Game Day 3 - Warriors slay Elks with ease
Thursday, August 18 2011 @ 04:45 pm ACST
Contributed by: Brett Northey
If anyone was doubting the perception that Ireland's men are a genuine Cup threat that was quickly put to bed in a savage first quarter against the improved Swedish Elks at the SCG Bus Loop ground in the 2pm slot on Game Day 3 (Wednesday 17th August).
Sweden are clearly better than their 2008 IC debut, with better structure, some very solid physiques and plenty of experience in international competition, such as the European Championships last year when they placed third. Yet Ireland came out in the first quarter and blew them away, 6.2 (38) to no score.
And although that was the worst of it as the Swedes gathered their defences, Ireland never showed mercy, with a 4 goal to 1 second quarter making it clear there would be no comeback.
Inaccurate kicking by Ireland, 2.6, saved the Elks from a nastier scoreline in the 3rd quarter, and in the last it was another 3.2 to nothing.
It may be hard for Sweden to rebound from such a loss but they should remain positive that they have improved and were simply up against one of the best international sides to take the field. Although not full strength (!) the team included champion from previous tournaments Mike Finn, David Stynes and Richmond recruit John Heslin. Irish stalwart John Enright continued his resurgence as a forward, adding a further two goals to his tally. For the Swede Robin Nilsson's name was a lonely one on the goalkicking list.
Sweden now await their opponent in the first round of finals, while Ireland face a slightly stiffer challenge in Denmark.
Many thanks to Fiona Austen for the photos.
Goal Kickers: F. Purcell 3, M. Breathnach 3, J. Enright 2, P. Sharry 2, F. McManus , J. Heslin , D. Stynes , G. Walls , J. Flavin
Best Players: P. Sharry, S. McGuinness, D. Stynes, M. Finn, B. Nannery, G. Walls
Goal Kickers: R. Nilsson
Best Players: P. Persson, C. Fager, C. Martensson, H. Olsson, T. Persson, T. Stahl