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Tuesday 31 January 2023 Dublin: 6°C

# Land down under

This month
January 2023
# Land down under
Cork player Mark Keane returning to Australia to resume AFL career
Keane won an All-Ireland junior club hurling medal last weekend in Croke Park.
# Land down under
Multi-talented Rowe eyes World Cup dream as Ireland's Quinn hits out at 'unfair' ticket allocation
The Girls In Green’s first-ever major tournament is moving into full view.
# Wizard of Oz
Djokovic romps in first singles clash in Australia since deportation
The Serbian crushed Constant Lestienne at the Adelaide International to kickstart his bid for another Grand Slam title.
# Land down under
Novak Djokovic makes losing return to Australia but given warm welcome back
Djokovic lost his first-round doubles match with Vasek Pospisil at the Adelaide International.
Last year
2022
# Upset
Nadal crashes in season-opening match as Swiatek cruises at United Cup
Cameron Norrie sealed the biggest win of his career by defeating Nadal in Sydney.
# Land down under
'Appetite and need will remain' for Irish players joining AFLW - Melbourne list manager
Todd Patterson works with Sinéad Goldrick and Blaithin Mackin at the reigning champions.
# Flying the flag
Meath, Armagh, Leitrim and Mayo stars nominated for AFLW awards
Vikki Wall and Blaithin Mackin are up for Best First-Year Player, with Áine Tighe and Aileen Gilroy in the running for MVP.
# Land down under
Kelly and Wall star, with Irish involvement in all four teams left in AFLW race
Niamh Kelly’s Adelaide Crows and Vikki Wall’s North Melbourne came through today’s clashes.
# Irish Eye
Mayo star defies 'season-ending' prognosis to return, but Meath All-Ireland winner out
There’s mixed fortunes for Rachel Kearns and Orlagh Lally in the AFLW.
# Land down under
'Athletic beast' Vikki Wall one of several Irish goal-scorers in AFLW this weekend
Aisling McCarthy, Cora Staunton and Áine Tighe were also on target.
# Flying the flag
Meath and Cork stars confirmed for AFLW debuts on Saturday
Vikki Wall and Erika O’Shea will both feature for North Melbourne.
# Flying the flag
The 22 Irish stars set for the new AFLW season
They’re spread across 12 teams and hail from 12 different counties.
# Land down under
Kerry's O'Connor signs new contract with AFL side Geelong until 2024
The Dingle native has thrived since switching from Gaelic football to Aussie Rules.
# Land down under
The five Irish stars left standing at the business end of the AFLW season
The preliminary finals take place this weekend, with the winners prevailing to next Saturday’s Grand final.
# irish in oz
'Ultimate utility player' Tighe and the other Irish stars in the Covid-hit AFLW final series
The finals series has been pushed back a week due to Covid chaos at Collingwood.
# Irish Eye
'Outstanding' Tighe stars in new position as Fremantle make it four wins from four
Sarah Rowe and Aishling Sheridan were on the losing Collingwood side.
# Land down under
'An absolute knob' - Kyrgios' Open antics slammed, but he and Kokkinakis roar into doubles final
The wild cards defeated Marcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos overnight.
# irish in oz
O'Dwyer stars again as Brisbane win, Gilroy reveals surgery after being bitten by spider
The pair have been among the brightest stars of the 2022 AFLW’s 14-strong Irish contingent.
# Land down under
Melbourne's Dublin duo set for first AFLW appearances of 2022 after missing opener
Sinéad Goldrick and Lauren Magee have been catapulted into the starting team to face Richmond.
# Land down under
Fit-again Halep battles into Melbourne semi-finals as Barty wins in Adelaide
Preparations are ramping up for the Australian Open.
# Land down under
Novak Djokovic reveals he has medical exemption to play in Australian Open
The defending champion has refused to confirm if he has been vaccinated against Covid-19.
All time
# latest from oz
England collapse again as Australia turn screw in second Ashes Test
If the visitors go 2-0 down in Adelaide, the Ashes are as good as gone.
# death knell
Ruthless Australia crush England in first Ashes Test
Former Australia warns England are already in danger of a whitewash – ‘If they don’t win in Adelaide then there could be shades of ’06/07.’
# Fixtures
O'Dwyer faces three Irish counterparts - one a Tipp team-mate - in Brisbane's AFLW title defence opener
The 2022 AFLW season kicks off on the weekend of 7/8/9 January, with 14 Irish players involved.
# Land down under
Sydney to host 11 games, Auckland nine at 2023 Women's World Cup
Stadium Australia will host the final on 20 August 2023.
# Winner winner
Dream Melbourne Cup success for James McDonald and Verry Elleegant
Joseph O’Brien’s defending champion Twilight Payment finished 11th.
# irish in oz
Wexford star signs contract extension at Sydney Swans
The club is backing Barry O’Connor to ‘push for senior selection’ in 2022.
# Land down under
Mayo and Galway dual star becomes first Irish player to sign for Geelong's AFLW side
Rachel Kearns is the 14th Irish player confirmed for the upcoming season.
# Comeback is on
Fremantle show faith in Leitrim star with new deal despite two injury-ravaged seasons
Áine Tighe will look to make her AFLW debut next season after a nightmare run of knee injuries.
# Land down under
Ladies football legends Staunton and Stack re-sign for Greater Western Sydney Giants
Donegal’s Yvonne Bonner, meanwhile, remains on the club’s inactive list, set to give birth to her first child in the coming months.
# Land down under
'I had a message from an elderly person from Cavan to say they looked forward to watching the games every weekend'
From Collingwood to Cavan, Aishling Sheridan is back on home soil and switching her focus to Gaelic football again.
# irish interest
AFLW to expand by 2023, next season due to begin in December and finish in March
14 Irish players were on the books of AFLW sides in 2021.
# need for speed
'It is a story of perseverance' - Former Dublin underage star set for AFL debut with Brisbane Lions
‘Jet-heeled’ James Madden will feature against Port Adelaide at the Gabba.
# Flying the flag
The Irish stars and clubs to watch as the 2021 AFLW finals kick off tomorrow
With nine players involved across the six teams remaining, we’re guaranteed another Irish Premiership winner.
# expert's view
'Scora' still making the difference at 39 and another Mayo star 'winning a lot of fans' - Irish in AFLW
A review of the latest round of action Down Under as the season hits the business end.
# analysis from oz
Answering critics, stunning goals and a breakout game - the Irish stars that featured in Australia this weekend
An AFLW expert assesses the performances of the eight Irish players that lined out in Round Five.
# Irish Eye
Cavan star kicks sixth goal in five games to help Collingwood maintain 100% record
Aishling Sheridan’s scintillating form in Australia continued, while Mayo’s Kelly sisters helped West Coast Eagles to their first win of 2021.
# irish down under
AFLW review and preview - injury blow for Collingwood's 'firing Irish duo' and 'write Cora off at your peril'
TG4 is showing two full games this weekend, along with Monday evening’s highlights show.
# expert's view
Mayo team-mates facing off and '2021's breakout star' - what to expect from the Irish in Oz this weekend
A closer look at how the AFLW’s Irish contingent will fare in Round Four with CrossCoders agent Jason Hill.
# expert's view
Cora 'back terrorising defences' and returning Rowe - what to expect from the AFLW's Irish this weekend
After a turbulent week, it’s all eyes on Round Two and the football itself.