In this edition of the Weekend Round up we cover the European 15-a-side Finals, held in Maastricht, The Netherlands, the Europeans Ladies sides who took part in the LGFA All-Ireland 7s tournament in Ireland, the pre-season tournament of the 17/18 Brittany Championship in Vannes and finally, the first match of the 17/18 Galician Ladies Football League.
2017 European 15-a-side Championships
The 2017 European 15-a-side Championships took place in Maastricht, The Netherlands this past weekend with matches taking place on Saturday & Sunday. The Saturday was earmarked for the semi-finals of the Men’s competition with last year’s champs Amsterdam taking on Belgium & Luxembourg taking on Paris Gaels who were competing in this tournament for the first time. The defending champs Amsterdam made light work of their neighbours Belgium in the first match winning 3-18 (27) – 0-7 (7). The other semi was a tighter affair however, before Luxembourg pulled away towards the end to beat the debutants 2-12 (18) – 0-5 (5). Amsterdam were all set to defend their crown against Luxembourg the next day but not before the Ladies Final took place.
The Ladies Final kicked off proceedings on the Sunday with the Holland Ladies taking on a combined Belgium/Munich side. The result of this one was never in doubt with the “BelMuns” running away with the match in the end and winning 6-21 (39) – 0-2 (2). The BelMun team will now host the eventual British champions in Maastricht on the weekend of the 14th/15th of October in the preliminary round of the All-Ireland Club Championship.
The Men’s final between Amsterdam & Luxembourg closed out a great weekend of football and the match did not disappoint. There was nothing between the two sides in the first half with Amsterdam taking the slimmest of leads into halftime with the score at 1-3 (6) – 0-5 (5). Nothing changed in the second period as we were treated to another tense, close affair. At the end of regular time there was nothing between the sides with the scores locked at 1-7 (10) – 0-10 (10). Extra time beckoned and the men from Luxembourg suddenly found the energy from somewhere to pull away from the defending champs and claim the crown, winning on a scoreline of 3-12 (21) – 1-8 (11).
LGFA All-Ireland Club 7s
The LGFA All-Ireland Club 7s tournament took place on Saturday the 23rd of September in St. Sylvester’s GAA and Naomh Mearnóg GAA Clubs and featured over 1000 players competing across 19 pitches. This year Europe was well represented with two European selections & the French Champions Rennes taking part in the Junior section. The European squads comprised players from the Galician clubs Auriense, Fillas de Breogán and Estrela Vermelha, & the German clubs Frankfurt Sarsfields, Munich Colmcilles and Düsseldorf Gaelic Football Club. Whilst none of the sides progressed from their pools, the teams gave an exceptionally good account of themselves and turned the heads of their much more experienced Irish rivals. Special word must go to the Rennes team who finished the tournament with two wins and finished 3rd in their pool. All the Ladies involved will be able to use this experience in the European Championship finals in October.
17/18 Brittany Championship Pre-Season Tournament
Every year in France, the Brittany Championship kicks off with a Pre-Season Tournament to decide which teams play in which division in the season ahead. This year, with the number of teams wishing to enter B sides increasing, the decision was made to create a 3rd division for the first time ever. At this tournament, all the teams in Brittany play several matches across a tournament and your team’s performance on the day determines which division your side will play in. After a full day of matches in glorious sunshine in Vannes the make up of the three divisions for the upcoming season are outlined below:
Division 1: Rennes A, Nantes, Liffré A, Vannes A
Division 2: Brest, Lorient, Liffré B, Kerne, Guérande
Division 3: Rennes B, St. Brieuc, Plédran, Vannes B
17/18 Galician Ladies Football League
Saturday saw the 17/18 Galician Ladies Football League season kick off with defending champions Fillas de Breogán taking on Ártabras de Oleiros. Fillas sent a message to the rest of the league that they very much want to make it three league titles in a row with an utterly dominant 47-14 points victory over their rivals in the Mariñas Derby. The male sides from the respective clubs also played a challenge match the same day and the Fillos de Breogán even managed to outdo their female counterparts, winning 16-11 (59) – 1-4 (7).