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Coulter Calls It

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

IRELAND and Australia played out a very exciting second test in Perth on Saturday in the International Rules Series.

It was probably the best game since the 2008 series and it certainly has a future in the GAA calendar fixture list.

Ireland again decided to go Route One and it worked to a certain extent but I would have liked us to play a bit more gaelic as when we did we got good scores from it.

Ireland's two goals came from us playing the game we are used to but we did not play that style of football enough.

A lot of the Ireland players will be disappointed with how they have performed in the series and may not get a chance again to represent Ireland as there is usually a big turnaround in players.

Some great gaelic footballers do not make good International Rules players and it showed with Aidan O'Shea and Paul Geaney especially as both are great footballers but this game doesn't suit either. Michael Murphy and Conor McManus were by far our best players and without them it would have been a hammering.

The Dublin players are getting a lot of unnecessary criticism for not having anyone on the panel for the Rules.

People have to realise that they still had to finish off Leagues and Championships in Dublin, then add into the mix that most Dublin players will go on an All Star trip and then go on a team holiday at the end of the year, - it's a tough ask in a few months.

I would like to wish Rostrevor all the best in their Ulster Intermediate Club Final against Moy on Sunday in Armagh's Athletic Grounds.

This will probably be Rostrevor's toughest game this year but it's a game they can win if they can get big performances from Caolan Mooney, Shaun Parr and Conor Doyle. A lot will boil down to whether these lads can have big influences on the match.

Rostrevor will also need to curb the Cavanagh brothers and if they can do that it will go a long way to helping them clinch the title.

I would like to congratulate Mark Poland on a great inter-county career that spanned over a decade in the red and black.

Mark was a very stylish player and played the game the way it should be played. He was and still is the most naturally gifted player, playing in Down football at present and he was playing some great football this year, so it come as a big shock to me when I heard that he had retired.

The Down supporters will miss him and I for one will miss watching him play.

Down started back training on Saturday without Mark but have added a few new players to the squad such as Warrenpoint's Paddy Murdock and Rostrevor duo Johnny Parr and Piaras Kane.

These lads are all good players and are great additions to the squad and I expect them to all do well in the red and black.

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