Team Ireland Find New Blood After Successful National Team Tryouts

Irish American Football Association announce players called up to Ireland national team.

The Irish American Football Association recently announced the players that have been called up to the full Irish National team this week.

On November 19th, the IAFA held open tryouts to players in the Irish American Football League in a bid to build on their recent success over the last year.

Photography by Terence McCann.

Photography by Terence McCann.

Over 100 players attended the event at the National Sports Campus in Dublin, in the hopes of showcasing their talents to coaches and team representatives. With the likes Shadowman and Avonmore present, it helped provide a true professional environment for the players to thrive on.

After a rigorous training session that combined both speed, physical and football related drills, the Team Ireland coaches decided upon the successful players after a thorough evaluation.

The following players have now been called up to the full Irish squad:

QuarterbacksSam Doran, Kevin Duffy.

Running BacksAlfie O’Sullivan, Gareth Millar, Ola Bademosi.

ReceiversDave Bennet, Declan Mulvihill.

Offensive Linemen David Shaw, Phil Gunning, Barry Conlan, Dean Johnston, Barry Bolton, Richie Cronin.

Defensive LinemenStephen Conor, Ikpons Idelegbagbon, Peter Farrell, Thomas Kavanagh, Luke Kenny.

LinebackersEoin Feely, Eoghan Hurley.

Defensive BacksSenan O’Mahoney, Michael Skyes, Lewis Barrett, Wellington Omo, Michael Kane.

Photography by Terence McCann.

Photography by Terence McCann.

Team Ireland competed in their first international fixture in late August as they travelled to Wandemakers Stadium in the Netherlands to face the formidable Dutch Lions. With the success of the trip and the continued development of the Irish squad, preparations are well in place for what could prove to be a busy, but eventful year ahead.

The national side return to training in February 2017.

Scott is an aspiring Sports Journalist who enjoys writing about all things American Football. He is a regular contributor to AFI Review and also writes for both NFL Ireland and Double Coverage, and currently plays for the Belfast Trojans. He also