Fall Hurling and Football League Week One

Round-robin tournament October 1st featuring hurling and football teams from Tucson, Flagstaff, Alburqueque and Phoenix. All games will consist of 10 minute halves starting at 11am. Food and music in Uptown Pubhouse, music performed by the lovely Camille Bloom. Games held at our usual practice field at the Thorpe Sports Park. See you all there!

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Hounds/Indy take Division C at Rumble in the Rockies

Congratulations to the combined Flagstaff/Indianapolis team for some great Hurling this past weekend! The team came out pulling hard to defeat the Denver Regulators in the championship match for the Division C title. Check out the Indianapolis facebook page for some fantastic photos of the days matches.

Sunday practice will resume as normal at 10am. Informal practices have begun Thursday and Friday mornings at 10:30 either at the Duck Pond field or Thorpe Multipurpose depending on availability. An afternoon practice is also a possibility, if this is something you can make please post on the facebook page with your availability.

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Open to the Brave: Matches, Hurling Skills Test

July 15th the Flagstaff Mountain Hounds host an 11am match and a high noon match against the Phoenix Gaels and the Tucson Hurling Club. Following the matches, we’ll have a hurling skills test for the daring. Try your hand at jab lifts, roll lifts, 65s and take part in this ancient Celtic sport, which has thrived for over three-thousand years. What could possibly go wrong?

The Mountain Hounds Hurling club was started in the summer of 2012 from a rag-tag group of Uptown Pubhouse employees and patrons with an interest in this unique Gaelic sport. Since then we have folded in members of the Phoenix Gaels, and have branched out to start a sister club in Tucson. What started as a passing interest in this obscure sport has turned to a love for the sportsmanship and camaraderie on the pitch.
We welcome all comers: experienced, novice, men, women and children. Our goal is to continue growing interest and skills in Flagstaff and Arizona at large. We annually take part in the West Coasts 7s in San Diego, play exhibition matches at the Arizona Highland Celtic Festival in July, regularly attend the Denver tournament at the end of July, and frequently play matches in Phoenix and Tucson. In 2016, we sent our club to Seattle to compete at the Nationals Tournament in the Junior C Hurling division. Though we came home without a win, we found the experience invaluable, and endeavor to bring home the National championship out in San Francisco in 2017.

Thank you to our major sponsors, Uptown Pubhouse, Four Peaks Brewing, Boyle Mental Healthcare, Shanahan Dentistry (all these good folks can fix whatever ails you after a Hurling match). And thanks to all of the individuals who give us a hand. Thank you to Jude McKenzie and the Northern Arizona Celtic Heritage Society who have supported and encouraged us from the beginning.

“Be brave.”

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Sunday scrimmage and social

This Sunday 5/21/17 will be our last Sunday practice before San Diego. We were hoping to get enough folks to actually run a 7 o 7 scrimmage to get the feel for it, as best as we can. Anyone who can come up from Phoenix or Tucson, we’d love to have you. Owen LaFaver is making Jumbalaya for afterwards. I’ll bring a cooler of beer. (And we can always transfer the after party to Uptown too, where I believe the kitchen will be open for this Sunday afternoon). We can use all the help we can. Any local folks whose work schedules might have limited the amount of times they can be at practice, if you can make it out this Sunday this would be a real help to the team.

– James Jay

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Introductory practice this Sunday

Want to find out what Hurling is all about? Come join our introductory practice this Sunday the 23rd and try out this amazing game! This will be focused on basic skills for players who have never touched a Hurl. Come dressed in athletic clothing and bring some water, we will […]

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Desert Classic this Saturday March 11

This Saturday the Mountain Hounds are heading down to Phoenix to play in the Desert Classic. Looking forward to a warm day on the pitch!

The game will be held at Palo Verde Park (3135 S Dobson Rd Mesa, AZ 85202) and will start promptly at 10am. Please arrive at 9:15 to help set up goals and warm up.

Slainte.

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Flagstaff Mountain Hounds website is live!

Welcome to the official website of the Flagstaff Mountain Hounds!

We will continue to add content over the next few weeks about Hurling, our team, and resources for new players looking for an introduction to the beautiful sport of hurling. A calendar with events, games, and practices should also be up shortly to kick off the 2017 season. Check back soon!

-Eric Marlatt

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