Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Belgium Pan-European Camogie & Hurling Tournament

On June 13, Belgium GAA hosted Round 3 of the Pan-European Camogie and Hurling Championship.

Adhering to the club's stated goal of being the GAA club representing the country of Belgium, not merely the city of Brussels, the tournament was held in Leuven, a city with a long and proud historical link with Ireland.

The Irish Institute of Leuven, headed by Malachy Vallely, a former inter-county hurler with Antrim, was most helpful in assisting the club.

Thanks to Malachy & Co's efforts, we were able to secure two magnificent pitches at the beautiful Provinciedomen Park, in Kessel-Lo just outside Leuven.

For a detailed report of how the hurling tournament unfolded, see this excellent blog written by Belgium GAA's own Davey Barrett.

Congratulations to the Belgium Camogie team under the management of Margaret Francois who came third in a tough tournament, and Comhghairdeas likewise to the all-conquering Belgium hurlers who effectively sealed a Pan-European title with their third tournament victory out of three this season. Under the watchful eye of manager extraordinaire Martin "Ayatollah of Rock'n'Rollah" Crowley (pictured), Belgium won every match convincingly.

Many thanks to everyone who helped out on the day, and particularly heartfelt gratitude to Malachy Vallely at the Irish Institute and Oswald de Belder at the Provinciedomein for their assistance in making the tournament an outstanding success.

Belgium GAA looks forward to hosting many future football and hurling tournaments.

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