The next outing in a very busy June for the Vienna Gaels is here, as the club sends a cohort of hurlers to round two of the European Hurling Championship in Brussels this weekend. Here’s Noel FitzGerald with the latest on our heroes with the stick and ball.
Lightened squad makes its way to Brussels
Coach Kilian Smith brings a squad of seven Gaels to the Belgian capital, melding seasoned campaigners such as Darren Gleeson and Tom Birch with relative newbies such as Ruairi Joyce, making his second appearance for the Gaels after his outing in round one of the championship in Vienna. With lower numbers than the previous tournament, the Gaels are also calling on the services of one player from regional neighbours Zurich Inneoin, along with two players from the Paris Gaels.
Third seeds Vienna face into tough opening fixtures on the day
After the roaring success that was round one of the Championship in Vienna, both on and off the field, the Vienna Gaels come into this tournament seeded third overall, reflecting the placing in the current championship standings. This does however place them in a tough group on Saturday in the cup bracket of the tournament, as they face perennial cup challengers Luxembourg and Amsterdam. Game one throws in at 9 am, as the Gaels face a rematch with Luxembourg after coming out seven point losers at round one in Vienna, while game two throws in at 10.40 am, the Gaels meeting Amsterdam for the first time since denying them the big-margin win required for Amsterdam to progress to the cup semi-finals in Den Haag last September.
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