Blood, sweat, more sweat and tears doesn’t even begin to describe the pain and effort that went into an historic victory by the Taiwan Celts Men’s Team to win the Bowl final in Singapore and a narrow defeat in the semi’s for the Taiwan Celts Ladies Team in a very competitive Plate competition.
The club went to the Games with high expectations after the Girl’s won the Bowl competition in Shanghai last year, but to come away with silverware two years in a row is truly fantastic. Every player gave their all on the field of battle and were left with nothing in reserve when they left the pitch. The sheer level of commitment and sportsmanship from both of the Taiwan Celts Teams was awesome and this showed in the popularity of the Men’s Team’s win, which was heralded as a mighty triumph.
Throughout the weekend the Taiwan Celts played, sang and drank themselves into the hearts of all the participants, which included teams from Thailand, Vietnam (North & South), Malaysia, Singapore, Japan, Korea, Dubai and China (Shanghai, Beijing, Shenzhen, Hong Kong).
At the end of the day the Ladies Team lost narrowly in their Plate semi-final against the Singapore Exiles, while the Men faced off the Singapore Barbarians Rugby Team, who were captained by none other than former English International Rugby player Phil Greening. However, Greening and the physical nature of the Rugby team was no match for Captain Fantastic Ronan Quinlan and the superhuman skills and speed of the Taiwan Celts who ran out victors by 4 points and signed themselves into the Asian Gaelic Games history books.