Although everyone was set for a full day of hurling, camogie, and football on June 12, heavy rain overnight put a kibosh on those plans, as Montgomery County closed their fields at 7am the morning of the games.
Although it was certainly a disappointment, especially given that some teams have planned to come from as far as Pittsburgh, the club made the most of a rainy day and pulled together some scrimmages down near the Mall.
With about 40 players, including a few from COVA and one from Richmond Battery, sticks were thrown in the middle, three teams were chosen at random, and we played a round robin set of scrimmages in both hurling and football. Even just using a set of small soccer popup goals, the field time was useful for some newer players to get some practice in a game setting. And for more experienced players, hitting a goal that's only about two feet wide was a good way to get the aim tuned.
After playing for a few hours, the group headed over to Four Courts in Arlington for some pints and to watch the football match between Dublin and Donegal, and to catch up with each other as a club.
Many thanks to Richmond and COVA for coming out to play for a bit even though matches were cancelled, and many thanks to Four Courts for giving us a space with GAA on the TVs!