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Sunday September 24th 2023
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#143 The Hague pip Paris in Munich

Basking in the glow of victory - the boys from Den Hague, Holland. (Photo courtesy of ECB GAA).

In a nailing biting conclusion to the first round of this year’s European Mens Senior Football Championship in Munich, Germany last Saturday, it took a last minute goal by 2009 champs, The Hague to deny their great rivals Paris Gaels in this three round pan Europe competition. In the Shield, Jersey with a comfortable win proved too strong for Frankfurt, while all French side from Brittany, St Malo put in a great showing finishing in 3rd spot, and notably, taking a couple of Irish team scalps along the way. In the Ladies European football race, it was the Belgium side who once again took top honours when beating Paris in the final, and now leading going into the 6th of seven rounds, look to have all but clinched their third title in a row.

Player of the Tournament awards went to former Kerry county ladies star, Grainne Ní Flaharta (Belgium- ladies); Michael McAnea (Paris Gaels – Chp) and Mark O’Shea (Jersey – Shield)

Host club Munich Colmcilles was commended for the excellent tournament organisation and afterwards, the 200+ players and supporters enjoyed a typical meal in the Augustiner Brauhouse, Munich’s oldest brewery dating back to 1328.
To tell us about the tournament GaelicSportsCast spoke with European GAA Board official and referee, Mike Cryan, and, Paris Gaels player, Darren Lovely.


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