Aussies warm up in NYC: Update -match cancelled
Friday, November 13 2015 @ 08:45 AM ACDT
Contributed by: Troy Thompson
The Australian team has spent most of this week warming up and getting to know each other in New York City. The US stopover before next week's International Rules Test match in Ireland will conclude after this weekend. Before they leave for Ireland though the Australian team will play a New York GAA team. The match will take place on Saturday at the Rockland GAA Centre of Excellence in Orangeburg starting at midday.
If you are going to head down there to watch the match please be aware that there are limited facilities (so don't expect seating), entry is $10 for adults and free for under 18's.
Earlier in the week the AFL today announced a five-man leadership group for the Virgin Australia International Rules team to contest the one-off Test against Ireland, to be played at Croke Park in Dublin on Saturday November 21.
The Australian team coaching group of Alastair Clarkson, Ross Lyon and Chris Scott named the Western Bulldogs' Robert Murphy, St Kilda's Nick Riewoldt, the Geelong Cats' Harry Taylor and Hawthorn pair Luke Hodge and Sam Mitchell as the team's leaders as they prepare in New York this week with a training camp.
Clarkson said the captain would be named on Friday (Saturday Australian time) when the team has its formal jumper presentation, before flying out over the weekend to Dublin.
"We have an outstanding squad with leaders throughout the team, but for practical purposes we have settled on those five players and we know they will do an outstanding job leading this group." he said.
Murphy was named as this year's All Australian captain in his first year as Bulldogs' skipper while Riewoldt has captained the Saints in nearly 200 games across his career, and was himself named as All Australian captain in 2009, as one of his five All Australian honours. Taylor played in last year's winning side against Ireland and was recognised for his seniority within the Cats while Mitchell (2008) and Hodge (2013, 2014, 2015) have captained the last four premeirship teams for the Hawks between them. Hodge was also All Australian captain in 2010.