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European Hurling Championship: Gaels send full squad for first tournament in Danish capital

It’s the first competitive action for the Vienna Gaels in over two months this weekend, as the club sends a full hurling squad to round four of the European Hurling Championship in Copenhagen this weekend. Here’s Noel FitzGerald with the latest on our heroes with the stick and ball.

Full squad travels to Denmark

Coach Kilian Smith brings a squad of eleven Gaels to the Danish capital, handing debuts to Ronan Newman, Pádraig Garrihy and David Walsh, who join club stalwarts such as Ben Grobman and Darren Gilbert. Also featuring recent Team Europe hurler Jack Rea, the squad is skippered by Stephen Walsh.

Vienna face into demanding schedule in quest for shield glory 

After the roaring success that was round one of the Championship in Vienna, both on and off the field, the Vienna Gaels then sent a lightweight squad to round two of the tournament in Brussels, reflected by their results on the day. These results have placed them in group four in Copenhagen. First up is Darmstadt/Cologne/Setanta Berlin at 9.00 for our boys, followed by a clash with the Vikings B at 10.10. Whilst relatively unfamiliar opposition, our boys will be hoping to pick up some winning results in these games, which will see them then clash with the last placed teams from groups one and two in the Shield semi-finals.

Follow our progress!

It’s shaping up to be another dramatic day for our hurling side. Stay in touch by following us on FacebookInstagramTwitter and the Vienna Gaels WhatsApp group. A huge day of action awaits!

 

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Central/Eastern Gaelic Football Championship: Squads head to Munich aiming to retain trophies earned in 2018

The final outing in a very busy June for the Vienna Gaels is here, as the club sends men’s and ladies squads to round three of the Central/Eastern European Gaelic Football Championship in Munich this weekend.

Men’s team look to second place after Prague outing

After our men’s side lost out narrowly to Munich Colmcilles in the semi-final of the Prague round of the championship by 0-8 to 0-6, they finished in joint third for the tournament, dropping them to third place overall in the Championship table. Trailing Munich by 0.5 of a point, things are neck and neck between the sides heading into the final round of this year’s regional championship. Meanwhile at the top of the table, an impressive Berlin GAA side has built an unassailable lead as they look to win back-to-back titles for the first time in their history. For this round, the Gaels boast a solid squad featuring the returning Simon Deignan, Alan McKenna and Diarmuid O’Riain, which will also be bolstered by players from the Lazio and Milan clubs.

Ladies team look to lift season with some silverware

After last year’s late season silver-rush, where they took home both the Central/Eastern Shield trophy and the Pan-European Plate trophy, our ladies side will look to retain the first of that double in the final regional round of the season. With a squad featuring team stalwarts such as Zina Scimemi-O’Sullivan and Annaliese O’Malley, they’ll be eager to make up for early season disappointment.

Big day of fixtures await in searing temperatures

First up, our men face the host side at 09:15, before our ladies take on Berlin GAA at 10:10. The men then take on Augsburg at 11:15, while our ladies meet old rivals Prague Hibernians at 11:30. Our final group game sees our men take on neighbours the Slovak Shamrocks at 12:15, before the knockout rounds take place in the afternoon. Stay in touch by following us on FacebookInstagramTwitter and the Vienna Gaels WhatsApp group. A huge day of action awaits!

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European Hurling Championship: Seven intrepid Gaels head for Brussels as hurling takes centre stage once again

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.

Follow our progress!

It’s shaping up to be another dramatic day for our hurling side. Stay in touch by following us on FacebookInstagramTwitter and the Vienna Gaels WhatsApp group. A huge day of action awaits!

 

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Central/Eastern European Gaelic Football Championship: Vienna Gaels head for Prague as the race for the 2019 championship hots up

The next event for the Vienna Gaels in the busy summer period is here, as the club sends a full men’s team and a cohort of ladies players to Prague for round two of the Central/Eastern European Gaelic Football Championship. Here’s Noel Fitzgerald with the latest news from the Austrian club heading into the tournament.

Men’s team face into a busy day as they look to improve on Warsaw outing

After an eventful round one of the championship in Warsaw saw our men’s team place third while reigning champions Berlin GAA lost out to host side Cumann Warszawa in the final, they now also lie third in the overall championship standings. With the dangerous Warsaw side not competing in Prague, this presents a big opportunity for our men’s team, who give debuts to Mark Campbell and Ronan Newman. First up for our men is Rómhánaigh Augsburg Óg GAA, always a potential surprise package, before they meet old friends the Slovak Shamrocks and the team they beat to third place at the last tournament, Zurich Inneoin/Lazio. Knockout games then follow for our men, who stare into a long day of football in the Czech sunshine.

Ladies team team up with new friends to face old rivals

Fresh off the heels of their first win of the year in Warsaw, our ladies team send six players to the Czech capital, as Chloe Wright makes her debut for the Gaelettes. They team up with tournament newcomers, the Moscow Shamrocks, and face into a group containing perennial contenders Zurich Inneoin, as well as the Prague Hibernians. With plenty of tournament points available, our ladies will be working hard to improve on last season’s overall sixth placing.

Follow our progress!

With as many as ten games involving our sides taking place on the day, it’s shaping up to be a big day for our Gaelic Football sides. Stay in touch by following us on FacebookInstagramTwitter and the Vienna Gaels WhatsApp group. A huge day of action awaits!

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Cúl Camp 2019 – Excitement among the youth of Vienna as Cúl Camp returns for second edition

It’s a big weekend for the young Gaels of Vienna as 28 participants take part in this year’s Vienna Gaels Cúl Camp at the Vienna Gaels Gaelic Football base at Meiereistraße 20, 1020 Wien. Kindly supported by the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs, the Gaels will be able to host two experienced coaches from CLG Na Fianna, County Dublin for the weekend.

Cúl Camp preluded by GAA introductions in local schools

Arriving this week, our coaching experts will be visiting two local schools, Volksschule der Stiftungs Theresianische Academie and the Danube International School Vienna, in order to introduce Gaelic Games to a new audience of young aspiring Gaels. Some of those children taking part will also be taking part in the weekend’s Cúl Camp, with the possibility for further Gaelic Games sessions in the future thanks to the Gaels’ children’s GAA equipment, ranging from footballs to sliotars, hurleys and helmets, kindly gifted to the club by GAA headquarters.

A weekend of youthful fun awaits

The camp will take place on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th May. Taking place at our usual Gaelic Football base at Meiereistraße 20, 1020 Wien, it will run from 10am to 3 pm on each day. The camp cost includes for each child; lunch, Cúl Camp Jersey and hoodie and of course, games and coaching from our coaching experts as well as members of the Vienna Gaels. Sports included will be Gaelic Football, Hurling and Rounders, with the weekend being rounded off with the now annual ‘Kids v Parents’ derby game, which is sure to be hotly contested as always. Keep an eye out for updates on our usual outlets on FacebookInstagramTwitter and the Vienna Gaels WhatsApp group!