Vienna Gaels will make history at this weekend’s European GAA Handball Championship.
The Austrian club will be the first to compete in all three European GAA final events this year – Gaelic football, hurling/camogie and GAA handball.
The tournament will take place in Nizza Monferrato, Italy on 26/27 November. Nizza are the current champions and host the competition for the second year in a row.
The team consists of Katie Riley, Jimmy Cunningham and captain Michael Organ, who tells us what the team have to look forward to in Italy:
“The three of us will take part in a mixed competition against a team from Nizza. This competition could be Vienna’s best chance to win their first European gold in handball! Massive shout-out to Jimmy and Katie for representing the club in football, hurling/camogie and handball this year.
“Jimmy and I will play in the men’s B category against Nizza B, UL B and Rovigo. The two best teams from this category will play in the B final and advance to the A category on Sunday.
“Here we could potentially face UL A or Nizza A for a place in the grand final. UL A will be captained by Paudi Quish; he’s ranked 9 in Europe, and the current All-Ireland Intermediate Champion. Nizza A, the current European Champions, will by lead by Simone Corsi, ranked 23 in Europe.
“We have a fighting chance in the B category so we’ll have to wait and see what happens Saturday night. Big thanks to everyone that’s trained during the year and all the support from around the club. 2016 has been a great year for handball in Vienna and hopefully we’ll have something to show for it at the end of the weekend.”
Best of luck to our ‘handball heroes’ who are aiming to finish Vienna Gaels’ 2016 season with a flourish.
The Vienna Gaels’ 2016 season will conclude with a bang with the Charlie P’s GAA Champions League on 24 and 31 October.
Over 40 players will take part in a four-team mixed (non-contact) friendly competition, which will see each team face each other twice in 10-minute matches.
The teams have been evenly matched, thanks to the efforts of Simon Deignan, and we can look forward to two evenings of fantastic competition – under the watchful eye of referee Cian Scollard.
Are you an eagle, panther, shark or bull? Check out the teams below:
|Golden Eagles|| |
|Darren Gleeson|| |
| ||Ciara – only 1st|
| ||Rita – only 1st|
|Black Panthers|| |
| ||Darren Gil only 1st|
| ||Laura – only 1st|
|Great White Sharks|| |
| ||Bernie – only 1st|
| ||Mathew – only 1st|
| ||Clara – only 1st|
|Rebecca – only 2nd|| |
|Red Bulls|| |
| ||Harald – only 1st|
| ||Noelanie – only 1st|
|Anita – only 2nd|| |
This weekend’s European Hurling & Camogie Championship Finals will be played by Vienna Gaels for the very first time.
The traditionally Gaelic football-focused club broadened its horizons last year with entry into the European Gaelic Handball Championship in Italy and this year sees the Gaels go one step further with entry into all three European GAA final tournaments. Continue reading
The 2016 European Gaelic football season comes to an end on 24 September with the Pan-European Finals in Maastricht, Netherlands and Vienna Gaels will be represented in both men’s and ladies’ competitions. Continue reading
On Thursday 11 August, the European Ladies Native Gaelic football team saw their Etihad Airways GAA Worlds Games come to a close. Two days before that, the team of 14 ladies, made up of almost just as many nationalities, took the pitch together for the first time with one goal in site: winning the championship in Croke Park.
On the European Ladies Native Football team, was the Vienna Gaels’ very own Katie Riley. While Katie is native to Upstate New York, she qualified to play for Europe due to the fact that she became a resident of Europe during the summer of 2015. Continue reading