The Huddersfield Rams Australian Rules team and the Brothers Pearse Gaelic Football team faced off against each other in an historic Compromise Rules match at Colne Valley High School to celebrate the International Rules Series in Ireland. Huddersfield's own version of the International Rules game saw both clubs compete in a sport that is a hybrid of their usual activities, mixing the sports of Aussie Rules and Gaelic Football together to enable teams from both codes to pit theirs wits against each other.
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The fight back from the Gaelic team was to be short-lived however. Rams players Matt Whiteley and Graham Bickerdike shored up the defence and then started to push forward and join the now dominant Rams midfield, supplying the Huddersfield Rams man-of-the-day Dave Durrance with a lot of ball. Full-forward Durrance caused chaos in the Pearse defensive lines as his size and strength enabled him to help himself to a third-quarter hat-trick and with Gill grabbing his second of the match with another fine solo effort the tie as a contest was effectively over. Brothers Pearse failed to register a single point in the third period of play as Luke Booth's goal was ably protected by intelligent support play from Stephen Hall and great game judgement from Ross Shirtliffe and Bickerdike in the Rams defence. A third-quarter score line of 80-23 illustrated the dominance the Rams were now having other their Gaelic opponents.
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As Rams founder and Captain Karl Haigh lifted the inaugural Huddersfield International Series Cup he commented on how both teams showed great spirit and enthusiasm in this unique event and they hope that it will become a regular annual competition between the two clubs. The hope from both Head Coaches, Jason Battye for The Rams and Dominic McKenna for Brothers Pearse, is that these games will develop a strong bond that will prove to be mutually beneficial to both clubs.