Tuesday 20 February 2018

Big match statistics

Martin Breheny

Martin Breheny

Tomorrow, Ireland v Australia, Etihad Stadium, Melbourne (9.45am, Irish time), Live TG4


Previous series: Australia 8; Ireland 7

Previous games: Ireland 16; Australia 16; Draws 2

Total points: Ireland 1,868; Australia 1,841

Recent series

Last series (2010, Ireland): Australia 47 Ireland 40 (Gaelic Grounds, Limerick); Australia 55 Ireland 52 (Croke Park)

(Australia won 102-92 on aggregate)

Last series in Australia (2008): Ireland 45 Australia 44 (Perth); Ireland 57 Australia 53 (Melbourne)

(Ireland won 102-97)


Tomorrow: Ireland 8/11; Australia 11/10; Draw 20/1

Series: Ireland 8/13; Australia 6/5

Home rule?

Home is not best in International Rules. Of the 15 series played so far, 11 have been won by the away team. Australia's six away wins were in 1984, '87, 2000, '02, '06 and 2010, while Ireland's five were in 1986, '90, '99, 2001 and '08. The four 'home' wins were: Australia 2003, '05; Ireland 1998, '04.

top scorers

Steven McDonnell is poised to beat the 100-point mark in International Rules over the next two Fridays, extending his lead as Ireland's record scorer. He has bagged 91 points in nine outings, giving him a 14-point lead over Sean Cavanagh (77 from eight games).

Most appearances

Tadhg Kennelly will play his 11th international game tomorrow, bringing him joint fourth with Padraic Joyce on the Irish caps list. Sean Marty Lockhart (Derry) is the most capped player, having played 16 times, followed by Ciaran McManus (Offaly) and Graham Canty (Cork), each on 14.

Irish Independent

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