Kernan urges Perth-Irish to support Ireland in big numbers:


Irish International Rules manager has called on Perth’s large Irish Community to come out in force and back his team’s efforts to overturn a 10-point deficit ahead of Saturday’s deciding test.

The Irish players headed for the town of Mandurah on Monday to re-group after Sunday’s Adelaide Oval clash and will move to Perth on Wednesday.

Kernan was enthused by the support the team received in Adelaide last Sunday after a challenging run-up to the game but is banking on big numbers of Irish supporters to attend the second test in a city famous for its connections with Ireland.

He said: “The lads battled extremely hard last weekend in hot conditions and on the back of tough week and we are looking forward to the second match against Australia.

“We have had time to digest aspects of last week’s first instalment and have focused on areas we believe we can improve on.

“I am calling on all Irish people in the Perth area to come out and support the boys and back their efforts to overturn the 10-point margin that separates us.

“We all know about the number of Irish people in Perth and the surrounding areas and I hope they all make to the game on Saturday and make themselves heard.

“The game provides a special opportunity for Irish people to re-connect with home and the GAA and with some of the best players in our game wearing the green jersey, we are confident of producing a big performance.”