10/28/2005

Aussies plummel Irish.

Ireland took a beating Down Under today in more than one sense of the word as the International Rules side were beaten by 63 points to 42 as Australia won the series and with it the Cormac McAnnallen Cup. While Ireland were undoubtedly outclassed over the two tests, the main talking point tonight has been about the over physicality of the Australian players. Certainly the Australians were desperate to get revenge for the thumping they received in Croke Park last year but some of their tactics today bore little resemblance to anything which should be acceptable on a sports field. The Irish lads are all amateurs who have to go back to work and some could have been seriously injured. Personally I like the concept of International Rules and although the series has its critics such as Tyrone manager Micky Harte, I do think it is a series that is worth perserving with but only if the safety of those participating is not put at risk by unsavoury tactics.

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