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GAA World India Wolfhounds v Qatar GAA International Football 2019

India Wolfhounds and Qatar GAA Teams [Photo Credit: India Wolfhounds GAA]

Results

DateHome TeamAway Team
Men’s InternationalNew Delhi
10.05.2019India WolfhoundsQatar GAA
Ladies InternationalNew Delhi
10.05.2019India WolfhoundsQatar GAA
[References: 1]

Report

The first ever Gaelic Football Internationals in India took place on Friday, 10th May 2019 in Thyagaraj Stadium, New Delhi. Both Men’s and Women’s matches were played between the hosts India Wolfhounds and Qatar GAA. Qatar GAA brought together players from all over the Gulf Island, with players from Dublin, Cork, Galway, Offaly and Clare as well as India, Netherlands, Argentina, Britain and USA. The India Wolfhounds were restarted after a gap of three years for the match.

The men’s match started vigourously, with Derry’s George McCallion scorng the first ever point in a GAA match on Indian soil, however, Rajveer “Raj” Chouvarry scored some delighful points, including one chip of the Qatar GAA goalkeeper. The game was played in great spirit and phenomenal workrate and skill in the New Delhi heat.

India Wolfhounds and Qatar GAA teams [References: 2][Photo Credit: India Wolfhounds GAA]

The Ladies match followed the men’s, and was worth the wait as both teams traded scores in a match played at an exhilirating pace. Katie Daly, who was newly arrived in India, had set up the first India Wolfhounds Ladies team, turning up to the first training session at a patch of grass by the side of one of New Delhi’s busiest roads, not knowing how it would turn out, and started with a couple of ladies training alongside the men, but built up a team in time for the match. They intended to enter the 2019 Asia Gaelic Games following this encounter, taking place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, from 8th-10th November.

India Wolfhounds Ladies Team Huddle [References: 3][Photo Credit: India Wolfhounds GAA]

References

Websites

[1] Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade (2019) First Ever International Gaelic Football Match in India [Internet] Available from: http://www.dfa.ie/irish-embassy/india/news-and-events/news-archive/first-ever-international-gaelic-football-match-in-india.html [Accessed 26 March 2021]

Images

[2] Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade (2019) Gaelic_Football_Match_Delhi_1 [Internet] Available from: https://www.dfa.ie/media/missions/india/newsevents/Gaelic_Football_Match_Delhi_1.jpg [Accessed 30 March 2021] [Photo Credit: India Wolfhounds GAA] [Used with permission of DFA]

[3] Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade (2019) Gaelic_Football_Match_Delhi_2 [Internet] Available from: https://www.dfa.ie/media/missions/india/newsevents/Gaelic_Football_Match_Delhi_2.jpg[Accessed 30 March 2021][Photo Credit: India Wolfhounds GAA] [Used with permission of DFA]

Acknowledgements

Thanks to Caroline Mitchell & Simon Williams

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Researched, compiled and written by Enda Mulcahy for the

Eirball | Irish North American and World Sports Archive

Last Updated: 29 March 2021

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