Dan Breens at Australasia State Games
The Queensland Gaelic Football & Hurling Association in Brisbane successfully hosted the 2016 Australasian Championships tournament. The start of the tournament began on Tuesday 27th September in testing hot weather conditions and the finals were completed Saturday 1st October.
There were celebrations at the end of the 2016 Australasian championship for the Victoria Hurling team who won the hurling championship for the first time in 8 years. The four-day competition is traditionally known as the state games as players come together to represent their state. Queensland, the host state are represented by players from Brisbane based teams, New South Wales are mainly represented by players from Sydney teams and Victoria are represented from teams in Melbourne.
Dan Breen’s are proud to add that we had five representatives as part of the winning Victoria hurling team panel. Colm Kennedy, Ryan Comiskey, Kieran Bergin, Bernard Deay and Colm Forde. Four out of the five members started the final with the exception of dual player Bernard Deay who featured prominently in the previous rounds was unfortunately injured while playing football the previous day.
The final was contested between Victoria and Queensland with the score line finishing 2-11 to 0-12 points, which gave Victoria a five-point victory.
All the 2016 state games finals were streamed online live for the first time in the states game history. Luckily the stream link was cut in time for the celebrations that unfolded at the Gala ball which were held in The Gabba Brisbane that evening. The celebrations didn’t stop there either continuing through to the next day at the newly opened Copper Face Jacks West end.
Congratulations also to Kieran Bergin who received an all star for his excellent performance throughout the series.
Overall, It was great to see all the Victorian teams gelling together and playing for one another. After the weekend, there is no doubt that the GAA in Victoria is alive and kicking and going from strength to strength.