CALGARY FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT
The Calgary tournament usually takes place around the middle of July and in recent years has been the location of the Alberta Cup final. In the ladies division, Calgary fielded 2 teams in 2015 and emerged as victors after 2 tight games with Edmonton. In the men’s division, Calgary had dominated this tournament in recent years but Edmonton shaded it in 2015., The mens competition has been fiercely contested in the past by Edmonton, Red Deer, Fort McMurray, Vancouver, Calgary Slashers and the Aussie Rules team Calgary Kangaroos.
ALBERTA CUP (DENIS WALSH CUP)
The Alberta Cup takes place over the course of the summer in a league format and is run in conjunction with specific tournaments held by the four participating clubs in Alberta. The cities in which the tournaments are held are Calgary, Edmonton, Red Deer and Fort McMurray. In recent years the Calgary tournament has been the host of the Alberta Cup finals for both Mens and Ladies. The ladies division had been dominated by Fort McMurray in recent years, however Calgary proved to be the best of the bunch in 2015. In the mens division, the pendulum swings between the fierce rivals of Calgary and Edmonton, but up and coming Fort McMurray and Red Deer are challenging the rivals more and more each year - Fort McMurray were top of the table until the final day in 2014. The last two finals have been hotly contested by Calgary and Edmonton, with the winning margin being just a point in both games. In 2012, Edmonton fought back in the 2nd half and scored a goal in the last minute to seal victory. In 2013, Calgary took a strong lead early on in the game and despite a spirited comeback from their rivals held on with a last minute goal of their own to bring the game to extra time. A strong showing from Calgary ensured a 1 point victory to claim the Denis Walsh Cup for the 3rd time. In 2014 Calgary again faced Edmonton in the final, snatching victory in extra time.
CALGARY HURLING TOURNAMENT
The inaugural Calgary Hurling tournament took place in 2013 and was contested between Calgary Chieftains and Edmonton Wolfe Tones. A great turnout from both clubs showcased the Hurling pedigree present in Alberta. This tournament proved to be a great success and the aim is to carry it on and get more clubs involved in the future.
WESTERN CANADIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS
Football, Hurling and Camogie teams from British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan challenge each other over the 1st weekend of August.
The Mens footballers compete for the Tom Butler Cup, and the ladies compete for the Tom Gibbons Cup, as well as the pride of being the best team in the West!
Calgary emerged as the inaugural winners in the hurling tournament while the ladies football team competed well eventually falling to a very strong Vancouver side. The Chieftains and Slashers both competed strongly but Vancouver emerged with the mens Senior trophy and Regina claimed the spoils in the Junior edition.
About the Chieftains
Since 1977, the Calgary Chieftains have been Calgary’s GAA club. We are a sports and social club that promotes the traditional Irish sports of Gaelic Football and Hurling. We are fully affiliated to the GAA, through the Western Canada Divisional Board and are a registered Albertan Society (Calgary Chieftains: Gaelic Athletic Association Club).
The club’s playing season runs from May to September, depending on pitch availability after the winter. Throughout these months the club trains, and competes in tournaments in Alberta, Western Canada and the USA.
The Chieftains also provide a great social scene throughout the year, and especially over the long winter months. The club always has something on, from quiz nights to trips to see the Calgary Flames or from Talent Nights to Ski Days. We pride ourselves on helping ‘new Calgarians’ settle into their surroundings, or just help people make some new friends.
The Calgary Chieftains are now represented in all four codes. There are two mens football teams (The Calgary Chieftains and the Calgary Slashers), a ladies football team, a mens Hurling team and a Camogie team. Our youth division, Chieftains Óg, are a recent addition to the club and are going from strength to strength.
The Calgary Chieftains is the only Adult Gaelic Football club based in Calgary, Canada. They play at the Calgary Canadian Irish Athletic Club grounds and are members of Western Divisional Board of the Canadian County Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association.
In 1977, Mike Quirke of Foilmore, Co. Kerry helped start the Calgary Chieftains. Paddy McCallion, brother of Tyrone hurling star Damien McCallion, who used to play for the Chieftains, of Tyrone descent, carried the torch into the nineties, having joined the Chieftains from their rivals in Edmonton. Noel Tuohy, from Dundalk, Louth, has been a stalwart player and spiritual leader for the club in the late nineties and has been largely involved in training/management since. Also the efforts of Liam Mailey, Adrian Lagan, Kim Tulloch & Amanda Stewart have been crucial for the club. In recent years, young members including John Treacy, Eamonn McSweeney, Ivan Hearty, Lydia Nutbrown, Julia Rigaux, Richie Pinfield and Suzanne McKeon have kept the club running. The Chieftains compete every year in the Western Canadian Championships in both men's & ladies Gaelic football - in fact, the men’s team won the inaugural tournament in 2004.
In 2012, the Calgary Slashers (Calgary ‘B’ team) were formed as part of the Calgary Chieftains and have taken part in the Calgary and Red Deer tournaments in the past two years. This team was formed due to the large interest in men’s football in Calgary.
In 2013, the Calgary Chieftains fielded their first hurling team in their history and held the inaugural Alberta Hurling Cup tournament in August 2013.