Vienna Gaels make the short trip over the border to Germany this weekend for the first round of the Pan-European Gaelic football championship.
Both a men’s and women’s team will take part in the event, which gives clubs from around Europe the chance to test themselves this weekend and in September’s second round.
The men will be competing against over a dozen other sides, including regional rivals Berlin, Augsburg and the hosts Munich.
With two intermediate championship wins in the past three years, confidence is high in repeating that feat, but there is also an opportunity to compete in the senior championship this year, should Vienna finish among the top eight sides on Saturday.
An improvement on last year’s 7th place overall finish is a real possibility for the ladies as they hope to pick up points in the opening round against tough competition.
Munich and Belgium will be among the favourites in the six-team competition, but Vienna have been closing the gap in recent times and will be aiming to beat the odds.
Diarmuid Ó Riain