Saturday 25 February 2017

Aussies gear up for Irish test in style

Australia (4-22-15) 105
UCC/CIT (0-3-3) 12

AUSTRALIA geared up for the International Rules series with Ireland as they routed a UCC/CIT combination at Páirc Uí Rinn in Cork last night.

While a victory for the visitors was always going to be pretty much a certainty, the 'home' team - which didn't have Sean Og O hAilpin to call upon - did not disgrace themselves, coming more into the game as it went on and providing some cheer for the attendance of 2,867.

With Jack Riewoldt dangerous in the full-forward line for the Aussies, they raced into an early lead that only increased as the quarter wore on, 19 points (0-5-5 to 0-0-1) between the sides after the first 18-minute hooter, Mark Collins with Cork's behind.

Riewoldt continued to wreak havoc in the second quarter and it was he who scored the first goal for Australia in the 29th minute after a good Jarrad McVeigh pass. By half-time it was 54-1, the greater sharpness of the Aussies clearly showing as they also got to grips better with the physical side of the game. Only good goalkeeping from Brian Walsh prevented Australia from more six-pointers.

Despite Bryce Gibbs getting Australia's second goal early in the third quarter, there was something for the home side to cheer as overs from Paul Honohan and Ciaran Sheehan cut the gap. Hugh Curran scored another for Cork, after Colm O'Neill had slipped when played in by Curran for a goal opportunity, but the visitors continued to have more firepower, leading 76-12 after the third quarter.

With the tempo having dropped considerably in the last quarter, scores were rarer commodities, but there was still time for Brad Greene to snaffle two late goals for Australia, breaking the 100-point barrier with his second just before the final hooter.

Scorers -- Australia: B Greene 22, J Riewoldt 16, A Goodes 14, E Betts 11, T Varcoe, B Gibbs, S Gilbert, T Banfield 6 each, K Jack, P Dangerfield 4 each, K Simpson, L Picken 3 each, L Montagna 2, D Swan, M Boyd 1 each. UCC/CIT: P Honohan, C Sheehan, H Curran 3 each, C O'Neill, M Collins, A O'Brien 1 each.

AUSTRALIA -- D Fletcher (goalkeeper), T Banfield, E Betts, M Boyd, D Cross, P Dangerfield, P Duffield, J Frawley, B Gibbs, S Gilbert, T Goldsack, A Goodes, L Montagna, J Riewoldt, K Simpson, D Swan, T Varcoe, D Wojcinski, J McVeigh, G Ibbotson, K Jack, B Greene, L Picken.

UCC/CIT -- K O'Halloran, B Walsh (goalkeepers), D Óg O'Donovan, J O'Sullivan, P Crowley, A Greaney, S O'Donoghue, C O'Driscoll, R Power, K O'Driscoll, A Walsh, P O'Flynn, S O'Hare, A O'Sullivan, BJ Walsh, C O'Neill, M Collins, P Honohan, L Jennings, J Buckley, D Casey, S Kiely, J Fitzpatrick, C Sheehan, H Curran, A O'Brien, JB Spillane, R Carey, E Cotter.

RefS -- D Coldrick, P McEnaney (Ire), B Rosebury (Aus).

Irish Independent

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