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Singapore Gaelic Lions

Singapore
Founded 1997
Men's, Ladies' & Juvenile Football, Hurling & Camogie
Club Colours: Red, White & Black
http://www.gaeliclions.com
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What started in 1997 as an excuse for a weekend away in Manila – 14 years later has turned into one of the biggest clubs in the region.  This is our first tour to Korea and we’re looking forward to the adventures on and off the pitch.  SGL are here in numbers again this year with about 90 players and supporters fielding 6 Football teams, a Hurling team and, for the first time, a Camogie team.  

This year was the usual round of Tours and shenanigans for SGL – starting way back in November when we travelled to Kuala Lumpur to attend the All-Stars Tour.  A number of club members joined the rest of the Asian All-Stars for the warm up matches and then settled in to watch the main event.  We were back in Malaysia again in March for the annual KL Challenge – and as ever, our friends in KL put on a most excellent show. 

In May about 50 of us travelled to Saigon for the South East Asian Gaelic Games – with the Saigon Gaels and Viet Celts welcoming squads from around the region to the biggest SEA Games yet – the event is really growing and it is great to see the development in the region.   

The Singapore Cubs continue to grow and develop and this year captured their first win over Orang Oige at the South East Asian Games. About 50 kids are registered and training with the Club every weekend during the school year, and regularly put the rest of us to shame with their skills & ability.  The Cubs aren’t travelling to Seoul this year, but will be back in force at the AGG next year. 

Also this year, we had the Great Gaelic Challenge between SGL and the Gaelic Dragon Boating club – with SGL taking to the water in the boating challenge and the Dragons joining us on the pitch for the Gaelic. And later this year we will have the annual Bill Nikolopoulos Cup tournament – an International Rules series against the Singapore Wombats Aussie Rules club.

July and August were busy again.  The annual Alan Power Games held in July with the Sweetcheeks capturing the honours in the Gaelic Blitz and Hibs FC winning the Soccer Tournament. AP would have been delighted.  In August we welcomed Orang Eire down to Singapore for the Singapore Challenge – another great day’s competition and all the teams got into the swing of things that night in eh, our version of the Rose of Tralee.

This year it is all about the small ball for the Ladies – with up to 24 of the Lionesses taking up Camán’s for the first time and learning the basics.  Looking forward to the first Camogie match in Asia and hoping that this develops, like Hurling in recent years, into a good competition in the future.   The Hurler’s too have been training hard – with Indoor Hurling every week for the past few months.

And so to Korea for the main event – the Ladies look to retain the Cup and the Men are aiming to bring the Derek Brady cup to Singapore for the first time since way back in 1999.  Before a ball is kicked our thanks to our Coaches and Captains for the immense effort put in all year along with the rest of the committee.  Finally, the Club would like to express our very best wishes to the Seoul Gaels club in hosting the AGG this year in Suwon and we’re sure that they will do a fantastic job & our thanks for all the effort put in all year.   

Oh and Japan – mind that Toucan!

Singapore Gaelic Lions are proudly sponsored by Muddy Murphy’s Irish Pub, Magners and DPS Engineering.