Limerick trio in International Rules games

Jerome O’Connell

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Jerome O’Connell

Mike Jones attempts to stop this shot from Australia's Patrick Dangerfield
THREE Limerick footballers have played a role in preparations for Saturday’s International Rules test between Ireland and Australia in Perth.

THREE Limerick footballers have played a role in preparations for Saturday’s International Rules test between Ireland and Australia in Perth.

The trio played in warm-up games last weekend.

Paul Earley’s Ireland had 73 points to spare in their win over the Victorian Football League representative outfit.

Included in the VFL team was James Magner. His father, John, is a native of Killeedy and a former Limerick minor hurler, while his mother, Breda, is a Carrigkerry woman who emigrated to Australia with her husband in 1986.

James, who played with Port Melbourne Football Club (Australian rules football club in the Victorian Football League) was born in Australia but played U-12 with Killeedy when his family moved home briefly in the 1990s.

Meanwhile, the Australian International Rules team played a selection of Sydney’s best GAA Players to test their round-ball skills.

That team was captained by former Limerick senior football goalkeeper Mike Jones of Galtee Gaels.

Also included was Athea’s Mark Reidy.