On June 14th 2013, cars left Amsterdam, Schiphol, Harlem, Utrecht and Groningen carrying Amsterdam GAC and Holland Ladies footballers towards Luxembourg to take part in Round 3 of the Benelux Football Championships 2013.
It turned out to be a journey worth making. Both teams won their respective competitions, with Amsterdam GAC winning the Mens Football Championship and Holland Ladies victorious in the Ladies Football Championship. Our players also picked up the Player of the Tournament Awards in both competitions to round off a fantastic day for both teams. Congratulations to Gerry Sheridan and Niamh Richardson on their awards.
Despite losing out in a hard fought opening group game to Luxembourg, Amsterdam GAC progressed to the final after beating Belgium in the second group game. In the final, Amsterdam managed to turn the tables on hosts Luxembourg securing a 2 point victory.
Amsterdam's ability to get goals at crucial times proved to be the difference on the day. There were outstanding performances all over the pitch, particularly from Kevin O'Connor at full back (not to mention one of the best half time talks ever!!!!), Rory McHugh in Midfield and Gerry Sheridan at Full Forward.
Not to be outdone by their male counterparts the Holland Ladies showed their class in defeating Luxembourg, Belgium A and Belgium B to take the honours in the Ladies Championship with great performances from defender Clare Kavanagh, and midfielders Rose Holland and Niamh Richardson.
Men's Championship Results:
Luxembourg 1-9 Amsterdam 1-7
Luxembourg 0-7 Belgium 0-7
Belgium 2-4 Amsterdam 4-4
Final: Amsterdam 3-5 Luxembourg 2-6
Women's Championship Results:
Holland Ladies 4-1 Luxembourg 0-0
Luxembourg 0-2 Belgium B 1-15
Holland Ladies 2-18 Belgium A 2-6
Luxembourg 0-1 Belgium A 3-10
Holland Ladies 1-7 Belgium B 0-5
3/4: Belgium A 3-10 Luxembourg 1-1
Final: Holland Ladies 4-6 Belgium 0-3