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Gaelic football is a mixture of soccer and rugby, although it predates both sports. The ball used in this sport, is slightly smaller than the one used in American football.
The Korean Gaelic football league was formed in July, 2002, about the time of the soccer World Cup in Korea and Japan. It has since grown to include a women’s section.
In September 2002, a Korean team flew to Thailand to participate in the Asian Gaelic Games. At their first international showing, the Seoul Gaels brought home the Derek Brady trophy.
The upcoming Asian games will be held on Sept. 27-28 in Hong Kong. Twenty-four teams are expected to compete, and the Seoul Gaels are “training hard and are completely focused,” according to one team member.
Practices are usually held at Jayu Park in Beomgye and are open to men and women, as well as beginners. To prepare for the Asian tournament, however, practice times have changed. Check the Web site for details.
At a recent tournament in Singapore, two Korean Ultimate frisbee teams won the award for partying for the second time. They won the first party award at a tournament in Shanghai. An ultimate frisbee player in Shanghai wrote me several months ago: “I’ve heard insane stories about the Seoul ultimate team’s ability to take party trophies,” the letter says.
Despite the partying, the league nevertheless takes the sport seriously. Everyone is welcome. Pick-up games are held on Sundays at 3 p.m. by the Yeoinaru section of the Han River. Occasionally, games are held on Saturdays.
For expatriates in Daegu, here is a Web site devoted to classes, clubs and activities in the area. Scroll down to find phone numbers for hiking, climbing, mountain biking, paragliding, skiing, snowboarding and soccer. The mountain biking club includes a handful of expatriates, and the soccer team, which plays on Sundays, is mostly composed of them.
by Joe Yong-hee