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The Dish | S7:E4 – Augusta Gaelic Sports Club

The Dish | S7:E4 – Augusta Gaelic Sports Club


(happy strumming guitar music) – Hey everyone, welcome back to The Dish. Hey, have you ever heard of Gaelic football, or hurling? Well, if you haven’t, now is the time because joining me is Augusta Gaelic Sports Club. Kristopher Wells and Liz Janik. Thank you for being here! – Sure, thanks for having us. – Thank you. – Listen, I wanna learn all about this because these sports are actually very unfamiliar. They’re Irish sports, right? – Yes. – Talk to me about them. – They come from Ireland. People play hurling and Gaelic football from the time they’re born there. – [Ana] Okay, wow. Kinda like soccer, football, here? – Yeah, exactly. (Ana laughs) Baseball, – [Ana] Baseball, yup. – We call it the national pastime of Ireland, so. – Okay, cool. And listen, you brought in some, I need to be careful that I don’t hurt anybody with this. (laughter) – But this is what you would use in which sport? – That’s hurling, yeah. – It’s hurling, okay. – It’s called a hurley. – I like this! And then this I’m familiar with, but it’s not actually a volleyball. – Right. This is a Gaelic football. – Okay. – And the sport is kind of similar to soccer. – Nice. And so you use your, you kick. – You kick and you can hand pass like in volleyball too. So you’re halfway there, see? – Oh there you go, maybe I need to try it. – So there you go! – Well speaking of people trying it. So this league, you really don’t need prior, past experience or to be a professional in order to play these and have fun. – Right, exactly. We’re trying to get new people to come out and play that have never played before, and that’s what the aim is, to introduce both sports to new people. – Well and you can actually do that now, there’s a way to join the club, isn’t there? – Right, absolutely, yeah. – Wooo! – We’re having new people come out and join in this league that we’ve gotten started. And they can do that by gettin’ in touch with us on our Facebook, Twitter, or by email. – And Liz, how much fun do you have playing? – Tons. (laughs) – Cool, right. So do you create teams and then these teams play against each other? – Yep, yeah. We’re gonna split into two teams, and we’re gonna play seven a side. Which is significantly smaller than they normally play in Ireland, about 15 a side. – [Ana] Oh wow! – On a huge field. But we play on a soccer sized field. – Well listen, now everybody’s gonna wanna come out and play, (laughter) so you may need to do the usual sides, right? – The more the merrier! – Absolutely! – And one of the things that I really like about this league is that when you join, the money that you use to pay your entry fee actually goes back to a good cause, and that’s for cystic fibrosis. Tell me about that. – Okay. We started in 2009 after the passing of a good friend of mine, Alex Johnson, who never did play, but he kind of got me to thinking about accomplishing the goals that I wanted to with the time that I had left. And one of those was to learn to play, and so I got that started here in Augusta and got started playing. Started the club, and then we’re gonna get this league goin’. We named the trophy for the league after him, it’s the Alex Johnson Memorial Hurl. He passed away from cystic fibrosis in 2009, and we want to have all of the entry fees that are going for people joining the league to go to Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. – Well listen, that’s so incredible. I’m so sorry for your loss, but what an incredible way to honor him and honor his name and your friendship. I know that you guys will have a lot of fun. And listen, you guys can too, so be sure that you visit them on Facebook to sign up. Maybe I’ll have to come and join you one of these days. – Come on out. – For sure. – I don’t know if I’ll be good, but (laughs). Alright guys, do not go anywhere. When we come back we’re sitting down with an attorney from Nicholson Revell.

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