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"Seoul Gaels Go for Three in a Row"
By Mark Basquille
Irish Correspondent
Players and coaches of the Seoul Gaels Gaelic Football Team

This year will be the third appearance by Korea's only Irish Football (Gaelic) Club, the Seoul Gaels at the Asian Gaelic Games.

The club was founded due to an increasing number of young people coming from Ireland to Seoul in early 2002. They would get together at their favorite watering holes in Itaewon and discuss the feasibility of setting up a Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) club. With the Asian Gaelic Games set to take place in September due to the Soccer World Cup, it was decided to wait until July to get the club up and running.

In early July 2002, a meeting was called in the 3 Alley bar, to discuss the formation of the club, where upon the Seoul Gaels were picked as its name.

Seoul Gaels went onto Phuket, Thailand for its first Asian games and in a stirring final it returned victorious to crown South Korea the Asian Gaelic Champions. The club has built on this meteoric rise by expanding to include both a Men's A and B team along with a Women's A and B team and have also introduced Hurling (noted as the fastest team sport on earth) into their exhibition days.

RULES
Gaelic Football can be described as a mixture of soccer and rugby, although it predates both of those games. It is a field game that has developed as a distinct game similar to the progression of Australian Rules.
It is thought that Australian Rules evolved from Gaelic Football through the many thousands who were either deported or immigrated to Australia from the middle of the nineteenth century.
The goalposts are the same shape as on a rugby pitch, with the crossbar lower than a rugby one and slightly higher than a soccer one. It is the most popular sport in Ireland.

Last Year Hong Kong hosted the biggest Asian Games so far; 21 teams competed in sweltering conditions over the All-Ireland football weekend. A great weekend for the Seoul Gaels ended with 3 of the 4 main trophies taken to Seoul. The Men's A team retained the Derek Brady trophy with a win over Japan by 4-11 to 3-1.

The best team the Asian Games has ever seen dominated every match with skill, strength and fitness. The Men's B team won the plate, playing some exceptional football.

The Ladies A team were not so lucky by losing to Hong Kong in a thrilling semi-final by one point, but in the end won the ladies plate competition. The Ladies B team set the tone for the rest of the day when on Sunday morning with only 7 players, they recovered from 2 goals down to get to the bowl final.

Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) action

Ciara Holland and Brian Kearney won the Puc Fada competitions making it the greatest day in the club's short history.

Probably, the Seoul Gaels greatest achievements lie not only in their formidable collection of medals from so short a span of time but also in the many social stories that have bonded a changing group over the last three years.

Only 5 members from the 2002 champion vintage remain, and far from being an Irish only club, the Seoul Gaels have members from such countries as France, Canada, America, England, Australia and New Zealand.

The Seoul Gaels have provided an opportunity for people who have never played or even seen the game of Gaelic Football or Hurling before. Training began three months ago in preparation for these Asian games, where rules and basic skills have been taught and practiced.

So now onto Hong Kong again where the 9th Asian games will be held next week on the 9th of October 2004, where the Seoul Gaels hope to defend their back-to-back titles. Like last year there will be both a Men's A and B team along with a Women's A and B team. The teams leave Friday morning the 8th of October from Incheon and will return the following Monday.

Let us hope they will do Korea proud once more and return successful.

If anyone wishes to find out more about Seoul Gaels check out their website www.seoulgaels.com



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Mr. Mark Basquille, who previously served as art director for The Seoul Times, is now serving as special correspondent. The famed publishing design expert is also artist and ardent writer. He lives nowin Dublin, Ireland. His website is www.basquille.com

 

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