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# Stefan Okunbor
'I haven’t told many friends about the racist encounters on the football field'
Kerry All-Ireland winner and current Australian Rules player Stefan Okunbor on his experiences of racism in Ireland.
# uncertainty
Tadhg Kennelly's future in doubt with Sydney Swans - reports
The 2005 Premiership winner is the club’s latest high-profile casualty following cuts due to Covid-19.
# Stefan Okunbor
'It's very overwhelming, it feels like someone has shot you in the back of the heel'
Kerry’s Stefan Okunbor on recovery from a ruptured Achilles tendon and adjusting to Aussie Rules.
# Down Under
Irish players set for return to action as AFL season to restart on 11 June
The Australian Football League said non-contact training will resume in groups of eight on Monday.
# Off
International Rules Series due to take place in Ireland in November postponed
There is little certainty about when the series might makes its comeback.
# looking ahead
AFL chief insists all 18 clubs will survive as Covid-19 causes financial crisis
Several Irish players have been impacted by the massive pay cuts.
# Life Down Under
'People are saying ‘Wake me up when it’s 2021'' - Colin O'Riordan's strange season in Sydney
The Tipperary native and his Sydney Swans team-mates have had plenty to contend with this year.
# on ice
'It was a once in a lifetime opportunity' - AFL dreams put on hold for 4 young GAA players
Four GAA players were due to have trials in Australia next month but they’ve been postponed.
# Aussie Rules
Kerry's Mark O'Connor: 'It's still a bit of a shock to the system but it was always going to happen'
Kerry’s Mark O’Connor on the AFL season being shut down after Saturday’s game with Geelong.
# shut down
Massive pay cuts for AFL players as Irish stars returning home due to Covid-19 crisis
The decision was taken yesterday to shut down the AFL action.
# Called Off
'Most serious threat in 100 years' - AFL postpone season and AFLW competition cancelled
The round one games today will be the last for a while in Aussie Rules.
# Men At Work
Colin O'Riordan's Sydney Swans edge out Adelaide in thriller
Elsewhere in the AFL, Zach Tuohy and Mark O’Connor lined out for Geelong.
# Men At Work
2020 AFL season begins at empty MCG with 4 Irish players to feature this weekend
Richmond beat Carlton as this year’s campaign began in a strange atmosphere at the MCG.
# Aussie Rules
9 AFL clubs featuring Irish players to keep an eye out for in 2020
The new season goes ahead tomorrow in Australia.
# pressing on
AFL confirm season will go ahead with Irish players set to be involved
And the AFLW have scrapped the last two rounds of regular season fixtures with finals set to start this weekend.
# Up In The Air
AFL scrap five games from fixture list, but this week's curtain-raisers not postponed yet
State Leagues around Australia will begin in May, but Gillon McLachlan will meet with stakeholders in the next 24 hours to decide if this weekend’s AFL openers go ahead.
# Thunder down under
Breaking gym records and getting the dressing room hopping: Derry teen Brown embracing AFL adventure
‘I’ve never played the sport, everyone else has 13 years playing it. They will be more efficient, more technical but still, I just know I will get the better of them.’
# irish down under
AFL and AFLW seasons to go ahead for now - behind closed doors
There are 18 Irishmen and 18 Irishwomen contracted to clubs in Oz.
# bombers
Conor McKenna back to preparations for AFL season following break at home
The Tyrone native is in the mix for Essendon’s season opener.
# giant setback
Yvonne Bonner ruled out for rest of Giants' season with ankle injury
The Donegal native is facing a long lay-off in Sydney.
# Land down under
Another Kerry All-Ireland minor winner set for AFL switch as Brisbane Lions make move
Dingle’s Deividas Uosis is to focus on Australian Rules.
# Homeward Bound
McKenna returns to Tyrone from AFL club 'due to homesickness and family-related reasons'
McKenna has been playing with Essendon since October 2014.
# back in form
'I kind of put that to bed' - Walsh admits 'shock' at Kerry return
Tommy Walsh discusses Peter Keane’s phone call inviting him back into the fold, the overcomplicated advanced mark and Cathal McShane’s AFL move.
# A land down under
Adelaide Crows confirm Tyrone's McShane set to join their pre-season training
The 2019 All-Star will link up with the AFL club’s squad in the coming weeks.
# Hybrid Game
International Rules Series to be played in 2020 and 2022
The GAA has confirmed matches in Ireland and Australia.
# In hot water
AFL boss 'really disappointed' in Tyrone's McKenna for lining out in club GAA match
The Essendon star scored a goal for his native Eglish as they won a relegation battle at the weekend.
# Land down under
'I wouldn't be surprised if we see some of them staying and not going back for Gaelic football'
AFLW agent and CrossCoders co-founder Jason Hill outlines potential changes to the league – and the knock-on effect for the Irish involved.
# Snap Happy
Galway star Divilly shines brightest as five Irish represent at Aussie Rules trials in Melbourne
Donegal young gun Oisin Gallen, Cork forward Saoirse Noonan and Meath duo Vikki Wall and Cian McBride were also chasing contracts.
Disappointment for Tuohy and O'Connor as Geelong miss out on AFL Grand Final spot
The Geelong Cats let a half-time lead slip to see Richmond progress to next week’s decider.
# international rookie
AFL side Essendon announce signing of 20-year-old Armagh star
Ross McQuillan has joined Conor McKenna’s club.
# Men At Work
Tuohy and O'Connor help Geelong get back on track with win in 2019 AFL finals
Geelong defeated West Coast Eagles this morning with the Irish duo in action.
# Irish Abroad
Tuohy kicks superb goal but Geelong fall short to Collingwood in AFL finals
Laois native Zach Tuohy and Kerry’s Mark O’Connor were on the losing side.
# Exit
McKenna's Essendon suffer heavy 55-point AFL elimination final defeat
The Tyrone native’s season is over.
# Men At Work
Kerry, Tyrone and Laois players fly the Irish flag in 2019 AFL finals
Big couple of days for Conor McKenna, Mark O’Connor and Zach Tuohy.
# swan song
'He’s gone to another level': Colin O'Riordan rewarded with new contract at Sydney Swans
Former Tipperary dual star has impressed since making his senior Swans debut.
Westmeath's Connellan calls time on Aussie Rules career and returns home to Ireland
The 24-year-old comes back home to focus on his studies and spend time with his family.
# glassy finish
Derry's Conor Glass scores first ever AFL goal for Hawthorn
Tyrone man Conor McKenna pulled off a dummy solo for Essendon in the same game.
# Making The Move
'He’ll be a tremendous asset' - Sydney Swans confirm signing of Wexford footballer
Barry O’Connor will join Tipperary’s Colin O’Riordan at the club.
# Pen to Paper
New contract for Kerry native as he signs up with AFL club Geelong until end of 2022 season
Mark O’Connor has made a bright start to the 2019 season with Geelong.
# Life Down Under
'I made my choice and I try not to let the what ifs creep in' - from Kerry roots to shining with Geelong
Mark O’Connor’s AFL career is taking flight with a superb start to the 2019 season with Geelong.