Western Australia is gearing up to host this year’s GAA Australasian Games from September 30 to October 6.
The much anticipated sporting event will take place for the first time at the BGC Ground at the Tom Bateman Reserve in Canning Vale, 20km from Perth.
WA last hosted the annual event in 2006 when the Subiaco Oval was used for the contest.
Western Australia GAA President, Robert O’Callaghan, says they are now looking forward to putting on a show to remember when the region hosts the Games at their state of the art new grounds.
“Last time we hosted it was 2006 and we had it in Oval park then, but now we’ve got a new ground that we’re going to be using, that’s our home ground for football in Perth,” Mr O’Callaghan explained.
“That’s going to change things. We’re looking forward to it now.
“It’s rotation based so last year it was Brisbane who hosted it.
“Next year then New South Wales will have their chance,” he added.
The games will feature five codes with each state represented in the men’s football, ladies football, hurling, camogie and minor football sections.
So far, 24 teams are already committed to taking part in the Australasian Games.
Western Australia’s Junior Academy of Gaelic Football and Hurling will also play five-a-side and seven-a-side games throughout the week.
In order to be eligible to take part players must already be associated with a local team.
“Basically you have to be registered in the State first,” said O’Callaghan.
“Then people will either be chosen to play or invited to take part by their team.
“They’ll come down and play for the whole week,” he added.
He is hopeful that Western Australia will win a flag or two throughout the week.
“There will be lots of fun and activities for the family.
“We’ll have a kids’ zone, a bouncy castle and live music.
“There will be a family carnival atmosphere for the whole week.”
For further information on sponsorship packages or to join the organising committee contact Rob O’Callaghan on 0407 421 224 or Ronan Kilroy on 0439 979 237 of check out www.gfhwa.com.au.