On Thursday night last there was a buzz of excitement around the Burgery, as we welcomed two Australian rules teams to Abbeyside, who were on a tour of Ireland. We played them in two games, one at under 15 level and one at under 16 level. While we were defeated in both games this was a great experience for our lads to test themselves against some of the best Australian Rules players at their respective age groups. There was a large turnout on the night despite the poor weather conditions and everyone enjoyed the games. A big feature of both games was seeing how our lads adapted to playing the last quarter in each match with an oval ball which was a completely new experience for them and of course the tackle. A big thank you to everyone involved in the organisation of this visit and especially to our parents who put the kids from Australia up for the night. Also to Pierce Flynn and his team in the Park Hotel a big thank you for making sure all our visitors and our own lads were well fed and watered on the night. After the meal in the Park a piece of crystal was presented to our visitors on behalf of the club as a souvenir of their trip to Abbeyside. Also all the visiting players got to take home a personal certificate of their trip. Thank you to all.
|Ballinacourty & Australian U15 Panels|
|Ballinacourty & Australian U16 Panels|