Wednesday 21 August 2019

International rules and 'Wild Geese' games for 2019 shelved by GAA

'International rules was last played in 2017 in Australia which the home country won' Stock photo
'International rules was last played in 2017 in Australia which the home country won' Stock photo
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

The international rules series between Ireland and Australia has been officially kicked to touch for this year.

And the 'Wild Geese Trophy', a hurling match which was played in Sydney last November between Kilkenny as league champions and Galway as the previous year's All-Ireland champions, has also been shelved.

The match was won by Galway in a free-taking competition after they had come from 14 points down at one stage.

There was general acceptance that the game had a future but it was understood to be loss-making and the impact on fixtures on the context of a desire for a closed season was also considered.

International rules was last played in 2017 in Australia which the home country won.

Since then there have been ongoing discussions with a proposal to play one leg of the next series on the east coast of America.

However, agreement has not been reached over this and plans for a 2019 series have been set aside.

The GAA has, however, agreed in principle to enter discussions for a five-year plan to re-float the series again, starting next year.

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Meanwhile, the annual 'Super 11s' could go ahead in New York this year instead of its regular venue, Fenway Park in Boston, because of renovations taking place there.

The 11-a-side, modified tournament will go ahead again in November, a date which is drawing concern for some in the GAA as it falls within that training moratorium for some inter-county teams. It will be run as a joint-venture between the GAA and GPA.

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