2011 was a massively successful year for the Taiwan Celts, culminating when the male team were crowned champions at 2011’s Asian Gaelic Games in Suwon, South Korea, last October.
The men’s and women’s teams trained all year to compete in the Gaelic Athletic Association’s (GAA) Asian tournament, which is held once a year. Teams representing various Asian countries compete in the Asian Plate Championship.
The men’s team defeated China’s Shanghai Gaelic Football Club in the finals 2,6 – 0,6 to bring the title to Taipei for the first time in the Celts’ 16-year history.
Earlier in the day, the Celts beat a team from India in the quarter-finals and Busan in the semi-finals to secure their place in the final against their Chinese rivals.
It was the first time in more than three years the women’s team was able to come together and compete in Division C of the GAA tournament.
They were strong and undefeated on the first day of competition, but were knocked out at the quarter-final stage on the second day.
Francis Hamilton and Wu Wan-yun (Hippo) were selected for the men’s and women’s All-Star teams respectively, rounding off a very successful weekend for Taiwan Celts GAA Club.
2011 has set a new benchmark for the Club and 2012 promises to be a continuation of the success.
The 2011 Asian Games Championship winning team was:
Graham Harvey (UK), Michael Carmody (Australia), Barry Cahill, Paul Moran, Cormac Doyle, Sean Costello, Brian Fitzpatrick, Francis Hamilton, Ross Conlon, Duncan Murtagh (all proud Irishmen)