New Zealand Championships 2021
Our men’s footballers and hurlers claimed a historic double at the New Zealand Championships in Christchurch last month, with the footballers winning the competition for the first time in living memory.
The championships, played at Hagley Park, were the highlight of the 2020/21 New Zealand GAA calendar. With the cancellation of the 2020 competition in Auckland due to COVID-19, and the GAA at a hiatus back home for the same reason, this tournament was savoured by players and spectators alike.
We had six teams lining out at the championships: a camogie team; junior and senior women’s football teams; a hurling team; and junior and senior men’s football teams. 65 players, along with with coaches and loyal supporters, made the trip from the capital south to the Garden City.
Wellington/Hutt Valley players, coaches and supporters at the 2021 New Zealand Championships in Christchurch
It was certainly a tournament to remember as our hurlers and men’s senior footballers claimed a historic double. The hurlers defeated perennial rivals Canterbury in their final while the footballers won their title by overcoming a strong Celtic/Marist (Auckland) amalgamation. That’s four titles in a row for the hurlers and a first New Zealand Championship title for the senior footballers — an incredible achievement.
We also note that between the 2020 Wellington Sevens tournament and the NZ Championships we have won silverware across the four codes this season. It’s not something that happens too often and it’s without doubt a testament to the hard work and commitment from our players, coaches, club administrators, as well as the culture of our club. There’ll be plenty to celebrate at our upcoming Awards night
and there’ll be no shortage of cups to swig from.
You can read reports on each of our teams’ New Zealand Championships through the link below.