The South Asia Gaelic Games will be held here in Bangkok this year on 9th May 2015 at Harrow International School. The one day tournament is a celebration of the Irish sport of Gaelic Football, which has taken root in South East Asia. Thailand GAA, which is hosting this year’s tournament, has seen numbers playing the game here double in recent years. Players of the fast-moving sport, come not just from Ireland but also from the US, Canada, Thailand, England, Belgium and other countries.
The sport, which is open to men and women, has been described as a mix between soccer, basketball and rugby and is a fast-moving ball game in which teams try to outscore each other by shooting goals (in the goal) and points (between the crossbars). The game played in the tournament consists of two seven-minute halves, with 9 players on each side.
Teams from Singapore, Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur and Johor Bahru), Myanmar, Taiwan, Vietnam (Hanoi and Saigon), and China (Shanghai) are taking part, with both men’s and women’s teams competing. Two local teams will also be competing this year: ThaiGAA along with Harrow International School. There will also be a juvenile game with children aged from 10 to 13 years old taking part.
The tournament will run from early morning until the afternoon. Food and beverages will be available for purchase at the pitch all day, so it will be a great day out for anyone interested or curious in watching some Gaelic Games right here in Bangkok. Thailand GAA have previously hosted the South Asia Gaelic Games in 2012 at the Thai Polo Club in Pattaya, and the Asian Gaelic Games in Bangkok in 2009.
Source: Press Release