Winnipeg Free Press - ONLINE EDITION

Oak Park Raiders win exhibition football game in Dublin, Ireland

  • Print

Shaking off jet lag and adjusting quickly to a foreign land, Winnipeg's Oak Park Raiders varsity football team triumphed in an unique exhibition game played in Dublin, Ireland.

"This has been an absolutely fantastic experience for the boys," said Tony Shay, a chaperone on the team and father to Oak Park linebacker Mack Shay. "Many of these boys hadn't been to Toronto let alone Ireland. The people of Dublin have done everything they could to make us feel welcome."

The Raiders beat the Villanova College Knights of King City, Ontario on August 31 by a score of 18-9 in a game played at Páirc Tailteann, a 33,000-seat stadium that usually hosts Gaelic football and hurling in Navan, a town outside of Dublin. The victory was the highlight of a whirlwind visit to Ireland that began August 25, culminating Saturday with the teams attending a game featuring Navy and the University of Notre Dame in Dublin.

The high school and college exhibition games were part of the Global Ireland Football tournament, an annual event that brings American football to Ireland. The tournament featured 10 American and the two Canadian high school teams, along with teams from Notre Dame and the United States Naval Academy.

Shay said both Oak Park and Villanova started very slowly in their match, before the Winnipeg side took over the game in the third and fourth quarters. However, the result of the game was almost secondary to the cultural exchange the boys experienced.

On one day of the visit, the Canadians were shown the finer points of Gaelic football and Hurling, national sports of Ireland. They responded by showing their Irish guests some of the finer points of North American football.

History

Updated on Sunday, September 2, 2012 at 11:14 AM CDT: corrects name in cutline to T.J. Wright

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

LATEST VIDEO

Winnipeg Jet goalie Michael Hutchinson

View more like this

Photo Store Gallery

  • A pelican comes in for a landing Wednesday afternoon on the Red River at Lockport, Manitoba - Standup photo- June 27, 2012   (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
  • A baby Red Panda in her area at the Zoo. International Red Panda Day is Saturday September 15th and the Assiniboine Park Zoo will be celebrating in a big way! The Zoo is home to three red pandas - Rufus, Rouge and their cub who was born on June 30 of this year. The female cub has yet to be named and the Assiniboine Park Zoo is asking the community to help. September 14, 2012  BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

View More Gallery Photos

Poll

Do you think volunteers dragging the Red River is a good idea?

View Results

Ads by Google