The ethos of our club is to foster and promote hurling in Perth but also to provide a social and sporting platform for the Irish Diaspora abroad. Getting involved with Sarsfields is a great way to meet people who have experienced the ups and downs of living abroad and who can relate to where you are in life. We will assist you in any way we can in adapting to life in Perth.
We would like to welcome the newest members of our club and we would also like to extend an open hand of friendship to anybody coming to Perth who would be interested in becoming new members of Sarsfields Hurling Club whether in a playing, administration, or casual role. The nature of a hurling club abroad means that there are members coming and going regularly as they return home or move on to pastures greener and therefore Sarsfields Hurling Club is dependent on new members each year and we encourage you to get involved and to become a part of the club.
Sarsfields would like to extend a massive thank you to all of our sponsors, without whom, the running of the club would not be feasible. Running a hurling club as you can imagine is an expensive yet extremely worthwile venture. Many friendships and relationships have developed through the establishment of Sarsfields Hurling Club and we sincerely thank our sponsors for making it possible and providing us with the platform to do so.
Sarsfields Hurling Club was officially established in 2012 under the directorship of Kieron Lyons and David Lonergan, both of whom played key roles in the development of West Australian (WA) hurling over the past 10 years. The significant increase in the WA Irish population over recent years has seen the development from a single hurling club in 2011 to a now fully established four team WA hurling league and championship format.
The origins of Sarsfields can be traced back as far as 2009 when a core group of existing players and committee entered a 11 a side team as part of WA hurling inter club competition. Over the years this group continued to enter teams in unofficial competitions with the aim of developing WA hurling.
The club has always played an active part in the participation of the Western Australia State Hurling team with several club representatives leading key roles both on and off the field influencing multiple success in the Australasia State Championships.
After officially becoming a club in February 2012. The Club made its historic first appearance at the Melbourne 7s in February 2012. Although Sarsfields were knocked out in the group stage, it didn’t deter from the enjoyment had by all over the course of the weekend.
The club did not have to wait long before it tasted success winning the WA Senior Hurling Championship in 2014. Manager John Whelehan who’s “no nonsense” approach to training and management, ensured a very fit, focused and well-prepared team. Sarsfields beat Perth Shamrocks on a score-line of 5-15 to 2-19 with Fergus Shortt captaining the side on a memorable day for the club. Follow the links at the bottom of this page to relive the action on the day.
Success came again in 2015 with Sarsfields capturing the Western Australia Hurling League title. The team trained under John Lonergan who ran things with a professional feel that helped build a very strong senior panel. Sarsfields ran out comfortable winners after dominating Shamrocks from start to finish skippered by midfield dynamo Alan Lynam.
In October 2015 Sarsfields traveled over 8000km to take part in the first ever competitive game of hurling in Darwin. Sarsfields accepted the invitation from Darwin Shamrocks GAA to partake in an exhibition match to mark the opening of their new club facilities. A great weekend was had by both teams and we look forward to building on the relationship between both clubs and locking horns again sometime in the future.
2016 was to become Sarsfields most successful year to date. John Whelehan again took the helm as manager, this time with Padraig ‘Podge’ Kenny as his understudy selector. Sarsfields had not ever been crowned champions of the Tom Hickey 7’s until an unblemished day in April 2016, had club original & captain for the day – Shane Cody, raise the Tim Hickey Memorial Cup for the first time. That unblemished record continued right the way through our 9 league games until the league final when Western Swans got the better of Sarsfields, 2-15 to 1-14 on a wet day in July. The Sars men however showed great character and regrouped fast to dispel that loss of momentum. Lead by captain & chief Eoin Guinan, Sarfields repaid Western Swans defeating them convincingly in the State Final. Sarsfields became champions for the second time, on a scoreline of 1-20 to 2-7.
New challenges arose in 2017 as dwindling numbers state-wide created an obstacle in sourcing management. Credit must go to players who have stood up and lend their hand in managing the squad throughout 2017. David & John Lonergan took charge of our ambitious attempt to land the Padraig Pearses Melbourne 7’s competition. Unfortunately, it ended without success – but as in 2012 all participants enjoyed the trip. Paul Birmingham then stood up to answer the call and manage the Sars men alongside selector Jason Whelehan, to our second Tim Hickey 7’s title in two years. Physical coach & Captain for 2017 duly lifted the cup in our most recent success.
Since then, Eoin Guinan has without hesitation took up the rains as player manager for the rest of 2017, alongside selectors Jerry Callinan & Jason Whelehan.
Even though we are in the relatively early years of the club, Sarsfields have and will continue to massively influence hurling in Western Australia.
|PRO:||Darrell Ryan and Fiona Howard|
|Equipment Officer:||Eoin Guinan|
|Play Welfare/Social:||Ciaran Flannery|
|WA Club Representatives:||Stephen Flannery and Eve Kennedy|