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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 350 adults and youth.

Our Mission

The Milwaukee Hurling Club, a Wisconsin Charitable Organization (No. 8529-800), educates individuals of all ages about the ancient Irish sport of hurling in an inclusive environment that fosters positive sportsmanship and benefits our members socially, mentally and physically.

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.

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.

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We are 300 strong

Our Proud History

The MHC is a highly decorated club in national and international play.

  • 2015 Winner, Men’s NAGAA Junior B Championships.
  • 2013 Winner, Men’s NAGAA Junior C Championships.
  • 2013 Men’s Traveling Team invited to compete in the Aer Lingus International Hurling Festival in Galway.
  • 2010 Winner, Women’s (Camogie) NAGAA Junior Championships.
  • 2009 MHC Youth hurlers make second trip to Ireland.
  • 2008 Winner, Men’s NAGAA Junior B Championships.
  • 2007 MHC Youth hurlers travel to Ireland.
  • 2007 Winner, Men’s NAGAA Junior B Championships.
  • 2006 Winner, Women’s (Camogie) NAGAA Junior Championships.
  • 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.
  • 2004 Winner, Women’s (Camogie) NAGAA Junior Championships.
  • 2003 Winner, Women’s (Camogie) NAGAA Junior Championships.
  • 2002 The MHC fields its first youth teams.
  • 1997 Four teams were formed, enabling the MHC to hold regular games.
  • 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.

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2016 Board of Directors

The Milwaukee Hurling Club holds elections for club officers at the general meeting every February. Candidates are required to submit a letter of interest at least one week prior to the elections. All current paid members (Co-ed, Youth, Booster, Etc.) of the hurling club are eligible to  vote. Each board member must have a simple majority to be selected for their position.

Dave Olson

Operations Coordinator
The Operations Coordinator is responsible for the day-to-day operations exclusive to the play of hurling and has the authority to make decisions regarding these operations. The OC directs the Competition Committee, Field Operations, and Referees. The OC is responsible for equipment procurement and distribution including jerseys. The OC is responsible for field scheduling. The OC is...

Jason Kirkpatrick

Administrative Coordinator
The Administrative Coordinator is responsible for the day-to-day administrative operations of the club and has the authority to make decisions regarding these operations. The AC works with the Sponsorship, Communication, and Creative Committees. The AC is responsible for coordinating public events (Irish Fest, Opening Day, etc). The AC is responsible for the Master Calendar and acts...

Michael Hamby

Financial Coordinator
The Financial Coordinator is responsible for all financial matters relating to the MHC. This includes collection of the initial Registration forms and members dues, player Financial Arrangements, payment of the Club’s bills, tracking and collection of Sponsor contributions and of all money due to the Club, as well as oversight of all expenditures made on the...

Brian Christ

Personnel Coordinator
The Personnel Coordinator is responsible for maintaining membership information for the MHC. The PC is responsible for collection and maintaining the personnel records of the MHC, including all necessary agreements and insurance information. The PC is responsible for tracking Player Talent Grading prior to the draft and will participate fully in draft activities. The PC is responsible...

Meghan Neuenschwander

Fundraising Coordinator
The Fundraising Coordinator is responsible for the day-to-day fundraising operations and events. The FRC has the authority to make decisions regarding these operations. The FRC will appoint/delegate individuals and subcommittees to assist with fundraising initiatives and events. The FRC works with the AC to promote all fundraising events and initiatives.
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