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IC11 Squad - Super Warriors named

International Cup 2011

It's official, Ireland has named a super-squad for the 4th International Cup.

Aisake Ó hAilpín is the main addition since our Preview. Consistent rumours and speculation that the Warriors would contain players that had been on AFL lists were put down by the Irish hierarchy until recently and now the full depth of their team has been revealed. Not only does it contain the core of players who went within a kick of 3rd spot in 2008 but it also includes:

 

       
  • Aisake Ó hAilpín - brother of Setanta and although now playing at Maribyrnong Park in Victoria he's 198 cm and spent several years on Carlton's list in the VFL playing for the Northern Bullants    
  • Conor Meredith - now with Aberfeldie in Victoria but previously playing on North Melbourne's list in the VFL playing for Werribee    
  • John Heslin - young gun Gaelic footballer about to join Richmond in the AFL    
  • Alan Coomey - now playing with East Fremantle in the WAFL and winner of ARFLI's Player of the Decade (2000s) award    
  • David Stynes - brother of Melbourne legend Jim and winner with Ireland in 2002

And 8 players currently playing with UTS Bats in Sydney, and further expats, add even more experience in Australian leagues.

This squad now asks the questions - who is favourite for IC11, Papua Guinea or Ireland?

The Warriors have an average height of 188 cm (6'2") and an average age of 29. For some nations that age profile would be a worry with a lack of youngsters pushing through and older players who may only have taken up the game recently. But in this case it probably suggests a very experienced list with many years of quality footy to their credit.

 



2011 AFL International Cup - Ireland Warriors squad

Coach: Tom Madigan


No. Name Club/Region D.O.B. Height (cm) Weight (kg)
1 Cian Quigley Leeside Lions 25/11/1980 1.83 81
2 Aidan Hickey North Leinster Kangaroos 7/03/1977 1.83 81
3 Clifford Richardson North Leinster Kangaroos   1.93  
4 Fergal McManus UTS Bats NSW 5/04/1988 1.88 90
5 John Heslin Richmond Tigers 27/06/1992 1.87 92
6 Joe Cunnane Dublin Demons 4/12/1971 1.95 95
7 Paul Sharry North Leinster Kangaroos 14/01/1989 1.9 83.5
8 Alex Whooley UTS Bats NSW 30/05/1979 2.01 113
9 Michael Finn Heidelberg Tigers Vic 18/05/1981 1.92 92
10 Fearghal Purcell UTS Bats NSW 26/06/1980 1.88 90
11 John Enright Dublin Demons 13/04/1980 1.85 98
12 Darren Sheils South Dublin Swans 3/12/1981 1.79 74
13 Barry Holland UTS Bats NSW 13/03/1982 1.8 78
14 Roch Hanmore UTS Bats NSW 14/02/1984 1.92 90
15 Philip Bredin UTS Bats NSW 12/08/1977 1.86 91
16 David McElhone Belfast Redbacks 28/01/1988 1.84 82.5
17 Larry Kavanagh St Marys NT 7/11/1977 2.01 97
18 Manus Breathnach South Dublin Swans 24/01/1980 1.91 100
19 Eoin Ó Súileabháin Leeside Lions 16/06/1984 1.8 82.5
20 Niall McDonagh Manly-Warringah Wolves NSW 27/12/1979 1.88 88
21 Joe Rocks Belfast Redbacks 24/04/1988 1.85 70
22 James Flavin Utrecht Saints/ Netherlands 17/11/1979 1.83 85
23 David Coffey UTS Bats NSW 21/12/1982 1.93 100
24 James O’ Byrne South Dublin Swans 12/01/1978 1.91 95
25 Sean McGuinness UTS Bats NSW      
26 John Tierney Dublin Demons 22/08/1982 1.83 99
27 Gerard Walls Belfast Redbacks/ Moorabbin Kangaroos Vic 4/06/1982 1.92 94
28 Kevin O’ Brien Whitfords FC WA 1/02/1984 1.81 80
29 Conor Meredith Aberfeldie Vic 8/05/1989 1.86 86
30 Alan Coomey East Fremantle WA 25/06/1984 1.86 92
34 David Stynes Moorabbin Kangaroos Vic 19/07/1977 1.86 93
35 Aisake Ó hAilpín Maribyrnong Park Vic 24/08/1984 1.98 92
40 Michael Carey Sydney University NSW 14/08/1983 1.77 76
42 Brendan Nannery West Preston Lakeside Vic 2/03/1986 1.92 93
45 Gerard Lenihan Kenmore Bears Qld 25/01/1984 1.86 85
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IC11 Squad - Super Warriors named
Authored by: Troy Thompson on Monday, August 01 2011 @ 02:50 PM ACST

Anyone know if the whole squad will be avaialble for all games or is the intention for Sydney based guys to play in Sydney and Melbourne based guys to play in Melbourne?

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IC11 Squad - Super Warriors named
Authored by: Troy Thompson on Thursday, August 04 2011 @ 02:39 PM ACST

Does anyone know if Ross Wherity (Donnegal) and Ronan Steede (Galway) who have been playing at Grovedale were approached/available to play?

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IC11 Squad - Super Warriors named
Authored by: Brett Northey on Thursday, August 04 2011 @ 08:50 PM ACST

Um, good video as pointed out elsewhere, but not sure that link is what you meant to paste in?

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IC11 Squad - Super Warriors named
Authored by: Troy Thompson on Thursday, August 04 2011 @ 09:44 PM ACST

http://www.longfordleader.ie/news/local/legan_man_to_play_in_aussie_rules_finals_1_2927504 Should be the correct link, not sure where the other one came from.

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IC11 Squad - Super Warriors named
Authored by: John Corrigan on Friday, August 05 2011 @ 04:36 PM ACST

Peter Ross is officially a reserve for the Squad, he plays for the South Dublin Swans in the ARFLI, and will be travlling over. I think the idea is for nearly everybody to be available for all matches; not sure about the likes of Aiske and Meredith with their Melbourne club comitments.  

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IC11 Squad - Super Warriors named
Authored by: Troy Thompson on Friday, August 05 2011 @ 06:00 PM ACST

Thanks John.  Will we see you in Melbourne or Sydney?

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IC11 Squad - Super Warriors named
Authored by: hopandsolo on Saturday, August 06 2011 @ 05:19 AM ACST

Peter here! John is correct.  I was mortified when I say that headline this morning as I'd told the paper in an email specifically to give me the title of Assitant Manager!  Just shows you can't believe all you read online, I've asked the Longford Leader to edit it. 

They also didn't mention my blog and guess the score competition www.irishwarriorsaussierules.wordpress.com, which was the main point of the story!

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Authored by: Troy Thompson on Friday, August 19 2011 @ 10:44 AM ACST
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