All China Gaelic Games hosted by Shenzhen
China’s Southern boomtown city Shenzhen hosted the 8th All China Gaelic Games in April this year. With teams travelling as far as 4 hours by plane, the games kicked off in a weather one would associate with the finest championship football.
Seven cities were represented with almost 200 players in attendance from Dalian, Beijing, Shanghai, Suzhou, Guangzhou, Hong Kong and the hosts, Shenzhen.
A total of 43 games were played over the course of the day, with the Shanghai ladies retaining the title they won for the first time last year. In this closely fought game, Shanghai defeated Hong Kong by 2-1 to 1-0. In the Men’s Cup final, Hong Kong also retained the cup defeating hosts Shenzhen in a great final by 2 points. The game ended 3-5 to 3-3. Other winners of the day were Dalian and Beijing in the ladies Bowl and Ladies Plate competitions respectively. Beijing and Suzhou won the Men’s Bowl and Plate competitions. Referee Michael Collins from Clonakilty in Cork was sent on behalf of Croke Park to officiate in the games.
His Excellency Declan Kelleher, Irish Ambassador to China attended the games and congratulated all the teams for the effort put in during training for the event and for performances during the day. He expressed his welcome to all the international players that were involved in the various clubs throughout China and thanked the Shenzhen Celts for hosting a very successful All China Gaelic Games.