2019 Final Round European Hurling/Camogie Championship

October brought with it the final round of the 2019 European Hurling and Camogie Championship, which was held in the lovely city of Dresden. Despite a day of rain and lower temperatures than the previous rounds, Dresden Hurling pulled of a fantastically well organised event enjoyed by all.

We travelled 500km by train with a full hurling team and two (!) camogie teams. The second of which was supported by players from Dresden, Darmstadt GAA and Stuttgart GAA who, playing for the first time together as a team, managed to finish a day of battle as runners up in the first ever Camogie Development Shield! A huge congrats due there!

The hurlers secured the 2019 European Shield early in the day with a win against Berlin. Following on from that with tough games against Belgium, Luxembourg and finishing up the day with a win against the hosts themselves.

Our camógs ended the day positioned second in Europe for the second year running! From the first throw-in they drove on with wins against Berlin and Setanta Berlin. A draw with Belgium secured their place in cup final, where they would play their old rivals for the second time in the day, the game ending with Belgium taking the lead by only 2 points.

We also had the great pleasure of passing on the ‘travelling hurley’ to Setanta Berlin. So far it has travelled 17,000km across the globe to spread the game. You can find out more at www.hurlingnear.me.

Congratulations again to Dresden for hosting a wonderful event. To Belgium GAA for picking up the double. To the refs and all other teams involved for making it a very enjoyable end to the years championship.

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2019 Round 2 European Hurling and Camogie Championship

Hamburg GAA made the 600km trek down to Brussels to compete in round two of the European Hurling and Camogie Championship. A day that saw ups, downs, rain and sun.

The hurlers lost their first two games of the day against a tough Belgium and Den Haag but pulled it back to win the final of the hurling shield. Eamon Kennedy pulling out all the stops to help secure it. We couldn’t have done it without you!

Our camogie team came on leaps and bounds from the previous round. This time reaching the final where a home Belgium team emerged victorious.

Our one and only Sal Hartnett picked up Camogie Player of the Tournament and Fergal Barry picked up Player of the Shield. Well deserved to both, who sweat blood and tears to keep us in shape and on target both at and outside of training! Hamburg abú!

Congratulations also to Belgium GAA for picking up the double and again a huge thanks to Belgium, the refs, and all volunteers on pulling off another brilliant event.


Erin Duffin

Erin Duffin featured on Nós [Part 1]

Like any driven person with an interest in discovering Ireland, its culture and their own heritage, Hamburg GAA Club’s Irish Language and Culture Officer and camogie player, Erin Duffin (Éirinn Ní Dhuibhfhionn), has traveled from across the pond in the US to… Germany.

Her grasp of the Irish language in such a short period of time can only by matched by her skills on the camogie pitch – when hard work and talent combine it can only be good!

Intrigued? Erin’s journey is being featured as part of a 5 article series in the Irish cultural magazine NÓS. Check out the first article (in Irish) to discover more about life in Hamburg and how she’s getting on learning the language.

…and If you’re not able to read Irish yet, check out the Irish language classes available in Hamburg.

[Part 1/5] https://nos.ie/gniomhaiochas/teanga/is-mor-an-cantal-a-bheith-ag-bun-an-dreimire-teanga-aris/

GAA Manifesto - Where We All Belong

We’re proud to share the new GAA Manifesto – an affirmation of the GAA mission, vision & values to be proudly displayed wherever Gaelic games are played. Young and old, players and volunteers, supporters and administrators, coaches and referees, wherever we are, whatever our role, our GAA is where we all belong. We’re celebrating all the people who make our GAA what it is and what our GAA means to us all. #GAABelong (Facebook link)

 


Team photo 2019 Germany

Chris Hennessy & Sebastian Rießbeck German Cups 2019

What a weekend?! Fantastic craic was had at the weekend in Hamburg with Clubs from all over Germany traveling to compete in the annual Hurling (Chris Hennessy) and Camogie (Sebastian Rießbeck) German Cups.

The sun even came out for some fabulous Camogie Games with players from Berlin GAA Setanta Berlin GAA Darmstadt GAA Dresden Hurling While the Hamburg GAA Camogs came out victorious in the end, some great skills were displayed especially by up and coming camogie players, as well as the player of the tournament, Hamburg’s own Svenja Bahn!

The hurlers battled it out to the end with Dresden Hurling winning the Darmstadt v. Dresden Cup and the Hamburg GAA A Team winning the tournament against a strong Dresden Hurling Team, with Dresden’s John O’Donnell displaying some skillful hurling as the Hurling Player of the Tournament award. Great displays of hurling from Berlin GA Cologne Celtics GAA Darmstadt GAA Dresden Hurling Setanta Berlin GAA Hamburg GAA

An important and fitting message given the history of the cups, was also delivered on the day by the GAA ’s Stacey Cahill who gave all attendees an insight into the importance of health, wellbeing and mental fitness when it comes to playing our sports. Looking forward to the follow up seminar later in the year!

A massive thank you to all of the Hamburg GAA helpers, supporters, family and friends, that created a fantastic atmosphere on the day and kept the show going. Your help is exactly what this club is all about! Hamburg abú

Team photo 2019 Germany


Lillehammerdorf team photo

Benelux Regional Championships 2019

A great day out in Den Haag, competing in Round 1 of the Benelux Regional Championships. With the hard-tackling Hamburgers, the die-hard Düsseldorfers and the finesse of the French lads from Lille GAA, we lost out in the Shield Final to hosts Den Haag GAA. Some traditional cigars topped off an A1 day. Congratulations to ladies’ cup winners Holland Ladies GAA, men’s cup winners Luxembourg GAA and shield winners Den Haag.

Lillehammerdorf abú! Big ball abú!

Lillehammerdorf team photo


Hamburg GAA at Cultec European Championship 2018 Round1

Cultec European Championship Round 1

Heart. Hunger. Hurleys. 28 Hamburg GAA members made the 500km trek to compete in the first round of the Cultec European Hurling and Camogie Championships in sunny Dresden at the weekend.

It was a huge day for our young international club, with all three of our teams showing fight, intensity and togetherness to reach each of the finals!

Our camogie team continued on from last year to make the final once more, with Belgium GAA emerging victorious from a spirited and pulsating encounter.

Our hurlers burst out of the blocks to make it to the Cup final, claiming a second place spot overall after giving it everything against worthy winners, Luxembourg GAA. And our Hamburg Rovers joined forces with The Earls of Leuven G.A.A club to reach the final of the hurling shield, losing out to Vienna Gaels GAA by the narrowest of margins.

The progress at the club was clear to see from each team’s performances throughout the day. We’ll keep training and fighting. And we’ll go again.

Congratulations to all the winners and, of course, to the hosts Dresden Hurling on pulling off another brilliant event!

Hamburg GAA at Cultec European Championship 2018 Round1The bar has been set.

Hamburg abú!

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A Day At Training - Youth GAA

Hamburg Grashoppers and Reynolds Hurling proudly present – “A day at training”

Let our Hamburg Grasshoppers team take you through a session and show you what this German youth GAA team is all about!

A big thanks to our kids partner Reynolds Hurling – www.reynoldshurling.ie – and to those who donated at our Halloween party to make this all possible!


2018 German Hurling & Camogie Champions!

We did it! A proud day for us all yesterday, with Hamburg’s Camogie players and hurlers doing the German Cup double, bringing home the Sebastian Rießbeck and Chris Hennessy Cups.

The fight, togetherness and leadership made the 30-strong group from HH a force that wouldn’t be beaten, and lifted Hamburg’s own Padraic McCannon to the award of Player of the Chris Hennessy Cup. And sure the craic was 90 afterwards!

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A bualadh bos and thank you to Frankfurt Sarsfields GAA and Darmstadt GAA for their work in hosting a great day. And to the German GAA / Deutscher Bund Gälischer Sportarten for supporting GAA in Germany, to give us days to remember and to help us to remember those in whose names the cups are played.

And finally, a proper thank you to all members, to our sponsors – The Irish Rover, Hamburg, MAAS Aviation, EpiSensor and esn – and to our friends for your continued support, which make our club a great place to be.

Ní neart go cur le chéile (Einigkeit macht stark).

Hamburg abú!


First Aid Training

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Usually if we’re in a pub this early on a Saturday morning it’s because we still haven’t left  However this time was different as Sven Bartens from eins eins drei took members of Hamburg GAA through their paces in a day of first aid training.

If your team has been thinking of learning first aid (you should), we highly recommend Sven who offers training in English and German. You never know what kind of injuries are going to happen in a match and it’s better to have as many as possible able to recognise and handle them appropriately.

Thanks to Andy at The Irish Rover, Hamburg for daring to let a GAA team in at 9am.

Honourable mention to Sven’s assistant Bob who endured more than any training dummy should have to.