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Viet Celts

Hanoi, Vietnam
Founded 2007
Men's and Ladies' Football
Club Colours: Red, White, Navy
http://www.vietcelts.com
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Four years on from the dawn of the Viet Celts, the Gaelic football scene in Vietnam has grown from a clandestine cult of drink-addled ne’er-do-wells into a fully-fledged multi-ethnic athletic society of strapping gents and comely maidens. The original Viet Celts can only look on with wonder at the vibrant youth development scheme and the much more successful, highly organised and better-looking women’s team, dubbed the Duracelts. Like all of the world’s greatest sporting guilds, the Viet Celts club is in the red to the tune of millions of Vietnamese Dong. That hasn’t thwarted our audacious recruiting policy as we have continued to add players from the four corners of the globe to our ranks. Since our inception, we have introduced the game to players from New Zealand, Australia, England, Ecuador, the USA, Canada, Scotland, Vietnam, France, Uganda, and Dublin 4. After successful (and surprising) runs to the Quarter Finals of the B Cup, Semi Finals of the Plate, in previous pan-Asian-competitions, the VC will once again be out to throw a spanner in the works of the world’s superpowers with some crafty guerrilla tactics in the urban jungle people like to call Hong Kong.     

Duracelts:
After their surprisingly successful debut at the 2009 Asian Games, the ladies DuraCelts have once again gathered a rag-tag but determined group for a second bid at Bowl/Plate/(Chopsticks?) glory. Having honed their skills, drunk their beers, and raised some funds with Trivia Nights and pub crawls, the ladies will arrive in Hong Kong this year a decidedly more seasoned team. In true Hanoi fashion, the DuraCelts are in constant flux, with past and present members hailing from all parts of the world - Germany, France, USA, England, Vietnam, Poland, New Zealand, Australia - and now even a few Irish! Training in the sweaty armpit that is summer in Hanoi, the ladies have worked hard to emerge from the floating rice paddy they call a “pitch”, to success in the Asian Gaelic arena - or at least to drier ground. Although competing this year without star forward, team founder, and fearless leader, Marion Labatut, the DuraCelts are sure their hours of “strategizing” at the local pubs will pay off. And if you think their skills on the pitch are impressive, just wait for their moves on the dance floor…