Oracle’s First Ever GAA Team Wins Dublin GAA Inter-Firms Championship
By Maria Sandu on Dec 04, 2013
Oracle’s first ever GAA Team recently beat off serious competition to win the Dublin GAA Inter-Firms Championship recently. The unusual GAA Team consisted of non-irish players who had previously no experience in playing Ireland’s indigenous sport.
The Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) is an Irish amateur sporting and cultural organisation, focused mainly on promoting Gaelic games such as hurling, gaelic football and camogie.
Despite the fact that the #Oracleteam were newcomers to the game, having only been set up in the past few months, the team saw off the competition from other well-seasoned firms such as ESB, Deloitte, Media Gaels and Citi Group.
The team which was founded by Stephen Twomey, Colm Bermingham and Tony Dunne from the Business Development Group in Oracle Direct started off with 4 people at the first training session and gained huge interest with a squad of 23 team members at the last game. The #Oracleteam consisted of players from all lines of business across Oracle Direct including Business Relationship Consultants, Inside Sales Representatives, Managers and Software Engineers.
The Oracle GAA Team will now go straight to the semi-final of the Leinster Inter-Firms Championship which will be played out in the coming weeks. No doubt the competition will be fierce. However Captain Stephen Twomey reckons that the teams progress in the Leinster tournament is inevitable, saying: "My proudest day in the GAA was seeing one of our Swiss boys taking a heavy shoulder tackle, excuting the basics of the game and putting over a lovely point. I've played GAA all my life but it was great seeing European nationalities adapting to the game and playing so competitively."
"Over the past few months the Oracle Inter-Firms Team has grown in experience and skill, leaving us with a real chance of winning the Leinster Inter-Firms Championship."
The Oracle Inter-Firms Team is due to play Pro-Engineering International from Carlow in the semi-final of the Leinster Inter-Firms Championship in the next few weeks and is focused on a winning result.
---- written by Susan Farrelly----