Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Training and Other News

Next session is this evening (Tuesday 27th) in Slottskogen. Meet at 18:30 @ Linneplatsen tramstop, ready to go for 18:45. More ball-work tomorrow night as I'm sure we all need it.

This will be one of our last sessions in Slottskogen. We resume field training on Thursday May 6th and every Thursday thereon in. This has been confirmed after a meeting we had with Spartacus rugby club this evening. Due to demands on the pitch, the only time we can train is 19:00 to 20.30. Therefore, its imperative that we are ready to go for 19:00 and on the pitch. The directions to Spartacus Rugby club in Partille are on the website.

On another point, we may have the possibility of having our own pitch by the end of the year. This is under discussion/investigation and we could have some news shortly.


We need more funds, there is no two ways about it. We need ideas and fast. A race night is still on the table, we are just waiting on a date which we hope will be before May 22nd (our next tournament date in Copenhagen). We need you, the players, to be proactive in getting funds into the club so every trip away is not expensive for you and to have a good financial base so we can do other stuff as well .....

New Players / Members

We are always on the lookout for new players. After Saturday's showing, it is vital we get some new blood otherwise it will be a tough year for us in Scandinavia and Europe. Please, please everyone make a concerted effort to recruit some new people. Its the best game in the world....!!!

Stockholm match / weekend

Just want to say a big thank you to everyone's efforts for the game last Saturday in Stockholm. Although the result didn't go our way, it has raised the level of exposure of GAA in Sweden. I'm sure you'll agree that Stockholm have a great set up and support base and by Saturdays efforts will be a serious force in the coming year. Tremendous praise to all our players (especially the girls!!) who contributed so handsomely to a memorable day. It was tough going out there especially in the first half but the second half was a much more truer reflection of what we re about, heart and pride. We'll discuss the game at training on Tuesday night.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Stockholm Gaels -v- Gothenburg GAA Update

Stockholm Gaels won the game on Saturday, defeating Gothenburg GAA by 6-16 to 3-7.

Despite the scoreline, it wasn’t all one-way traffic and for long periods Gothenburg GAA made it very tough. Eventually the depth of the Stockholm bench paid dividends and saw the capital city’s team overcome their more experienced rivals.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Travel Reminder for tonight

Meet outside The Dubliner from 17.30 onwards.
Leaving Gothenburg no later than 18:00.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Paris Linesman Wittberg To Throw in Ball for Stockholm Gaels First Game

Stockholm Gaels are delighted to announce that Stefan Wittberg – the linesman that missed Thierry Henry’s handball in Paris during Ireland’s World Cup play-off in November – will throw the ball in to start the first-ever game of Gaelic Football in Östermalms IP, Stockholm on Saturday April 24 at 1230.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Stockholm GAA website

Link to Stockholm Gaels website.
There is a good write up about the upcoming match.

Training Tuesday 20 April @ 18.45 @ Slottskogen

Training Tuesday night in Slottskogen at the earlier time of 18.45.
Meet at the tramstop at Linneplatsen at 18.30 ready to go for 18.45.
Great session last Tuesday with Caz, lets keep it up.
Should be on grass by last week in April/first week in May.
See you all Tuesday.

Plans for Stockholm Trip

Hi all
OK..here it all is. Below are the plans and information about the Stockholm trip next weekend.
Attendees : Caz/Eoin/Jakey/Dec/Stephen/Keith/Adrian/Victor/Mia/Niall

Friday 23rd
Leaving Gothenburg no later than 18:00.
We'll meet outside the Dubliners from 17.30 onwards.
We will be in 2 cars (the minibus is a 9 seater and Dec 's car).
If people with valid licenses can go in each car, it'll give the drivers a break on the way . We will go straight to the hostel. Expected ETA between 23:00-24:00. Hostels name is

If someone could do a map search from Gothenburg to hostel & hostel to Ostermalms IP, it would be great.

Saturday 24th
Saturday morning, we will leave from the hostel and go straight to the pitch to be there for round 11.30 to get settled and do a proper warm up. Match kicks off at 12:30 amid all the razzmatazz!!!
The match itself is 2 x 30 min halves, everybody will get a game (ladies included) and some of the Stockholm lads will be playing with us.
Thereafter, shower and change and id say drop the stuff back to the hostel and then re convene in the Dubliners for the match meal. Whatever happens after that is everyone 's business. Please make sure that when ye go your separate ways from the hostel, get that days key code as it changes everyday.

Sunday 25th
Check out is 12pm so I hope to be on the road by 1pm.

Things to remember :
  • as with all hostels, bring a sleeping bag/pillow/padlock.Check out the website yourself as per facilities they have
  • artificial turf so bring runners and blades/moulds if you have them

Accommodation and costs

The following has been booked.
Dorm with 6 and dorm with 4 people. They know we have 2 females staying. It was next to impossible to find rooms so unfortunately the weekend rate is a bit steep here. It works out at 300 SEK per night/600 sek for both nights. The club will give money towards this but it wont be much (maybe 100 sek per person). Because we are going up on Friday and the fact it is central Stockholm, it is a bit expensive. I just want to be upfront with the costs so people know and can plan. I have already paid the deposit to secure the accommodation and the booking ref is William Finn.

The minibus costs 1950 SEK but this will be covered by funds from the club. However, to cover petrol costs and help Dec out with the costs of his car, it would be great if everyone could give 100 sek (or more if they want) to cover petrol for both cars. Just to make it all good and people are not left out of pocket, this will have to be collected before we leave. It prevents hassle later.

The meal is being provided for us and I'm sure Stockholm will look after us throughout the night.

Finally, if you change your mind and stay with someone/alternative accommodation in Stockholm, tell me by latest next Tuesday. Do not tell me on the day of the match. If so, you will have to be charged the price of your accommodation, its only fair.

Thanks to all again. I know its tough having to spend money on trips like these but this is why we need to have more fund-raising to ease the burden on the pockets!!

Here's to a great weekend as I know we will have
Billy Finn
Gothenburg GAA club

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Training Update

Training TUESDAY night at 19:00 in Slottskogen. Meet @ tramstop @ Linneplatsen at 18:45. The plan is to do physical and ballwork.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Training Update

There will be training in Slottskogen today Thursday @ 19:00 with Caz

Turnout to training has improved but still is below where it needs to be. Thanks to everyone who keeps turning out week on week. Therefore, due to proximity of Stockholm trip and upcoming tournaments , I/we need everyone (no exceptions) to turn up to training next Tuesday night in Slottskogen @ 19:00 (meet at 18:45). We will do physical and ball work (ground pending).

Seriously, those who have not showed up at all this year need to question their commitment to the club. Lets get the ball rolling now! To give you an idea, Stockholm had 22 people training last week (and they re only starting up).

We need players, players, players!!!!

Details of Stockholm trip

Details of Stockholm trip are as follows :

Pitch : Östermalms IP - Central Stockholm.Changing facilities are there with covered stand.
Kick off : 12:30.
Pitch is booked from 12 to 2 pm.
Therefore, it will require an early start on Saturday morning. Alternatively, we travel up Friday evening. Transport - as it stands, we will be travelling up by minibus. However, we will also need 1 additional car (pending confirmation of numbers), any takers?
Billy will probably drive the minibus (8 people) but we will need one car. If you are making alternative arrangements to travel to Stockholm, please contact us. We do not want to be stuck with an empty car.

People who have confirmed so far :
Niall - Adrian- Keith (provisionally) - Declan - Eoin O Broin - Caz - Mia - Billy - Karol (meeting us up there) - anyone else who is travelling but has not confirmed, please confirm as soon as possible.

Food: The Dubliners in Stockholm have kindly offered to give us a meal after the match (no cost but drink is not included!!!). If you have dietary requirements, please contact with information as soon as possible. It looks like it will be steak and chips!!

Accommodation: If you are staying with someone in Stockholm , please let us know soonest. Otherwise, by next Wednesday, we will book accommodation in a hostel close to the Dubs for those who want it. After, this date, it is assumed that you have sorted out your accommodation.

That is it ..... Stockholm GAA are putting a big effort into this. There will be pitch-side food and entertainment and local press MIGHT be there. Noel Sheehy will be covering it for Stockholm... Lets get involved and make it a success!!