Clare and Clondegad Senior Footballer, Gary Brennan helped Ireland overcome Australia to reclaim the Cormac McAnallen Cup in Saturday night’s International Rules clash at Croke Park.
Brennan was the only Clare man in the Irish side but played a starring role with some impressive fielding in the final quarter as his side won out 56-52 winners.
Joe Kernan’s Ireland got the most out of their forward line, which was headed up by captain Bernard Brogan (13pts), Conor McManus (17pts) and Aidan O’Shea (15pts).
38,386 spectators turned up to witness this year’s International Rules contest.
IRELAND: Bernard Brogan (c) (Dublin), Lee Keegan (vc) (Mayo), Niall Morgan (gk) (Tyrone), Colm Begley (Laois), Gary Brennan (Clare), Eoin Cadogan (Cork), Mattie Donnelly (Tyrone), Eoin Doyle (Kildare), Peter Harte (Tyrone), Darren Hughes (Monaghan), Paul Kerrigan (Cork), Jack McCaffrey (Dublin), Ciaran McDonald (Tipperary), Phillip McMahon (Dublin), Conor McManus (Monaghan), Rory O’Carroll (Dublin), John O’Loughlin (Laois), Aidan O’Shea (Mayo), Michael Quinn (Longford), Donnchadh Walsh (Kerry), Diarmuid Connolly (Dublin), Paul Cribbin (Kildare), Paddy McBrearty (Donegal).
AUSTRALIA: Luke Hodge (c) (Hawthorn), Dustin Fletcher (gk) (Essendon), Hayden Ballantyne (Fremantle), Eddie Betts (Adelaide), Grant Birchall (Hawthorn), Luke Breust (Hawthorn), Patrick Dangerfield (Geelong), Andrew Gaff (West Coast), Brendon Goddard (Essendon), Robbie Gray (Port Adelaide), Dyson Heppell (Essendon), Sam Mitchell (Hawthorn), Leigh Montagna (St Kilda), David Mundy (Fremantle), Robert Murphy (Western Bulldogs), Nick Riewoldt (St Kilda), Tom Rockliff (Brisbane Lions), Jarryd Roughead (Hawthorn), Nick Smith (Sydney Swans), Jake Stringer (Western Bulldogs), Harry Taylor (Geelong), Easton Wood (Western Bulldogs).
Referees: Joe McQuillan (Ireland), Mathew Nicholls (Australia)
Jim Stynes Medal: Harry Taylor
GAA Medal: Bernard Brogan