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WATCH: Laois lads take Asian Gaelic Games by storm

Ronan Phelan, Jack Phelan and Ross Munnelly at the Asian Games

All the way over on the other side of the world, in the land of the Rising Sun, three Laois lads are making waves.

The Asian Gaelic Games are taking place this weekend in the Far East.

Presented by the Asian County Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) and Fexco, the 2018 Asian Gaelic Games will take place today and tomorrow in Bangkok, Thailand.

Featuring 65 teams from 20 clubs from across 18 countries in Asia, the Fexco Asian Gaelic Games see more than 800 Irish, as well as non-Irish GAA players who have picked up the sport, come together to battle it out in over 200 fixtures.

The participating teams represent Senior, Intermediate and Junior divisions in both ladies and men’s football, hurling and camogie.

Throw in for the first game was at 8am on Saturday, November 17th and the competition culminates in the finals at 6pm on Sunday, 18th November at Patana School grounds in Bangkok.

And three Laois lads are in the throngs of battle – with one of them already having picked up a medal.

Killeshin’s Jack Phelan represented Vietnam/Saigon/Cambodia in the Junior hurling final today where they defeated a selection Hong Kong.

But it is in the football where the Laois interest is at its keenest.

Jack Phelan, and his brother Ronan, are playing for Cambodia in the Junior football championship.

They are in Group D and defeated Thailand B, Taiwan, Vietnam Celts and Hong Kong C today.

They play Johor in their final group game in the morning but they are guaranteed of a quarter final place regardless.

Meanwhile, in the same competition, Laois senior footballer Ross Munnelly is managing the South Africa team.

The Arles-Kilcruise man’s side are red hot favourites to win the competition outright and scored 17-27 in four games against India, Thailand C, Seoul B and Orang Eire C.

They face Shenzhen in the morning and if both South Africa and Cambodia continue winning tomorrow, the pair will meet in the final.

This will put the Phelan brothers on a direct collision course with Ross Munnelly.

Best of luck to both teams!

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.