Once landed, we decided to do what every self-respecting tourist would do when they find themselves on foreign shores and set out to immerse ourselves in local Irish culture. Shelby's was the destination and it didn’t disappoint. Mindful of the fact we had a tournament the next day (or in reality the fact that nowhere would accept Visa or Mastercard and we had limited cash), the beverage intake was limited and we headed back to our hotel early (the next day!).
In our first game we faced Budapest Ladies and whilst it was clear we hadn’t played in several months our perseverance paid off and we came away with a win, the score line reading Holloway Gaels 3-05 Budapest Ladies 0-02. After an extended break we hit the field for game two against Holland Ladies. This was a tougher encounter with the leading position changing hands many times throughout the game. Unfortunately for us, the result at the final whistle was Holloway Gaels 2-03 to Holland Ladies 2-06. Due to the other team in our group not being able to field, it was decided that they would pull out of the remainder of the competition. Unfortunately for us the other results in our group saw us eliminated at this stage. And so it was onto the after party! At this stage the old motto “What goes on tour stays on tour” rings true!
Den Haag GAA hosted a wonderful tournament on Saturday with over 30 teams from across Europe. The facilities and organisation on the day and night were great and we extend our gratitude to Mary and all at Den Haag GAA.