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Carlton to trial Aisake?

  • Wednesday, November 03 2004 @ 02:26 am ACDT
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Europe Rumours continue in Ireland that AFL club Carlton have offered Aisake O'hAilpin the chance to trial with them. Aisake is the younger brother of Setanta, already showing great promise on Carlton's rookie list, and Sean Og, who starred for Ireland in the recent International Rules series.

Reports suggest that the 19 year old hurler from Cork, of Irish-Fijian descent, will decide this week whether to fly to Australia to trial with the Victorian club. As the hurling season is in its final play-off stages, this would be a big risk for the youngster. See the article in RTE.ie or visit the ARFLI website for more information. The photo at RTE.ie shows Aisake is of similar height to Setanta, and possibly a stronger build. If he travels to Australia and impresses, Carlton may consider making him their second international rookie. Given Ireland's demolition of Australia in the recent series, there may be a few young Irishmen fancying their chances at a professional career in the AFL, especially since the GAA sports in Ireland are strictly amateur. Hopefully such a trend will also boost the ranks of the Irish Australian Rules league.