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Luxembourg Hurling Tournament 2014

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Posted by Dónal on June 20th, 2014

LuxGAA Open Day

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Posted by Dónal on June 20th, 2014

Benelux Round 3: Luxembourg (Men’s Report)

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The men’s team, managed by Bernard McCarthy, Brian Wall and Micheál O’Connell, were keen to win back the Black Stuff Trophy that they lost to Amsterdam in the final of last year’s Luxembourg tournament.

Luxembourg fielded a second team in their home tournament. Footballers who had played for the Grand-Duchy on the senior team were joined by veteran footballers, members of the club’s hurling team, younger players and some new arrivals to Luxembourg. Their first match was against Belgium, one of the two strongest teams in the Championship. Luxembourg performed well against the more experienced team. This was not enough and the match ended with a Belgian victory and a lopsided scoreline. Luxembourg’s Junior team finished their day with closer match against Dusseldorf that saw strong performances from Dónal Shivnan and Morgan Ferriter who were members of Luxembourg’s European Championship winning team in 2007. At the other end of the age spectrum new arrival Seán Moran tirelessly harried the Dusseldorf defence and Luxembourg-reared teenager Tony Drennan transferred his Rugby skills to the round-ball game.

Luxembourg’s Senior team had comfortable group game wins against their neighbours Frankfurt and a combined Eindhoven/Amsterdam team. Belgium’s strong win against Dusseldorf resulted in Luxembourg and Belgium winning their groups.

Belgium faced Eindhoven/Amsterdam in the first semi-final. The Belgians were too strong for the combined Dutch side and won the game with a 6-5 to 0-2 scoreline. Luxembourg won their place in the final with a 2-14 to 0-1 win against Dusseldorf in their Semi-final. All the players took a break to watch the Luxembourg women’s team win the third/fourth place play off against Dusseldorf and Belgium B win the all-Belgian women’s final.

Barry Quaid remembered at match

A large crowd gathered in the stand to watch the final between the two strongest teams in the Benelux region. A piper marched the two sides onto the pitch were the crowd and players sombrely stood in silence to mark the death of former Luxembourg player Barry Quaid who died in a car accident in Ireland on the June 3. Barry had played in last year’s Luxembourg football final and had captained the club’s hurling team during his time in Luxembourg.

The standard of Football in the final was great. The Belgium side were missing a few key players who had played for them in earlier tournaments but having made their way easily through the group games and the semi-final and with many experienced footballers they were very tough opponents for the home side. Luxembourg’s goalkeeper Damien Higgins, at the end of a long day in which he also played on the B team, boosted team morale early in the match when he stopped a Belgian penalty. Brendan O’Sullivan played very well in the backs, stifling Belgian attacks before they could get into a scoring position. A number of Irish students who are spending their Erasmus year in Luxembourg and Metz took to the field for Luxembourg with Ciarán ‘Chick’Cunnane, Pauric McCafferty and Rob O’Shea performing well. Steady point scoring from Brendan O’Callaghan and Bernard McCarthy throughout the match meant Luxembourg ended the game winning with a score of 1-12 to 0-5, an unusually high winning margin for a tournament final.

As the players celebrated on the pitch Phil McKenna of the Black Stuff presented the Black Stuff 7’s Cup to Luxembourg captain Eamonn Dunne who gave a speech speaking about how much this victory in their home tournament meant to the team. Eamonn’s performances throughout the day were recognised when the referee’s named him player of the Tournament. The players and supporters moved on to the Black Stuff pub for food and a night of celebrations with music from Steve Moynihan.

Posted by Dónal on June 17th, 2014

Benelux Round 3: Luxembourg (Ladies Report)

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Luxembourg Ladies entered the tournament on the back of a strong showing in the previous round in Amsterdam, where they recorded their first competitive win since 2008. With Belgium A and Belgium B entering the tournament tied at the top of the championship and Luxembourg and Dusseldorf both looking to secure 3rd, there was all to play for.

In the first match of the day against Belgium A, Luxembourg Ladies worked hard with goalie and vice-captain Noelle Lynch under severe pressure and making some excellent close-range saves. Captain Maria Timoney, leading by example, drove the team forward and was aided by the excellent Sinéad Marley who was sweeping the ball in defence and clearing the danger. On one of these clearances, Sinéad suffered a tournament-ending injury to her knee. Belgium A, led from midfield by the excellent Elaine Kennedy and goalkeeper Jelena Radakovic sweeping up the loose ball between her and the backline, were incessant. Luxembourg eventually succumbed but not before midfielder Orla Nash scored the goal of the game picking the ball up on her own goal line and soloing the ball the full length of the pitch and calmly slotting the ball into the back of the net. Final score Belgium A 4-8, Luxembourg 2-3.

Belgium B team the toughest challenge

In the second game of the day, Luxembourg came up against a fastly improving Dusseldorf team. Luxembourg, marshalled at the back by the excellent Rachael Glynn and the returning Lizzy Murphy, had to dig deep to come back from a slow start and a first-half deficit. With some excellent score-taking by Maura Clifford and Adele Leogue and with both Bridget Connolly and Linda Enright picking up the breaking ball around midfield, Luxembourg closed out the game for a 2-8 to 2-3 win.

In the last group game of the day, Luxembourg faced their toughest challenge of the day – against a vastly experienced and dogged Belgium B team. Despite a valiant, spirited performance by the ladies of Luxembourg, the Belgians proved unstoppable, with their midfield, led by eventual player of the tournament, Margaux Mansanarez, ultimately proving the difference between the two teams. This win was enough to secure places in the final for both Belgium A and Belgium B and left 3rd/4th place play-off to Luxembourg and Dusseldorf.

In a highly enjoyable play-off played in good spirit, Luxembourg played their best football of the season, with the excellent Jenny Sheehan creating space and scoring chances for others like Emma Ni Dhónaill and Cecile Albini to run into. The game was capped off by a wonderfully taken goal by Aishling Mulhern. Luxembourg ran out 4-3 to 0-6 winners to cement 3rd place in the 2014 Benelux Championship.

In the ladies final, Belgium B squared up to Belgium A in a highly entertaining affair. Despite sterling work by Kennedy and Jane Brennan on the Belgium A side, Belgium B, with the player of the tournament, the excellent Mansanarez, ran out easy winners on a score-line of 4-9 to 0-7 to clinch the 2014 Luxembourg Ladies Football Championship. This win was also enough to secure the 2014 Benelux Championship for the Belgium B’s.

Having recorded their best season in a number of years, and with confidence high, the Luxembirds will now turn their attention to preparing for the inaugural European 15 a-side tournament this August and the Pan-European Championship in October.

Posted by Dónal on June 17th, 2014

Benelux Round 4: Luxembourg

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Posted by Dónal on June 9th, 2014

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Posted by Dónal on May 24th, 2014

Benelux Round 3: Amsterdam (Ladies Report)

The Luxembourg ladies made the long trip to Amsterdam at the weekend and in spite of the inclement weather, put on a valiant display, recording their first competitive win since the Summer of 2008, and reaching the semi-finals.

Luxembirds’ opening game, played in a heavy rain, was against Belgium A, winners of the previous round in April, and eventual winners again in Amsterdam. An incredible swooping clearance off the line by Maria Timoney for what would otherwise have been a certain goal, inspired confidence and left Luxembirds trailing by just a point at half-time. The conditions worsened in the second half and a change in the Belgian line-up for the second-half saw them run out comfortable winners.

Not to be deterred by this, Luxembirds went out fighting in their next game against Dusseldorf. A great midfield display by Fiona Byrne and Bridget Connolly, and some great combinations between Linda Enright and Sarah Coffey, with Coffey scoring two decisive goals, meant the score-line went Luxembourg’s way! After a long break in play, Luxembourg then took on the home side, Holland. A surge up the field from the back line culminating in a soccer-style goal by Timoney and some fantastic saves by goalkeeper Noelle Lynch were unfortunately not enough to secure victory for the girls. A great all-round display by the girls in this game and despite the result, the girls had still done enough to reach the semi-final. Luxembourg’s last game was against Belgium B, who went on to lose the final to Belgium A. An early injury to Fiona Byrne and the long day took their toll on the ladies and Belgium went on to record the win.

The girls will be hoping to build on this momentum and will be looking to give a strong account of themselves in the next round of the competition – a home tournament in Luxembourg on 14 June.

Team on the day: Noelle Lynch, Maria Timoney, Fiona Byrne, Bridget Connolly, Sarah Coffey and Linda Enright.

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Posted by Dónal on May 12th, 2014

Benelux Round 3: Amsterdam (Mens Report)

On Saturday, the Luxembourg Men’s Gaelic Football team set out for Amsterdam in Round 3 of the Benelux championship looking to continue their solid start to the season.

espite the usual turnover of players, early season form had showed signs of promise and resulted in a second place finish in Den Haag in Round 1 and a third place finish In Brussels in Round 2.

However, preparations for the tournament had been somewhat disrupted due to the Easter break and subsequent May Bank holiday, nevertheless the team were committed to delivering a strong performance.

For the third successive tournament, Luxembourg were drawn in the toughest group which featured hosts Amsterdam as well as a strong Zurich outfit.

In Game One, Luxembourg out thought and out played a competitive Amsterdam with Bernard McCarthy registering a hat trick of goals. A final total of four goals and four points did not flatter the away side in their victory. Needing to beat Zurich to ensure qualification for the semi final Luxembourg recovered from a sluggish start to register the required victory. The game played, in driving rain, required a late goal from McCarthy to put sufficient daylight between the sides. This qualified the team to play Eindhoven in the first semi final. Luxembourg started the game as strong favourites and duly obliged to book their place in the final against Belgium GAA. As this stage, the driving rain had stopped but there was a still a very significant wind blowing. Luxembourg played into the face of this gale in the first half and, well marshalled by keeper Damien Higgins, held their opponents to a combination of scores from long range and frees. They went in at half time trailing by a score of six points to one determined to overturn the deficit. Despite dominating possession in the second half, Luxembourg failed to take a succession of goal opportunities and were unable to capitalise on an outstanding defensive display. The final score line was Belgium’s eight points to Luxembourg’s two points.

Overall the day contained many positives for the squad. The team had strong performers throughout with notable contributions from Goal keeper Damien Higgins, defenders Ciaran Cunnane, Brian Fleming and Rob O’Shea as well as top scorer Bernard McCarthy. The team will hope to build on this display over the coming weeks and go one step further for the next round of the championship which will be held in Luxembourg on June 14th.

Squad.

GK: Damien Higgins

Backs: Ciaran Cunnane, Eoin Mullins, Micheal O’Connell, Brian Fleming, Rob O’Shea, Brendan O’Callaghan, Niall Coman

Midfield: Eamonn Dunne, Shane Harrington

Forwards: Bernard McCarthy, Martin Cremin, Jack Murphy, Tadhg Dunne, Padraic McCafferty, Malachy Fahey

Selector: Brian Wall

 
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Posted by Dónal on May 12th, 2014

Benelux Round 1: The Hague

Hard luck to the Men’s Senior Football team – beaten by Belgium in the final in The Hague this afternoon in Round 1 of the Benelux Senior Football championship

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Posted by Dónal on March 22nd, 2014

Sports Prophet is Back

What is Sports Prophet

Sports Prophet is an Irish owned sports prediction website which facilitates fundraising for clubs.
Competition leagues are set up and points rewards for correct predictions.
Entry into the Lux GAA league is open to anyone, members and non-members alike.

The concept is simple

You predict the winners of various sporting events during the 2012 calendar year (GAA, Rugby, Soccer, Golf etc). Points are awarded to each entrant for every question they predict correctly. However if their particular choice for that question only comes second or third or reaches a final or semi-final etc you may still earn some points (The exact points available for each question can be seen on the prediction sheets).

Costs / Prizes

Entry is a mere €10, and you are not limited to how many times you can enter.
The prizes are as follows: (1st) €100 and a Hamper of Quality Irish Products from our Sponsor Éirelux , (2nd) €75 and a Bottle of 2006 Tattinger Champagne, (3rd) €50 and a selection of Quality Beers curated by our Sponsor Decibel within the Lux GAA club competition. You can also win your choice of either 2 All-Ireland Hurling or Football tickets if you finish top of the Overall Player Leaderboard on SportsProphet.ie.

How to enter

There are two ways you can enter our league:
1) Go to sportsprophet.ie and click ‘submit your answers’. While entering your details, be sure to select “Luxembourg GSCL” as your club. Once completed, you select all your predictions for the coming year. You can then send your entry fee to:
Gaelic Sports Club Luxembourg, Dexia Bank, BIC: BILLLULL, IBAN: LU24 0021 1375 5690 0000

2) Alternatively, you can download the form linked below, fill it out and circle your predictions on the answer sheet and hand it, along with the entry fee, to any committee member.
Download Entry Form Here

Closing date for entry is March 7th.
For more information see sportsprophet.ie/Faq.aspx

Any questions/queries/answer sheets to be sent to sportsprophet@luxgaa.lu

Posted by Dónal on February 22nd, 2014

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