It’s Grand Final time
It’s exciting times in the world of Irish Aussie Rules. Tomorrow our women’s team play in the inaugural final of the women’s International Cup competition with the opposition being Canada at Royal Park, Melbourne. Then on Saturday morning in the MCG Ireland’s men play Papua New Guinea in the Grand Final of the men’s competition.
After yesterday’s great victories for both teams, today was a day for rest and recuperation. My wife and team chiropractor Tammy was busy working on players on both teams this afternoon to ensure they are in peak condition for their respective finals. There were quite a number of knocks and bruises picked up against the Kiwis but it looks like everyone in both teams will be fit and ready for their finals.
Tomorrow the men will have their final training session before the final when they have a run out in the morning at Gosch’s Paddock, Collingwood’s home training venue. After that we’re all going to cheer on the Banshees for their 2:30pm opening bounce. Tomorrow evening there is also a gala function in Crown Casino to celebrate the International Cup, it will be early to bed for the boys with the final the next morning but hopefully the Banshees will have silverware by then and can celebrate long into the night.
UTS Bats and Ireland player Sean McGuinness was down at the AFL combine this morning. This is where they test players on athleticism and skill and it makes interesting comparison with the AFL elite. I don’t have Sean’s stats to hand but the Nauru player on test was only 4cm off the best running vertical jump ever recorded. See some video footage of the combine below.