Category Archives: Luxembourg

Destination: Junkers Bunker (aka Lux)

together at lastFriday, 27th of June, 2014.

A surreal day. Brussels is locked down as European Heads of State come together in the aftermath of the European Parliamentary Elections 2014/*Bun Fight 2014 – to carve up who gets what part of European Priorities/cake for the next five years, and guess who is on the head of the list of conversation topics? One Mr. Jean Claude Junker, by now the most famous Luxembourgian to ever grace the planet. The personal attacks and the newsprint inches about his suitability for the role of Head of the Commission aside, we’re heading to his neck of the woods to play in the 2nd last round of the European GAA Hurling and Camogie Championship. I’m sure he’d love to join us, but he’s currently being slagged by the European Press and is otherwise occupied…

 

Grey bureaucrat, moi?
Grey bureaucrat, moi?

Luxembourg is lovely, even if the taxi drivers there aren’t up to much. But that’s just an aside.

Belgium’s hurlers are heading down with one team, and the camogs are sending two squads (divided this time, for some baffling reason, by hair colour). The battle of the Blondes v. the Brunettes and Luxembourg and a mixed team from Zurich and Holland will be the fun for the ladies, while established hurling teams will be flocking to prove their worth at different venues throughout the day.

A camogie workshop will also be provided – hosted with the group games at the International School of Luxembourg grounds in Merl. See http://www.islux.lu/page.cfm?p=687 and http://www.luxgaa.lu/?page_id=85#merl for GPS co-ordinates and full addresses.

The tournament will then move on to Stade Michel Wagner in Weimerskirch (http://www.luxgaa.lu/?page_id=85#weimerskirch) where the Hurling matches as well as the final games of the Camogie tournament will take place at ISL – International School of Luxembourg. We’ ll be back up in Brussels to celebrate (we hope) in the Old Oak – please do join us there!

 

Belgium Footballers lope down the road to Luxembourg for round 3 / finals of the Benelux regional competition

Benelux-Meeschterschaft am gälesche Fussball (This, friends, is Luxembourgish, a language not invented by three people as a joke, but a REAL LIFE ACTUAL LANGUAGE. This contradicts the constant refuting of ‘Belgian’ as a language. ‘Luxembourgish’ lives.

This weekend, we’re heading down the E411 to Beggen Sports grounds outside Luxembourg City (well, not really a city city, but more a beautiful town where princes and princesses should live)

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FC Beggen Avenir pitches will host the Gaelic Sports Club Luxembourg finals of the Benelux Gaelic Football Championship on the 14 June 2014 at Stade Beggen in Luxembourg City. Men’s and women’s teams from the region will battle to lift the Black Stuff 7s Cup and the Peil na mBan trophy – spectators can expect a fun day out with a grill and drinks. Fáilte roimh chách – Jidfereen ass haerzlëch wëllkomm!

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We’ll keep you updated on how the games go during the day. (Do you see what I mean about the fairytale place though?)

Amsterdam football tournament

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Amsterdam takes centre stage in the European GAA calendar this weekend as the 3rd round of the Benelux Mens Championship and 2nd round of the Benelux Ladies Championship takes place on Saturday May 10th. We’re heading up at unmentionable o’clock tomorrow morning, with squads depleted by the recent rush to leave Brussels, the ongoing European Election campaigns (for the love of god, please vote people) and the month of May and its generous Bank Holidays.

We’re very much looking forward to playing against unknown teams in the shape of Dusseldorf ladies and our other familar friends, Luxembourg, and Holland Ladies. Two Belgian ladies teams will head up – with a 2014 record breaking 6 matches potentially ahead of us. WHOOOP!

In the Mens Championship, Belgium will face Amsterdam who’ll be looking to avenge their defeat in the final by Belgium in our home tournament in Kituro last month – Dusseldorf GFC, Eindhoven Shamrocks, Luxembourg and newcomers to the Benelux Championship, the somewhat geographically challenged Zurich Inneoin, will also take part in the competition.

We’ll be updating you on Facebook, but really looking forward to a great day of competition and the promised BBQ in the fancy new clubhouse in Amsteelveen, followed by an evening watching Kasper Juul presenting the Eurovision upon our return to Devs.

 

 

We’re hosting the 2nd round of the Benelux regional tournaments – Saturday 12th of April 2014 – you should come!

We're having a tournament, you should come!
We’re having a tournament, you should come!

Its that time of the year again, when the regional rounds of tournaments really start getting into gear. It’s our turn, privilege and pleasure to invite you to join us for this next round of the regional competition.

The lovely lads and lassies of Belgium GAA are delighteturnd to host the 2nd round of the Benelux regional football tournaments on Saturday 12th of April at the Royal Kituro Rugby Club, 50bis Ave Des Jardins, 1050 Brussels

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Tournament times and schedules will be posted closer to the date itself, but 9am starts are traditional so prepare yourselves for an early start.

Volunteers, are, as ever needed, loved and cherished. Should you wish to volunteer some of your time on Saturday, we’d be really delighted to have your help – please let the code officers know if you’re interested in helping out. As this is a football tournament, if the hurlers, camógs and social members were free to help out to free up the footballers, it would be most appreciated.

Very much looking forward to this, and looking forward to welcoming you to Belgium/ seeing you in Schaerbeek!

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Schaerbeek is for lovers, and potentially lovers of football – Image courtesy of Solamente55 – http://www.solamente55.com/ – 55 countries, 55 stories

 

 

Hard day in Luxembourg but Benelux conquered

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(Hat tip to Conor Mulv for the montage)

Full report to follow…

Luxembourg – 15 June 2013- results

Men´s championship

 

GROUP GAMES
Luxembourg A (1-9) – Amsterdam A (1-7)
Luxembourg (0-7) – Belgium (0-7)
Belgium (4-4) – Amsterdam A (2-4)

 

FINAL
Amsterdam (3-5) – Luxembourg A (2-6)

 

STANDING
1. Amsterdam – 25 pts
2. Luxembourg A – 20 pts
3. Belgium – 13 pts*

 

*3pts less per loan of weekend players

 

 

ladies championship

 

GROUP GAMES
Holland Ladies (4-1) – Luxembourg (0-0)
Belgium A (0-10) – Belgium B (2-8)
Luxembourg (0-2) – Belgium B (1-15)
Holland Ladies (2-18) – Belgium A (2-6)
Luxembourg (0-1) – Belgium A (3-10)
Holland Ladies (0-5) – Belgium B (1-?)

 

3/4th PLAY-OFF
Belgium A (3-10) – Luxembourg (1-1)

 

FINAL
Holland Ladies (4-6) – Belgium B (0-3)

 

STANDING
1. Holland Ladies – 25 pts
2. Belgium B – 20 pts
3. Belgium A – 16 pts
4. Luxembourg – 13 pts

 

men’s shield

 

GROUP GAMES
Belgium B (1-10) – Luxembourg B (0-1)
Frankfurt (0-3) – Dusseldorf (2-9)
Belgium B (2-6) – Eindhoven (2-6)
Luxembourg B (1-5) – Frankfurt (1-2)
Dusseldorf (2-7) – Eindhoven (1-5)
Belgium B (2-6) – Frankfurt (2-2)
Luxembourg B (2-2) – Eindhoven (6-3)
Belgium B (2-4) – Dusseldorf (4-12)
Frankfurt (4-3) – Eindhoven (1-7)
Luxembourg B (1-2) – Dusseldorf (2-3)

 

3/4th PLAY-OFF
Eindhoven 5-8 Luxembourg B 1-2

 

FINAL
Dusseldorf 1-9 Belgium B 2-3

 

 

STANDING
1. Düsseldorf – 25 pts
2. Belgium B – 20 pts
3. Eindhoven – 16 pts
4. Luxembourg B – ?? pts* TBC
5. Frankfurt – 11 pts

*Loan of weekend player

Hurling/Camogie Round 2 Luxembourg – 1 June 2013

Ladies fight back to win, while men face stern tests. 

Camogie

Belgium Ladies recorded a vital victory in round 2 of the Camogie Campionship, defeating Paris ladies (Belgium (4-7) – Paris (2-6)) in the final.

The ladies overturned the loss from round one and are now tied with Paris at the top of the table heading into Round 3.

The ladies came through the group games, narrowly defeating Paris by 2 points in the first game (Belgium (2-6) – Paris (2-4)), a narrow 1 point defeat to Holland (Holland (1-8) – Belgium (2-4)), didn’t derail their progress as the ladies recovered well, to win comfortably against hosts Luxembourg (Belgium (4-8) – Luxembourg (4-0)).

The final offered a chance to stay right in the hunt for the championship against a strong Paris side. However, the ladies make no mistake taking the spoils Belgium (4-7) – Paris (2-6).

Hurling

After an opening win in Paris, Belgium men looked to continue where they left off, but stern tests awaited them in Luxembourg.

In the opening game the Belgium hurlers faced a combined Zurich/Paris side, who by all accounts combined well on the day. However, Belgium had that bit extra on the combined side and ran out winners by 5 points.  (Belgium (3-8) – Zurich/Paris (3-3)).

The first examination against an improved Hague team came in the second group game, with the Hague running out winners by 5 points. (Den Haag (2-6) – Belgium (1-4)).

However, like the ladies the hurlers did not let the defeat derail their progress and recorded good wins against Luxembourg and Dresden/Cologne in their last two group games. Belgium (2-7) – Luxembourg (1-6), Belgium (4-9) – Dresden/Cologne/Düsseldorf (0-5).

The final offered a second chance against the Hague, but a few new additions to their squad made a significant difference as they defeated Belgium by Den Haag (2-13) – Belgium (0-8).

 

And the score breakdown

Hurling

GROUP GAMES


Luxembourg (4-7) Zurich/Paris (2-3)
Den Haag (4-14) – Dresden/Cologne/Düsseldorf (1-3)
Belgium (3-8) – Zurich/Paris (3-3)
Luxembourg (6-8) – Dresden/Cologne/Düsseldorf (1-5)
Den Haag (2-6) – Belgium (1-4)
Zurich/Paris (3-6) – Dresden/Cologne/Düsseldorf (2-9)
Belgium (2-7) – Luxembourg (1-6)
Den Haag (2-12) – Zurich/Paris (0-2)
Belgium (4-9) – Dresden/Cologne/Düsseldorf (0-5)
Den Haag (1-5) – Luxembourg (0-7)

 

FINAL
Den Haag (2-13) – Belgium (0-8)

 

RANKING
1. Den Haag – 25 pts
2. Belgium – 20 pts
3. Luxembourg – 16 pts
4. Zurich/Paris – 7,5 pts* **
5. Dresden/Cologne/Düsseldorf – pts

* Zurich & Paris shared (13+2) pts
** bonus points awarded for fielding minimum of two non-Irish born players

 

Camogie

Holland (4-8) – Luxembourg (2-1)
Belgium (2-6) – Paris (2-4)
Paris (7-7) – Luxembourg (1-1)
Holland (1-8) – Belgium (2-4)
Belgium (4-8) – Luxembourg (4-0)
Paris (4-7) – Holland (2-10)

 

FINAL
Belgium (4-7) – Paris (2-6)

 

RANKING
1. Belgium – 25 pts
2. Paris – 20 pts
 

All roads lead to Luxembourg in June

This month the same destination is marked down in all the calendars of Belgium GAA players: Luxembourg.

 

With the next round in both the Hurling/Camogie and Football penciled in for Luxembourg it will be a busy month on the road south-east for Belgium GAA.

 

First up is the Hurling/Camogie on Saturday June 1st.

 

After a win in the first round in Paris the men will look to build momentum and a take a commanding lead in the competition.

 

While the ladies will look to avenge their narrow defeat in Paris and put themselves right back in contention.

 

We wish them the best of luck!!

 

Later in the month we head to Luxembourg again for the third and final round of the Benelux Football Competition.

 

The current standings are available on the website of the European County Board.