The second round of the GGE Hurling and Camogie Championships took place on June 17th in Hamburg. This was the first time the club had hosted a round since being set up in 2015. While the hosts had three (two Hurling, one Camogie) teams participating on the day, the spoils on this occasion went to the impressive Den Haag and Holland Ladies. The action on the day was played over two grass pitches with 15 teams participating across both codes.
The Hurling was split into three groups of three. Amsterdam topped Group 1 with two wins from two, followed by Luxembourg in second and Darmstadt in third. Group 2 was topped by Belgium with hosts Hamburg in second and Dresden in third. Group 3 contained Den Haag, Hamburg B and Berlin. Den Haag topped the group following a deciding victory over Berlin in second and Hamburg B in third.
Den Haag won out by five points in their victory over Belgium in the Semi Final before Luxembourg overcame Amsterdam in the second Semi Final. It took extra time to separate the sides in what was a high scoring game, Luxembourg eventually securing a 4-16 to 5-10 victory. It proved a step too far in the final for Luxembourg, as Den Haag won out comfortably on a scoreline of 5-7 to 1-6. The Shield final was won by Berlin, overcoming the hosts Hamburg on a scoreline of 2-3 to 0-4.
In the Camogie, the teams were split into two groups of three. Belgium topped Group 1 followed by Germany and Hamburg. Group 2 saw Holland Ladies emerge in poll position following victories over Switzerland and Luxembourg who finished in second and third respectively. Those results meant Belgium met Switzerland and Holland Ladies faced Germany in the Semi Finals. Holland Ladies overcame Germany by 8 points, 2-11 to 2-3, while Belgium had a comprehensive victory over Switzerland, 9-8 to 1-3. As is so often the case, the final turned out to be the tightest game of the day, with Holland Ladies just having the edge over Belgium, winning out by two points for this round, 2-8 to 2-6.
All in all, it was a very successful round of action with some fantastic displays of skill and score taking. As always there was also great displays of sportsmanship and friendships enhanced. Congratulations must go to all participants, especially the winners on the day.A final note of thanks to the host club, the COO’s and the match officials. Round 2 has set things up nicely for Round 3 on July 15th in Brussels where we will be treated to more fine Hurling and Camogie Action.