Europe’s elite gather in Vienna for Gaelic football finals

_11182927_10155579422910454_598949931_o_1Vienna Gaels GAA club will welcome over 400 players competing for over 30 teams in the Pan-European Gaelic Football Finals on Saturday 17 October.

Having successfully hosted the event in 2012, the club has accepted the challenge and privilege of hosting the highlight of the sport’s European calendar.

Following victory in the South/East Europe Regional Championship this year, the men’s team will be confident of competing successfully on the European stage and emulating the achievement of winning the Pan-European Intermediate title in 2013.

The ladies team has enjoyed a resurgence this season and will be confident of competing against the talent-laden sides arriving in Austria.

“Vienna Gaels has developed brilliantly over the last few years and 2015 is proving to be a season that will live long in the memory of those associated with the club.

“We’re extremely proud to be welcoming the very best of European football to Vienna and we’re looking forward to putting on a great show,” said club stalwart and fan favourite Simon Deignan.

The action will take place at Rudolf-Tonn-Stadion, Schwechat throughout the day. Spectators and press are welcome to come along and enjoy the event, which promises to be a fantastic spectacle.

Brave trio venture to Galicia

SAM_1522Three men will go down in Vienna Gaels folklore following their trip to northern Spain on 11-14 September for the opening round of the Pan-European Championship.

These warriors were Darren Gleeson, Andreas Magerle and Justin Walker, who were the Vienna’s sole representatives at the event. The trio bolstered the squad of our Italian friends Padova, which performed admirably in the 15-team tournament in A Estrada.

Three wins for the team gave them an 11th place finish, while Amsterdam beat Paris 1-6 to 1-3 in the final.

In the ladies competition, South/East regional champs Munich Colmcilles finished fourth out of 10 teams. The talented German side lost in the semi-final to eventual winners Belgium, who beat Fillas De Breogán 3-10 to 3-7 in the decider.

All eyes on Vienna

With our heroic trio back at training, the focus now shifts to the Pan-European final event in Vienna on 17 October. Early signs point to an impressive event with large number of teams taking part, so keep an eye out for more information very soon.

First GAA handball session

gaa handballWith the very first European Championship for GAA handball set to take place in Italy this November, Vienna Gaels held its opening training session on Friday.

Members of the Gaelic football side joined experienced player Michael Organ for a two-hour outdoor session and there was plenty of promise shown by the novices as the club hope to build a team to enter the tournament at UNESCO World Heritage Site Nizza Monferrato on 20/21 November. Continue reading