Tag: Euro Cup

Ladies light up Lisbon

The Irish Banshees national women’s team took the silverware from the 2016 AFL Europe Euro Cup 9-aside tournament last weekend with a close fought victory over the English Vixens in sunny Lisbon, Portugal.  This year saw The Banshees joined by England, Scotland, Denmark, France, Sweden and Croatia as the women’s game grows in popularity every year in Europe.  The Banshees and the English Vixens have met in recent finals but the Vixens have won the most recent encounters.  On this occasion the Banshees deserved the rub of the green and pulled out the victory in a tight final by 16 to 7 at the final siren.  It was a delighted captain Emma Kelly who was first to raise the cup on a great day for Irish women’s Aussie Rules.

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A delighted Carolann Cassidy
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The Banshees overcame Croatia in a group game
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The victorious Banshees with coach Pat Leavy

Meanwhile the Warriors weren’t just as lucky putting in a tremendous effort in reaching the Grand Final before losing out to Croatia after extra time.  The Warriors came out of their group with ease and then defeated local rivals England in the semi-final before setting up a Grand Final against Croatia who have had significant success at the 9-aside format of the game.  The final saw a wind assisted Croatia race into a significant lead, but with the Warriors having the wind in the second half they pulled back to level at full time.  In extra time Croatia kicked nearly every attempt for six points and this impressive accuracy got them over the line 53 to 39.

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A fine mark by Coilin O Lordain

 

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Warriors’ ruckman Gavin Murray takes off

 

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Warriors’ Luke Hickey in full evasion mode

 

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Warriors line up for Grand Final anthems

Warriors miss bronze at Euro Cup

The Irish Warriors lost out on a bronze medal in the 2015 Euro Cup 9s tournament in Umag, Croatia last weekend when hosts Croatia Knights kicked a last minute goal to secure a medal.  It was a disappointing end to the tournament they won in 2011 and 2012.  The day started with an easy win against Norway 90 to 1 before a much closer victory over Germany 35 to 20.  That victory set up a semi-final contest against England.  Unfortunately for Ireland they lost that game 23 to 9.  That meant they went into the third place play-off against Croatia.  That game was a close contest but the Warriors had control of the game entering the final minutes.  However a last minute kick secured the bronze medal for the delighted hosts.  Best for the Warriors over the tournament were Ronan Geraghty who set up the play well from midfield and Ryan McCloskey who was the main threat in the forward line.

 

The Warriors squad fielded only three players that played at the 2014 International Cup and their lack of experience was the difference against more seasoned sides like England.  The men’s tournament was won by Denmark who came from behind to eventually beat England by a comfortable margin of 47 to 26.  This year the Irish Banshees didn’t contest in the women’s tournament that was won in impressive fashion by the England Vixens.  Next year the European Championships full sided competition is also being hosted by Croatia, the Warriors will be hoping for better performances then to retain their European title they won in 2010 and 2013.

 

Full results

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Watch the live stream from the tournament here