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Vienna Gaels Hurlers head for Hamburg after another successful outing in Berlin

Seven intrepid Vienna Gaels hurlers and their coach will be taking to the field in Hamburg this weekend for round three of the Cultec European Hurling and Camogie Championship 2018, as the race for the overall Shield title hots up after winning eight out of ten games played thus far this season. Here’s Noel Fitzgerald with a recap of the events in Berlin, as well as a preview to the Hamburg round.

Strong start sets Vienna Gaels up well for Berlin Shield competition

The Gaels brought another strong squad of twelve hurlers, a coach and one camogie player to Berlin for round two of the Cultec European Hurling and Camogie Championship 2018, with debuts for Jack Rea and Ganesha Galhaup.

In the group stage, the Gaels faced into three games, knowing that the more wins they picked up, the better placed they were for the Shield competition later in the day, thus they tore in Setanta Berlin B, taking an early lead, however the Setanta side kept in contention throughout the first half with an important goal. The Gaels steadied themselves in the second half however, coming out on top with a 2-4 to 1-2 win. It was in the second game against Hamburg B where they really revved their engines, coming in at half time four points to the good thanks to good work from Diarmuid ‘The Dragon’ O’ Riain, only for Hamburg to have a bit of a revival early in the second half. The Gaels recovered well, with outstanding points from Matthew Dane and Noel Fitzgerald the standouts in a 1-8 to 0-2 win. They rolled on to the final group stage game against Darmstadt GAA, where they really felt the tenacity of the all-German side, however goals win games, and the Gaels managed to squeeze the life out of the blue-robed side with a 4-4 to 0-2 win.

Vienna Gaels join Luxembourg GAA for Katie Riley’s European camogie swansong

For the Vienna Gaels’ sole camóg to date, Katie Riley, she teamed up with Luxembourg GAA in their quest to topple long-term rivals Belgium GAA. Their day started well, picking up an easy win over Setanta Berlin, Katie among the scorers, however they were outdone by perennial rivals Belgium A in the other group game, pitting them against Hamburg GAA in the 3rd place play off. A goal for Luxembourg was the deciding factor here in a low-scoring affair, picking up Riley’s last piece of silverware before she heads off on her next adventure.

Gaels run into some tough Benelux opposition in Shield competition

Taking with them the highest possible seeding they could from their first place group finish, the Gaels then faced Amsterdam GAA in the Shield semi-finals, whom would prove to be their most difficult opponents this year to date. Battling valiantly, what had so far proved a useful tactic of raining ball in on top of full forwards Noel Fitzgerald and Diarmuid O’ Riain wasn’t bearing as much fruit as previously, and the Gaels headed in to the break behind the Dutch side. However, they stuck to the task, and goals from Noel Fitzgerald and Barry Lunn gave the Gaels hope, narrowing the gap to three points, before Amsterdam would employ a sweeper to close the game out, winning by six points and ending the Gaels’ Shield hopes. They would cap the day off with their first-ever win over Den Haag GAA in the third place playoff, Jack Rea goals being the decisive factor as the Gaels collected their eighth win out of ten games this season so far.

Points race heats up as Gaels head for Hamburg

A strong squad, led by captain Stephen Walsh and coached by manager Kilian Smith head for round three of the Cultec European Hurling and Camogie Championship 2018 in Hamburg as the race for points in the Cultec European Hurling and Camogie Championship Shield hots up. Currently the Gaels are well placed, with 24 points so far thanks to results in Dresden and Berlin. The action kicks off early on Saturday morning, don’t forget to keep in touch by following us on FacebookInstagramTwitter and the Vienna Gaels Whatsapp group!

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Vienna Gaels move on from disappointment in Bratislava to Augsburg hope

Signs point towards the German town of Augsburg this weekend as the Vienna Gaels look to get their Gaelic football season back on track following a disappointing outing in round two of the Central/Eastern European Gaelic Football Championship. Here’s Noel Fitzgerald with his account from the sidelines on the Slovak tournament, along with the outlook on this weekend’s action in Augsburg.

Disappointment for the ladies as men topple Munich to make final

An under strength ladies side took to the field in a group with Berlin and the Slovak Shamrocks knowing they were up against it, and the results proved that suspicion, falling to defeats to both, pitting them in the 5th/6th playoff against a tough Prague team. Meanwhile, our men’s team was rolling well in the group stage, pulling up with gas to spare against a combined Zurich/Lazio team and a keen challenge from the Prague Hibernians. Facing a Munich side with whom they dealt with ease in round one of the championship in Rome, they faced a much sterner test here, the Bavarian side bringing more players behind the ball than a Jim McGuinness-coached Panama side. A late Alan ‘Chili’ McKenna point was all that separated the sides, sending them into the final against perennial rivals, Berlin.

Second half surge not enough for men as ladies taught harsh lessons

The Vienna Gaelettes started their playoff game in much better fashion than their earlier games, delivering the intensity they had been keeping until the second half in previous games. However, goals win games and a Prague Hibernians three-pointer in the second half was the difference between the sides in the end as our ladies had to settle for sixth place. All eyes then pointed towards the men’s final, as the stand filled up at the TJ Malinovo football ground, where the Vienna Gaels took on Berlin GAA. Despite dominating possession in the first half, the Gaels struggled to work the ball into target man Niall Colleran in the full forward line, and trailed by six points at the break, 1-6 to 0-3. However they roared back into contention in the second half, as Darren Gleeson slid a goal in under the keeper before Peter Mongey smuggled another three pointer in to tie the sides. With Simon Deignan moving out of goals and making an impact in midfield, the game went up and down the field before two late Berlin goals sealed only their second championship round win, and consigned the Gaels to a second successive runners-up spot.

Championship race hots up as round three brings Central/Eastern GAA to Augsburg

Heading into the next round of the Central/Eastern European Gaelic Football Championship, our men’s team lie one point behind leaders Berlin in second place, while our ladies are in sixth position in a very open ladies championship.

Our men will be joined by some players from Basle GAA, while our ladies will be joined by our friends from S.S. Lazio Calcio Gaelico to complete a strong squad. High honours are not out of reach for either of our sides as both bring lots of experience with them to the Bavarian town. The action kicks off early on Saturday morning, don’t forget to keep in touch by following us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and the Vienna Gaels Whatsapp group!

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First-ever Vienna Gaels Cúl Camp a resounding success

Wanted to thank you again for a wonderful camp over the weekend. My girls are already asking when the next puck around will be!

Our kids had a great time today! Thank you to all the volunteers who helped! You’ve put on a great camp.

We did it. What a treat!

Just some of the wonderful praise showered on our sixteen-strong group of volunteers who gave their weekends and much more towards ensuring an enjoyable first-ever Vienna Gaels Cúl Camp could be run smoothly on the 2nd and 3rd of June, kindly sponsored by the Embassy of Ireland, Austria and with equipment kindly provided by CLG Na Fianna, Co. Dublin.

Kids enjoy learning GAA skills

Participants hailed from Vienna, Bratislava and some even flew in for the weekend from Ireland. They were introduced to the fundamentals of the GAA sports of Gaelic Football, Hurling and Rounders through some fun introductory drills by teams of Vienna Gaels volunteers. Each participant received their lunch on both days and some Cúl Camp gear for their troubles, along with some lovely certificates, documenting their participation in the camp. The weekend wrapped up with the beginning of a “Participants v Parents” Gaelic Football match tradition, which the children won thanks to their newly developed skills!

Gaels look to the future as demand for childrens GAA increases

Given the enjoyment clear on the (exhausted!) faces of both camp participants and volunteers, it’s fair to say that the camp was a resounding success. The next big goal for the Vienna Gaels youth committee will be the implementation of a regular childrens GAA sessions. For now, the next big family event for the Gaels will be the annual summer party, due to take place in mid-August. All participants and parents who took part in the Cúl Camp are encouraged to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, while club gear can be ordered for parents and children alike, please enquire at committee@gaavienna.at!

World Cup Sweepstakes Fundraiser

The Vienna Gaels would also like to highlight our World Cup Sweepstakes fundraiser, with all profits made going directly towards the running of the club. Participants will be given two teams at random, one from the top 16 teams and one from the bottom. The winning team will win their owner €50, runner up will win €20, third place will win €10, as will last place. To take part costs €10, with all proceeds after the winnings going towards the club. Please contact committee members (Jimmy, Anita, Clara, Katie, Cian, Anna or Noel) to enter or e-mail us at committee@gaavienna.at , closing date for entry is kickoff for the Russia-Saudi Arabia game on Thursday the 14th of June.

 

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Excitement rises as Vienna Gaels host first Cúl Camp

Twenty nine children and a legion of adult volunteers descend on Vienna Gaels headquarters at Stadion this weekend for the first ever Vienna Gaels Cúl Camp, kindly supported by the Embassy of Ireland, Austria.

Excitement rising

Check in for participants starts at 09:30 on Saturday the 2nd of June at the Vienna Gaels training field at Meireiestrasse 33, 1020 Wien, with activities kicking off at 10:00 and lasting until 15:00 on both Saturday the 2nd and Sunday the 3rd of June. Activities will include the fundamentals of GAA sports Gaelic Football, Hurling and Rounders. For the vast majority of participants, who are hailing from a combination of Ireland, Austria and Slovakia and ranging in ages from four to twelve, this will be their first exposure to Gaelic Games. The weekend will wrap up on Sunday afternoon with the much-anticipated Parents vs Children Gaelic Football match!

Gaels assemble army of GAA volunteers

The hosting of such an event of course cannot happen without the tireless energy of volunteers. As such, the Gaels have mustered sixteen volunteers, who will run the various exercises for the participants, prepare lunches, organise the weekend activities and do whatever else is needed to ensure the weekend runs smoothly and that everyone has a fantastic, in some cases first, experience of Gaelic Games. For anyone else who’d like to get involved, please feel free to come along and observe the madness unfold at any stage of the two days! To stay updated on proceedings, please keep an eye on our Vienna Gaels WhatsApp group, FacebookInstagram and Twitter!

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Vienna Gaels footballers head to Bratislava aiming for Slovak superiority

Following the success of our hurling team two weeks ago, it’s an early start this Saturday for the Vienna Gaels as they rise to make the short trip to Bratislava in time for round two of the Central/Eastern European Gaelic Football Championship, hosted by the Slovak Shamrocks at TJ Malinovo Prípravka, Športová 1, 900 45 Malinovo, Slovakia. Following a successful opening round where the ladies side placed sixth and the men’s team finished as runners up, the Gaels are aiming to better those achievements in the Slovakian capital.

Vienna Gaels ladies bolster their numbers as they look to improve placing

The Vienna Gaelettes endured a bit of a tough time at round one of the championship in Rome, as low numbers and questionable refereeing saw them on the losing side of two key games, which could have placed them much higher in the table. They find themselves in group one along with Berlin GAA and the Slovak Shamrocks this time around, with the top two sides qualifying for the semi-finals, while third place fights it out for fifth place. This is undoubtedly a tough group, as the Berlin ladies are top seeds for this round of the tournament due to their third place finish in Rome, while the Slovak Ladybirds will not only be out for revenge for their loss to the Vienna ladies in Rome, but will also be sure to have their strongest side out for their home tournament. For their part, Bainisteoir Noel Fitzgerald and Maor Foirne Tony Murphy are bringing ten ladies to Bratislava for this tournament, a squad which has had an injection of new blood, they will be sure to have some tricks up their sleeves for achieving success.

Vienna Gaels men’s team aim for gold after tasting silver in Rome

The Vienna Gaels men recovered well in Rome after a slow start where they scraped past Lazio and lost to Cumann Warszawa in the group stage, before winning three games on the trot to make the final, only to run out of gas against the young Warsaw side. This time round they’ll be looking to do one better as they again bring an almost-full complement of players to the Slovakian capital. They also find themselves in group one, as they face the Prague Hibernians and a combination side of Lazio, Padova and Zurich. The Gaels have faced all of these sides in round one of the championship bar Padova, and they came out the right way of each encounter, they’ll be confident of repeating those feats. As with the ladies, first and second place finishes will guarantee semi-final slots for the tournament, where perennial rivals Munich and Berlin may be lurking after their third and fourth place finishes in Rome.

Follow the results as they happen

With a massive 30 Gaels club members partaking in the tournament along with another dozen or so friends and family members, coverage of this round will not be in short supply. Follow our travails through the day via our Vienna Gaels WhatsApp group, our Facebook (facebook.com/viennagaelsgaa), Twitter (twitter.com/viennagaelsgaa) and Instagram (instagram.com/viennagaelsgaa).