The month of August is traditionally the quietest month in the GAA calendar in Europe as the majority of regional competitions are finished and most of the European GAA family taking some well-earned holidays. Nevertheless, as Gaelic Games in Europe continue to grow at an amazing rate August is becoming busier & busier as the years go by. Below we will recap everything that went on throughout the month of August and we will even throw in the first weekend of September for good measure.
2017 Euro Cup
Without a World Games to contest this year, it was decided that a European equivalent should be established and thus, the “Euro Cup” was born. Dusseldorf had the honour of hosting the inaugural tournament, which saw 3 Mens & 2 Ladies “National” teams battle it out for the right to call themselves Europe’s best. The Belgian Ladies added another piece of silverware to their already overflowing trophy cabinet, beating the German Ladies. In the Mens tournament, The Netherlands were eliminated and the final came down to a match between the Germans and Brittany from France with the Frenchmen emerging victorious. The first time event was a big success and we hope to have even more national teams participate in the next edition. For more on how the tournament went you can listen to German GAA chairs, Nicole Werner & Antoin Mac Diarmada discuss it on the GAA World Podcast here.
Nordic Championship Final Round
The last (but not least) European regional Gaelic Football Championship to reach its conclusion was the the Nordic Championship with the final round taking place in Gothenburg on Saturday, August 26th. Coming into the final round both the Stockholm Mens & Ladies sides were leading the way with their counterparts from Malmo hot on their tails. It was no surprise when both the Stockholm & Malmo Mens & Ladies teams meeting in their respective finals once more. In the end, Stockholm ended up doing the double with their Ladies winning 2-12 (18) – 0-7 (7) and their Men winning 2-6 (12) – 0-5 (5) respectively. A great end to the season for Stockholm, but their Swedish rivals Malmo will be out for blood next year.
2017 German Cup
Augsburg was the venue for the 2017 edition of the German Cup. Teams from Munich, Frankfurt, Dusseldorf & of Augsburg battled it out for bragging rights. In the Ladies final, Munich beat a combined Frankfurt/Dusseldorf side 4-08 (20) – 0-0 (0). In the Mens competition, Ausgburg deafeated Munich 0-4 (4) – 0-3 (3) in a tight match in the 3rd/4th place playoff. In the final, Frankfurt ran out decisive 3-04 (13) – 0-01 (1) winners against Dusseldorf.
As August drew to a close, teams all across Europe started training again after the summer break and a few clubs already have some challenge matches under their belts.
Belgium GAA Club Day 2017
Belgium held their first ever Club Day with Mens & Ladies Gaelic Football and Hurling & Camogie exhibitions. Neighbouring Belgium club, The Earls of Leuven were present and took on the Belgium Mens team in a Challenge match with the visitors claiming a great come-from-behind win after trailing by 8 points at half-time.
Lorient vs Vannes
The Brittany Championship is one of the earliest competitions to start in Europe each year so many clubs are already well into their pre-seasons in northern France. Lorient hosted Vannes in a challenge match to help both side get their match fitness back after the summer break. You can catch a portion of the match here.
Cambados vs Keltoi Vigo vs Herdeiros
Galician clubs Cambados Gaélico, Keltoi Vigo & Herdeiros De Dhais competed in a triangular tournament to kick off their pre-season. The final say Herdeiros take on Cambados with the former coming out on top on a 0-14 (14) – 3-3 (12) scoreline. Check out some pics from the tournament here.
Azur Gaels vs Wild Geese FC
Azur Gaels from the south of France hosted Wild Geese FC, a touring side from Dublin in a challenge match to raise funds for Greystones Cancer Support. The Frenchmen beat their Irish visitors in an epic match, winning by the absolute slimmest of margins 4-7 (19) – 3-9 (18).
That’s everything you might have missed over the course of August (and the beginning of September) as we look ahead to the European 15-a-side Gaelic Football Championship as well as the European Gaelic Football Club Championship Finals.