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Ireland and Limerick’s Marie Keating set for Aussie Rules Grand Final

Ireland and Limerick’s Marie Keating set for Aussie Rules Grand Final – Her Aussie Rules career also saw her win an All-Australian medal while in Sydney. During her five years there, she was named in the Sydney Women’s AFL Team of the Decade in 2008.

Ireland and Limerick’s Marie Keating set for Aussie Rules Grand Final

Limerick’s own Marie Keating and her Irish teammates have qualified for the Grand Final of the AFL International Cup in Melbourne.

Killeedy’s Keating is a vital part of the Irish women’s team, known as the Alfa Irish Banshees that are taking part in the AFL International Cup, the World Cup of Aussie Rules football.

In the early hours of this Saturday morning, Ireland play Canada in the Grand Final of the tournament in the 56,347 capacity Etihad Stadium in Melbourne.

The final is the curtain-raiser to the AFL clash of Carlton and Hawthorn. Saturday’s final will be streamed live, from 7.30am Irish time, on the AFL International Cup YouTube Channel

Ireland beat the USA, European Crusaders and Papua New Guinea in the group stages before defeating European champions Great Britain in the semi-final.

Ireland coach Tom Madigan said after the semifinal win: “The girls deserved the win, the leaders really stepped up Marie Keating, Laura Corrigan-Duryea and Gil Behan were unbelievable.”

“They’ve done the hard bit to get there, now they just have to go and get one more,” he said of the final, which Ireland lost in 2014.

Former Limerick senior camogie and ladies football player Marie Keating has been a regular in the Irish side for the past number of years.

A Killeedy camogie player and former Abbeyfeale club rugby player, Keating was introduced to Aussie Rules football during her time living in Australia.

Her Aussie Rules career also saw her win an All-Australian medal while in Sydney. During her five years there, she was named in the Sydney Women’s AFL Team of the Decade in 2008.

To visit the AFL International Cup Youtube Channel where the match will be live-streamed click here

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