The girls Gaelic football team lead by Niamh Neville (11W), and coached by Orlaith Curran joined other teams vying for the chance to become the All-Asia Champions on Saturday 20th June.
In 34 degrees of heat the girls won their first match against Hong Kong D, a team including staff from West Island School. Their next match was against a “traditionally fierce and strong” second team from Korea. Deputy Head of Individual Needs Andrea Walsh said: “Great team work, grit and fabulous goals from Giulia Dadamo 13W saw Island School clinch a win.”
In the knock out stage the team went out to HK Ladies B, a seasoned team of experienced players including many of whom have represented HK in the past. Ms Walsh: “The girls showed speed, agility and guts that will see us do well in the future.”
“A very special thank you to coach Orlaith Curan who has helped us in the final 6 weeks pre-tournament with practices on Fridays in some very hot conditions. We will miss her as she continues on to Taranaki in New Zealand to continue her coaching.”
“A big thank you to JJ Neville the ‘Father’ of Gaelic in HK at IS, who has supported us throughout the season as well as the Frawley family for their cheering and photos.” “Rumours are we may have a boys’ team next season.”
Ms Walsh went on to say: “Finally, thank you to the players who regularly turned up to practice and we look forward to seeing you next season. For those leaving us, we wish you the best of luck and we will miss you. Don’t stop! Congrats.”