REPORT: Gallia Cup 2020

Our fantastic Paris Cockerelles Team Manager, Jo Mouradian, provided her feedback regarding another fantastic edition of the Gallia Cup in Paris held on 7th March, and also the 1st round of the new Western European Women’s League.

What was your official role/responsibility within the tournament?
JM: The Gallia was hosted by both the Paris Cockerelles and the Antony Blues, therefore Steven Ryan and myself were responsible to make sure everything was organised. From creating the initial communications to inviting the teams, to organising the logistics of the day (umpiring, timekeeping, scoreboard) to running the canteen – basically everything from start to finish. As usual, we had a whole host of volunteers who generously helped us out, and we couldn’t have done it without them. Also a shout out to both Stephen Dilon and Lisa Wilson who were a huge support.

Who were the teams involved and who came out on top? JM: The third annual Gallia Cup was held in Paris on the 7th of March, 2020. This also coincided with the launch of the Western European Australian Football Women’s League (WEWL) and their first tournament.  This year saw the Paris Cockerelles hosting with visiting teams coming from Germany (Rheinland Lions, Cologne) and the Netherlands (Amsterdam Devils). We had three strong matches but the Paris Cockerelles managed to win the Gallia Cup on home soil.

Who were the teams involved and who came out on top? JM: The third annual Gallia Cup was held in Paris on the 7th of March, 2020. This also coincided with the launch of the Western European Australian Football Women’s League (WEWL) and their first tournament.  This year saw the Paris Cockerelles hosting with visiting teams coming from Germany (Rheinland Lions, Cologne) and the Netherlands (Amsterdam Devils). We had three strong matches but the Paris Cockerelles managed to win the Gallia Cup on home soil.

Were there any particular highlights or upsets from the day? JM: The first round of the Western European Women’s League held at the GALLIA was definitely a success. There were many highlights of the day, the most important being that all three teams wore pink armbands to remember Janine Benecke, one of the original Rheinland Lions, who was devastatingly killed earlier this year in a tragic accident. The Paris and Amsterdam teams also presented the Cologne girls with a signed football to pay tribute to Janine. These two gestures sum up the sportsmanship shown throughout the day.

On the footy field the games were played with good spirit with tough contests and lots of goals scored. The first game saw the Cockerelles take on the Devils. The Cockerelles got off to an early start kicking a few goals, and their experience showed against a team with many debutants. The number 9 for Amsterdam, Cait, was on fire on her debut for the Amsterdam side. (Final Score: Paris Cockerelles 11.10.76 def. Amsterdam Devils 5.0.30)

The second match saw Paris take on Germany in a thrilling contest. At ¾ time, Cologne lead by 3 goals only to be blown away in the 4th quarter with a 4 goal performance from Paris (Final Score: Paris Cockerelles 4.7.31 def. Rheinland Lions 3.3.21).

The final match of the day saw a fatigued and short squad German side play the rested Amsterdam side. Amsterdam showed their class and raced away to a large victory. (Amsterdam Devils 7.9.51 def. Rheinland Lions 3.0.18).

For most of the Cologne girls, it was their first-ever game and despite not getting a win, they provided a real challenge for both the Paris and Amsterdam teams. We expect them to hit back hard in later rounds of the WEWL. Amsterdam was not at full strength due to injuries and availability, but welcomed the help of three Prague players who were enthusiastic about joining the team. Good numbers were present for the home team, which speaks positively on the progress made in woman’s footy in France. The Paris team was bolstered by a strong representative of players from the south of France (Bordeaux and Bayonne).

What was your overall feedback from the day and what are you looking forward to for the rest of the season? JM: A lot of fun was had by all involved on the day and we are already looking forward to the next rematch in May in Cologne, and then in June in Amsterdam where we will continue to develop the friendly rivalry between these three clubs.

Anything else you’d like to mention from the day? JM: Overall the girls came away from the day with smiling faces and for us that is the most important thing!

—- To support the Rheinland Lions, we ask that people show their support for Janine through the following two social channels:

@janine_goes_around_the_world @go_pink_for_life   🙏

Match results:

Match 1: Paris 11.10.76 def. Amsterdam 5.0.30

Match 2: Paris 4.7.31 def. Cologne 3.3.21

Match 3: Amsterdam 7.9.51 def. Cologne 3.0.18

A massive thank you to Patrick Vielcanet, photographer of all the matches. All of the photos from this very successful Gallia Cup are available here.

THANK YOU TO ALL OF THE VOLUNTEERS, UMPIRES, AND SPECTATORS WHO MADE THE DAY SO GREAT!

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