Welcome to the second newsletter of 2019 for the Asian County Board. This installment brings more profiles from the committee members, the report from the recent South Asian Gaelic Games in hot, hot, Hanoi, World Games news, Cúl day in Seoul, a new club and our sponsors piece.
Remember we are moving to the ClubZap platform and there will be some changes to the website and new a new app to download.
The ACB is proud to announce and welcome David Cleary as our new Hurling Officer. We request all clubs to forward on their hurling officer contact details to David. If your club doesn’t have a hurling officer or team, please share the hurling officer email address with hurling players in your club if you have any.
Similarly, the same applies to Camogie where Christie Washam will be taking the lead on the development of Camogie. It would be great to get an additional Camogie team/s for the AGGs this year. Please contact Christie if you are interested in playing Camogie in the event your club doesn’t have any Camogie officer or team. If a database of players is built up in the coming months, then the likelihood for additional teams and games at the AGGs will increase.
Name: David Cleary
Email (GAA email): firstname.lastname@example.org
Brief personal bio: I come from a small village in West Tipperary, not exactly a GAA stronghold but still a small town where the love of the GAA is very evident. In August of last year, I moved to Bangkok to take up a teaching post. Thailand GAA have been fantastic and have made the move so easy and I’ve really enjoyed playing in a couple of tournaments since moving. I am very much looking forward to taking up the Hurling Officer role and having a positive impact on the sport in Asia.
Name: Christina Washam
Country: Seoul Gaels
Email (GAA email): email@example.com
Brief personal bio:
An American, Christie got her start in the GAA with the Twin Cities Robert Emmets Hurling Club of Minnesota 10 years ago. She helped found the club’s camogie team. Now based in Seoul, South Korea as an English teacher, she works with the ACB to promote the development of camogie in Asia
Sad news from Thailand
Our condolences to Thai GAA on the recent passing of one of their members Rebecca Dowling. Rebecca joined Thai GAA in 2016 and was an active member for 2 years playing in South Asian Games, Asian Gaelic Games and Asian Ladies League. She passed away on the 3rd of May surrounded by her family after a brave fight with cervical cancer.
Ar deis dé go raibh a anam.
The latest edition of the South Asian Gaelic Games was held in Hanoi on the 18th May with nearly 300 players taking the field from 10 clubs from around the region. The host club, the Viet Celts, welcomed players from the local AFL club, the Vietnam Swans, close neighbours and rivals Saigon Gaels, Singapore Gaelic Lions, Thailand, Orang Eire from Malaysia, Taiwan Celts, Johor, Jakarta and the newest team in the area, Cairde Khmer from Cambodia who traveled with an incredible 9 Cambodian players.
The men's competition was split into 3 groups with the winner of the cup needing to come through 7 games to get their hands on the trophy. The ladies competition had 10 teams fighting it out in two groups and the cup winners there needing to battle through 6 matches. Competition was tough so everybody was keen to get to the knockout stages where the Cup, Plate and Bowl were decided.
There was a good spread of winners on the day with Orang Eire taking home both the Men's and Ladies Bowl trophies. Singapore won the Ladies Plate while Cairde Khmer collected their very first piece of silverware with the Men's Plate. Both cups stayed in Vietnam with the Saigon Gaels ladies beating Malaysia in the ladies final and the Viet Celts rounding off the day by claiming their first ever men's Cup title with a win over Singapore in the final.
Ladies Cup Winners : Saigon Gaels
Men's Cup Winners : Viet Celts
After a very successful South Asian Games in Hanoi, the next series of the regional games takes us to Shanghai on June 15th. Shanghai GAA would like to welcome all clubs participating in the 2019 All China Gaelic Games.
The player back as been circulated to all club secretaries. If you have not received it, please contact your club secretary as it should have been circulated to all travelling players by now. Just some points to note for the All-China Games:
Ø Friday, June 14, 2019 - Welcome Drinks & Player Packet Pick-up
· Where: The Shed
· Time: 7:30-11:00 pm
Address: 698 Shaanxi Bei Lu, near Kangding Lu (陕西北路698 号, 近康定路)
Ø Saturday, June 15, 2019 - All China Games
· Where: Shanghai Community Sports Club (SCSC)
· Time: 8:00 am games start
Address: 2700 Zhangyang Bei Lu, near Wuzhou Da Dao, Pudong (上海瑞可碧橄榄球俱乐部张扬北路2700号)
First Bus Departure: 6:45 am There will be 3 bus departure spots:
Pullman Hotel Jing’An, The Shed and Abbey Road Bar.
First bus departs from above locations at 6.45am sharp for the SCSC Rugby Club. The SCSC is at 30-45 mins from Puxi in good traffic.
• 8.00am – The Games begin
• 5.00pm – Games to end
• 5.30pm -- buses will depart for The Pullman Jing’An, The Shed and Abbey Road
The first official GAA competition (Asian Gaelic Games) started in 1996 and composed of 4 teams – in 2019 we will be holding our 24th Asian Gaelic Games with 22 clubs participating and over 65+ teams across all codes for both men and women. We have clubs from Japan and Korea down to Indonesia and the Philippines and all the way to India with many more in between. Within those 24 years, the GAA has played an integral component in developing a community not only for the international Irish but also for other expats and locals to engage in Irish cultural activities. Asia is at times much more transient than other GAA “strongholds” overseas and Gaelic Games allows a much needed connection to “home” and at the same time allow new immigrants assimilate to the local culture with the safety net of Gaelic Games. This safety net has allowed people to set down roots and build a new home and with these roots we have seen an increase in youth teams consisting of expat kids and local kids from both genders.
Therefore, the 2019 World Games is a great example of community that is exemplified in Asia. We will be sending 6 teams consisting of women’s and men’s football (Irish/Expat and Native) and Hurling and Camogie. Our native teams have players from China, Korea, Thailand, and Malaysia who have been playing GAA for a number of years so we are very excited for them to participate. In our Irish/expat teams we have excellent players throughout all codes and several dual players for Camogie and Football. We will be fighting on all fronts to win silverware and of course enjoy the tournament and create new friendships and new memories.
Asian Team Names
Asia Tigers (Mens Irish Football)
Asia Phoenix (Women's Irish Football)
Asia Lions (Camogie)
Asia Cobras (Hurling)
Asia Cranes (Womens Native football)
Asia Dragons (Mens Native football)
4th annual Cúl day in Seoul
87 kids attended the 4th annual Cúl day in Seoul at the start of May. They partnered up with Mayo county council to promote Mayo day and it was a great success.
New Club alert
Shunde Gaels are a newly formed club in the south of China. Started this March by four Down men and a Kildare Gael, the 5 Irishmen found themselves working in the same school and decided they had the core of a Gaelic team there. Recruiting another gael living in the area from Longford and then some friends from school who they playsoccer with, they were lucky to find a number of athletes who could transfer their skills to Gaelic football. The other members include players from Canada, England, Scotland and three brothers who come from North Cyrus. The new players have adopted and acquired the skills well on the pitch and also off where they can be seen in the corridors of the schools practicing their soloing or fist passing. The team have been lucky to find a great sponsor in a Charlies, an import food distributor for all of China who has supported the team and also hosted a very successful event for a visiting Shenzhen team. The team managed a win in their first game when thy traveled to Shenxhen in March, but Shenzhen came to Shunde with a lot of drive and determination and managed to get their revenge. The club is looking forward to the opportunity to compete in the All China games and putting Shunde firmly on the map.
ACB Sponsors piece
- What/when brought you to Asia/KL in the first place?
I was offered a job in KL in the year 2000 as a Production Manager in a factory here. I was 22, living in Belmullet and it didn’t take very long to count my salary at the end of the week so I said I would give it a go for a “Year” to see how it went. KL was a great place with a great social life but most of the expats were older so not a lot of football was played for the first 7 years here. Still very happy here with my wife, 2 boys and another on the way, a businesses that’s going well-ish so we see ourselves being here for a while longer.
- How does the OE benefit/contribute to life for all members in Malaysia?
The “OE Family” is truly just that. For 11 years and counting, OE has brought together a diverse group of men and women from Ireland and beyond to form lifelong bonds. From the current “Active” members in Kuala Lumpur to the OE diaspora scattered around the world, the “OE experience” is something that stays with people and is often a core part of their Malaysia experience. It is not uncommon to hear OE people who have moved away to say that their time as a part of OE has been some of the best times of their life. We have had OE love, OE marriage, and OE children.
Beyond the craic, the club, with its diverse membership also provides new and old members with opportunities and support through the extensive network of contacts and local knowledge available in the OE community.
- Tell us about the MFE/ACB engagement and what our games mean to you.
Although MFE started out as a small Irish company in the region, MFE’s growth and success has been truly Asian; a trajectory similar to that of the ACB itself. MFE’s long relationship and association with the ACB and AGG has become a proud part of our identity. Many of our staff, from labour to management have been and will continue to be involved with and enjoy the games at every level. We support and look forward to continuing to support the growth of GAA in Asia.
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