Malmö GAA win 7th International Cup
A confident performance by Malmö GAA was rewarded with a 46-11 win over Port Malmö Maulers. The win keeps the International Cup in Irish hands for another year.
The annual International Cup, an international rules match used as a curtain raiser for Malmö GAA’s season, was played at Limhamnsfältet, Malmö on Saturday, March 12th. As always, the date being chosen close to St. Patrick’s Day. It was time to get the pasty Irish legs out into the Scandinavian nippy end of Winter weather.
The game began in typical Irish fashion; late. Even with the late throw in, the game failed to spring into life in the 1st quarter. It was to be expected with both sides coming directly from indoor training for their first outing on grass this year. The damp underfoot conditions didn’t help either. Although there was some small glimpses of skill from both sides, the 1 over to 1 wide (3 – 1) 1st quarter scoreline in Malmö GAA’s favour reflected the slow start.
Malmö GAA came into the game more in the 2nd quarter with some fast paced passing. The Maulers found it difficult to stick with the step up in pace. The shooting from both sides remained an issue; the Aussies getting to grips with the round ball and the Irish trying to blow off the cobwebs.
As the half time whistle went, Malmö GAA went into the break the happier team and with the lead.
The 3rd quarter had always been the big one in the International Cup. The Maulers have been quite effective in this quarter in previous years, something that hasn’t gone unnoticed by Malmö GAA. There was a marked effort by the Irish to frustrate and limit the chances for the Maulers as the 3rd quarter commenced. Malmö GAA were able to take control and this made the difference in the end.
The Maulers scoring was stunted with some dogged defending in the back line with the likes of Mats Blomqvist and Ciaran Smyth not giving an inch to the Aussie’s attack. The lead was cemented with more clinical finishing in the forward line with David Burns, Mick Lynch and Gavin Turley all getting on the scoresheet.
Malmö GAA began the 4th quarter as they finished the 3rd. Although the pace may have dropped a little, Malmö GAA looked in control. The pressure continued from Malmö right throughout the last quarter, evident from the final whistle coming after a wide being kicked from the final mark taken 5 metres from the Maulers’ goal.
Domhnall O Cléirigh took home the Man of the Match award on a brilliant debut showing. A great addition to the squad and one to watch in the upcoming Nordic Championship. Captain Mick Lynch picked up the trophy to be kept in safe hands until 2017.
Malmö aim for Winning Start
Malmö’s men head to Oslo this Saturday for the opening round of the Nordic Championships. Having disappointed two years previously in Oslo, Malmö aim to start the championship with a bang. Bolstered by 4 players from Copenhagen, the team travel with more firepower than last time. This could be the key to success in the grueling tournament system.
5 new players are part of the Malmö squad heading to Oslo. The new faces will be complemented by many of the familiar team from the previous years. Along with new Irish recruits, Achill man Colin, Phil and Dublin man Domhnall, the long awaited debut of Peter “Peppe” Fransson will finally happen this weekend. Something that has been spoken about all the way from Mayo to Lund. Added to this will be the flair of Brazilian Luis, who also joins the debut men.
The mix of new and old will be put to the test by Stockholm, Helsinki, Jyväskylä and hosts Oslo. It is set to be one of the strongest competitions in recent seasons. Stockholm, as reigning champions will be the ones to beat, while hosts Oslo will benefit from the home field and squad advantage. Helsinki have caused problems for Malmö before and Jyväskylä have continued to improve tournament on tournament.
But the confidence within the Malmö ranks remains. With a strong win over Port Malmö Maulers in the International Cup in March, the belief is there that Malmö can challenge this year.
The first test in Oslo will show a lot for Malmö. With the artificial grass and longer pitch, Malmö hope that their long preseason will put them at a fitness advantage. If the team can click and get their passing game going, Saturday night could see Oslo being painted Green and Gold.
4th Place for Malmö’s Men in Round One
It was a 4th place finish for Malmö GAA in the opening round of the Nordic Championship in Oslo. It was a disappointing result but definitely not a true reflection of the performances.
Injuries played a big part throughout the day and relinquishing leads in the final minutes of two games were the deciding factors for round one for Malmö’s men.
The tournament began with Malmö taking on Oslo in the first match. It was a typically slow start for Malmö and conceding two early goals killed the game early on. Malmö were competitive throughout the match but in the short matches, goals make a big difference and with 3 goals for the hosts made it an opening win for them.
Stockholm were next up for Malmö. The team started strongly, taking the lead early on. As always, it was a very close game against Stockholm with near score for score action in the 1st half. In the 2nd half, Malmö scored a goal and there was belief there that this was Malmö’s chance to get one over their rivals. Unfortunately, after a couple of quick injuries, the lead was relinquished again in the dying minutes with Stockholm winning 1-07 to 2-06.
In the third match, it was the turn of Jyväskalä. Having been a weaker team in the previous years, it was surprising to see how they were competing and winning in their earlier matches in Oslo. The team was made up of young players, with two pivotal players pulling the strings in the middle. Despite that and the mounting injuries, Malmö dominated the game. The experienced looked like it could win over the younger legs. However, a couple of mistakes led to Malmö conceding 2 goals in last minute. Jyväskalä ran out 2-05 to 0-06 winners.
The final group game came against Helsinki. With pride at stake, Malmö went out determined to get their first win. With a very reduced team having picked up 6 injuries throughout the day, there was potential for a white washing against the eventual winners. However, Malmö put on a very strong performance. Malmö took the lead and never looked back. With a 1-09 to 0-04 win, it was a thoroughly deserved win.
This win put Malmö into the 3rd place playoff with Jyväskalä. 4 games and 8 hours later, the legs were very much weakened. One last push for the older team against the younger Jyväskalä. It wasn’t to be however. Although, they did not get an easy match at all, Jyväskalä took the 3rd place with a 0-06 to 0-02 scoreline.
So 4th place it was for Malmö’s men in the first round. Maybe not a true reflection going on the performances, however Malmö are still in a very strong position within the championship going into the Copenhagen tournament on June 18th. With an even stronger and bigger squad expected to make the short journey across the bridge, a good finish in round two will put Malmö GAA right back in the race for the Nordic Championship.
Malmö Ladies Look to Take Back The Trophy
Malmö Ladies were unable to make it 3 in a row last year having won the 2013 and 2014 Nordic Championships. The Ladies are determined to get back to winning ways and their eyes are firmly fixed on taking back the Nordic Championship title this year.
The team heads to Copenhagen for their first match of the Nordic Championship on Saturday. The 2nd Round will be a straight head to head between Malmö and Copenhagen. Over the last few years, these games have been very fiercely competed. The rivalry will be renewed on Saturday with Malmö hoping to make it another win over Copenhagen.
A win for Malmö would put them to the top of the Nordic Championship alongside Stockholm, the Round 1 winners. A huge incentive for ladies.
The loss of a number of players have reduced the squad for 2016. However, many of the players from the 2013 and 2014 winning squad remain with the likes of Sadie Childs, Jeanne Hansen, Sarah Viktoria Engman, Cecilia Andersson, Theresa Kresse, Lina Knudsen and Katriona Gordon all expected to feature in Copenhagen.
A few returning faces will bolster the team. Emilie Bratt is one of the class of 2013/14 who didn’t play with Malmö last year. However, she is hoping to pick up where she left off with a win on Saturday. Last years addition of Tressan will be the only Irish player within the squad.
Confidence is high among the team. With a win giving a joint top place going into the final round of the Nordic Championship, Malmö Ladies will be going all out for the win. If they can recapture their winning ways of 2013 and 2014, the ladies will be in pole position to take home the Nordic Championship 2nd Round win.
Malmö’s Men Aim to go Top
Malmö Men will take on Copenhagen in Round 2 of the Nordic Championship. After a somewhat disappointing position in Round 1, Malmö will be looking to improve upon their 4th place in Oslo. With 3 very narrow losses in that first tournament, the men will need to turn the close losses into wins.
The last time out in Copenhagen, the men finished in 3rd position with Copenhagen taking home the win. This time round it will be a straight head to head between Malmö and Copenhagen. The confidence is high though within the Malmö camp that they can beat their local rivals.
One of Malmö’s problem in recent years has been their inability to close out games. This will definitely be the focus for the men today, to turn those good performances into wins. Today’s longer match will be a test to see if Malmö can hold their nerve and their performance for the full match.
A win for Malmö will put them clear at the top of the Nordic Championships and the team are well aware of this. To go into the final round of the championship in the lead could make all the difference to Malmö’s hopes of winning the Nordic title for the first time in 6 years.
The squad from Oslo for Round 1 will be boosted by the return of Mick Lynch, Noel Grehan and Brian O’Leary. The Swedish pairing of Mats Blomqvist and Erik Jönsson will add even more strength to the Malmö side.
With the strong team travelling, there is high expectations among the players. The added incentive of potentially topping the table heading to final round in Helsinki, the green and gold of Malmö will be hoping to beat their Öresund rivals on their home turf.
Malmö’s Men Go in Search of Title
Malmö GAA go to Helsinki this Saturday in search of their first men’s title since 2009. The last round of the Nordic Championship sees battling it out. With Malmo’s men sitting top of the table, hopes are high of the Nordic trophy heading back down south.
Malmö put themselves in a great position with a great performance in the 2nd round of the Nordic Championship in Copenhagen. The men from Skåne put 6-14 past Copenhagen on their own turf with just 0-2 in reply from the Danes. This was a much needed result after the performances in Oslo in the 1st round to result in the desired position.
With confidence high among the squad, the men will hope to build on their last outing. Depending on how things go, a third place finish could even see Malmö lift the trophy since their success in the club’s first year of existence.
A strong Helsinki team will no doubt want to stop Malmö GAA and win their first Nordic Championship on their own home ground. The competition won’t stop there with the old rivals from Stockholm being out to top the table for the second year in a row. But it will be Malmö’s men who will be going into today’s tournament with the most confidence of bringing home the Nordic Championship.
Malmö Are Nordic Champions Again
Malmö GAA became the Men’s Nordic Champions after a second place finish in Round 3 of the 2016 Championship. It’s the first time for the men’s team since their winner exploits in the first year of the club.
Malmö came to Helsinki in a position they have not been accustomed to in recent years. A good showing would lead to securing the Nordic championship for the first time since 2009.
The day kicked off with a match against Oulo with Malmö uncharacteristically coming out of the traps strongly. A comprehensive victory was acheived by a scoreline of 1-11 to 0-1 with every player on the panel playing his part.
Next up were the home team and winners of Round 1 in Oslo, Helsinki. On the balance of play there wasn’t much between the teams. However, Helsinki’s more clinical nature in front of the posts as drove home the advantage to Helsinki as Malmö missed several good goal chances and scorable frees. Helsinki won out by a scoreline of 1-6 to 1-1
Heading into the final group game, Malmö knew that a win over Jyväskylä would take them through to the final. Malmö tweaked the tactics in the final group game, adding an extra body to the midfield and playing with a lone full forward. The extra bodies picked up a lot of breaking ball and tirelessly supported the rejuvenated forward line. A great team performance from back to front resulted in a final scoreline of 4-4 to 0-3 which earned Malmö a shot at revenge against the hosts.
With the same lineup as the final group game starting the final, Malmö were feeling confident. However Helsinki started off by far the stronger, dominating midfield and supplying good ball to the forward line. Malmö scored two vital points with their only forays into the opposition half in the first half but unfortunately were well down at the break.
Despite the half-time scoreline, the legendary Malmö spirit was there to be seen as the men in green showed their passion in the second half. Pinning Helsinki back, Malmö slowly picked off point after point which was topped off with a vital goal to leave only a score between the teams with a couple of minutes to go. Unfortunately Malmö were then hit with a sucker punch as Helsinki hit on the break as they found the back of the net. Malmö pushed on to the final whistle but ran out runners up in the end by 2-11 to 1-8.
However, it definitely wasn’t a day for sorrows. The second place finish in Round 3, combined with 4th in Round 1 and winning Round 2 was enough to clinch the Nordic Championship for Malmö GAA. The men’s Nordic trophy was finally back in Skåne after a long 7 year wait with the jubilant captain Gavin Turley lifting the cup on the day.