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2013 Asia Gaelic Games, Kuala Lumpur Oct 12 & 13

Taiwan Celts at KL in 2012It is getting to that time of year again – the Taiwan Celts main championship is approaching – The Asia GAA Games in Malaysia on Oct 12 -13.

The Taiwan Celts will hopefully be represented by four teams this year – 2 Mens, 1 Ladies and a Legends team.

We are currently training 3 times a week – Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday as we prepare to return to Taiwan on Oct 14 with silverware, big smiles and sore bodies.

If any new members are interested in coming and trying out please get in contact with us through facebook (www.facebook.com/taiwancelts) or our email address (taiwancelts@gmail.com).

We will also be hosting a tournament in Sept’13 in Taipei (with Shanghai & Malaysia visiting) and will have social events organized throughout the season.

2013 Asian Gaelic Games

IMG_3218The buildup to the 2013 Asian Gaelic games has begun. Who will host the Brady Cup this year? At this time, the early favourite from the bookies is the Taiwan Celts. You heard it here first, the Taiwan Celts are the odds on favourites to win the 2013 Asian Gaelic Games.

Now, if we could only find out when and where the games are being hosted.

2012 Training Schedule (Build up to Kuala Lumpar)

Below is the normal Taiwan Celts Schedule (changes will be communicated through email and the Facebook Group)

What: Fitness training and ball skills
When: Every Wednesday 7:30pm sharp
Where: XinYi JrHigh School (SongRen Road, South of XinYi Road Sec 5. 10 min walk from Taipei City hall MRT Station) 信義國中No. 1號, 松仁路158巷, Sinyi District
Taipei City, Taiwan 110
What you need: running shoes, drinking water

What: Gaelic Training
When: Every Saturday 10am (until 12 noon)
Where: Bailing Rugby field
Plan: Work on improving Skills
Bring: Playing kit, drinking water and sun block

What: Gaelic Training
When: Every Sunday 10am untill noon
Where:Taipei Medical University
For directions: http://www.tmu.edu.tw/english/about/super_pages.php?ID=about5
Plan:Ball Skills and drills.
Bring: Playing kit, drinking water and sun block

Signing off with a few photos of season training to date:

2012 Gaelic Football Season Begins….

Taiwan Celts GAA training has restarted for 2012. The season got underway with the Annual friendly game against the “Other Codes” teams on St Patricks Day (17 March 2012)

Men’s & Ladies Training will continue on Saturday’s at noon at the Bai Ling You An Riverside Park, Taipei. We look forward to a good turnout to kick off the start of a successful season for both men’s and ladies teams. All shapes, sizes, nationalities are welcome – from county standards to complete beginners.

For more details: Email: taiwancelts@gmail.com

Map to the training location is  Taiwan Celts GAA Training Locations

 

2011 Season Summary: Taiwan Celts Crowned Asian Champions

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)

 

2011 Season Kicks Off

This Saturday, February 19th the 2011 Taiwan GAA season is set to begin with some skills training and a few small games. Training is back out at the Bai Lin Bridge rugby fields as last year.

Some highlights for the season include the SE Asia Games in Hanoi on the weekend of May 14th, and the North Asia Games in Tokyo on the weekend of June 4th.  The culmination of this season is the 2011 Asian Gaelic Games in Seoul, South Korea, on the 15th and 16th of October.

Check out the entire 2011 Taiwan Celts Schedule here.

Final Preparations for the Asian Gaelic Games

We started the season back in March; guys and girls all resident in Taiwan but with 12 different nationalities represented in the club this year!

Many new players came out to try Gaelic Football for their first time: we had basketball players and volley ball players, surfers and runners, ice-hockey players and Aussie-Rulers! As always our buddies from the Taipei Baboons Rugby Club joined in for training and practice games. The lads from Rogue FC and Taipei City FC soccer clubs got more involved with their second sport, Gaelic Football, in 2010! We also saw a big increase in the number of girls joining in throughout the season.

Now 6 months later, after grueling sessions under typhoon rains and in the roasting summer heat, through all the bangs and bumps and the patient hours of practicing the Gaelic Football ‘Solo’, having survived the physical, verbal, and emotional abuse inflicted by the cruel team trainers (we love ye really!!), 24 players from Taiwan head to Hong Kong on September 24th to compete in both the Mens and the Ladies 2010 Asian Gaelic Games tournaments.

You can keep up-to-date with the progress of the Taiwan teams by checking us out on Facebook for the latest updates throughout the weekend.

2010 Taiwan Celts Squad Members

  • Andy Roji (Australia)
  • Barry Cahill (Ireland)
  • Bryndis Henrikson (Canada)
  • David Langeland (Denmark)
  • David McEneaney (Ireland)
  • Duncan Murtagh (Ireland)
  • Felicia Rodrigues (Canada)
  • Graham Harvey (England)
  • Holly Itoga (USA)
  • Irina Tsikun (Russia)
  • Judy Fong (Canada)
  • Karen Wong (Australia)
  • Karsten Tonnesen (Denmark)
  • Lasse Bigum (Denmark)
  • Laurence Kenny (Ireland)
  • Liz Lu (Canada)
  • Meredith Ch (Taiwan)
  • Michael Carmody (Australia)
  • Peter Grogan (Ireland)
  • Ronan Quinlan (Ireland)
  • Scott Milne (USA)
  • Sean Costello (Ireland)
  • Sean McNally (USA)
  • Tony Lonergan (Ireland)

2010 Kuala Lumpur Summer Tour Report

A big thanks to the players and shoppers/cheerleaders from the Taiwan Celts who traveled to Kuala Lumpur in July for the clubs first tour of 2010! We all had a ball meeting up with the Orang Eire teams for beers in KL and of course the Gaelic football games on Saturday! Our hosts Orang Eire GAA were very welcoming and put on a really great weekend for us.

The resounding conclusion from everyone in our group: “We gotta do this more often!
Continue reading 2010 Kuala Lumpur Summer Tour Report

Record numbers to take part in the 2010 Asian Gaelic Games

Taiwan Celts GAA will be making their 15th consecutive appearance this year at the largest GAA tournament in Asia. The 2010 Asian Gaelic Games will take place in Hong Kong from Saturday 25th to Sunday 26th of September, and already close to 70 teams throughout the region are in training for this amateur sporting event.

There’ll be a number of Mens Gaelic Football competitions running during the weekend, with 4-in-a-row A division Champions Hong Kong GAA looking to retain the Derek Brady Cup on their home turf, no doubt against some stiff competition from all sides!

2009 Ladies Champions “Singapore Lions” will be tested this year with record numbers of ladies teams expected at the tournament. Our Taiwan Celts girls are training each weekend in Taipei in preparation for the event. New players welcome along to join in!

There is also a lot of new interest in the Taiwan Celts Men’s team this season. The 2010 squad already consists of players from Ireland, UK, US, Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, South Africa. Many first-timers who plan to don the Taiwan jersey in Hong Kong this coming September.

The tournament is hosted this year by the htHong Kong GAA and governed by the Asian County Board (ACB). In addition to Taiwan, GAA Clubs and teams expected to compete hail from Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Korea, Japan, Shanghai, Beijing, Vietnam, Dubai, India, Philippines, and many more.