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Wet wet wet – Amsterdam and other stories

Can you drown while standing up?

How can it rain so much?

Those of you of a certain vintage will no doubt be familiar with the somewhat plaintive song by Travis, ‘Why does it always rain on me?’ … Supporters, players and the sodden sportsfans that endured the rotten weather on Saturday in Amstelveen could have been forgiven for thinking that it was written directly for them… And the answers to the questions are almost, and God knows.

Sodden. Soggy, squelchy. So much so that the ladies had to migrate to the main pitch in front of the lovely new clubhouse after the last three blades of grass on the side pitch gave up the ghost and it tuned into a complete mudbath. Fearing that we might lose legs, limbs or some of our smaller players, after two matches, another pitch turned to mud (making soloing an absolute dream) and all of the action moved to the main stage.

Fearing the onset of trenchfoot, the games were played with grim determination by the sodden teams, who took turns huddling in the new clubhouse changing rooms or the bars, waiting for the deluge to stop. And it finally did, at the end of the day, after a hard days football.

Filming for the ‘One Life Two Clubs’ documentary didn’t take place, as there were no facilities for underwater filming.

In the men’s competition teams from Dusseldorf, Zurich, Amsterdam, Brussels, Eindhoven and Luxembourg did battle – with Belgium beating Luxembourg in the final, having beaten Eindhoven, Dusseldorf in the group stages and Amsterdam in the semi final.

Group games:

Amsterdam (1-8) v Zurich (2-3)

Luxembourg (4-4) v Amsterdam (1-3)

Luxembourg (2-6) v Zurich (0-5)

Belgium (3-9) v Eindhoven (0-2)

Eindhoven (1-7) v Dusseldorf (0-3)

Belgium (0-14) v Dusseldorf (1-2)

 

Semi-Finals:

Luxembourg (3-7) v Eindhoven (1-1)

Belgium (1-8) v Amsterdam (1-3)

 

Final:

Belgium (0-8) v Luxembourg (0-2)

 

The standing heading into the final round of the Benelux competition is as follows

Ranking Amsterdam (3rd Benelux round)

Belgium: 25 points

Luxembourg: 20 points

Amsterdam: 16 points

Eindhoven: 13 points

Zurich: 11 points

Dusseldorf: 10 points

 

For the ladies competition, the group games welcomed Dusseldorf to their first European ladies competition and we’re *SO* delighted to have them play with us!

Group games:

Belgium A( 2-8) v Holland (1-2)

Belgium B (8-16) v Dusseldorf (0-0)

Belgium A (4-14) v Luxembourg (1-2)

Belgium B (1-8) v Holland (2-6)

Luxembourg (2-3) v Dusseldorf (0-3)

Belgium A (0-8) v Belgium B (0-4)

Holland (4-5) v Luxembourg (1-1)

Belgium A (2-8) v Dusseldorf (0-0)

Belgium B (8-5) v Luxembourg (0-0)

Holland (8-3) v Dusseldorf (0-1)

 

Semi Final:

Belgium A v Luxembourg (Luxembourg conceded)

Holland (1-2) v Belgium B (5-12)

 

Final:

Belgium A (0-8) v Belgium B (2-4)

 

Ranking Amsterdam (2nd Benelux Round)

Belgium B: 25 points

Belgium A: 20 points

Holland: 16 points

Luxembourg: 13 points

Düsseldorf: 11 points

All in all, a tough, sodden, hard day of football…

 

 

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?)