What is the MHC?
The Milwaukee Hurling Club is one of largest hurling clubs in America. Unlike most other clubs, the MHC fields co-ed teams, and is primarily made up of players who are American-born and not native to the sport.
Players of all levels are welcome to join. Many of our members have found that joining the MHC is a great way to get fit, learn a new sport, and make new friends. Today it boasts a membership of more than 300 adults and youth.
What is the hurling season like?
MHC pre-season training begins in March. New players take part in a “rookie camp” that teaches the basic skills and the rules of the game. At the end of spring training, club captains hold a “draft,” using a custom computer program, in which players are evaluated, ranked, and evenly distributed on teams based on skill level and experience.
The 10-week playing season begins in May and runs through the end of August. Games take place on Sundays, with each team playing one game of two 30-minute halves. The season culminates with playoff matches and, ultimately, the championship game.
Club practice sessions, which include a variety of drills designed to build skills and endurance, are held on Thursday evenings throughout the season, as well as on Sundays in the pre-season.
Where does the MHC practice and play?
The MHC’s “home field” for practices and games is located at Brown Deer Park in northern Milwaukee County. Occasionally, the club competes with teams from other cities. Matches are also played every year at Irish Fest.
HIGHLIGHTS OF A PROUD HISTORY
- 1996 Spurred on by a friend who’d discovered hurling on a trip to Ireland, a group of 24 assembled in a muddy field on Milwaukee’s lakefront to try their hand at an ancient
sport that was new to them: hurling.
- 1997 4 teams formed, enabling MHC to hold regular games.
- 2002 The MHC fields its first youth teams.
- 2003 Winner, Women’s (Camogie) USGAA (United States Gaelic Athletic Association) Junior Championship
- 2004 Winner, Women’s (Camogie) USGAA Junior Championship
- 2006 Founding member Dave Olson receives the GAA President’s Award – the first such honor for someone born outside of Ireland. That same year, the club played before Irish President Mary McAleese in a scrimmage at Milwaukee’s Irish Fest.
- 2006 Winner, Women’s (Camogie) USGAA Junior Championship
- 2007 Winner, Men’s USGAA Junior B Championship
- 2007 MHC Youth hurlers travel to Ireland.
- 2008 Winner, Men’s USGAA Junior B Championship
- 2009 MHC Youth hurlers make second trip to Ireland.
- 2010 Winner, Women’s (Camogie) USGAA Junior Championship
- 2013 Winner, Men’s USGAA Junior C Championship
- 2013 Men’s Travelling Team invited to compete in the Aer Lingus International Hurling Festival in Galway.
- 2015 Winner, Men’s USGAA Junior B Championship
- 2016 Winner, Non-native Championship, Etihad World Games in Dublin (Combined team from Central Division)
- 2020 THE MHC CELEBRATES IT’S 25TH ANNIVERSARY