Belgium GAA's hurling and camogie teams crowned European Champions
Belgium GAA’s hurling and camogie teams have been crowned European Champions for the fourth year in a row at the European Championship Finals in Germany.
GAA teams from 15 different European cities travelled to Dresden for the finals last Saturday, for what was the largest ever European hurling & camogie tournament.
Belgium beat Luxembourg by 1-17 to 3-9 in a thrilling hurling final, after overcoming their own second team in the semi-final.
Belgium’s Camogie team also made in four in-a-row with their 1-08 to 0-01 win in the final against Switzerland.
Established in 2003, Belgium GAA has teams in all four codes; Hurling, Camogie, Gaelic Football and Ladies football, and has players from a variety of Irish counties.
"It’s been a ground-breaking year for hurling in Europe," said Belgium hurling manager Dave Barrett.
"A lot of that credit goes to the county board who made some brave decisions in the winter to grow the game.
"Having so many teams in Dresden at the weekend endorses those moves. For Belgium, its been a breakthrough year, fielding two teams at every tournament for the first time.
"Winning the championship after such a close final against Luxembourg was the perfect ending for us."
Camogie captain Grainne Corry said: “I’m very proud of the girls and what we’ve achieved this season. The players put in a huge effort and commitment in terms of training over the nine months, attending five international tournament and recruiting new players all season. Looking forward to 2017.”
GAA President Aogán Ó Fearghaíl, Camogie Association President Catherine Neary, Camogie Association CEO Joan O'Flynn, and Irish Ambassador to Germany Michael Collins were all present at the finals.