The North Asian Champions 2011
The Japan GAA were delighted to host this year's North Asian Games at Yokohama Country & Athletic Club (YCAC), club in Yokohama on 4th June. The weekend will be remembered for many things, including the Japan men's first trophy in 10 years, the scorching weather, the great football played, but probably most notably is the over-running of a train car from the venue to Roppongi with a trad’ band and 100 vocals.
Four men's teams competed for the the first NAGs held outside Korea; Japan A, Japan B, Seoul Gaels, and the Asian All Stars (depleted following 4am drinks at Foley's the night before). Seoul Gaels came through the groups stages as fovourites following three wins from three. Japan A claimed the second place in the final. Japan Bs triumphed over the Asian All Stars to claim the non-existent plate. In the final, Japan As won the war of attrition against Seoul Gaels, with a 0:4 - 0:1 scoreline.
The Japan ladies competition consisted of three group games between Japan and Seoul Gaels. The experience and strength of Seoul was decisive against a new Japan side.