Big Joe all set to complete four-timer
Published 11/11/2015 | 02:30
Today will bring a proud moment for Joe Kernan, when he names the Irish squad to play Australia in the one-off International Rules Test in Croke Park on Saturday week.
His role as national team manager takes him into unique territory, giving him a chance to be the only man to have managed his club (Crossmaglen Rangers), county (Armagh), province (Ulster) and country to big-time success.
He led Crossmaglen and Armagh to All-Ireland titles and Ulster to interprovincial success and now the challenge is to complete the four-timer with Ireland.
He never played International Rules but his son Aaron was on Ireland's 2008 international squad, completing the set for a remarkable GAA family.
Big Joe faces a massive challenge to preside over an Ireland win this year. Australia, who won in Perth last November are 1/4 favourites, with Ireland at 5/2.
Unlike two years ago when Australia sent a dismally weak squad to Ireland (losing by over 100 points on the two-game aggregate), they have lined up most of the big guns this time, just as they did at home last year when they won by ten points.