Camogie comes to Asia
The First Camogie match in Asia will be played at this year’s Asian Gaelic Games in Suwon, Korea on October 16th 2011.
The Asian Gaelic Games was first held in 1996 in Manila with only 5 teams playing Men’s Football. Over the past 16 years, it has grown to be the premier Irish event in the region and it is certainly the highlight of the calendar for the Clubs in Asia and the Gulf. Played over 2 days, it is a 9-a-side tournament with matches lasting 14 mins and up to 180 matches are played over the weekend.
Seoul Gaels will welcome teams from Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Qatar, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Vietnam, Malaysia, India, Japan, Thailand, Indonesia and teams from 6 cities in China. 55 teams are expected from 24 clubs to compete for top honours (about 650 players in total) with most flying thousands of miles to attend each and every year.
The AGG moves around from city to city annually and has been previously hosted in Manila, Phuket, Hong Kong, Singapore, Shanghai, Bangkok & Penang over the years – and is co-ordinated by the host club and the Asian County Board which was set up in 2005.
Ladies Football was added to the tournament in 1999 and a Hurling Cup was added in 2007. This year, for the very first time, there will be a Camogie Challenge match at the games, with mixed teams drawn mainly from Dubai Celts and Singapore Gaelic Lions as well as players from all over the Region.
As Ladies Football & Hurling have grown, we hope that Camogie can likewise become a key feature in the Asian Gaelic Games in the coming years.