Australia’s International Rules coach Rodney Eade has added extra spice to Friday’s opening game by saying that Gaelic football tactics have not changed in a century and suggested Irish coaches are unwilling to evolve.
“They have had their thoughts for 100 years and they’ve stayed the same, whereas our game has evolved and our thinking has evolved”, he said.
“I think we’ve got a lot more willingness to try different things. They’re very much about sticking to the tried and true, the way it’s been played for a long time. We probably try to push out the boundaries at times.”
Eade pointed out the advancement of zonal marking in Australian rules football as evidence that the sport has grown tactically in recent years.
Ireland manager Andy Tohill was quick to dismiss Eade’s claims that Gaelic football is stuck in the past, saying the game has changed considerably since his retirement in 2003.
“I don’t remember much about the game 100 years ago but I do know that it’s changed immensely even since I stopped playing,” he told the Irish Examiner.