Belgium do the double, Vienna men reclaim intermediate crown

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Saturday saw over 450 players from 34 teams around Europe gather at the six pitches in Rudolf-Tonn Stadion for the Pan-European Gaelic football finals.

Following a week of constant rain, everyone involved was delighted to remain dry all day long, with spells of sunshine even emerging at times, allowing players and spectators alike to enjoy the highlight event in the European GAA calendar to the max.

The senior men’s championship was a four-team event, won by Belgium GAA after victory over Paris Gaels in the final. However, the French club took the overall championship thanks to their 2nd place finish last month in Spain last month.

10 teams were involved in the ladies championship, with two groups of five played before teams were seperated into senior, shield and plate competitions. Belgium were once again victorious, overcoming a brave Munich performance in the final, and added to their opening round win to take the overall title.

Vienna Gaels ladies finished 3rd in the shield following a win over Paris Gaels, finishing the day with a 3-3 record.


Credit: Thomas Mayer

Credit: Thomas Mayer

The remaining men’s teams competed in five further divisions – Senior B, Intermediate A, Intermediate B, Junior A and Junior B.

Vienna Gaels men went unbeaten throughout the day and made up for narrowly missing out on qualification for the Senior B semi-finals by winning the Intermediate A title for the second time in three years, rounding the day off with a final win over combined Swedish side Nordic Gaels.

Vienna Vipers missed out on the Junior B title on points difference, finishing second behind Lorient.

Results summary:

Senior A – Belgium (Paris win overall championship)
Senior B – Warsaw
Intermediate A – Vienna
Intermediate B – Munich
Junior A – Augsburg
Junior B – Lorient

Senior – Belgium (Belgium win overall championship)
Shield – Warsaw
Plate – Zurich



Saturday schedule released

Poster3Here’s how you fit 466 players onto six pitches for eight hours of Gaelic football action!

After one slight alteration in the ladies competition, the teams and schedule for the 2015 Pan-European Finals are set and the excitement is building in Vienna and further afield.

The event begins at 09:00 at Rudolf-Tonn-Stadion, Schwechat and if you’re not lucky enough to be in town to enjoy the fun live, you can follow it on the Vienna Gaels GAA Facebook page and @ViennaGaelsGAA on Twitter. Continue reading

35 teams set for Saturday’s finals

pan previewThere are just days left until the pinnacle of the European Gaelic football season takes place in Vienna!

The Gaels will play host to over 430 players competing for 35 teams from 14 countries on Saturday at Rudolf-Tonn in an event not to be missed. The action kicks-off at 09:00 hrs and with a number of trophies up for grabs across the six playing pitches, we’re certain to be treated to a day full of intense and entertaining football. Continue reading

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.