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Remembering Roak Zeller

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It is with great sadness and utter shock that the Akron Celtic Guards announce the death of long-time Akron Hurler, Politician, and Friend W. Roak Zeller. Roak has been a consistent hurler and friend to the Akron Celtic Guards for years and his untimely death is unfortunate to a club which has grown through his continued participation, support, and friendship. Knowing him personally over the last few years, I can honestly he say he was one of the most genuine and considerate people I have ever known. In a very physical sport, it is easy for teammates to get grudges and animosity, but i never saw that out of Roak. He played purely for love of the game, and was always at every match, tournament, and fundraising event. This is a tremendous loss.


In the opportunities I had to talk to Roak personally, what always came through was the kindness of heart. I had known that he was heavinly involved in the community and in local politics, and without question those qualities showed in his dedication to this club. Akron hurling is a family and has lost a true member.  -Zach Wysocki

I'll never forget how excited Roak was to see the Liberty Bell at Nationals in Philly 2012, nor the conversation we had about civics afterward. He was one of the most selfless souls I've ever met. Up Roak!  -Kevin Casey

I remember Roak as someone who was always there ready to play. He never got angry or showed frustration on the field or off. He was a very kind soul. I can't help but think about how well he played at nationals when he filled in for me. He knew what needed to be done and did it well. I'm glad to have been a part of that game.  -Mick Schauer

Roak was an exceedingly nice, happy and considerate teammate and friend. He once gave me a shamrock plant as a thank you for something I did for the club. He was always thinking of others and what he could do to help, to make somone happy or to make someone smile. My heart is broken by this loss.  -Coleen Casey

Roak was an extremely genuine, sincere, and overall good guy. His passion and love of the sport of hurling and for his team, the Akron Celtic Guards was easy to see. As one of the very first members of the Akron Celtic Guards, Roak saw our squad grow from 6 to over 30. His encouragement and his honest to goodness effort was inspiring and truly appreciated. Roak...you'll be dearly missed. To Roak's Family... Our thoughts and prayers are with you through this very difficult time. We want you to know what a good Human Being Roak was. It was a pleasure to have known him.  -Michael Ruane

A few months ago, during the Pub series, Roak pulled me aside before the match to show me his sideline cut. I was a little skeptical but I entertained him anyways. So I walked about 25 yards to the center of the field for him to smack it, and he did! He cut it a good 40 yards in the air, albeit only about 4 feet in the air, but it carried. Immediately after I ran up to him to not tell anyone, so he could be a surprise for everyone. I'm still impressed.  -Pat Taylor Jr.

Unfortunately I never had the chance to get close to Roak, but from what I saw face to face and on the field was that he was a great guy who was genuine and had a kind heart. He will be dearly missed and I give my deepest condolences to his family and everyone who knew him. God bless and RIP.  -Ashley Frank


The Hurler's Prayer
Grant me O Lord, a hurler's skill,
With strength of arm and speed of limb
Unerring eye for the flying ball
And courage to match whate'er befall
May my stroke be steady and my aim be true
My actions manly and my misses few
No matter what way the game may go
May I rest in friendship with every foe
When the final whistle for me has blown
And I stand at last before God's judgement throne
May the great referee when he calls my name
Say, you hurled like a man; you played the game.
Seamus Redmond

Last Updated on Friday, 11 March 2016 19:38
 

2013 NACB Gaelic Games Recap!

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It was a great weekend to be a Hurler! Nationals were in Cleveland this year and I couldn't be prouder of both the men and women of this fine club! Akron were runners up this year in the shield and the Ladies made us proud with their win against Denver! Here's a recap of all the action!

Akron Celtic Guards Men's Team

Friday August 30, 2013 - Finals Tournament

Akron v. Indianapolis - Loss: 0-6 to 1-13. Akron fought hard but lost to Indianapolis to end their finals run early. Though disappointing, the effort showed from the boys was exceptional and was personally one of the best performances in my short career with the club. Indy is a great club and a powerful force in Hurling, and though we lost, we had no reason to hang our heads in defeat.

Saturday August 31, 2013 - Day Off

Sunday September 1, 2013 - Shield Tournament

Akron v. Seattle - Win: 3-9 to 1-2. Akron played Seattle in the first round of the shield for the third time. Akron played really well as a team and was able to show our full potential on the pitch. Seattle is a great club and we are proud to play them every year. The game was made very special when 87 year old Al O'Leary made an appearence for the Guard in goal to help us end the game with a victory! Al's performance was incredible not allowing any points or goals with his time in net. Certainly Man of the Match! This win propelled Akron to the Semi-finals against Southeast.

Akron v. Southeast - Win: Akron beat Southeast in a game that put Akron against players from the Carolinas, Michigan, and Orlando. Akron advanced in this hard fought game which saw Akron seek revenge from the defeat suffered last year against the same team in the first round. This win took Akron the the finals of the Junior C Shield for the first time since 2010.

Akron v. Allentown - Loss: 3-6 to 4-9. Akron lost the finals match against a very good Allentown team. The match saw Akron down only 4 at halftime and was fought hard til the very end. Though the loss was difficult, the drive the team had, with the support of the friends, family, and fans that stayed the whole day was incredible! I would also like to thank Allentown for being very sportsmanlike in their victory. Congrats to Allentown!


St. Louis Camogie (with Akron Celtic Guards Camogie)


Friday August 30, 2013 - Day Off

Saturday August 31, 2013 - Finals Tournament

St. Louis v. Denver - Win: 2-3 to 2-1.St. Louis won against Denver in a very exciting match bright and early Saturday morning! St. Louis had lost to Denver at Nationals last year and fought hard to pull out a victory by 2 points! In this highly attended match, St. Louis won the game with fantastic work put in by our Akron Camogie Girls! Akron's own Coleen Casey had two points which proved to be the deciding factor. The Akron Men's team in attendance could not have been prouder of this performance!

St. Louis v. Indianapolis - Loss: 1-2 to 11-8. In a hard loss, St. Louis ended their finals run with a loss to a very talented Indinapolis team. Much like the men's teams, Indy has grown their Camogie team to be an exceptional force in the GAA. Indy ended up winning the Junior Camogie finals. Congrats to Indy Camogie!

What a weekend! A major thanks to a few different people. First, thanks to all the family and friends who came and supported both our teams! Many of you came multiple days and your continued support, enthusiasm, and help is always extremely appreciated. You help us stay focused, confident, and most importantly relaxed by your presence and encouragement. A special thank you to both Steve Hohman and Jamison Blose (seen in the black jerseys on the top picture) for their work as "water men", their role in substitution and game planning, and encouragement throughout the weekend. We're sorry you both weren't 100% this year and can't wait for you to join us again on the pitch! We'd like to once again thank St. Louis for joining forces with Akron, Pittsburgh, and Tennessee to make a collaborative girls team which is a force in Junior Camogie! Our girls love you ladies and appreciate the work done to make this great team happen! Lastly, a big thank you to Al O'Leary. You have been instrumental to the development of our club, and your passion and enthusiasm, at 87 no less, is nothing short of inspirational. We also appreciate you filling in at goal when we needed you!

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 September 2013 14:29
 

GAA Finals Schedule Change! PLEASE READ!

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Please see below for the updated schedule for Friday. Akron, the MW2 Qualifier for JNR C - Hurling has been moved from the 9:05am time to Friday August 30, 2013 at 1:25pm on Field 2. After a victory, Akron would then play at 3:35pm on Field 2 against the winner of the Seattle v. St. Louis match. If you have any immediate questions regarding the changes, please contact us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 September 2013 16:50
 

2013 NACB Gaelic Games Finals Information

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NACB Finals are finally upon us! Both the Akron Celtic Guards Men's Travel Team and the Women's Camogie Co-op with St. Louis have qualified for the games!

Here is the pertinent information you need to know:

All weekend Passes are $40, YOU MUST HAVE CASH AT THE GATE! The team is not going to purchase any pre-sale tickets.
The Location of the Parking is: 31515 Lorain Rd, North Olmsted 44070
This means players park at the Sports Complex and ride a FREE shuttle to the field. There is no parking at the fields for Players. All Akron Hurling Players must be at the Sports Complex parking area BEFORE 11:30 A.M. WITH YOUR I.D. AND CASH!!!

Map of Grounds:

This is where to buy tickets and the field locations after getting the tickets of where to go.

Hurling Game 9:05 is on Field 2 Friday August 30, 2013.
Hurling Game is at 1:25 on Field 2 Friday August 30, 2013.
The order of what the hurlers should do when they arrive:
1. Buy Tickets for weekend
2. Go to Team Sign in
3. Go to Field 2
Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 September 2013 21:01
 

Indy Invitational: Fun, Food, and Fur!

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It was another great time at the Indy Invitational this year! The Akron Hurling team played well, and had great matches against St. Louis, Indy 2, and Indy 3. Akron lost the shield to Indy 2 after ending regulation tied. Meanwhile, our Camogie girls played with St. Louis Camogie to create "St. Akron Camogie"! They fought hard against Indy and St. Mary's to do Akron proud! The memories of the matches and afters will be truly cherished by all those who made the trip to Indianapolis. There are too many thanks to go around, but specifically, the Akron Celtic Guards whould like to thank the Indy GAA for another successful and fun tournament! We would also like to thank the St. Louis Camogie girls for accepting our girls onto their squad! Lastly, we would like to thank Mystery Otter for keeping things interesteing! We can't wait for next year!

Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 September 2013 20:55
 


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Nicholas Frank - Chair
Coleen Casey - Co-Chair
Keith Knott - GDO
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Miklos Schauer - Secretary
Niki Schauer - Registrar
Pat Taylor Jr. - Treasurer

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