Holloway Gaels win Amsterdam 9-a-side Tournament

Gaels win Amsterdam 9-a-side Gaelic football tournament




Gaels ladies recently won the Amsterdam 9-a-side gaelic football
tournament. The Holloway Gaels ladies were the only London
team to be invited to participate in the gaelic football tournament
hosted by Amsterdam GFC. 

The opening match saw the Holloway girls come face to face
with last year’s winners, Paris. Holloway came away with a
two point victory in what was a tough and physical game. The
second game of the day set the London girls against the Holland
B team which was made up of players from clubs in the Hague,
Amsterdam and Maastricht. Holloway romped home to a 6-12 to
0-1 victory in a one-sided affair.

morning’s victories guaranteed Holloway a place in the final
against competition favourites, Holland A. the Dutch team
had home advantage and had the benefit of a much larger panel
of players than Holloway. The final was a nail biting affair.
Holland started off the stronger of the two sides and raced
to a four point lead after 5 minutes. Holloway came back with
an Emma McGinnity goal just before the halftime break. The
second half was a very even affair with both teams matching
each other point for point. Great defensive work from Sadie
McCarthy and Jenny Smyth minimised the Dutch scoring threat.
Holloway were dealt a cruel blow when they were reduced to
8 players when Claire Nugent was sin binned for an alleged
foul on the Dutch full forward. A Holloway point in the last
minute of normal time, levelled the teams and sent the match
into extra time. 

Very little separated the two teams in extra time and Holloway
led by the narrowest of margins at half time. An Emma McGinnity
goal and some superbly taken points from Yvonne Tevlin saw
Holloway pull away from the Dutch team in the dying minutes.
Holloway eventually ran out as winners by 4 points. All credit
to the Holloway girls for a very gritty performance and their
well deserved victory.

Caroline Shanahan had a great game in goals and the distance
gained in her kick outs made the difference in extra time.
The defence of McCarthy, Nugent and Smyth were rock solid
while Yvonne Tevlin and Anne-Marie Dargan dominated proceedings
in the middle of the field. Up front, Emma McGinnity played
a captain’s role and was the day’s top scorer and received
great support from Maggie Keown, Liz Wroe and Cliona Kennedy.

The Celebrations carried on well into the wee hours of the
morning! Holloway Gaels would like to thank Amsterdam GFC
for the invite to the tournament and the hospitality shown
to the team over the weekend. Anyone interested in playing
ladies Gaelic football in London with Holloway Gaels should
contact Anne-Marie Dargan on +44 7886 485967.

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