Welcome to Den Haag GAA Club
Den Haag Hurling Champions 2012
Den Haag TV Clip.
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We are looking for players, both for our Ladies and Men's teams, of any standard or fitness as full coaching is given.
Hurling and Football training for ladies and gents, beginners and experienced players
Gaelic Games in The Netherlands
Training every Wednesday 7.30PM and Sunday 1.00PM
Den Haags Committee members 2013
Declan Bonner - Chairman
Matthew Morris - Vice Chair
Secretary - Mary Gavin
Hurling Manager - Barry Heffernan and Shane O'Sullivan will assist
Football Manager - Michael McErlean
Recruitment Officer - Stephen Malone
Assistant Recruitment Officer & Membership Secretary - Denis Reidy
Gaelic Games, which include Hurling and Gaelic Football, are the native sports of Ireland, and just like all good things Irish… bars, music, dancing and the Irish people themselves, gaelic games have reached some far flung places. There are GAA* clubs all over the world... from Buenos Aires to Brisbane!
But you don’t need to go to the other side of the world to see gaelic games being played on foreign soil. In mainland Europe, there are over 30 GAA clubs. Many of these clubs compete in the European League, where for each round of the 10-round league; teams travel to other GAA clubs in other countries, and play day-long tournaments.
One of the most active and successful GAA clubs in the European League is the Den Haag GAA club.
Den Haag GAA is one of four GAA clubs in the Netherlands. The other three are Amsterdam, Groningen and Europe’s youngest GAA club, Maastricht.
Established in the 1970’s, Den Haag GAA club has over 50 members, of which, over a third are non Irish, comprising French, English, Turkish, Indian, Dutch, Swiss, Australian and German players.
* The GAA, or the Gaelic Athletic Association, which was founded in 1884, is the governing body of gaelic games in Ireland and throughout the world. (For more info: www.gaa.ie)
Why GAA is better than soccer
1) The GAA player who played in front of 80,000 at the weekend will be teaching your children, selling you meat or fixing your drains on Monday morning. The soccer player who plays in front of 80,000 will be moaning about playing too many games and will be trying to sell you his personalised brand of leisure wear
2) GAA nicknames are better (The Bull, The Bomber, etc.) Soccer players just add a Y to their surnames
3) Dublin vs Meath is a real derby. What does Utd. Vs City mean to Ronaldo or Sibierski
4) How many soccer players does it take to screw in a light bulb? Answer eleven. One to stick it in and ten to surround and kiss him after he does it
5) Soccer players go to the papers after a game. GAA players go to the pub
6) John Terry would run a mile if he came up against Francie Bellew
7) GAA teams are numbered 1-15. A soccer team reads like the lottery results
8) All soccer players wear shin pads. Some hurlers wear helmets
9) Television runs soccer. Schoolteachers run the GAA
10) The GAA is about where you're from. Soccer is about who you like
11) No segregation at GAA games
12) No soccer team has a nickname quite as lovely as the Fighting Cocks of Carlow
13) Bubble perms never made it to Croke Park
14) A scoreless draw in the GAA would be quite a novelty
15) The GAA may not appreciate its women as much as it should but at least we all know who Cora Stanunton is. The most famous woman in English soccer is Posh Spice
16) Under age players get to be part of the biggest days in hurling and football at half-time in the All-Ireland.
17) Micheal O'Murchearaigh.
18)If a GAA player ever jumped at a spectator like Eric Cantona did the rest of his team would join in. So would the rest of the crowd.
19) Vinnie Jones grabbed Gascoignes testicles. Paudie O'Se decked Joe McNally during the National Anthem. McNally learnt his lesson. Gascoigne just got worse.
20) The GAA season always leaves you wanting more. The soccer season leaves soccer people demanding less. "Fewer games please"
21) Old soccer players get testimonials, Old GAA players just slip down to junior.
22) Rural villages = A Church, A Post-office, a Pub and a GAA pitch.
23) Pints after the match with the lad you knocked seven lumps of shite out of in the game.
24) Croke park on a Summer's Day.