Aussie thugs mar rampant victory

International Rules , a mix of Aussie rules football and our gaelic football , was graced by a crowd of 82,000+ at Croke Park today. I’m sure that many of them were just as disgusted with the goings on there as I was.

The second, third and fourth quarters were marked by superb Australian domination of the midfield and they created many brilliant scores. In fact, they showed us how to play our own game, on our own home ground. Their footballing skills were sublime and the handling especially great considering that many of these guys never played with a round ball before last week. I would love to see Dublin play in an All-Ireland Championship like this.

Back to the first quarter, what a shameful display of sheer thugishness hasn’t been since since… well since the last compromise rules series in Melbourne in 2005.

The Australian players deliberately targetted 3 of Irelands players, in particular Geraghty, who they had threatened this week. He was stretchered off unconscious. The referees were incompetant, cowardly and never in control of the violence. They showed 7 yellow cards in such a short space of time without ever considering a red.

Irish players were guilty of several infractions also, I’d like to be objective and condemn those actions, but realistically with the threat posed to their safety by the animals from the southern hemisphere self-defence was the only sane option of anybody with a respect for their own well-being.Chris Johnson shows off his football skills

I’m sure I wasn’t the only Irish person watching wishing these criminals would piss off back to whatever hole they crawled out of. The number of complaints received by the broadcaster support that theory. I hope that the GAA grow a pair and make the decision to discontinue this sham of a sport. Large revenues are not a good enough reason to keep putting our unpaid footballers through the grinder of professional cutthroats.I look back at what I’ve written above, and it seems rather vehement. Unfair? You decide. Here’s an Aussies fond memory from last year as they consider this years series…

Was there anything more amusing then when CJ single-handedly dropped three Irish squibs last year at the Telstra Dome? The coat hanger to begin proceedings was top notch but the flurry of strikes afterwards was even better.

As three Irish pounces lay on the ground battered and bruised, fearing for their well being at the hands of the CJ wrath, I tipped my hat to the good man for providing such entertainment. It just proved once again that the Irish are nothing more then a bunch of scared cats, afraid of physical confrontation. The Irish media cried foul, no more tackling they say, we’re too rough. We’re not rough, they’re just weak.

“Animals” doesn’t sound so far off the mark now, eh?

Update: the GAA has scrapped the International Rules series for 2007:

The move follows violence which marred the second Test between Ireland and Australia at Croke Park last month. GAA president Nicky Brennan said that about 50% of players contacted had given their views and all wanted the games to continue. Work will now start on clarifying rules and disciplinary procedures so that the internationals can resume in 2008. Players’ representative Dessie Farrell said that, while there would be disappointment that the 2007 series would not take place, the decision was probably a wise one.

7 comments

  1. To be brutally honest Graham Geraghty was injured because he hit his head off the ground as he fell from a completely legal tackle. As for the so called thugishness, i think the irish gave equally as good as they got. I think the Irish should concentrate more on their lack of skill with a round ball considering it really isnt int.rules more like Gaelic with a couple of little changes the irish players have to get used too!
    Congrats to the Aussies once again on a magnificent performance…

  2. There is definitely a skill issue – we need to up our skills. The panel made the good point that the new GAA short pass style of recent years is not at all suited to the compromise rules game.

    Geraghty was deliberately targetted to be taken out, and was. Your comment that “the ground did it” doesn’t wash. The Irish did not give as good as they got, they’re footballers, not boxers.

    AFL is a much harder game physically than GAA. Rules are more lax about fighting, and violence is tolerated if not encouraged outright. AFL fans are vocal in their admiration of the hard-man style of play, example CJ above.

    The Australians know this, and capitalised on this difference to bully the Irish and smack them around the park. They established their physical superiority illegally (although sanctioned by these wet-towel referees).

    What we could do next year is field a team of hard-men. Give them months of boxing experience along with their football practice. Put them on an even par with the violence loving Aussies.

    Go out with the explicit plan to retaliate, preferably with overwhelming force (shock and awe strategy). Put 3-5 Australians in stretchers unconscious, with broken limbs or other serious but preferably non-life threatening injuries. Of course the Aussies wouldn’t be standing still while all this is going on, so it’s important they’re skilled in self-defence.

    Then after establishing an overwhelming physical dominance, it should be pretty easy to run in some goals. After all, Aussie managed it this year, right?

  3. To be fair i dont think you know a lot about Aussie Rules if you think they are really lax towards violence. Every week after every match all the incidents are reviewed and anything that goes on and isn’t in the rules gets sent to the Tribunal. A panel of experts which review all the incidents sent into them and punishments are handed out.

    They are far harsher may i add then the ones GAA players receive when commiting violence such as the player who hit a referee. 2 months ban, now that is comical. Why isn’t he banned for life??

    Although it is a more physical game in some senses they aren’t the thugs everyone keeps saying they are.

    ‘Rules are more lax about fighting, and violence is tolerated if not encouraged outright.’ -Thats an interesting statement considering I’ve never seen anything like last saturday in the AFL. Can i remind you of the Tyrone vs Dublin game??

    Also why should of the Australian players have had to withstand the racist abuse received in the first test? Just because the Irish GAA players are too cowardly to play hard out-right they have to hide they sly fouls and knees to the back elbowing… the list goes on!

  4. “To be fair i dont think you know a lot about Aussie Rules if you think they are really lax towards violence.”

    You’re dead right, and I’m completely wrong there, apologies. What I should have said is that the International Rules officials are really lax towards violence, and the players know they can get away with things because there is no incentive for them to keep it clean.

    “Although it is a more physical game in some senses they aren’t the thugs everyone keeps saying they are.”

    Watch the video linked above. Watch it again. And keep watching it until you realise that statement is completely wrong.

    “Can i remind you of the Tyrone vs Dublin game?”

    That was a disgrace. The match official on the day, and later the GAA, failed to deal with it properly. There’s a great parallel here to what’s happened in the International Series.

    Tyrone went out that day with the intention of playing at the limit of the laws, and went overboard when the referee didn’t stop them. Dublin retaliated quite nastily. Both teams were called up but the punishments were a joke and didn’t even identify the correct players.

    Australia went out with the intention of playing at the limit of the laws, and went overboard when the referee didn’t stop them. Ireland retaliated quite pathetically. Nobody was called up over it, the punishments are non-existant and the GAA rakes in the cash and hopes that people forget about it before the next series happens.

    Also why should of the Australian players have had to withstand the racist abuse received in the first test?

    Bullshit. What unbelievable bullshit.

    “I can categorically tell you it is completely untrue that our players have suffered any racial abuse”

    Demetriou, the AFL’s chief executive, who is in Ireland with the Australian team, yesterday said the allegation of racial abuse was untrue, insulting to the Irish and an indication that Fevola was “looking for excuses” for his unacceptable behaviour.

  5. Ok i hadn’t seen that statement from Demetriou so i take that point back but i dont’t understang the video link. Is it of the International rules because i’m not going to say what CJ did was in any may commendable but these things dont happen in the AFL!

  6. Yeah, that’s from the last series down under last year, I believe that game was in Melbourne. The animal concerned is Chris Johnson of the Brisbane Lions.

    In the 2005 International Rules series, Johnson was named co-captain along with Andrew McLeod . Johnson started a brawl by close line tackling one of the Irish team. After this he was seen to search around for other players to strike. During the course of the brawl he floored 4 Irish players. He was suspended for 5 matches after pleading guilty to striking, ruling him out until the second Test in 2008.

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