2012 MAGNERS AUSTRALASIAN
GAELIC FOOTBALL, HURLING & CAMOGIE CHAMPIONSHIPS
BIGGEST EVER AUSTRALASIAN GAMES
The 2012 Australasian Gaelic Football Championships will be held in Perth at Tom Bateman Reserve, Canning Vale commencing Sunday 30 September through to Saturday 6 October. For the first time, Magners will be the naming rights sponsor of the Championships following on from their support of State units during the season.
In what will be the biggest games yet there will be 21 teams, 500 players and 52 games over the seven days. All mainland Australian States will be represented with five men’s, five women’s and four minor teams in football plus four hurling and three camogie teams. On the first day there will also be games with teams from the W. Australian Junior Academy participating in football and hurling.
Taking a look at the various teams in each code it is just about impossible to pick winners. In minor football Victoria will be attempting to make it four in a row and the last time a team achieved that was in the early 1980's. Western Australia's two teams as well as the South Australian boys have been in training for months for what we hope will be similar close games as occurred in 2011.
Senior football will see each State bolstered by the inclusion of many Irish players. Victoria has won three of the last four titles whilst New South Wales after being dominant in 2003, 04 and 05 have only won one Championships since. Queensland's only title was in 2011 and you have to go way back to 1983 when South Australia were crowned champions. Home ground advantage may make Western Australia slight favourites as they were when the games were last in Perth and they will be hoping history repeats as they took out the title then.
In women's football the host State invariably does well. It follows that Western Australia who have been renowned for producing top quality players will probably be the team to beat. Women's football invariably produces the closest games and this year should be no different.
If ever there was a time for W. Australia to finally "crack the big one" in Hurling this year is their best opportunity. They arguably have the strongest local competition which makes them primed to take a step up. Queensland won the Championships for the first time in 2011 and will also be strong along with the powerhouse team from New South Wales.
After debuting in 2011 we again will see camogie in Perth. Of all the codes this is the hardest to pick a winner from. We expect to see great games between Western Australia, New South Wales and Queensland with the winning team having to play up to six games to lift the trophy.
The Uachtaran Liam O'Neill will be a very welcome visitor. It is a long time since the President of the GAA was at the games and I am sure he will be very impressed by the facilities in Perth and the standard of competition. At the conclusion a Presentation dinner will be held at the Hyatt Hotel with in excess of 600 people attending. During the evening, awards will be made to the best player in each of the five codes as well as the announcement of the All Star teams.
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Australasian Association Has a New Major Sponsor
The Australasian association has entered into a new major sponsorship agreement with Magners Cider.
Magners Cider is produced in County Tipperary, Ireland and is made from 17 varieties of apples yielded from orchards across Ireland. Magners apple and pear varieties will be the exclusive brand of cider on sale at State association grounds across Australasia. So, when you walk into association grounds in Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Hobart (soon in Auckland and
Wellington) you will be able to purchase your favourite Magners cider. Another exciting new initiative is that the ciders will be sold in 440ml cans.
As part of the agreement, Magners also will be the naming rights holder for the Australasian Championships. Their logo will also figure prominently on the Australasian replica playing shirt manufactured by O'Neills Ireland and sold throughout their shops as well as worldwide on their website.
The sponsorship from Magners will see every State association benefitting financially and in these difficult times this sort of support is greatly appreciated. We urge members and their friends to take this into account and also make Magners their preferred cider when out and about.
Gaelic Football & Hurling Association of Australasia