Irish Step Up to the Plate at Provident Bank Park

The latest on summer sports and recreation in the area

The summer Patch season will showcase the Recreation Notebook each Friday. The College Sports Notebook will resume in September.

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Irish Heritage Day, one of the more popular events on the Rockland Boulders schedules, comes to Provident Bank Park on Saturday.

A day of blockbuster festivities is set to begin at 3:30 p.m. with a game between the Irish National Baseball Team and the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) team, before the Boulders take on the Quebec Capitales at 7.

From 3-6 p.m. fans can enjoy 20 oz. Killian’s drafts for just $3. And after the Boulders’ postgame fireworks extravaganza, fans can head to the Coors Light Bridge Bar to see the U2 tribute band ‘U2 Nation’ makes its triumphant return to Pomona.

Team Ireland features several local players including North Rockland HS alum Brian Smith of Stony Point, now coaching at Albertus Magnus HS in Bardonia. Smith played collegiate ball at Concordia College in Bronxville and Dominican College in Orangeburg. Smith most recently participated with the Irish National Team in Barcelona, Spain.

Another Rockland native, Pat Gorman, a Pearl River resident, pitches for the national squad. Gorman played at Albertus Magnus High School prior to being drafted by the Mets, and also pitched for the Baltimore Orioles organization.

Two hopeful local candidates will spend the week trying to solidify a spot on the national team. Mike Murphy, a graduate of Clarkstown North High School, is an outfielder who played at College of Saint Rose College and Suffern native Tom Enright, who recently completed his senior season pitching at St. Thomas Aquinas College in Sparkill, will attempt to gain a spot on the Irish National squad as well.


Swing away

Teams in the Westchester-Rockland Wood Bat League (www.WRWBL.com) keep swinging away.

The New City Outlaws have a busy weekend scheduled with a twinbill against the New Rochelle Tigers at 4 p.m. on Saturday at Germonds Park in West Nyack, and a 2:30 p.m. single game against the Wilton (CT) Warriors on Sunday at Manhattanville College in Purchase.

The New York City Thunderdogs are set to play two on Saturday against the Harrison Patriots at 10 a.m. at Manhattanville College, while the Rockland Astros return to action on Tuesday at 7 p.m., visiting the Peekskill Tides. The Astros then meet the New Rochelle Tigers on Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Clarkstown complex at 62 Old Middletown Rd. in New City, and stay there on Friday, also at 7 p.m., to host the Danbury (CT) Barons.

The Rockland Cavaliers visit Salesian HS in New Rochelle on Sunday to meet the host Dirtbags at 5 p.m., and on Wednesday take on the Somers Cyclones at 7 p.m. at the Clarkstown complex in New City.


This and that

  • Pelham Rugby’s seventh-eighth-grade tackle team won their last game of the season, defeating Narberth Rugby Club in Villanova, PA. The sixth-seventh-grade team split a pair of matches against its counterpart from the same club. The elder squad finished the season undefeated in 10 games and won the New York middle school league. The underclassmen won their last two games of the season, ending at 2-5. Check www.pelhamrugby.com for news of the July 16 camp in Pelham and the fall practice schedule.
  • Children from the Town of Clarkstown, aged 12-17, are eligible to attend a teen pool party tonight (July 6) from 8-10:30 p.m. at the Germonds Pool complex in West Nyack. Sponsored and conducted by the Clarkstown Parks Board and Recreation Commission, headed by Superintendent Jo Anne Pederson, the pool party is free, and will feature swimming and dancing to the music of a DJ. For information call 639-6200.
  • The 10th Junior Golf Camp at Phillip J. Rotella Golf Course in Thiells is under way, and runs through Aug. 8. The Camp is conducted Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., with a 4-to-1 student-teacher ratio, notes camp director Michael Laudien, a PGA member and top-25 player in the Met Section of the PGA. Laudien also notes that a 10-percent discount is offered for siblings or multiple-week campers. For information visit www.Rotellagolf.com or call the pro ship at 845-354-1616, ext-3.
  • Instructional days are under way through the Piermont PAL Junior Golf Club, which offers a combination of two or three instructional days with local pros as well as independent golfing with a parent or counselor at several area courses including Rockland Lake Executive. For information contact joan@piermontpal.com.
  • Golfers can enjoy an Early Bird Special at Tappan Golf Center off Route 303 in Tappan (845-359-0642). From 6 a.m.-noon weekdays, and 6-10 a.m. on Saturday, Sunday and holidays, you get one free bucket with your purchase of a bucket; after the special, you get one small bucket free if you purchase one jumbo bucket. Lessons are available from Jim McMahon, head pro at New York Country Club in New Hempstead, at 845-359-8910, and Bill Baldes, a master teaching professional with more than 45 years’ experience, at 845-548-0839.
  • The Town of Orangetown’s Summer Concert Series opens tonight (July 6) at Veterans Memorial Park in Orangeburg, beginning at 7:45 p.m. Tonight’s event features Tommy Dunn & Jan Lynch, Irish and Oldies. All concerts are free, open to the public, and start at 7:45 p.m. except for a special movie night on Aug. 3 at 6:30 p.m.). Everyone is encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs. The series continues each Friday evening at 7:45 p.m.: July 13 (The Chiclettes, 60’s female groups and divas); July 20 (Separate Ways, the ultimate journey show); July 27 (Danny V’s 52nd Street Band, Billy Joel tribute show); Aug. 3 (The Uncle Brothers, special family movie night, 6:30 p.m.); and Aug. 10 (Mystical Majesty Band, the East Coast’s Greatest Beatles cover band).


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