Asian Gaelic Games 2015 – Shanghai

Both VC teams in Shanghai with Andy Cole

Both VC teams in Shanghai with Andy Cole

This is a shadow report. Full report to follow.

At the Asian Gaelic Games in Shanghai on 23-25 October, the Viet Celts Mens’ team lost out to Japan by one point in the Asian Intermediate Plate semi-final. It was level after normal time, level after extra time and then it went to golden point (score) which the opposition put over. Japan got the bounce of the ball from the throw-in. It could have gone either way but didn’t.

Viet Celts Mens’ team before the semi-final

Viet Celts Mens’ team before the semi-final

There are probably worse ways of deciding it. Due to the ebb and flow nature of the game plus the drama at full time, extra time and the finish, some VC Veterans remarked that it was the most exciting tournament game a Viet Celts’  team has been involved in. That’s a debate for a winter’s night in the Wolfhound.

Japan beat Shanghai handily enough in the final so congratulations to them. Overall the Viet Celts Mens’ team had a solid tournament considering it was a fairly make-shift team. There were good wins against Seoul and Suzhou. Viet Celts’ Club Captain, Neil Hiney picked up an Asian All-Star on the back of some outstanding performances throughout the tournament.

Neil Hiney, so good that he doesn't need to look

Neil Hiney, so good that he doesn’t need to look

 

The other main story from a Viet Celts point of view was the VC Ladies winning the Asian Bowl  after a number of consecutive tournaments from 2009-11 as runners-up in both the Asian Bowl and Asian Plate. It was a smashing team performance in the final where everyone went to the well on more than one occasion to put the result in no doubt coming into the last quarter of the game.

VC Ladies: the shapes continue

VC Ladies: the shapes continue

Well done to Shanghai for putting in all the hard work to bring the different aspects of the tournament together.

Jim Kiernan and Wild Bill Langslet with a bit of silverware

Jim Kiernan and Wild Bill Langslet with a bit of silverware

The Viet Celts

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