Dresden  5-11   2-11 St Patricks

Match Report

 

Well, das war ein tolles Wochenende. Das erste mal war die ganze Dresdner Hurling Mannschaft zusammen für ein Spiel auf dem feld. Hervorragend!!!

 

On a momentous and balmy day in the merry month of May, 11 men from the four corners of Ireland flew in to Dresden, Germany to take to the field for the very first time. All hurling men, they hailed from the counties of Westmeath, Donegal, Carlow, Kerry, Dublin, Mayo & Sligo. Summoned together by our former Dresden Hurler, Frank Doyle and calling themselves St. Patricks, they provided the opposition for what turned out to be an epic battle. The battle was Dresden Gaa Club’s first home game and will go down as possibly the first hurling game to be played in the former East German city. For the record, the Dresden ranks consisted of hurlers hailing from Germany, Finland, Canada, England, Clare, Cork, Kilkenny, Galway, Antrim, Meath and Dublin. There were 2 notable absentees from both teams due to injury, Kevin O’Toole and Stephan O’Rourke, 2 men who took to the field for Dresden’s very first training session some 2 years ago.

 

So let it be on record that at 18.30 on May 17th 2014, 2 years and 1 day after Dresden’s first training, Martin O’Toole threw in the ball for what will go down in the annals of Dresden GAA Club as the most historic event in the clubs history. Roared on by 60+ spectators including our new sponsors, The Red Rooster and filmed by MDR Sachsen television, Dresden hurlers sprung from the blocks and took an early lead with a fine point from play. St. Patricks realised now they were in for a game. After some minutes they started to find their feet and range and came fighting back strongly with some finely taken long range points and a hotly contested goal. Dresden dug in to stem the tide and hustled and harried their men to break down attack after attack. Towards the end of the first 20 minute period Dresden pulled back 2 more points to keep in touch and leave the score 1-06 to 0-04 at the break.

 

In the second period, Dresden rattled the net within a minute to rile the St. Patricks men, who then went down the field and scored a superbly taken point. While the St. Patricks men were picking out their players with ease now, it was difficult for them to find the posts due to the determination, guts and the relentless foraging and hassling from all Dresden men from number 1 to 11. Midway through the second period Dresden broke clear out of defence and worked the ball up field to score a fine team goal from the 20 meter line. The Dresden defence were holding firm now and with fresh legs been added from the side-line were starting to take their chances. With the game finely balanced the St. Patricks net was rattled once more to leave the score at the end of the second period 3-6 to 1-8 in favour of Dresden.

 

The weather was starting to turn Irish, the ground becoming slippy, the ball heavy. The exertions of the previous days travel on the St. Patricks players were starting to tell. Dresden again scored a cracker of a goal early in the third period to move further ahead. But the defiant St. Patricks didn’t drop their heads and dug in. Over the next few minutes, points were traded back and forth and then the killer blow, the St. Pats goal was breached once more. Trying in vain to salvage something from the tie, St. Patricks started to go for broke, throwing men forward and bombarding the Dresden defence again and again. Then, a screamer of a goal from 25 meters out for the Irish. Was there time for a dramatic comeback? The Dresden goal was been peppered now, but some inspired goalkeeping and defending kept the Irish at bay and suddenly cramp starting to set in, the final whistle blew to the delight of the Dresden Hurlers on a historic day in the Sachsen capital. The final score line being Dresden 5-11 St. Patricks 2-11. It seems goals do win games.

 

Afterwards the Sachsen-Celtic Cup was presented by Frank Doyle to a delighted Dresden captain, Konrad Menzel and the party begun for a fantastic night’s craic at the Red Rooster Bar.  

 

All the men of St. Patricks must be given credit for the almighty effort and huge commitment they made to make this event happen. This commitment is something that we all here in Dresden will remember and appreciate for many many years to come. You battled to the last minute and fought with true sportsmanship throughout the game. With the friendly banter and craic given by you throughout the weekend, it was a pleasure to host you guys and we hope it was not the last we see of each other. Surely not, it would be a shame to retire those new jerseys of yours! It is hoped that this match can be rekindled in the next year or two either in Dresden or in Ireland. Let’s wait and see. 

Dresden Hurling team:

1.   Keith McCanna

2.   Jaakko Harjuleto

3.   Konrad Menzel

4.   Ivan O’Connor

5.   Ken Wall

6.   Colm Mulhern

7.   John Fagan

8.   Paul Grüner

9.   Diarmuid Kelly

10. Eoin Meagher

11. Hansi Harjuleto

12. Frank Kahlenburg

13. Max Klemm

14. Glen Pearse

15. Stephan O’Rourke (inj.)

St. Patricks team:

1.   Ciaran McGuinness

2.   Colman Gantley

3.   Kieran Gantley

4.   Martin Mulhall

5.   Tom McHugh

6.   Frank Doyle

7.   Matt O'Connell

8.   John Doyle

9.   Johnathan Parsons

10. Michael McFadden

11. Lorcan Kelly

12. Kevin O’Toole (abs.)

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