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‘Cusacks lay down early marker on Opening Day in Sydney

Mono Park, Opening Day Sydney

Player, umpire and photographer for the day, Aoife Daly assisted GaelicSportsCast when earlier today she sent this report on 2010 Opening Day in Sydney.

A large crowd gathered for New South Wales (NSW) GAA 2010 season Opening Day earlier today, Sunday April 11 in Sydney, Australia.
This year NSW have moved from their regular venue at Princes Park, Auburn to the nearby Mono Park. 
The general feeling was very positive and overall folks appear very happy with the new venue.
In Mens Senior Football, the season kicked off with Penrith Gaels and Clan na Gael taking to the field. An exciting first half saw Penrith come smartly out of the blocks to lead 1-4 to 0-2 at half time. Clan fought back well in the second half with the game ending in a draw. It was probably a fair result.
Final Score 1-05 Penrith 0-8 Clan na Gael.

However, last year’s championship men’s winners Young Irelands, got off to a slow start when they suffered an early season setback when defeated by Michael Cussacks 0-6 – 0-4.

In hurling, Central Coast defeated Sydney Shamrocks in a closely contested match and later Michael Cussacks were winners over Craobh Padraig’s in a nail biting game keeping the crowd on the edge of their seats until the final whistle.

In Ladies Football, Michael Cussacks got off to a great start with a narrow 2 point victory over Cormac McAnallens. The next game saw last year’s championship winners, Central Coast having a comfortable win over Clan na Gael.

Finally, in the Camogie, Craobh Padraig were too strong for Michael Cussacks with Roisin Toomey (Wicklow) having an outstanding game.
Final Score 1-09 to 1-0.

Clan na Gael also proved too much for Cormac Mc Anallens.
Final Score 5-9 to 4-3.

Aoife Daly

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