2006 International Rules Series
|Event||International Rules Series|
|Australia win series 109-79 on aggregate|
|Date||28 October 2006|
|Venue||Pearse Stadium, Galway, Salthill|
Pat McEnaney (Ireland)Shane McInerney (Australia)
|Date||5 November 2006|
|Venue||Croke Park, Dublin, Dublin City|
David Coldrick (Ireland)Shane McInerney (Australia)
|Attendance||82,127 (Sell Out)|
The 2006 series involved two sell-out test matches, the first in Galway and the second in Dublin. Both of the matches were landmark matches for International Rules Tests in Ireland: the Galway test was the first International Rules Series match to be played under floodlights and the Dublin crowd was the largest crowd in the history of international sport in Ireland.
Both tests were again controversial due to the off-field actions of the Australian team and the on-field actions of both teams, as well as injury to several players from both sides.
- First Test: 28 October 2006 at Pearse Stadium, Galway, County Galway, Ireland
- Second Test: 5 November 2006 at Croke Park, Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland
Off field controversy also dominated the series. Brendan Fevola's assault of an Irish barman which resulted in his being sent home from the Australian tour in the series brought the series into question for the behaviour and laid-back attitude which the professional Australian players have towards the series.
A tackle by Australia's Danyle Pearce on Ireland's Graham Geraghty in the second test left Geraghty unconscious and requiring hospitalisation. The act was considered a "square up", further adding tensions to the series. Despite several on-field incidents, including a shirtfront by Adam Selwood which resulted in the broken nose of an Irish opponent and a headbutt to Australia's Ryan O'Keefe which left his face bloodied, red cards were not used and the actions were cleared by the match review panels.
Irish Coach Sean Boylan publicly blamed thuggery and refereeing for Ireland's loss to Australia and called for the series to be scrapped. In December, 2006, the Gaelic Athletic Association decided not to participate in the series any further unless the Australians agreed to abide by a code of conduct and more strict rules regarding tackling.
Jim Stynes Medal
*Brendan Fevola was an emergency for the first game, but was sent home before the second game due to misconduct in that he was involved in a fight at a pub.
**Lindsay Gilbee and Sam Fisher only played in the first game.
***Brett Peake and David Mundy only played in the second game.
|Ireland won by 8|
|Date||Saturday, 28 October 2006|
|Scoring (IRL)||Goals: Bergin
Overs: McDonnell 4, Barden, Begley, Bergin, Brogan, Cavanagh, Earley, Geraghty, Kennelly
|Scoring (AUS)||Goals: O'Keefe
Overs: O'Keefe 3, Davis 2, Hall 2, Davey, Lappin
|Best||IRL: Kelly, McDonnell, Fitzgerald, Bergin, McGeeney, Brogan
AUS: Lappin, O'Keefe, Fletcher, Sherman, Hall, Davis
|Venue||Pearse Stadium, Galway, County Galway|
|Umpires||Pat McEnaney (Ireland)
Shane McInerney (Australia)
|Australia won by 38|
|Date||Sunday, 5 November 2006|
|Scoring (IRL)||Goals: -
Overs: Brogan 2, Earley 2, McDonnell 2, Coulter
|Scoring (AUS)||Goals: Crowley, Goddard, Stanton
Overs: Hall 4, Sherman 3, O'Keefe 2, Pearce 2, Bateman, Davey, Davis, Goddard
|Best||IRL: Kelly, Lockhart, Cavanagh, Moyles, Coulter, McDonnell
AUS: Pearce, Sherman, O'Keefe, Hall, Fletcher, Davey
|Injuries||IRL: Geraghty (concussion)
AUS: Brown (hand/lower back), Crowley (knee)
|Venue||Croke Park, Dublin, County Dublin|
|Umpires||David Coldrick (Ireland)
Shane McInerney (Australia)
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