GAELIC SPORTS WORLD Issue 34 – September 19, 2015 | Page 2

FOREWORD FROM THE EDITOR Commitment and effort are the hallmarks of any endeavour be it in the everyday or in sport. These elements stand out as central to the forthcoming Australasian GAA State Championships Sept 3-Oct 3 in New Zealand. This annual event is largely comprised of Australian state squads from all parts with a handful of New Zealand teams also involved. The Kiwis in the city of Wellington get to host this year’s championships and so it means huge travel distances to be covered for Australian players. Sacrifices and no small amount of commitment is needed for these same players to take practically a week of work in order to play sports that they truly love. Given that the GAA is amateur reflects just how big that love really is. Effort is also needed to be good enough to get on a state team. One can easily enough slot into a club team but to be chosen to say represent the state of New South Wales or Victoria requires the ultimate in the way of effort. In our main story we look ahead to this year’s Australasian’s in New Zealand. Editor, GAELIC SPORTS WORLD PUBLISHER: Denis O’Brien EDITOR: Denis O’Brien ART DIRECTION: Cathaoir Sóna CONTRIBUTING WRITERS: Catherine Fleming, Rory O’Donnell, Tommy Moran, Cyril Iordanidis, Ronan Deane, Eamon Gormley, Jamie Fitzsimons, Joe Trolan, Brian Clerkin, John Simcoe. CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS: Rory O’Donnell, Marie Walsh, Jerry Hess, Peter Marney Legal info. Gaelic Sports World does not warrant or assume any legal liability or responsibility for the quality, accuracy, completeness, legality, reliability or usefulness of any information, product or service represented within our magazine or associated websites and other delivery platforms. The information provided is for educational or entertainment purposes only. Disclaimer Notice: The opinion expressed in each article is the opinion of its author and does not necessarily reflect the opinion of Gaelic Sports World Magazine. Therefore, Gaelic Sport World carries no responsibility for the opinion expressed thereon. Gaelic Sport World accepts no responsibility for the consequences of error or for any loss or damage suffered by users of any of the information and material contained in this Digital Magazine, associated website or any other delivery platform you may access through this site. Gaelic Sports World Magazine is not responsible for the content or availability of any external or 3rd party sites and does not warrant or guarantee the products, services, or information found on these sites. Copyright Notice: No part of this magazine may be reproduced in whole or in part without written permission of the publisher. The information in this Digital Magazine is for information purposes only. Materials contained in this magazine are subject to copyright and other proprietary rights. Copyright ©2014 Gaelic Sports World. All rights reserved. Denis O’Brien COVER: CONTACT: 2 Australasia GAA / Cathaoir Sóna [email protected]