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Vienna Gaels take the field for 2018 Austro-Slovak Winter League

The Vienna Gaels men’s and ladies football teams return to action this February in the 2018 installment of the Austro-Slovak winter league. In 2017 the Vienna yellow men’s team and the Lienka ladies of the Slovak Shamrocks took home the honours, but who will claim them this year?

What is indoor gaelic football?

Played on a basketball-size indoor court with six players per team, the regular rules of gaelic football preside with a few exceptions. Scoring must be from within the opponent’s half but not within the opposition goalkeeper’s area, and rolling substitutes are allowed. A great way to spend your Saturday, why not give it a go?!

When and where?

The Vienna round is up first, taking place from 9 am at SportUnion Heitzing, Altgasse 6, 1130 Wien. Following the football, there will be an introductory handball session and some inter-club handball games between the Vienna Gaels and Slovak Shamrocks. Afterwards, all taking part will move into the city centre where they will watch Ireland’s opening round of the Six Nations tournament. Round two of the league takes place on the 24th of February in Bratislava.

Can I take part? Can I bring a friend?

Yes and yes! All who would like to take part and try Gaelic football for the first time, or who would like to reignite their GAA careers in the Austrian capital, are more than welcome to take part. Contact us via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or by e-mail at secretary.vienna.europe@gaa.ie.

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Vienna Gaels plan for 2018 and beyond at AGM

The membership of the Vienna Gaels gathered for the 2018 Annual General Meeting on Thursday last, the 18th of January at Flanagan’s. Chaired by outgoing Chairperson Simon Deignan, lots of interesting discussions were had by the membership and a new committee was elected for 2018.

Fresh faces for 2018

After several years of service to the club, Simon Deignan, Bernie Motal, Darren Gleeson and Chris O’ Reilly stepped down from their posts of Chairperson,Health/Wellbeing Officer, Secretary and PRO, respectively. The club owes a huge debt of gratitude to all for their fantastic work for the club. In their place, Jimmy ‘The Knife’ Cunningham was promoted to the post of Chairperson, with Anna Psintrou filling the vacated position of Vice Treasurer. Katie Riley was promoted to the vacant Secretary position, with Cian Scollard taking the role of Vice Secretary. Anita Deignan is staying on as Treasurer, Noel Fitzgerald replaced Chris O’ Reilly as PRO, while finally Clara Meiners replaced ‘The Body’ Motal as Health and Wellbeing Officer.

Vienna Gaels Committee 2018

  • Jimmy Cunningham – Chairperson
  • Anita Deignan – Treasurer
  • Anna Psintrou – Vice Treasurer
  • Katie Riley – Secretary
  • Cian Scollard – Vice Secretary
  • Noel Fitzgerald – Public Relations Officer
  • Clara Meiners – Health and Wellbeing Officer

Youth Committee established

With the Irish community in Vienna expanding more and more every year, that has lead to a number of junior Gaels keen to follow in their parents footsteps. On the heels of discussions on this topic, a youth committee has been established with the aim of organising summer sessions of Gaelic football and hurling for the young Irish population of Vienna. It will be headed up by Barry Lunn and Diarmuid O’ Riain. Stay tuned over the coming months for more details.

Progressive Dinner 2018

The ever-successful Vienna Gaels Progressive Dinner returns for the fourth installment on March 3rd. Pair up with a friend for an evening of socialising and food. Kicking off at 18:00, you will attend three houses where you will share a three course dinner at three different addresses. There are 6 people at each meal, three groups of two. You stay with your partner for the evening and will meet two different couples at each course. One of the courses will be served by you and your partner at your home, plus your 4 guests. All participants then meet up for a drink afterwards.

Cost is €30 per person (discount available, please contact the club). You will get a full three-course meal and accompanying drinks for this money, plus every penny goes to the club!

Sign up here to take part:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/7B8CWT9

Show your pride in the club – Vienna Gaels gear for sale!

Club hoodies (42 euro) and tracksuit tops (40 euro) are currently for sale. The perfect gift! Children’s sizes also available, please contact the club at secretary.vienna.europe@gaa.ie to order.
 

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Mid-season review: Three championships in a row; the wall gets built!

2017 has been packed full of action for the Vienna Gaels and we’re far from done as the business end of the season approaches.

So before we head into this weekend’s Vienna 7s tournament (26 August from 13:00 hrs at Meiereistraße 18, 1020 Vienna) and the final weekends of Gaelic football, hurling and GAA handball, let’s take a quick look back at our exploits to date.

The third edition of the Austro-Slovak Indoor Winter League proved to be another enjoyable and useful start to the season for the Vienna Gaels and neighbours Slovak Shamrocks.

After February’s opening round in Vienna was a one-sided day in favour of the Gaels, the second half of the competition saw the Slovaks fight back on home court.

The Yellow Tits – led by the ferocious defence of Justin “Terminator” Walker and unrelenting pace of Bernie “The Body” Motal – were the most consistent side throughout the league and deservedly picked up first place.

The women’s competition could not have been any closer at the conclusion as both Slovak sides ended the second round level on points, one ahead of Vienna’s Black Mambas.

Men make it three-in-a-row

The outdoor season began with a regional tournament in Vienna, which proved to be a brilliant day of football, which saw Cumann Warszawa’s youthful and talented squads saw them come out on top in both men’s and ladies’ competitions at Rudolf-Tonn Stadion.

Vienna’s men’s fortunes improved significantly in the following tournaments, coming out on top in Zurich (with Niall Colleran as tournament MVP) and Prague (with John Baxter as MVP). The victory in Prague was particularly sweet as an understrength squad came from behind to beat Berlin in the semi-final and avenged an earlier loss to Prague in the final.

Berlin got their own back in the final regional event, beating Vienna in the final, but the third regional championship in as many years was already safely wrapped up.

The women’s team was involved in a season-long battle for the bronze medal with Zurich, which went right down to the final tournament.

At their home tournament, a narrow loss to eventual runners-up Berlin showed they can match the best the region has to offer. A consistent set of tournaments resulted in a fourth place finish, a single point behind the Swiss side.

Aisling Pircher, Laura Sinnott and Isabelle Wolfsgruber picked up MVP awards during the season so far, backed up by brilliant team effort and spirit by the women’s team at each tournament.

There’s one big tournament left for the footballers in 2017, the Pan-European Championship, held in Maastricht on 21 October, and Vienna will be represented by both men’s and women’s teams for the season finale.

Hurlers ready themselves for European competition

After making their debut at the end of last season, the hurling section of the club has reached a new level this year, with its own training slot, more equipment and ambitious plans for the rest of the year.

The Gaels played against a combined Slovak/Moscow Shamrocks side at the Bratislava 7s tournament in June (video above) and are working hard to get a competitive team for the final two European tournaments of the season – 9 September in Den Haag and 30 September in Dresden.

Hurling training takes place every Wednesday at 19:00 hrs at Steinergasse 12, Atzgersdorf, 1230 Vienna and beginners are very welcome.

Fun and games galore at the summer party

This summer’s party doubled up as a farewell to our dear members Laura and Conan and it turned out to be a fabulous day and night, filled with great food and even better games.

Races of various shapes and sizes, dizzy penalties and a ‘poc fada’ provided more than enough entertainment and we can relive the highlights thanks to the video below.

We built the wall!

Thanks to the support provided by the GAA and the Department of Foreign Affairs, the GAA handball section of the club now has a place to call home.

Two one-wall handball courts have been set up at USZ Hietzing, training will begin there soon and the Gaels plan to host tournaments in the very near future, with a long-term goal of becoming the hub of the sport in Europe.

Plenty has been achieved and experienced so far this year, but a thrilling few months lay ahead for Vienna Gaels GAA club, starting with Saturday’s tournament in our own back yard.

Gaels start 2016 campaign with Italian adventure

gaels 2016Following the resounding success of last season, expectations are high in the Vienna Gaels camp ahead of the opening competitive event of 2016.

Rubano, Italy is the venue for the first round of the South/East Europe regional Gaelic football championship this Saturday and 28 players will make the trip south by bus on Friday evening to take on regional friends and rivals for the first time this year. Continue reading