Ireland 39 Australia 39 U17 International Rules TWO sons of famous GAA players led Ireland's comeback to draw the first U17 International Rules test in Brisbane yesterday.
Shane O'Rourke (Colm's son) scored 11 points and Irish captain Ray Cullivan, son of the former Cavan great, led the final quarter fightback.
Ireland led by three points at half-time, but in the third quarter the home side were dominant and opened up a 13-point lead. Ireland showed great battling qualities to reover, with Cullivan (five points) playing a captain's part. Other significant contributors for Ireland were William Mulhall (6pts), Colm O'Driscoll (6pts), Pearce Hanley (6pts), Michael Murphy (4pts) and Paddy Andrews (1pt).
The match was played as a curtain-raiser to the AFL meeting of St Kilda and the Brisbane Lions, ensuring a large attendance.
The series moves on to Adelaide on Sunday next for the second of three tests.
IRELAND - R Cullivan, P Brady, B Watters (all Cavan); G Brennan (Clare), C O'Driscoll (Cork); J O'Leary (Kerry); D Gallagher, M Murphy, E Wade (all Donegal); P Andrews, K Nolan (both Dublin); M Bradley, J Brown (both Kildare); R Ryan, S Shortall (both Laois); M Brady, D McGoldrick (both Longford); B Gibbons, P Hanley (both Mayo); S O'Rourke (Meath); N McAdam (Monaghan); W Mulhall (Offaly); S Henry (Sligo); T Dunne (Tipperary).