2012 Australasian GAA Championships

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2012 Australasian GAA Championships

Post  bald eagle on Tue Sep 18, 2012 9:12 pm

Taken from The Irish Echo

The fixtures for the Australasian Gaelic Football Championships in Perth have been released.
The Championship will take place at Tom Bateman Reserve, Canning Vale, commencing Sunday September 30 through to Saturday October 6.

In what organisers promise will be the biggest games yet there will be 21 teams, 500 players and 52 games over the seven days, with Magners sponsoring the event.
All mainland Australian States will be represented with five men’s, five women’s and four minor teams in football plus four hurling and three camogie teams.

On the first day there will also be games with teams from the West Australian Junior Academy participating in football and hurling.

Australasian GAA secretary Gerard Roe said it would be “impossible to pick a winner” for the various codes.

“In minor football Victoria will be attempting to make it four in a row and the last time a team achieved that was in the early 1980s,” he said.

“Western Australia’s two teams as well as the South Australian boys have been in training for months for what we hope will be similar close games as occurred in 2011.
“Senior football will see each State bolstered by the inclusion of many Irish players. Victoria has won three of the last four titles whilst New South Wales after being dominant in 2003, 2004 and 2005 have only won one Championships since.

Queensland’s only title was in 2010 and South Australia were last crowned champions in 1983.
“Home ground advantage may make Western Australia slight favourites as they were when the games were last in Perth and they will be hoping history repeats as they took out the title then.”

He added: “In women’s football the host State invariably does well.
“It follows that Western Australia who have been renowned for producing top quality players will probably be the team to beat. Women’s football invariably produces the closest games and this year should be no different,” he said.

Roe added that this could be the year WA’s hurlers “crack the big one”.
“They arguably have the strongest local competition which makes them primed to take a step up,” he said.
Queensland won the Championships for the first time in 2010.
After debuting during last year’s games, camogie will return Perth.
“Of all the codes this is the hardest to pick a winner from,” said Roe.
“We expect to see great games between Western Australia, New South Wales and Queensland with the winning team having to play up to six games to lift the trophy.”
GAA President Liam O’Neill is set to attend the games and the subsequent awards presentation dinner at the Hyatt Hotel in Perth.

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Post  bald eagle on Tue Sep 18, 2012 9:20 pm

Good luck to all teams playing, especially good luck to the hosts WA who i had the pleasure of playing for back in the day when i had 2 good knees!

A wonderful competition and the biggest GAA championship in the southern hemisphere, WA will be favourites due to the fact they cleaned up when they last hosted the championships in the stunning city of Perth.


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Post  bald eagle on Sun Sep 30, 2012 11:58 pm

First days results to follow, but rumour has it that some states flew intercounty players from Ireland to play in this Championships only for their participation to be objected by other states. Disgraceful stuff if true and fair play to the objecting states! Been hearing of Derry & Tyrone players but awaiting 100% confirmation.

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Post  bald eagle on Wed Oct 03, 2012 7:23 am

Taken from The Irish Echo -

The Australasian Championships got underway on Sunday, amid high temperatures at Tom Bateman Reserve, in Canning Vale, Perth.

The home state has fared well in early competition, with New South Wales in touching distance.
WA are top of the men’s football and women’s football standings after two days, with New South Wales second in both those tables.

New South Wales are top of the camogie and hurling standings.

Victoria, meanwhile, is top of the minor football table with two wins out of two.
All mainland Australian states are represented with five men’s, five women’s and four minor teams in football plus four hurling and three camogie teams.

The competition continues today, with the pick of the matches likely to be New South Wales against WA in senior men’s football.

Daily coverage of the games continues here on the Irish Echo throughout the week.
Results :: Day One and Day Two

Monday, October 1

Minor – WA Gold 00.02 Victoria 02.12
Women – WA 05.10 South Australia 00.01
Camogie – NSW 03.11 Queensland 01.01
Snr Men – WA 06.07 South Australia 02.09
Women – Victoria 01.11 Queensland 00.04
Camogie – NSW 03.11 WA 02.06
Minor – WA Black 02.05 South Australia 02.10
Snr Men – Victoria 02.13 Queensland 00.08

Sunday, September 30

Minor – WA Black 01.04 WA Gold 02.11
Snr Men – NSW 02.11 Queensland 00.06
Women – WA 5.18 Victoria 01.00
Minor – VIictoria 04.12 SA 00.04
Women – NSW 06.12 Queensland 00.03
Snr Men – WA 01.09 Victoria 00.08


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Post  bald eagle on Wed Oct 03, 2012 7:28 am

A massive thanks to Michael Cusacks GAC, Sydney for keeping us updated via twitter on results, follow them @michaelcusacks or watch our twitter feed.

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2012 Australasian GAA Championships Hurling Final

Post  bald eagle on Sat Oct 06, 2012 7:33 am

Taken from Irish Echo Australia online.

FT WA 4-11, NSW 3-11

WA overcome a resolute challenge to emerge victorious in this hurling decider. Mickey Farrell was the stand-out performer, bagging 3-4, his scores ultimately proved the difference between the two sides.
The home team made a good start to the game with Farrell bagging an early goal, WA led 1-2 inside the opening five minutes.

NSW responded with 1-3 in quick succession, Sean Og McFadden grabbed a goal and a point and Daniel Whyte hit a brace.

A long-distance free from Farrell gave WA a 1-5 to 1-4 lead at the break.

Scoring was fast and frenetic in the second-half, as the action hotted up.

Aonghus Callanan was a leading light for NSW during the second-half charge, Patrick Shortt and Conor Hassett also chipped in with a few scores.

However, WA’s ability to hit back after conceding majors proved to be vital as they hit a five minute purple match midway through the half to lay the foundation for their victory.

Farrell was in majestic form, but NSW fought to the bitter end.

A scrappy late goal from McFadden gave the East Coast men hope, but it proved to be too little, too late as WA recorded a three point victory.

NSW: Thomas Kerwin, Brian Bell, Adrian Murphy, Eoghan O’Brien, Thomas Moloney, Thomas Quirke, Wesley Ryan, Stephan Morris, Michael Fenlon, Rory Sludds, Paul Kerwin, Aonghus Callanan, David Whyte, Michael O’Keefe, Alan O’Neill, Gary Maher, Sean Og McFadden, Enda Coen, James Kehoe, Patrick Shortt, Conor Hassett.

WA: Daryl Ryan, Brendan McGourty, Brendan Quirke, Damien Sheridan, David Lonergan, Eoin Coyne, Eric Flannery, Gavin McAvinchet, Hugh Treacy, Jason Whealan, John O’Connell, Keith Hehir, Kieran O’Keefe, Steven O’Keefe, Mickey Farrell, Padraig Kenny, Ray Regan, Richie O’Connell, Sean Lehart, Shane Coleman, Shane O’Mahony.

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