Better late than never, the Weekend Round-Up is back after the summer break and below we will summarise everything that happened (Or didn’t happen in the case of the Cultec European Hurling & Camogie Championships) during the weekend of September 9th.
2017 Conil Beach Tournament
La Playa de Los Bateles in Conil, Seville was the exotic location for the first ever Conil Beach Tournament hosted by Eire Og Seville. Players from Costa Gaels, Gibraltar Gaels, Estrela Vermelha, Celta Malaga & new development club Jerez joined the hosts Seville to play Gaelic Football in glorious sunshine. In the end, the lads from Costa Gaels emerged victorious in the tournament and everyone involved is already looking forward to an even bigger & better tournament next year!
2017 Italian Summer League
Another brand new tournament was also held at the weekend, with the first ever Italian Gaelic Football Summer League taking place in Stanghella, Rovigo on Saturday. The 3 Italian teams; Rovigo, The Padova Paddies & Lazio took part in a 9-a-side triangular tournament. The hosts Rovigo took on Padova in the opening match with the home side edging the visitors on a 2-07 (13) – 1-06 (9) scoreline. Next up was a match between Padova & Lazio which the Rome side won comfortably 4-11 (23) – 1-02 (5), setting up a winner takes all final match with the hosts Rovigo. The deciding match certainly lived up to its billing as a high scoring, tight ensued. The teams were locked at 2-02 (8) a piece at half-time but Lazio managed to pull away late in the game to win 3-07 (16) – 2-06 (10). You can view some great snaps of the tournament here & watch some of the action from the Padova – Lazio match here.
Cultec European Hurling & Camogie Championships Round 4
The 4th rounds of the Cultec Hurling & Camogie Championships were due to take place in Den Haag, The Netherlands on Saturday, September 9th. The weather Gods had other ideas however. Heavy rainfall overnight meant that the players who had traveled from far and wide were greeted with some severely waterlogged pitches upon arrival. The difficult decision was made to call off the tournaments in the interest of player safety. The players did not let the disappointment get them too down however, as the usual post tournament festivities wouldn’t be rained off so easily. At the time of writing a decision has yet to be made on what will happen regarding the 4th rounds of the respective championships going forward.