Inaugural Belgium GAA Invitational Tournament a great success

A unique celebration of Gaelic football took place in Brussels last weekend as teams from Clare Island and Coventry travelled to the “Capital of Europe” for the inaugural Belgium GAA Invitational Tournament.

A Mayo connection binds all 3 teams together: Roger Casements of Coventry and Belgium GAA, the 2008 European Football Champions, have players of Clare Island origin among their ranks.

The visiting teams both had to negotiate bodies of water on their journey to Brussels. Casements travelled by Eurostar train under the British Channel, while the Clare Islanders, as always, took the ferry to Roonagh Pier before driving to the airport.

The Weather Gods smiled on the travellers as they took to the field on Belgium’s home ground, the Stade Militaire in the world-famous Cinquantenaire Park, and a clear and sunny March day made for ideal footballing conditions.

A day of fast-paced, physical action came to an end with the Belgium men and Roger Casements ladies celebrating decisive victories over their Clare Island opponents.

Belgium captain Phil Cushen, a Kilkenny man with yet another Mayo connection – his grandfather hailed from Mulranny – accepted Clare Island’s Richard Hayes Memorial Trophy and vowed to bring his troops to the island in 2010.

A great weekend was enjoyed by all the visitors and Belgium GAA committee members expressed their great pride and satisfaction in the success of the inaugural event.

Bomber loses out to Hill-Dog in Belgium GAA Shocker

Breaking News: In a shock development that has rocked the world of European Gaelic Games, Belgium GAA’s star full-forward Maria “The Bomber” Brosnan today (March 6th) lost her place to Hillary “Hill-Dog” Clinton, who arrived in Brussels on a cloud of scandal and opprobrium.

Sources close to the Belgium Ladies’ revealed that Clinton has been drafted on a free transfer, in order to bring a new dimension of attacking aggression to the European Champions, as they seek to build on their 2008 success. “Hill-Dog takes no prisoners,” the source revealed, “it’s woman, ball and all with that wan”.

It is believed Clinton’s time spent in Northern Ireland with her husband, former President Bill Clinton, imbued her with an appreciation of the brutal but effective Northern style of Gaelic Football.

Brosnan, meanwhile, is renowned for her silky “total football” skills, honed in the valleys of Kerry, and perfected, infamously, during her 3 year relationship with Colm “The Gooch” Cooper.

Meanwhile, Belgium Ladies’ bigwigs Míde Ní Shúilleabháin and Barbara Wynne maintained a stony silence, while Brosnan was unavailable for comment at time of writing.

In a related development, resident Belgium GAA evil genius David “Dilly-Dally-Davey” Barrett today announced his engagement to Hillary, telling the press that “normally I hate forriners, but for Hill-Dog, I made an exception”.

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