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Surprising (or maybe not) that there's no thread on this yet. Has it run it's course. The appetite among the top players to get involved seems to be weaning. Can't blame them really as it's got to be well down the list of priorities.

Hardtimes (Cavan) - 20/10/2017 13:18:17    2056553

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Replying To Hardtimes:  "Surprising (or maybe not) that there's no thread on this yet. Has it run it's course. The appetite among the top players to get involved seems to be weaning. Can't blame them really as it's got to be well down the list of priorities."
The series was almost dead a few years ago because of the poor teams Australia selected for a couple of years and the series was reduced to 1 game. The last 2 series have picked up though and because of that they have reverted to a 2 match series. Australia have picked a strong squad again this year by all accounts. It's not easy for Irish players to go because of work and club commitments etc but hopefully we'll still have a strong group of players representing the GAA.

Mobot (Donegal) - 20/10/2017 13:55:25    2056566

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There isnt much to talk about really, its interesting and a bit if craic to watch but there isnt going to be much discussions about it..Id say if people can watch it they will but no one will go out of there way too watch it.. Not all players can commit to play in it so that lessens the interest in it

tommy132 (Mayo) - 20/10/2017 14:50:58    2056585

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Its a trip to Australia for those lucky enough to get selected albeit players involved with their county teams late in the year may have difficulty in getting time for this. No Dublin players available....

imonmyway (Mayo) - 20/10/2017 17:01:15    2056639

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Its a trip to Australia for those lucky enough to get selected albeit players involved with their county teams late in the year may have difficulty in getting time for this. No Dublin players available....

imonmyway (Mayo) - 20/10/2017 17:09:57    2056644

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This competition is crap crap crap.

woops (Kerry) - 20/10/2017 17:27:19    2056649

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its run its course..like the railway cup..give it a decent burial and forget it

kavvie (Clare) - 20/10/2017 17:38:31    2056653

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Replying To woops:  "This competition is crap crap crap."
Smart move by the dubs not sending out the likes of Fenton and con Callaghan out to oz, why put your best players on the shop window.

KingdomBoy1 (Kerry) - 20/10/2017 18:32:37    2056667

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Replying To kavvie:  "its run its course..like the railway cup..give it a decent burial and forget it"
When it attracts as small a crowd as the Railway Cup does then you'll be right. However it gets more than the 3 men and a dog so you're wrong. I don't get people's opposition to it. What harm does it do? I have no interest in the Railway Cup at all butt as long as someone does and players want to play it isn't doing any harm so let it be imo.

MesAmis (Dublin) - 20/10/2017 18:37:52    2056672

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Replying To KingdomBoy1:  "Smart move by the dubs not sending out the likes of Fenton and con Callaghan out to oz, why put your best players on the shop window."
Their best players are already in the 'shop window'. I am sure the international AFL recruiters already know who Brian Fenton and Con O'Callaghan are. Not sure they are looking to recruit established intercounty players as rookies though. But if they are, they will already have had a chat with Brian Fenton and Con O'Callaghan and persuaded them to come out. And if they wanted to go, they would go and there would not be anything Dublin could do about it (ok they could pay them to stay or have a 'chat' like Kerry did with Clifford - or is it the same thing??). The GAA could end this competition if they wanted to. This would not eliminate the 'shop window'. Players will make up their own mind whether they want to play or not. Much like the Railway Cup. For those that do not want to play. Fair enough. I can understand why players would not be bothered with. But for those that do, then their participation should not bother anybody else.

bennybunny (Cork) - 20/10/2017 20:42:57    2056705

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Well I for one am glad none of our players are going.

realdub (Dublin) - 20/10/2017 20:57:37    2056707

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Dead rubber for me. Dont think ive watched a game since O Rourke took charge

Vishred (Mayo) - 20/10/2017 22:43:58    2056717

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I'll be watching. Always enjoyed the years the Irish win. Painful to watch the years when we got bullied up and down the park but physically they are a closer match so I think footballing ability comes into it more. I accept lots of people don't like it and I'll even admit it is a bit stop-start for me but I am still curious to see who wins. I'll be watching the shinty today with interest.

Suas Sios (None) - 21/10/2017 12:02:53    2056775

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Happy for the players who get a nice holiday but that's where I draw the line. It is and always has been, a dreadful game.

TheFlaker (Mayo) - 21/10/2017 15:50:07    2056821

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Does anyone know who is playing for Ireland or in other words who is on the Irish team? All you read about is whose not available. Doubt it's reached its end.

border Gael (Monaghan) - 25/10/2017 12:12:33    2057825

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The death kneel for this comp for me was the year the aussies based themselves in Cork before a 1st test in Limerick. The Aussie players spent the week in the bars and clubs of Cork having the craic and making new female friends! They went out and beat Ireland off the pitch in a hopeless match in Gaelic Park in Limerick. I was never a fan of it to begin with but that was it for me. I won't ever attend or watch this crap live on tv ever again.

woops (Kerry) - 25/10/2017 12:21:21    2057829

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Replying To woops:  "The death kneel for this comp for me was the year the aussies based themselves in Cork before a 1st test in Limerick. The Aussie players spent the week in the bars and clubs of Cork having the craic and making new female friends! They went out and beat Ireland off the pitch in a hopeless match in Gaelic Park in Limerick. I was never a fan of it to begin with but that was it for me. I won't ever attend or watch this crap live on tv ever again."
I fully agree. As a jolly it has no peers but as a serious sporting competition it has no credibility at all.

MuckrossHead (Donegal) - 25/10/2017 13:57:18    2057872

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I agree it's rubbish, don't see the point of it other than a break away and a bit of craic for the players after a hard season.

Tirchonaill1 (Donegal) - 25/10/2017 17:13:41    2057948

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Never tend to be interested in the build up and then in the years when I've listened in i find myself getting involved and hoping we stuff those arrogant bloody aussies. I think the guys that go go with the intention of winning and are not just there for the crack . Wouldn't be getting up in the middle of the night though to watch it.

Dubh_linn (Dublin) - 25/10/2017 18:00:26    2057958

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Replying To MuckrossHead:  "I fully agree. As a jolly it has no peers but as a serious sporting competition it has no credibility at all."
This thread is about the International rules not the Leinster football final.

bennybunny (Cork) - 25/10/2017 20:27:53    2057983

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