It was a successful weekend all round for Laois’ international players as they all savoured the winning feeling in both Compromise Rules and Hurling.
Colm Begley and Zach Tuohy played big roles in Ireland’s humiliation of Australia in the opening test of the Compromise Rules series. Tuohy, making his Intermational debut, scored a point in the opening quarter after he claimed a mark 30 yards from goal. Both he and Begley picked up oceans of possession over the course of the game too, as Ireland completely blitzed Australia in an 80-36 victory.
The second test is scheduled for this Friday in the Gold Coast, with Ireland’s preparation briefly upset due to a strike by Australian carriers Qantas, as the Irish team’s flight to the Gold Coast was grounded just before they were due to fly out.
In the Hurling-Shinty internationals, Clough-Ballacolla’s Willie Hyland was the main man in the scoring stakes as he hit 0-6 (four frees) in Ireland’s 2-9 to 1-11 victory over Scotland in Inverness. Scotland lead by 1-6 to no score at one stage, but Ireland battled back to claim victory both in this game, and in the series, following their victory over the Scots in Athy the week before.
Paddy Mullaney, who had played for Ireland in the first game, missed the second test, but one Laois goalkeeper who was in action was Abbeyleix’ Eoin Reilly. Reilly had captained the Irish U-21 squad to victory the year before, and while he wasn’t the captain on this occasion, he still played a key role in Ireland’s 5-2 to 1-5 victory to help them claim back-to-back titles.