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