All eyes on Maastricht as footballers aim to continue European success

Vienna Gaels will be sending full men’s and women’s teams to the Netherlands this weekend (21 October) for the Pan-European Gaelic football championship.

The business end of the 2017 season began on a bright note with the club’s hurlers winning their first competitive match and eventually their first trophy at the Cultech European hurling and camogie championship in Dresden last month, bouncing back from two group phase defeats to win the plate competition.

Since then, full focus has been on the big ball and putting together two strong sides for a tough task in Maastricht.

Improving on 2016

Senior football awaits the men after dominating the Central/East regional championship this summer. The Gaels have been drawn alongside Rennes (France) and A Coruna (Spain) in Group C of the 12-team competition.

After winning the intermediate title in 2013 and 2016, last year’s outing was hugely disappointing for the ambitious team, but a large increase in training recently means that a lack of fitness is no excuse this time around.

Nine teams will compete in the women’s shield competition this year, which will feature 2016 runners-up Vienna.

A number of the squad’s established players are unable to travel this weekend, but there are some exciting additions to the team which will face Frankfurt and a Rome/Prague/Moscow amalgamation in Group C.

Vienna the new home of GAA handball in Europe

For the third year in a row, the club’s European adventure will extend to November, for the GAA handball team championship. However, after two years of travelling to Italy, Vienna will play host to the competition this year.

Thanks to the support provided by the GAA and the Department of Foreign Affairs, the GAA handball section of the club built two one-wall handball courts at USZ Hietzing during the summer and has been used on a regular basis for training ever since.

The event will take place on 18 November and all European clubs are invited to take part in, regardless of experience.

Information on the sport and taking part can be found here: Vienna Gaels – European One-Wall Handball Championships_Info.


Vienna taste success in Switzerland

Vienna Gaels’ men went one step further than April’s final defeat last weekend in Zürich, winning Round 2 of the Central/East Europe Gaelic football championship on 6 April and storming to the top of the ranking.

The Gaels travelled to Switzerland with the biggest men’s squad in recent years, while the ladies joined forces with Prague Hibernians for the day.

After getting the day off to a perfect start with a comprehensive win over Geneva, the men were shaken by a 1-8 to 2-5 draw with Lazio. This proved the perfect wake-up call and was followed by a 12-point victory against the hosts.

The Vienna/Prague ladies combination struggled to score early in the day, which cost them dearly in matches against Zürich and Munich, where there was no major gap in ability.

Berlin/Basel proved to be the toughest test of the day as the eventual tournament winners scored six goals, but the ladies ended the group with a 3-3 to 1-4 win over Lazio.

Immediately afterwards came the 3/4 place playoff against Zürich. Although the Vienna/Prague side had become a true team at this stage, fatigue and lack of depth in the squad took its toll and the hosts ran out five-point winners.

A pair of German clubs stood in between Vienna’s men and a first tournament win since 2015 and they proved to be two very different matches.

While Munich were dispatched in a straightforward manner, 2-12 to 0-2, the final against Berlin was far from simple and it was a single goal which separated the sides after 30 minutes of football, the Gaels running out 2-7 to 1-7 winners.

The victory puts Vienna in a very healthy position in the men’s championship, with two rounds left to play (3 June in Prague and 1 July in Munich), while the ladies will hope for a full squad in the upcoming rounds to break into the top three.

Men’s Regional Standings After Round 2
1. Vienna Gaels – 45 points
2. Berlin GAA – 33
3. Munich Colmcilles – 32
4. Cumann Warszawa – 25
5. S.S. Lazio Calcio Gaelico –  20
6. Zurich Inneoin – 17.5
7. Prague Hibernians – 11
8. Rómhánaigh Augsburg Óg GAA –  9
9. Vienna Vipers – 8
9. Geneva Gaels – 8
11. Slovak Shamrocks – 7
12. Basel GAA – 6
13. Zurich B – 5
14. Padova GAA – 4.5

Ladies’ Regional Standings After Round 2
1. Berlin GAA – 41 points
2. Munich Colmcilles – 40
3. Cumann Warszawa – 25
4. Zurich Inneoin – 20.5
5. Vienna Gaels – 20.5
6. Prague Hibernians – 15.5
7. Slovak Shamrocks – 11
7. S.S. Lazio Calcio Gaelico – 11
9. Warsaw B – 10
10. Basel GAA – 5
11. Vienna B – 4.5


Belgium do the double, Vienna men reclaim intermediate crown

european champions

Saturday saw over 450 players from 34 teams around Europe gather at the six pitches in Rudolf-Tonn Stadion for the Pan-European Gaelic football finals.

Following a week of constant rain, everyone involved was delighted to remain dry all day long, with spells of sunshine even emerging at times, allowing players and spectators alike to enjoy the highlight event in the European GAA calendar to the max.

The senior men’s championship was a four-team event, won by Belgium GAA after victory over Paris Gaels in the final. However, the French club took the overall championship thanks to their 2nd place finish last month in Spain last month.

10 teams were involved in the ladies championship, with two groups of five played before teams were seperated into senior, shield and plate competitions. Belgium were once again victorious, overcoming a brave Munich performance in the final, and added to their opening round win to take the overall title.

Vienna Gaels ladies finished 3rd in the shield following a win over Paris Gaels, finishing the day with a 3-3 record.


Credit: Thomas Mayer

Credit: Thomas Mayer

The remaining men’s teams competed in five further divisions – Senior B, Intermediate A, Intermediate B, Junior A and Junior B.

Vienna Gaels men went unbeaten throughout the day and made up for narrowly missing out on qualification for the Senior B semi-finals by winning the Intermediate A title for the second time in three years, rounding the day off with a final win over combined Swedish side Nordic Gaels.

Vienna Vipers missed out on the Junior B title on points difference, finishing second behind Lorient.

Results summary:

Senior A – Belgium (Paris win overall championship)
Senior B – Warsaw
Intermediate A – Vienna
Intermediate B – Munich
Junior A – Augsburg
Junior B – Lorient

Senior – Belgium (Belgium win overall championship)
Shield – Warsaw
Plate – Zurich



35 teams set for Saturday’s finals

pan previewThere are just days left until the pinnacle of the European Gaelic football season takes place in Vienna!

The Gaels will play host to over 430 players competing for 35 teams from 14 countries on Saturday at Rudolf-Tonn in an event not to be missed. The action kicks-off at 09:00 hrs and with a number of trophies up for grabs across the six playing pitches, we’re certain to be treated to a day full of intense and entertaining football. Continue reading