After what has been a somewhat disappointing campaign so far for the Gaels in the Gaelic Games Europe Central/Eastern Football Championship, they head for Berlin for the final round of the championship with our men’s team in with an outside chance of retaining their championship title, while our ladies are in search of some morale-boosting wins. Here’s Noel FitzGerald with the important information coming into the tournament.
The story so far
The campaign kicked off in Rome in April, as our ladies started the season with a win over neighbours, the Slovak Shamrocks on the way to finishing sixth in the tournament, while our men came through the ‘back door’ route to meet a familiar foe in the final, losing out to a strong Cumann Warszawa side.
Next up was the short trip to Bratislava in May, where our ladies had a disappointing day while our men lost in the final again, this time to Berlin, as a two-goal blitz in the second half wasn’t enough to keep in touch with the team from the German capital.
Finally, the club travelled to Augsburg, where an understrength men’s side finished third, John Baxter picking up the ‘player of the tournament’ gong while our ladies did enough to finish fourth.
These results have lead us to positions of second place for the men and sixth for the ladies heading into this weekend’s round of action.
Strong squads aim for glory in the German capital
The Vienna Gaels men’s team can call on a host of familiar names who return to the squad after absences this season such as John Sullivan, Diarmuid ‘The Dragon’ O’Riain, Niall Colleran and Darren Gilbert, while also giving debuts to Christopher Spath, Jacobo Suarez and Cormac Walsh. While an overall championship win may well be out of their grasp, requiring a tournament win with Berlin finishing fourth at best, the tournament on the day is up for grabs and this squad and team management have been hard at work plotting for this win. In their way will be what is sure to be a strong host side from Berlin, a Munich side which tasted their first victory over the Gaels for quite some time in Augsburg, along with potential wildcards Setanta Berlin, who make their footballing debut, Zurich, Lazio and a range of combined teams from across the region.
Meanwhile, our ladies side continue their regeneration, bringing six ladies to combine with Setanta Berlin and Dresden to form a team for the day. Of the six, three are still in their first season with the Gaels, including debutante Becky Sprowl, while two of the more established trio are still in their teens. Clara Meiners skippers the squad once again, as our ladies search for another win to cap off the season.
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