Tuesday, September 22 2020

Australian GAA

Ireland FlagNew South Wales GAA is part of the Australasian GAA board and are proud to be the state with the biggest player base with over 700 registered players each year competing in mens and ladies football, hurling and are delighted to host the only camogie competition in Australasia.

This player base is broken into ..

  • 6 mens football teams
  • 4 hurling teams
  • 4 ladies football teams
  • 2 camogie teams

The playing calendar runs from February through to October, commencing with various pre season one day competitions including the 7-a-side competition in Melbourne in early February, 10-a-side completion in Wollongong in early March and the always eagerly awaited 15-a-side competition hosted 2 hours north of Sydney by the Central Coast club in Gosford towards the end of March.

all club captains at bondi beachAll league and championship games are played each Sunday from April – September at Monarch Oval, Ingleburn. The league starts in April running to June and this is followed by the championship which takes place in July/August.

The year culminates with each state sending their best players to the Australasian GAA state games, hosted by a different Australasian City each year where states battle it out to be kings of Australasia. The competition was hosted in Sydney in 2007 and comprised of teams from Auckland, Wellington, Hobart, Western Australia, South Australia, Queensland, Victoria and New South Wales. An “Australiasian All-Stars” team is picked for each code, comprising of the players who performed best during the state games, judged by an independant panel. To read more see the State games link.


There are currently a total of 22 teams across all codes.

  • Cormac McAnallens GAC and Michael Cusacks GAC compete across all 4 codes – mens and ladies football, hurling and camogie.
  • Clan Na Gael compete in mens and ladies football and camogie.
  • Central Coast compete in ladies football, hurling and camogie.
  • Craobh Padraig compete in hurling and camogie.
  • Young Ireland and Penrith Gaels both compete in mens and ladies football.
  • Sydney Shamrocks compete in hurling.
  • Bondi Gaels compete in Men’s FootballAll sydney clubs


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

Club Old Photo


Associations were formed firstly in Victoria and New South Wales to control and organize 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 championship 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 of these initiatives there has been more than a doubling of the number of teams competing in Gaelic football over the last couple of years.

nsw mens team



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

Source: https://www.facebook.com/NSWGAA/info.



Young Ireland GFC is one of the oldest and most successful clubs in Australia. Winning championships from 1969 and continuing to do so to this very day. It has a proud place in the hearts of all Irish emigrants based in Sydney and has provided a home away from home for people from the very day it was formed. Want to join us? Interested in joining the most up and coming club in Sydney? Young Irelands has Mens and Ladies Gaelic Football teams and is always welcoming to new players.   Join us today and come on board!