Melbourne Massacre How the Australian papers saw it
Published 31/10/2011 | 05:00
Losing by 44 points, a record for International Rules matches, is akin to being spanked by 100 at AFL level. Rodney Eade (Australian coach) is bitterly disappointed that the Australians fell away so poorly in the final term, despite all the talk in the lead-up about a team of professionals having a fitness edge over the amateurs from Ireland. With the Australians dubbed "bad boys" in the past, Eade is clearly stung by the realisation that Ireland was harder at the man and ball. Ireland can expect a fiercer attack from the hosts on the Gold Coast on Friday night.
Matthew Suckling (a defender turned into a goalkeeper) endured a hectic initiation as Australia goalkeeper on Friday night but will get another chance in this week's second Test, with coach Rodney Eade supporting the Hawthorne defender and hoping some more physical, "less nice" team- mates will help make his job easier.