Killkenny and Galway's Wild Geese set flight
The Kilkenny and Galway hurlers jetted out this morning from Dublin airport for Sydney where they’ll compete for the inaugural Wild Geese Trophy.
The clash between the Allianz hurling league champions of the last two seasons on Sunday is the highlight of a weekend celebration of Irish culture that is the Sydney Irish Festival.
It is also a repeat of the 2018 Leinster final which Galway won after a replay in Thurles last July.
This will be the first major inter-county hurling match to be played in Australia and the game will be shown live on TV via Fox Sports while it will also be broadcast in Ireland by RTE.
Uachtarán CLG John Horan said: “Since the 1980s we have been able to showcase our best Gaelic footballers in Australia via the Compromise and International Rules games.
“Now with the Wild Geese Trophy we have an opportunity to bring some of the very best hurlers that we have in the game across to Australia and show people the exciting and unique sport that it is.
“Australian people, much like the Irish, are passionate about and appreciate sport and we believe they will enjoy the spectacle. It’s also a chance to bring a piece of home to the many thousands of Irish who are in Sydney and New South Wales and acknowledge the excellent work that is being done by our Australasia Board at promoting Gaelic games across Australia and New Zealand.”
A specially commissioned Wild Geese Trophy will be awarded to the winners of the hurling match and features a pair of gold wings around a silver sliotar. The game will be refereed by Wexford’s James Owens with Fergal Horgan and Paud O'Dwyer the linesmen.
The Sydney Irish Festival is also supported by Allianz, O’Neills and PJ O’Briens.