The 2008 and 2009 hurling All-Stars are currently in Argentina, the lucky sods, and Lauren has been on to let me know about some online content relating to the tour (and to give me the photo opposite of Eoin McGrath and Tony Brown, which was taken at Dublin airport before the lads headed off).
As you probably know, there was an exhibition match in Buenos Aires yesterday afternoon and, by the sounds of it, the touring lads served up a rip-roaring contest for the locals, with the match ending 4-12 apiece. Lauren also sent onto me a match report from Jim O’Sullivan in Buenos Aires and he relates that the final equalising point by the 2009 team came from Cork’s Cathal Naughton – who only made the trip as a late replacement for his Newtownshandrum clubmate Ben O’Connor – after the class of 2008 had fought their way back into the game with second half goals from Galway’s Joe Canning and Waterford’s Eoin McGrath.
Jim also reports that the match was noteworthy for two reasons. First, it was the final representative game to be played at senior level before it becomes compulsory for all hurlers to wear helmets, a rule that comes into effect from the start of 2010. John Mullane certainly won’t look the same come the New Year. The second noteworthy fact was that football referee Marty Duffy took charge of the game for the last fifteen minutes. I do hope the calls he made weren’t as dodgy as a few football ones I could name (but won’t – it is Christmas, after all).
I did mention online content on the game, didn’t I? Well, here it is and there are also more clips of the tour on Vodafone’s YouTube channel (where, I guess, there’ll soon be loads of Dubs stuff too now that they’ve signed up as the Jacks’ new shirt sponsor):