Aaron Prendergast leaves the Dresden players in his dust
By Gaelic Sports correspondent
On Saturday Gaelic Sports Club Luxembourg hosted the second round of the European Hurling and Camogie Championship in the Stade Michel Wagner in Weimerskirch. Luxembourg entered the hurling tournament on the back of finishing runners up in the first Round in Paris five weeks ago.
Luxembourg made a strong start to the tournament with a 4-7 to 2-3 win against the combined team of Zurich and Paris with returning full forward Denis Harty scoring 2-1. However, the good result was marred by a leg injury to full back Henry Abbott which ruled him out for the remainder of the tournament.
The second game of the day was against the combined team of Dresden/Cologne/Dusseldorf and Luxembourg ran our 6-8 to 1-5 winners with captain Barry Quaid putting in a man of the match performance, driving the team forward from midfield and scoring 1-5 and Chris Shepherdson scoring the goal of the game with a strike from 30 yards out . However, again the result was marred by another injury this time to Denis Harty’s hamstring, which also ruled him out of the tournament.
Luxembourg entered the third game of the day against Belgium, minus two of their original starting 11, and were unlucky to lose by four points 2-7 to 1-6. Rory O’Connor and Damien Higgins both putting in outstanding performances and keeper David Henriques literally putting his body on the line during the game.
Victory out of reach
Luxembourg entered into the final group game against Den Hague needing a four-point win to qualify for the final. Den Hague also needed to win to guarantee their place in the final. At half time Luxembourg were thre points up thanks to some fantastic play by both Eoin Neville and Aaron Prendergast, who both drove the team forward from the half back line. However, in the second half Den Hague came back into the game and won a closely fought game by a point 1-5 to 0-7.
In the final played under floodlights, Den Hague faced an injury depleted Belgium team and won fairly comfortable 2-13 to 0-8. Luxembourg finished the tournament in third place.
The third round of the 2013 European Hurling Championships will be held in Zurich on the weekend of July 6. A good result for Luxembourg hurlers there will put them right back in the mix to be crowned 2013 European Hurling Champions.
In what was a rammed weekend for Luxembourg Gaelic sports, the ‘Luxembirds’ fielding five players born outside Ireland (two in America, one in Finland, one in France and one in Luxembourg) gave a great account of themselves in their first Camogie championship outing of 2013.
The first match was at 8.30am against the Holland ladies and both teams were slow to start. In the second half, Lux Ladies had a shot of adrenalin and, with hard graft by Christelle Bon in midfield and Karen O’ Mahony in forwards, the scores started to come with Fiona Byrne finishing the moves with two goals from play.
Up next were Paris Gaels, who had travelled through the night and, even with just seven ladies, they were a formidable outfit. Lux Ladies worked hard with goalie Lauren Harris under severe pressure and making some fantastic saves.
Photo: Steve Eastwood
Bridget Connelly did an excellent man-marking job on Paris’ most threatening player. Jenny Cahill stepped up and scored an critical point from a placed ball for the Lux ladies. However, Paris were incessant and Lux were finally vanquished.
Backs shine out
The last group match of the day was against Belgium, who turned out eventual winners on the day. The Lux ladies put in a huge performance against a strong Belgian team. The first half belonged to the backs, who were under fierce strain but kept the score down, by hooking and blocking the second, third and fourth phases of play. Eilish McDonnell blacked and cleared a certain goal and Lux went in at half time a point ahead.
Midfielder Grainne Ni Bhrosnachain was working on every breaking ball to ensure Lux had possession and her intensity was matched by none. Heidi Pylkas took the unenviable job of keeping the Belgian top scorer out of the game and was very successful with some serious sprints of half the length of the pitch. Annie Walsh got two well deserved goals from play against a intimidating Belgian back line.
Fourth place for Luxembourg
The third and fourth place playoff was contested by Luxembourg and Holland, with Holland coming off the better at the latter stages of the match. Karen O’ Mahoney got a much needed point from play, and Captain Jenny Cahill again pointed from a placed ball.
Photo: Steve Eastwood
The next championship round will be held in Zurich during the first weekend in July, and with the return of players after exams, weddings and sickness, the Luxembirds can look forward to a very bright Zurich tournament.
The Gaelic Sports Club of Luxembourg (GSCL) hosted the second round of the European Hurling and Camogie Championship at the Stade Michel Wagner in Luxembourg-Weimerskirch on Saturday.
The wet weather experienced in the week leading up to the tournament held off when the skies cleared and the sun shone. The venue saw many competitive games involving teams from den Haag, Dresden (participating for the first time), Cologne, Belgium, Paris and Zurich as well as Luxembourg.
In the men’s hurling competition, Den Haag defeated Belgium in the final by 2-13 to 0-8. In the (women’s) camogie, Belgium defeated Paris in the final by 4-7 to 2-6.
In the men’s hurling, Paris and Zurich played as a combined team; so did Dresden/Cologne/Dusseldorf.
Explanatory note: a score of 4-7 below means 4 goals (under the bar) and 7 points (over the bar); with each goal worth 3 points, the score accumulates to 19 points, but it’s never written that way…
Luxembourg 4-7 Zurich/Paris 2-3
Den Haag 4-14 Dresden/Cologne/Dusseldorf 1-3
Belgium 3-8 Zurich/Paris 3-3
Luxembourg 6-8 Dresden/Cologne/Dusseldorf 1-5
Den Haag 2-6 Belgium 1-4
Zurich/Paris 3-6 Dresden/Cologne/Dusseldorf 2-9
Belgium 2-7 Luxembourg 1-6
Den Haag 2-12 Zurich/Paris 0-2
Belgium 4-9 Dresden 0-5
Den Haag 1-5 Luxembourg 0-7
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
Posted by Dónal on June 3rd, 2013