Aussie Rules: Dubs excel in Aussie lesson
N Dublin schools 84 (7-11-09)
St Pat's col Victoria 31 (0-8-07)
A brilliant second-quarter put a combined north Dublin schools selection on their way to an easy win over students from Victoria in an International Rules challenge, which was played in horrendous weather in Malahide
The hosts, who were an amalgamation of Portmarnock, Skerries and Malahide schools, bagged four goals in a 20-minute period that helped give them a huge 57-15 half-time lead.
It was a major turnaround in their fortunes after they struggled with the physicality of the visiting Australians in the first quarter.
The third and fourth quarters were played with the traditional Australian Rules oval football. One would have thought this would have changed the pattern of the game but the Dublin defence proved to be a tough nut to crack and it conceded only nine points in the third, all from the boot of the impressive Justin Gordon.
Amazingly, North Dublin found another gear in the last quarter as they appeared to adapt to the new ball. Further goals from man-of-the-match Harry Denson and Ross Mulvey provided even more gloss to an already memorable victory.