Press Release from European County Secretary:
Belgium retain Ladies Football Championship
The Hague get a great start in battle to retain Men’s Championship
Jersey take honours in Shield round
Congratulations to Belgium GAA who have retained their ladies football championship with two rounds still to play. The Belgium club have now won four rounds and with the winners of each round collecting 25 points, second place 20pts, and so on, no team can overtake Belgium. Runners-up position is still up for grabs with Paris Gaels, Holland Ladies and Munich all in with a chance.
Reigning European football champions, The Hague, who defeated Paris Gaels in the men’s Championship round, came from behind to clinch the first round in an exciting final which saw them overhaul Paris Gaels who appeared to be heading for the points when leading by four points with just with five minutes left. They will be difficult to dislodge after a good start but all the teams including 3rd placed Luxembourg, Belgium, and Guernsey competing at this level for the first time, fought hard and there was little to choose between them at the group stage. Next month Stockholm Gaels and Budapest Rangers will enter the fray and present new challenges for these five. This is also the first time that seven teams have entered the premier men’s football competition.
Jersey Irish made the long journey from the Channel islands and were rewarded by taking in the first round of the Shield with a hard fought victory over Frankfurt Sarsfields who were making their seasonal debut. St. Malo, a team of indigenous French players surprised most observers by taking 3rd, place whilst Belgium “B”and Copenhagen were in the mix until the final group game. Next month other clubs are expected to join this group in what could be the most exciting Shield competition in years.
Player of the Tournament awards went to former Kerry county ladies star, Grainne Ní Flaharta (Belgium- ladies); Michael McAnea (Paris Gaels – Chp) and Mark O’Shea (Jersey – Shield)
15 teams competed in 36 games in warm sunshine in a superb tournament excellently organised by the Munich Colmcilles club and officiating by a team of referees drawn from European clubs. Afterwards, the 200+ players and supporters enjoyed a typical meal in the Augustiner Brauhouse, Munich’s oldest brewery dating back to 1328, where they also had a sneak preview tasting of the „Oktoberfestbier“ brewed exclusively for Munich’s Oktoberfest, which celebrates 200 years beginning next week.
The next round takes place in Budapest in Hungary next month (Oct.9th) with the final round of all three competitions being hosted in Maastricht (NL) on November 6th along with the ECB gala presentation night.
In each round, the winner is awarded 25 points; 2nd – 20pts; 3rd-16 pts; 4th-13pts; 5th-11pts; 6th-10pts; 7th-9pts …..10th-6pts.
Ladies Chp – Best five rounds from seven are counted; in Men’s competitions all three rounds count. The Men’s competitions entries are decided after the completion of the five regional leagues which were contested by almost teams before the summer break.