Cambodia's first ever Gaelic football and hurling games were a great success last Saturday at Phnom Penh's ISPP grounds. Teams from Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam and Singapore battled it out in men’s and ladies’ Gaelic football matches. And to close the event, an exhibition hurling game was played under floodlights. The tournament was organised by the world’s newest GAA Club, Cairde Khmer, which was only formed in September.
On the field, Thailand were crowned men’s Gaelic football champions, while Saigon Gaels scooped the ladies’ Gaelic football crown.
In the exhibition hurling match, Thailand beat a mixed Cambodian and Vietnamese team.
Several player of the tournament awards were bestowed for each of the three sporting codes on display throughout the day.
The men’s awards went to Thailand’s Niall Geraghty for his Gaelic football endeavours, and Saigon’s Damien Maloney for his hurling prowess.
The ladies Gaelic football award was given to Cairde Khmer’s Keelyn Grandon.
A pitchside after party and presentation ceremony rounded off the historic day.
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