Category Archives: Maastricht

Red sky at night, shephards delight, red sky in the morning, its really really early

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Tomorrow morning, a group of 29 Belgium GAA men travel to Maastricht to compete in the European football finals. Fielding two teams, one in the senior championship and the another in intermediate, and following months of hard training and playing numerous tournaments, it all comes down to this one day of football.

The men have already won the Benelux region and now have their sights set on a much bigger prize. Good luck!

(P Varley sends his love to all)

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Last training session in ordinary time complete – Maastricht to see what we’re made of

What a year. 2014 has been an immense season. We’re a few days away from the close of an incredible year. .and we’ve this weekend to look forward to! The photos say more than I can. 4 Belgian teams will participate in the action across the day, topped off with a reception in the lovely city of Maastricht.

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Maastricht it is. One last push. The only men’s pan-Euro this year: the third and final pan Euro round for the ladies. Heaps to fight for. A great day of football awaits us all. . . we’ll update you as the day goes on.

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

 

 

Ladies start Pan-Euro quest on the right foot with dominant win in Maastricht

 

Belgium Ladies traveled to Maastricht on Saturday last for the first Pan euro tournament of the year.

We had a strong panel of 14 traveling who were very happy with the reasonable time of departure from Schuman compared to recent trips!

 

It was a glorious sunny Saturday and we were looking forward to the day ahead.

 

Our first match was against Paris Gaels, a tough start to the day. We got off to a good solid start and played with intent. We were switched on from the beginning which was great to see compared to tournaments in the past. We scored some wonderful points and were patient with our general attacking play. Mids supported both backs and forwards superbly with the backs even getting on the score board often! We didn’t switch off once even towards the end with the backs and goalkeeper minding the line very well. We won 0-17 – 0-2 with plenty to take from the performance, especially the high amount of points and the determination to stop Paris scoring.

 

Next match – Holland ladies. In fairness both Paris and Holland were missing players, but it was up to us to push on and take advantage of this. We were wary of Holland’s forwards and midfielders, not knowing where certain players would line out but knowing we had to quality and strategy to tackle that wherever they did.

 

We lined out 7 a side so we expected an intense match. We started well with the backs taking some nice points. Holland were not winning their kickouts ( our kick outs were strong credit to goalie!) and we punished them. At half time we were not as far ahead as she should have been but in the second half we drove on winning 4-15 – 1-4. Holland threatened to be dangerous on the attack so we were kept on our toes right to the finish. As we traveled with a big panel we had the big advantage of players coming on and off, therefore keeping the legs fresh. Next up after a rather tasty lunch break was Luxembourg. A team in development with another Waterville woman! 😉 We decided to change it up a little bit position wise. We still went into the game with the right attitude as it was our last match before the final. We won 5-10 – 0-2.

 

So again we faced Paris Gaels in the final who for sure were fired up to have another go at us. We knew that we were in a good position given out strong performances throughout the day. We were doing the simple things right and taking some good scores. However, Paris started the brighter with us a little slow off the mark. Nerves perhaps. We were a bit hesitant. However Grainne Ni Fhlatharta burst up to take a well-timed goal which settled us massively. We drove on from there despite Paris taking some nice points. We didn’t slow down and they didn’t either. It was a heated affair at times but that’s to be expected against Paris. We kept the heads. Gradually the scores came with some more nicely taken late goals and we ran out 4-11 – 0-6 winners in the end.

 

It was a good solid victory and great to get the first pan euro under the belt. Sadly, it was the final tournament for three ladies who were excellent on the day (even for 6 long years 🙂 Maria, Brighid and Sorcha. We will miss ye greatly on the pitch and certainly off it! A big congrats to Maria who won player of the tournament for a great day in goal and up in the forwards!! Many thanks also to John Brennan (accompanied by Mary) and Pete for helping us so well on the sideline. Thanks to Sylvia who agreed to play with another team, Lux, which helped with numbers and to all the girls in general for having the right attitude on a day where we ended up playing mainly 7 a side with a large team. Every girl played good football and gave a super example of playing the game in the right spirit.

 

So now off to Paris on September 14th for what will surely be a tougher day out. Let’s keep it going and build from a good team performance in Maastricht!!

 

Aisling and Ciara