The end of the affair?

The fall out from this year’s Compromise Rules Series has continued, with the GAA announcing that next year’s series has been cancelled. It looks like player support for the continuation of the Series has prevented it from being scrapped outright at this stage, with future games subject to a code of conduct being agreed.

Now I may sound like one playing Devil’s Advocate on this, but personally I thought the Irish reaction was way over the top this year. Sure, the GAA is right to push for clear disciplinary steps to be taken so that any future misbehaviour- by Australian or Irish players- brings with it effective punishments. The Aussies played a fierce and brutal game, and their tactics were over the top, but were we justified in grabbing the ball and running away home with it?

And, given the continuing unacceptable scenes of unruly behaviour at club- and county – level within the GAA, was the righteous indignation not a bit OTT?

  • Chris, As long as the Compromise Rules continues to attract huge crowds I dont think the GAA will abandon them altogether – Seamus

  • BeardyBoy

    I think we have a bunch of cry babies here – too soft by far – the aussies kicked the crap out of the poofs – good on yer mates.

    Anybody out there ever play Yo?

  • joseph

    The GAA became involved with the farce of a game called Internathional rules because, it is utterly desprate to be seen as having some sort of internathional profile. Now the game dubbed by one internet site as the, The Internathional Fools Series, has backed fired on them, and is nothing more than a yearly thug feast, played by Gaelic players, pretending that they are Internathional sportmen. Their own game is a mixture of, basketball, rugby, aussie rules , god only knows what, and played without any clear rules. It is mainly played by people who look like they are still celabrating the discovery of the wheel. Not one other nation on the planet plays the god damm awfull game , despite Irish people having emigrated to the four corners of the earth.If I had my way as someone who was forced at a S.DERRY secondary school to play Gaelic, and denied the right to play Football I would ban it from all schools, withdraw all taxpayers millions in founding and the GAA would die a natural death, and their would be no such thing as THE INTERNATHIONAL FOOLS SERIES.

  • Yokel

    It’d be sad to see it go. Lets be honest, the Aussies did an absolute number on the Irish fellas and won on physical force and on skill and its pity that the latter is forgotten.

    Football (soccer) playing man then Joseph ….sure it doesnt have an international profile as a sport and is where it is played globally, its often somewhat at a park teams, level. But so what, thats ok, as long as no one tries to believe otherwise. There are plenty of sports that are strongly centered in one or a few countries.

  • Scary_eire

    News flash for ya there Joseph. Gaelic football was around before basketball and aussie rules. They could have been based on the older game,(especially aussie rules). You do know that New york and London have teams in the championship dont you. I do agree that the International rules series is starting to look like International fools but its still exciting to watch i.e. very fast and unpredictable game with a few fights thrown in. Used to be a fan of football/soccer for most of my life but have more or less converted to gaelic and rugby now. Soccer is just boring these days i.e. too slow, people diving constantly – i only have time for international games.

    P.S Gaelic is played in more than 20 countries -not on a massive scale of course, not so bad for an awful game eh? The Irish counldnt care less about the series its the Aussies who want to expand internationally

  • joseph

    I am aware Scary that gaelic is played in London,having worked there in the eighties, on the building sites. But it is pushing it a bit too far,to claim as you do that it has a international profile , based on Irish people working in London, New York, Hong Kong etc, and having a kickabout om the local Park, as that is what it really amounts to. Not one of the London or New York, teams, who played in the championship were true English, or American, as you well know, as both teams are made up of Gaelic players from Ireland, many on short working holidays. In fact New York did not want to come over recently for a hurling game as so many of the team would not be allowed back into the states as their visas had run out. In fact in places like London , New York, Boston etc the GAA is in decline as the young Irish no longer in their vast numbers, go there for work anymore. You also claim that it is the Aussies who want to expand globally and not the GAA, then why get involved in the farce in the first place. Just imagine for a moment, that say Rugby Leauge,Union, was only played in England, and Football in Australia, and a top official decided to mix both games together and come up with a game called say International Footieball, yes it sounds silly and insane, and yes, he would be carted off to the nearest funny farm rather quickly, thats how stupid and insane mixing both games together is and calling it International Fools. One game played with a round ball, the other with a oval ball. One game (Gaelic) a mis mash of just about every game ever invented, and Aussie rules played with a oval ball, exciting to watch, clear rules and not forced down the throats of Aussie school children, like Gaelic games are in the vast majority of Catholic schools in Ireland. Gaelic games will always be Catholic games for a Catholic people,and will never expand globally and the smart ones in the GAA know that. Whilst other sectors of Irish culture have a International profile, eg, music , dance,poetry, etc Gaelic games will never, as it has no attraction what so ever to anyone outside of rual Catholic Ireland. A very large section of Irish people take nothing to do with Gaelic games,eg, Protestant community, and thousands within the Catholic community who follow Fooball and Rugby like myself. So when you cannot convince this huge section of Irish of the merits of the game, there is little point in promoting the game anywhere else. I will repeat again, deny the special treatment the GAA (NORTH AND SOUTH) gets in countless millions in taxpayers momey , and allow all children in Catholic schools the choice to play global games like Football. Rugby etc, and the GAA will fade away and die.

  • Scary_eire

    What school did you go to Joseph? In my school there was a choice of sports – nobody was forced to play gaelic.

    “as it has no attraction what so ever to anyone outside of rual Catholic Ireland”

    You obviously havnt seen a Dublin match then?

    “One game (Gaelic) a mis mash of just about every game ever invented, and Aussie rules played with a oval ball, exciting to watch, clear rules ”

    I already told you. Gaelic predates aussie rules which is a mixture of rugby and gaelic football brought over by the Irish imigrants.

    Some of the countries that it is played in can be seen below – thats more than i can say for aussie rules.

    http://www.gaa.ie/page/gaa_abroad.html

    P.S – personally im not a big fan of aussie rules because the game gets too slowed down with the mark but i do like the idea of tackling. Gaelic is a much more fast and free-flowing game. If international rules is the best we can get then so be it.

  • againstthehead

    What a joke – pulling out of a game because the Ozzies ruffed Ireland up a bit (okay a lot). To pull out is an absolute disgrace – makes you all sound like a bunch of woman! what do you expect australia to do – play cards? Every sport they compete in, they challenge to the MAX, right on the edge of the rules – it’s up to the ref to maintain discipline , or the other team to step up to the mark.
    The GAA is now a joke in Australia – winging pommes is a term they’ll have to transfer to the GAA

  • The Mighty Quinn

    There is a big difference here people you all seem to be forgetting. GAA remains an amateur sport whilst the aussies playing for the AFL get paid. GAA players simply can’t afford to be getting hard knocks when many of them need to up the next morning for their good tight work. Many of the Irish lads work as brickies and the like, who pays their bills when they get a broken leg?

    Also gaelic football is more of a mixture between hurling and caid, two ancient Irish sports.