On Saturday, the Shanghai Saints and Sirens will be hosting their 7th All China Gaelic Games, a competition for all the folks into Gaelic football in this fine country. Over 180 players consisting of eight men’s and six ladies’ teams from Beijing, Dalian, Changsha, Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Suzhou will kick off the tournament at 9:30am.
For those of you who are new to Gaelic football (don’t worry, some of us at Shanghaiist are too), it is a form of football that’s mainly played in Ireland. According to Wikipedia:
Football is one of four Gaelic games run by the Gaelic Athletic Association, the largest sporting organisation in Ireland which has far more club members than any other sport. It has strict rules on player amateurism and the pinnacle of the sport is the inter-county All-Ireland Football Final. The game is believed to have descended from ancient Irish football known as caid which dates back to medieval times, although the modern rules were not set down until 1886.
Games will be held at the new Shanghai Rugby Football Club (SRFC) in Waigaoqiao. It’ll definitely be an exciting and competitive amateur sports tournament, and there’ll be fun for the whole family!
While you watch the game and drink a pint of Guinness (food and drinks will be on sale), your children can play around in the kids’ corner and bouncy castle. Sounds like a Gaelic good time to us!
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