We were delighted to participate just last weekend in the Paris GAA Ladies European Football tournament. We thank Paris GAA for their excellent organisation. Though short of numbers our squad of 3 (Angela Buechler, Suzi Schwalb and Silvia Sanz) was inflated to 8 players, a true pan-European effort on the players behalf. We sincerely thank Laura GÃ©rard (ex-Munich), Monica Duran (Barcelona), Emma Wood, Olga Lawlor (both Maastricht) and Odile Moutounet (Rennes) for coming to our rescue. It truely was an enjoyable and fun day as all the players can lay testimony to. Not to be content with just â€œturning upâ€ our team of vagabonds started slowly in the first round defeat to Paris A and then began to raise the tempo after the first 10 minutes of â€œgetting to know youâ€. It was for a brief but intense 5-minute period in the second half that our ladies realised their potential and scored a rapid 2 goals and 2 points without reply.
With confidence now restored, and new faith in one another, Munich defeated Belgium B in the second round game. With this win a semi-final spot was secured. After a brief rest-bite and relaxation in the intermittent sunshine, our ladies took on the mighty Belgium A. Munich battled bravely but fell short of the performance posted by their Belgium opponents.
The final game of the tournament, a 3rd and 4th place play-off was certainly most exciting. In a close and tense match the weary Munich team trailed by a single point with just moments remaining, only for the Holland team to secure a 4-point win with what turned out to be the last kick of the match.
In a consolation prize for the Munich team, Angie B. earned the female player of the tournament. Certainly a well-deserved accolade on the day.
Finally I must express my thanks one more time for the immense effort that all the ladies put in on the day. It was certainly an energy-sapping effort on behalf of our Munich representatives.