The SLUH Gaelic football team, founded this year by seniors Luke Wilmes, Andrew Lally, and Dominic Watkins, had its first scrimmage against the St. Louis Gaelic Athletic Club (STL GAC) on Wednesday at 7 p.m. on the SLUH football turf.
The game was coordinated by Wilmes, who plays for the Happy Apples team on STL GAC.
“We’ve been practicing for weeks, and no other school has a team, so I figured the best way the SLUH team could get some competition would be against the actual Saint Louis teams,” said Wilmes.
The SLUH team was a little nervous, but very excited to play with and against STL GAC.
“I felt a little nervous, but overall really good and excited,” said Lally.
The SLUH team quickly realized that their speed and agility were no match for the experienced players from STL GAC.
“We came into the first half playing soccer and dribbling the ball on the ground,” said Wilmes. “They just scooped it up from the ground and pounded down the points.”
“We quickly realized that it’s not all about scoring in the goal but that we should always try to score over the bar if the opportunity arose,” said junior Justin Lombard.
The first half ended with a score of 2-9 (15 points) STL GAC to 0-1 (one point) SLUH, with junior Joe Mantych scoring SLUH’s only point.
“It was a bit overwhelming losing by a lot, but our team made up for the loss in high spirit and energy, but it certainly doesn’t feel bad to be SLUH’s all-time leading scorer in Gaelic football,” said Mantych.
For the second half the two teams traded players so that the less experienced SLUH players could play alongside the pros.
“The scrimmage was really fun. Participating in a game with pros was great. It gave me a model of how the game is actually played, and I think it’ll help me as I continue to learn how to play,” said senior Kevin Murati.
“It was awesome to play with experienced players as many gave us tips on how to improve and how to become a better team,” said Lombard.
“Being able to play with people who have been playing for years and know the sport was very exciting for me,” said freshman Nick Storer.
Although the SLUH Gaelic football team didn’t come out of the game with a win, they gained valuable experience and insight on playing the beautiful game of Gaelic football.
Students interested in SLUH Gaelic football should contact Mr. Kavanaugh.