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Royal.Legend (Meath) - Posts: 362 - 16/08/2019 10:23:19 2226285Link 0 1
Yeah, it does involve a lot of commitment. A couple of years back I travelled 17,000 km to play football and hurling in co. Europe. There's also a strong social element to the games, with a post-tournament dinner and scoops involving all the clubs.
Moscow GAA play in Scandinavia I believe, very hard for them given the visa situation with the EU.
The club in Vienna play their tournaments at a soccer stadium, home to a second division Bundesliga side.
However, a lot of clubs will play on rugby pitches as you suggest.
There are a lot of twinning initiatives going on between European clubs and other GAA clubs, mostly in Ireland I think, but I don't see any reason why it can't involve other international sides. Just drop whatever club in whichever city a line about organizing a friendly and they're usually fairly obliging. I wouldn't expect any financial contribution from their end, though, other than perhaps hosting people to crash in their houses or whatever.
A few of us go over to play handball once per year in a London venue (Westway, near the Grenfell Tower) so there's already the beginning of something there regarding London. I certainly wouldn't balk at a weekend away there ;)
Gleebo (Mayo) - Posts: 1666 - 16/08/2019 11:47:51 2226338Link 0 0
Liffré from Brittany won the Euro intermediate title last year and I was very impressed with them. The French national team has also done well in the World Games held so far.
I reckon it's all the good food and wine, those fellas tend to be fitter than the Irish lads ;)
Best story from the Euro scene is Darmstadt GAA though, a bunch of university students from Germany who took up hurling and field full sides several times per year. They have even invented a new hybrid game pitting hurlers against lacrosse players ("hurlacross").
Gleebo (Mayo) - Posts: 1666 - 16/08/2019 11:54:40 2226341Link 1 0