Vienna host 1st Round of Central/Eastern Regional Championship
We’re just days away from the beginning of the Central/Eastern European Gaelic football season and the opening tournament in Vienna on the 8th of April is shaping up nicely. Over 200 players representing 10 clubs from Italy, Slovakia, Switzerland, Germany, Poland and Czech Republic as well as the hosts will compete for the first bragging rights of the season and vital points for the overall championship – which consists of four events between April and July.
With more than 30 mens players making themselves available for the two-time defending regional champions Vienna Gaels, the squad had to be split in two – the Gaels and the Vipers and the schedule has thrown out a cracking start to Saturday morning’s play at Rudolf-Tonn Stadion in the form of an all-Vienna clash. After months of training side by side, the two sides must face-off at 9am, before taking on Group A’s remaining contenders: Munich, Prague and Lazio.
Group B consists of four teams with the highlight encounter between last year’s runners-up Berlin and Warsaw’s big and youthful at 11:00 hrs, while Slovak Shamrocks and the combined Augsburg/Zurich/Basel team will try to upset the odds. The top two sides from each group will contest the semi-finals and the final is scheduled to take place around 3:30pm.
Warsaw ladies the team to beat.
There’s always a degree of intrigue and uncertainty when Cumann Warszawa’s ladies team comes to town. Having won their one and only tournament last year on home soil, they arrive in Vienna with two teams this weekend and both are certain to make an impact. Vienna’s ladies find themselves in Group B alongside Berlin, Prague and Warsaw B, a perfect test to measure how far they have come since the end of last season. Defending champions Munich Colmcilles are in Group A alongside Slovak Shamrocks, Warsaw’s A team and a combined team featuring six Vienna players and Zurich.The top two sides from each group will contest the semi-finals and the final is scheduled to take place around 5pm.
The full schedule for both mens and ladies competitions can be found at http://www.gaavienna.at.
Author: Chris O’Reilly, Vienna Gaels