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Trinity Student to represent Ireland at the 2019 European AFL Championships

Martin Shannon receives support from Trinity Sport

Published: October 8th, 2019

Martin Shannon, 4th year Law and Business student at Trinity College Dublin, will be representing Ireland at the 2019 AFL European Championships – Europe’s flagship Australian Football competition which kicks off from 9th - 12th October in London.
Martin played gaelic football for Blessington and county football for Wicklow, he first began playing Australian Rules Football (AFL) two years ago with a Dublin based team called ‘South Dublin Swans’ after being introduced to it by a club teammate. Commenting on the introduction to the game Martin said “There is a whole community based around it which I had no clue existed, a fellow team mate of mine from Blessington who has played AFL competitively in both Europe and Australia was the one who got me involved. I loved the sport from the very beginning as the pace and thinking involved is very different to many other sports. I have played Gaelic Football for club and county from a young age, so I suppose I was lucky most skills required in the sport I grew up playing are highly transferable to AFL.”
After a year of competing in AFL competitions in Ireland, Martin transferred to a team in London called the Wandsworth Demons. This allowed Martin to improve his AFL skills as the teams competing were made up of more Australian nationals. “The bar was set much higher but playing alongside the Aussies really improved my own skills and ability. While it was a great learning curve, it was also a great way to meet new people with whom you will see at the various competitions around Europe.”
Following trials recently held at the GAA National Development Centre in Abbotstown, Martin has now been chosen to represent the Irish Warriors for the upcoming European AFL Championship. “I was delighted to be asked to represent The Irish Warriors in the AFL European Championships, it's great to be given a chance to compete at the highest level in Europe”, he commented on his selection.
Trinity Sport is delighted to support Martin throughout the 2019 European AFL championships, commenting “I am extremely grateful to Trinity Sport for supplementing the costs involved for me, as a final year Law and Business student this sort of funding provided is of extreme value and goes more than a long way.”
The European Championships in Australian Football will take place from the 9th-12th October in London. The Irish Warriors will face the Danish Vikings and German Eagles in their Pool A matches. Besides crowning Europe’s champions, it is as well a qualifying and ranking tournament for the world championships for AFL in 2020 in Melbourne.

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