Gaelic Football & Hurling Association of Australasia
(Formerly Gaelic Athletic Association of Australasia)

In the early 1840's there was a newspaper report of a form of Gaelic football played in South Australia and it is acknowledged that similar games were played on the goldfields of Victoria in the 1850's.

There is a lack of documentation of many challenge games of Gaelic football and hurling which were played between the Irish of Melbourne and Sydney in the 1920's and 1930's

Associations were formed firstly in Victoria and New South Wales to control and organise local games. This was followed in 1963 by the formation of an Association in South Australia and in Western Australia and Queensland soon after.

The first interstate championships in both codes was played between NSW, Victoria and South Australia in 1971 in Melbourne.

At a meeting convened in Sydney in 1974 representatives from NSW, South Australia, Victoria and Western Australia met and formed the Gaelic Athletic Association of Australia to promote, control and foster Gaelic games on a national level. Subsequent to this with the affiliation of Auckland and Hutt Valley - Wellington from New Zealand the name changed to the Gaelic Athletic Association of Australasia.

The role of the Australasian association has grown immensely in recent years in the administration and promotion of Gaelic games. Developments include, a Level 1 Coaching Course with subsequent appointment of Coaching Directors in each Australian States, a one-day Referees Course to secure more qualified referees and the construction of the association’s website. As a result these initiatives there has been more than a doubling of the number of teams competing in Gaelic football over the last couple of years.

These developments have been made possible with the continuing funding of a full time Secretary by the Gaelic Athletic Association in Ireland.

For further information on the association contact: Gerard Roe at gerardro@bigpond.net.au