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The 2016 Fall Season is Here!

Fall season is here with our first training this Wednesday, August 3 at 8:00 pm at the Taipei Medical University field. We’re looking to build on our spring success as we work towards the Asian Gaelic Games this November!

The Celts started the 2016 season with a return to the South Asian Gaelic Games. Both the Men’s and Women’s teams took home some silverware as Junior B and Junior A Cup Champions, respectively.

The Men went 1-3 in the group stages to put themselves in the Junior B Cup Final. They then dominated the Thailand Tigers to take home their first ever trophy from the South Asian Games. The women split their games in the group stage 2-2 to land in the Junior A Cup Final. Superb play from forwards Éadaoin Close and Amy Bucek helped carry them to a victory over Thailand B for their second championship in their last two tournaments!

May saw the return of everyone’s favorite off-season activity, Sloshball! Over 60 people turned up this year to play and spectate. This year’s new location next to the Songshan Aiport was a hit! Paul Rose’s Sloshed Ballers took home the trophy with a close victory over Sam McCoy’s Green Eggs and Sam in the final.

If you want to get in on the fun this fall, join our Facebook page for all the latest updates on training times and locations.

South Asian Gaelic Games
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2015 Recap

The 2015 season started out strong with over 50 people showing up for the annual kickoff on the Saturday before St. Patrick’s Day.

The touring began with the Celts’ return to the Southeast Asian Gaelic Games hosted in Bangkok, Thailand. The Men’s and Ladies teams faced stiff competition against several powerhouse squads from around Southeast Asia. Nevertheless it was a great experience for the team and good preparation for the Asian Gaelic Games in the fall.

During the summer break the team reduced practices to accommodate player holidays, but they kept the social activity high. The highlight of the summer was the Celts’ 1st Annual Sloshball Tournament held in June. Social Chair Bill Suker introduced the team to the game, which is kickball with a twist. The Blue, Green, White, and Yellow teams faced off in June, with the Blue team prevailing to take The Celtic Plate. The Celts plan on bringing back sloshball for the 2016 season.

In late July the Celts began gearing up for the biggest tournament of the year, the Asian Gaelic Games, which were to be held in Shanghai, China in October. The team arrived in top form for the two day tournament. This was the 20th anniversary of the founding of the Taiwan Celts, and everyone hoped to mark it with a victory in Shanghai.

The Men’s side played well going 2-1 on day one, and eventually losing in the semi-finals on day two in a hard fought battle against Thailand.  Brian Fitzpatrick was recognized for his outstanding play with an All-Star selection. The Ladies team went undefeated in the tournament taking the Junior Division title with a win over a very experienced Shanghai C team in the final. Amy Bucek and Labhaoise Corkery both received All-Star awards for their outstanding play.

The Celts wrapped up the season with their annual Christmas party in December. Individual awards were given out, and elections were held for the 2016 board. The team hopes to build on 2015’s success in the coming season.

2015 Photo Gallery

2015 Kickoff!
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2014 Asian Gaelic Games – Kuala Lumpur – 10th to 12th October

It’s that time of year again! The Asian Gaelic Games (AGG) has come around again quickly and the Celts have been busy preparing since June for the biggest tournament of the year. The men’s and ladies teams have been training three times a week to ensure they are in top form for the championships. We have seen great levels of commitment and effort from all players this year in what has been an incredibly hot summer in Taipei.

The club has welcomed many new players since last years games and unfortunately has said goodbye to some former players. This year promises to be a another memorable AGG with the Celts displaying a great mix of youth, experience, talent and commitment.

Good luck to all our players and we look forward to a great performance in the games and the countless stories and memories that it will bring!

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