Ireland Warriors came from four goals behind to beat PNG Mosquitoes for the 2011 International Cup

Luck of the Irish

Thursday, September 01, 2011

It was a sea of green celebrations after not one, but two final sirens sounded.

Ireland hit the jackpot this International Cup, winning both the inaugural women's competition and coveted division one men's Grand Final.

International Cup newcomers' Fiji Tribe and France Coqs faced off in the division two Grand Final with the Tribe proving too good for France.

Men's Division One

Ireland Warriors entered IC11 ranked number four, but with a strong expat side playing in Sydney, it was not surprising they were a dominant force throughout the tournament.

In blistering style, the Warriors felled rivals New Zealand Hawks in the semis to land a place in the Grand Final against Cup favourite, PNG Mosquitoes.

The Mozzies dominated the first three quarters in a tense Grand Final, played last Saturday at the MCG before the Hawthorn/Western Bulldogs match, but Ireland stormed home in the last quarter, coming from four goals down to winning by eighteen points.

It was more than just luck as star players Michael Finn, Roch Hanmore and Fearghal Purcell stepped up to secure the win.

Final score: Ireland 8.5 (53) d PNG 5.5 (35)
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Men's Division Two

International Cup debutants, Fiji Tribe and France Coqs surprised organisers by being the strongest sides in the men's division two tournament.

Both teams clocked up convincing wins over more experienced counterparts, but as neither team had played each other throughout the tournament, the Grand Final was set to be a dynamic showdown.

However, Fiji's athleticism and fast pace proved too good for crowd favourites France and the Tribe triumped with a decisive 41-point win.

Final score: Fiji 9.8 (62) d France 3.3 (21)
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Women's Division

Remaining undefeated the entire tournament, the Irish Banshees went into the Grand Final against Canada Northern Lights as Cup favourites.

With experienced Gaelic footballers such as Emma Kelly and star players Laura Corrigan, Maire Keating, Gillian Behan and Natlie Behan (who all made the women's World Team), the girls in green were hard to beat, holding off Canada by four goals.

Final score: Ireland 5.5 (35) d Canada 1.2 (8)
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