Mark a team started the asian gaelic games with a bang after beating the strong gulf team of Abu Dhabi A early on Saturday morning. Next up was Hong Kong B in a very hot-tempered match.
Our own Ben Simpson led from midfield and was our only player booked in a game where HK were very lucky not too have any player’s sent off.
Despite Jason Gorham seemingly scoring points for fun, a bad start left us chasing a very good Dubai side and they ran out winners in the end.Our final group game kicked off at 8:40am Sunday morning against a Japan side that needed to beat us to avoid being eliminated. Both sides held the lead at times throughout the game with Seamus Moriarty displaying a predator instinct with a few good goals.
The Eventual Winners
The game eventually finished level, knocking Japan out and sending us through to a quarter final against the tournament hosts, the Seoul Gaels.A poor start to the quarter final cost us dearly with 3 goals conceded in quick succession in the first half being the difference at the end of the game.Every player can be proud of the performance they gave over the 2 days and can take some small consolation that they were knocked out by the eventual winners.– Aidan Higgins
On Thursday October 14, a 20 member-strong advanced guard of the Mark squad travelled to Korea to play in the 2011 All Asian Gaelic Games tournament. We landed at the 21st century Incheon airport and embarked on a white-knucle taxi ride to ‘historic’ Suwon – the location of Ireland’s historic World Cup quarter final loss to Espana. The tournament was to be played at this stadium!