Calgary Cup Review

The Chieftains were delighted to host their Annual Stampede Cup on the 11th July 2015.

Teams from Fort Mac, Edmonton and Red Deer assembled at the Irish Athletic grounds to take on the hosts.

Calgary fielded 2 teams in both mens and ladies football along with a strong hurling team.

In the ladies football Edmonton were the opposition and both Calgary teams had very tightly contested matches against them, emerging narrow victors in both demonstrating not only the quality within the panel but also the depth.

The hurling saw rivals Edmonton & Calgary face off in a fiercely competitive game with no small measure of skill. Edmonton emerged as winners in a productive day for the City of Champions.

In the mens football the Chieftains got off to a somewhat sluggish start against Edmonton and were unable to make up the ground in the 2nd half falling to a narrow defeat. Fort Mac, Red Deer and the Slashers all had competitive games taking points off each other with Fort Mac's AFL contingent impressing. The Slashers then put on a spirited display running Edmonton close in their game but Edmonton came away with the points and the trophy. 

The final game of the day saw the Slashers take on the Chieftains in a real local derby. The game began with a stirring rendition of Amhran na bhFiann by referee Michael Slattery infusing fresh energy into tired legs. The 2 teams were evenly matched right up to the final whistle when Slattery deemed it a draw.     

Traditional music was a fantastic addition to the day, provided by Dave Morrissey & Co and the after party in Molly Malone's saw a full house in celebratory mood with a UFC victory for Conor McGregor.

JD

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