The New York final of the Long Kick will take place this Saturday, August 17, at Gaelic Park at 4:30 p.m. with the winner receiving a trip to Ireland for the international final at the Bray Emmetts grounds on September 13.
The entry fee is $100 for a club's first entrant and $50 for each of a club's entrants thereafter. All entries must be received by Thursday, August 15, at 8 p.m.
For more details contact Laurence McGrath at 917-882-8038 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org
The final promises to be a very interesting one, with some of the longest and most accurate kickers in the town including Pa Ryan from Leitrim, Brian Cuilinan from Donegal and Gavin Joyce from Cavan from a goalkeeper aspect.
One of the previous winners is Paul Hearty from Crossmaglen with his brother Alan a New York panelist. Expect a big challenge from the Armagh man.
From an outfield perspective Rory Woods of Monaghan, Eoghan Carew of Kildare and CJ Molloy of Donegal and New York rank as excellent long range shooters. James Huvane also has a tremendous drive of a dead ball.
Some of the rules:
*Competition is open to all current GAA members over the age of 18.
* The contestant must be a home-based player in 2013.
*Object is to find the longest yet most accurate kickers of a standard GAA football.
*Winner will be the contestant with the longest successful kick.
*A successful kick is deemed to be one where the ball crosses over the bar and between the posts prior to touching the ground.
*The ball used will be standard Size 5 for men.
*Each kick will be taken from a pre-determined marked distance from the target.
*The kick may be taken from the hand or from the ground.
*Players may use a tee if they so wish.
*The winners of the competition will have the choice of continuing within the rules, to establish the longest successful kick and attempt to set a new record.
*The decision of the Kick Fada event coordinator will be final in the event of a dispute.
*Winner must be available to travel for the championship in Wicklow on September 13.
McGrath will have a full run-down of all other applicable rules.