillery!
Congratulations to this year’s Gaelic Football Pub League Champions: Hotel Tango Distillery!
2021 Gaelic Football Pub League Finals
Pub league starts this weekend and we couldn’t be more excited! These games have been a long time coming and I know that it’ll be great to see everyone out on the pitch again. With that being said, I wanted to take a moment to share a few bits of info with everyone.
League Pick ‘Em is Back
Our league commissioner, Tim Cabeen, is once again holding a League Pick ‘Em. Those who are interested in participating can submit their Week 1 picks here. If you have any questions you can get ahold of Tim here.
A Special Thanks
I also wanted to take a moment and acknowledge all of the hard work and planning that has gone into making the season possible, particularly Tristan and the “Hardy Bucks” (my favorite band in college) who braved some adverse weather conditions this week to get the fields lined for this weekend.
Aussie Friendly has Been Postponed
We were informed this morning by our friends the Indy Giants that our Aussie rules football friendly scheduled for this Saturday will need to be postponed until further notice. We’ll be sure to share more details on the re-match as they come together.
Week 1 Details
We are hoping that the weather holds out on us, but if something changes be sure to keep an eye on Slack for the latest. If you need access to our Slack community please email me.
Without further ado below you’ll find the Week 1 matchups. You can also view lots of useful info on each matchup page, including fields, referees, and officiating crews.
Week 1 Match-ups
With the end of March approaching the days are getting longer and the light at the end of the COVID tunnel is brighter than ever. We are not out of the woods yet, but all of our adult members will be eligible for vaccinations starting March 31st which is a great first step back to normalcy. This year will (obviously) be different than a normal year, with our focus being solely on the club, and with the weather getting warmer we want to get started with COVID-sensitive practices as soon as we are able to do so.
What Are We Waiting For?
Getting back on the pitch requires a space to do so, and in order to reserve fields this year we are required to have a COVID-19 event plan approved by the Marion County Health Department. We submitted our event plan in February and are still waiting on their response. With COVID-19 tracking, the NCAA tournament, vaccine distribution, and our planned start date, the health department has not been able to review/approve our plan yet, but they anticipate that they will be able to shortly.
After our plan is approved we plan to host socially distanced practices until it is safe to introduce contact, with a target start date of some time in April. Prior to the first practice we will be sending out information outlining our safety policies/protocols. Keep in mind that there will likely be some minor procedures/pre-checks that we’ll need to adhere to (temperature checks, questionnaires, etc.) when attending practices, but it’s a minor inconvenience that’s necessary to help ensure that we provide the safest environment as possible for all of our participants and their friends and loved-ones.
We are optimistic at this point that we’ll be able to return to normal play later this summer with Pub League starting in July. The July start to our leagues should provide us enough time to offer a full season, while also giving us some wiggle room for any adjustments that may need to take place. The delay also allows everyone time to get fully vaccinated, gives players a chance to get back into “game shape” to reduce injuries, and also provides enough time for health recommendations to hopefully allow for more contact.
One of the biggest differences to note this year is that we are not planning to participate in Nationals. This decision allows us to concentrate on our pub league games without requiring us to pause our season to practice and travel for nationals. Another change will be that hurling and Gaelic football will both be played on Sundays. This is because the youth American football season will be taking place at Eugene Burns on weekdays in the summer so Sunday is the only available day for us to reserve the fields.
We are doing our best to host practices and games in a safe way this year. I hope you are excited to get back on the pitch and I look forward to seeing everyone out there. Let’s take this opportunity to focus on our club, our safety, and our camaraderie to keep our club strong and successful for years to come.
🦠 The Latest Regarding COVID
I hope your 2021 is off to as good of a start as it can be given the current situation. Hopefully this year we’ll be able to gather and play again, but we are still in a holding pattern as we wait for things to get better. If this were a normal season we would have already had our draft events, our second round of indoor would be complete and we’d be gearing up for St. Patrick’s Day.
Unfortunately COVID is hanging around into 2021, but at least there is a light at the end of the tunnel. So far this year our board has been able to hold two meetings to discuss plans for the upcoming year. At this point we still don’t know when health professionals will recommend that it is safe to play contact sports, but we will keep a very close eye on their recommendations and guidance and we’ll do our best to keep the Club informed of any updates and/or plans for our events and season.
📋 2021 League Registration
Josh Lane has created potential schedules with varying start dates so we can hit the ground running when the time comes. We’ve submitted our COVID plan to the Marion County Health Department in order to reserve the fields at Eugene Burns.
Our main goal is to keep our members and their families safe and healthy which is why we will not host games if there are still restrictions that recommend against it. With that in mind, our board has also chosen to focus on our local events and season this year and as part of that adjustment we will not be hosting our invitational.
Not knowing when we will be able to start our season makes it a little tricky to ask our members to register for the season. To help us get a better understanding of who all is interested in playing this year we are asking members to register here at no cost (for now). When we are able to play we will ask for all members to pay before playing our first games.
This week, the USGAA has also announced that they will be requiring registration, including the same fee structure as in past years ($63 males/$42 females). Be on the lookout for an email from Rachel soon on how to complete that process.
Having this early registration helps us plan for the upcoming season. We hope that all of our members will return to play but we understand that each person has their own level of comfort regarding this situation and may choose to put more time between the pandemic and playing.
🏆 February Skills Challenge
Last month we launched our virtual challenge program and are working to continue it to encourage our members to stay active and engaged. February’s Frigid Digits Challenge has wrapped up and Hope Plumbing won the first round of hurling and Bier Brewery took the win for football.
We are planning to continue the virtual challenge program and would like to see all of our members submit their challenge videos. If you have any thoughts or ideas on challenges or how we can improve this program please feel free to send them to the board.
Stay tuned as we will be announcing the March challenge soon.
✏️ March Board Meeting
This month’s board meeting will be held next week, on Wednesday, March 10th at 7:30pm. If you care to join us you can use this meeting link. If you have any issues joining the call please contact Kyle.
📰 Member News & Updates
A by-no-means-exhaustive list of things that have happened over the preceding months. If I missed something big of yours, forgive me and please don’t take it personally, I barely know what’s going on outside of the four walls of my house these days 😆.
If you have updates/news to share with the club about yourself or a fellow member please email firstname.lastname@example.org to have it included in a future update. – Kyle
- Aaron Wilder received his MA in English, word on the street is he’s also one helluva bread baker…
- Break out the tweed and leather-bound books, Chris Bungard was promoted from Associate to Full Professor at Butler University
- Brogan Sheedy became engaged to this fiancée Erin
- Mike Monaghan and family welcomed their second child Jackson Patrick
- Reid Smith and family welcomed their daughter Harper Jo
- Phil Bar…something and family welcomed their second son Clayton
- Andretta Erickson, after many rounds of fostering cats with Indy Humane, finally found her forever-cat Ledger, beginning her slow descension to crazy cat lady status