Thursday 22 August 2019

AFL's 'Fighting Irish' depiction ignores some old realities

Ireland manager Joe Kernan and captain Aidan O'Shea after the first test at the Adelaide Oval. Photo: Ray McManus/Sportsfile
Ireland manager Joe Kernan and captain Aidan O'Shea after the first test at the Adelaide Oval. Photo: Ray McManus/Sportsfile
Martin Breheny

Martin Breheny

South Africa might not be our favourite country right now as it closes in on clinching the 2023 Rugby World Cup deal so let's hope we don't have more reason to be unhappy with it on Saturday.

A South African video referee will provide the TV eye for the second Ireland-Australia International Rules Test in Perth.

Quite what he makes of a mixture of Gaelic football and Australian Rules remains to be seen. Perhaps it's best if he's not called upon to make any important decisions.

Meanwhile, the AFL official website has described Irish captain, Aidan O'Shea as a "196 cms, 100kg lump of a lad who instigated a tussle with Nat Fyfe when he tried to rip him to the ground with the ball out of play" during the first Test last Sunday.

It's under the heading 'Physicality in vogue for the Fighting Irish'.

The incident was no more than a mere skirmish compared to the bad old days when the international game wandered into seriously lawless territory

The story refers to that period, recalling how the series nearly ended forever in 2006 after Graham Geraghty was knocked unconscious in Croke Park. We all know whose fault that was.

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