Australasia were crowned World Champions three times at Celtic Park on Friday 28 July as our Irish men’s and women’s footballers, and camogie team claimed some great final wins.
After a hectic week of games played at Derry GAA’s Centre of Excellence in Owenbeg, four of our teams qualified for the finals in Celtic Park: our hurlers, camógs, and Irish men’s and Irish women’s footballers, with the latter three winning their finals convincingly. Our hurlers were pipped by Middle East in a thrilling final, while our international-born men’s and women’s football teams lost their respective semi-finals to the eventual winners.
Featuring in our fourth GAA World Games since 2015, this edition was our most successful with three of our six teams bringing silverware back down under.
You can view the results and read a full round-up of the games here: World Games 2023
Preparations for the 2023 World Games are growing apace in the Antipodes. Australasia will send six teams to Derry in July:
Around 80 players across the six teams were selected following their stand-out performances in their respective competitions at the Australasia State Games in Melbourne in October 2022. The games will see club and state allegiances put aside as players from Wellington to Perth line out in the green and gold of Australasia. We have competed at the games in 2015, 2016 and 2019. The 2019 edition was our most successful, with five Australasia teams reaching the finals in Croke Park. Two of those – the Irish-born women’s footballers and the camogie team – were crowned world champions. In addition, two Australasia players – Karen Jones of the camogie team, and Lauren Saunders of the international-born women’s football team – picked up player of the tournament awards. We’re hoping for more of the same success in July.
Keep up to date with our World Games preparations on World Games 2023 page.