Ireland Team Named for Celtic Classic Game

IRELAND v JOHN CARROLL UNIVERSITY (Ohio, USA)

Greystones Rugby Club, 30 May 2004, 2pm.

The Ireland squad for the Celtic Classic game against John Carroll University was announced this morning by Coach Phil DeMonte (13/5/04). The team chosen for the Celtic Classis is essentially an “allstar” team comprised of the best players playing in the Irish American Football League (IAFL). Players from all 6 league teams – Belfast Bulls, Carrickfergus Knights, Cork Admirals, Dublin Dragons, Dublin Rebels & Univ. Limerick Vikings – are included.

The Celtic Classic, which is the brainchild of the Global Football organization, will be played at Greystones Rugby Club, in Wicklow (just south of Dublin) on Sunday 30th May. Ireland will play against the John Carroll University Blue Streaks. John Carroll is one of the best small college teams in American, having finished with a 7-3 record in 2003 and having reached the NCAA National Championship Semi-Finals in 2002. They will be the best team ever to play against domestic opposition in Ireland. John Carroll has been coached by Regis Scaife since 1998 and play their home games in Don Shula Stadium, named in honour of the famous NFL Coach.

This game will be the first for the Ireland team under newly appointed Head Coach Phil DeMonte. Coach DeMonte, a native of New York, relocated to Ireland recently after having been Executive Director of the Great Britain Bulldogs and Head Coach Oxford University in the UK. The Ireland team is not without talent, but the game against John Carroll will present a very formidable challenge. When asked about the Irish prospects for victory in the game, Coach DeMonte replied –

“I expect it to be a tough game for the Irish. We are facing a team where players live, breathe and eat football……we may not be as successful as when David had slain Goliath, but we will be giving it our best effort and giving it all on the field. Will all the elements be there for an upset, we still need to see what happens on the day. But whatever happens, the winner will be the reemergence of Irish American Football on the International stage.”

Irish American football has been on the rise in recent years – membership has almost doubled (to c.300 players) in the past two years and six teams are contesting the championship. A further 2 teams are in development for 2005.

FURTHER INFORMATION:

John Carroll University – www.jcusports.com
Global Football – www.globalfootball.com

2004 IRELAND ROSTER

PLEASE NOTE THAT FINAL ROSTER OF 50 PLAYERS FOR CELTIC CLASSIC WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON SATURDAY 29TH MAY – JERSEY NUMBERS SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

No. Name Height Weight Age Team
QUARTERBACKS
9 DENNEHY, Andrew 6-2 210 25 Dublin Rebels
16 DOWNS, Kevin 6-5 205 23 Belfast Bulls
2 KENNY, John 6-1 185 19 Cork Admirals
12 McDOWELL, Stephen 6-1 210 30 Carrickfergus Knights
13 OLWILL, Robert 6-1 180 28 Dublin Dragons
 
RUNNING BACKS
8 DENNEHY, Brian 5-9 180 30 Dublin Rebels
25 MILLAR, Gareth 5-11 205 20 Belfast Bulls
24 O’CALLAGHAN, Keith 5-6 150 22 Cork Admirals
23 WHEELER, Dave 5-5 150 30 Dublin Dragons
34 WRIGHT, David 6-1 190 20 Carrickfergus Knights
 
FULL BACKS
48 CULVERTEY, Adam 6-4 215 21 UL Vikings
30 FLYNN, Andy 6-1 220 26 Dublin Rebels
15 KELLY, Mark 6-1 215 33 Dublin Rebels
40 MURRAY, Bobby 5-11 255 35 Carrickfergus Knights
 
WIDE RECEIVERS
11 CHANDLER, James 6-0 180 21 UL Vikings
82 DAVY, Mark 6-2 180 19 Dublin Dragons
31 FARNEDI, Andreas 6-1 170 26 Dublin Dragons
33 LAFFAN, Richard 5-11 180 21 UL Vikings
89 MASSMAN, Chris 6-4 200 19 Dublin Rebels
21 McILROY, Ian 5-10 170 26 Carrickfergus Knights
83 McKEOWN, Chris 5-11 160 29 Belfast Bulls
84 McKILLOP, Paul 5-10 170 23 Carrickfergus Knights
88 NAYLOR, Marcus 5-6 175 30 Dublin Rebels
81 POPCIOBOTARTEPELUS, Robert 5-11 165 19 Dublin Dragons
87 RYAN, Conor 5-6 160 23 Dublin Rebels
 
TIGHT ENDS
49 MACKEY, Simon 6-2 240 22 Dublin Rebels
85 O’DONNCHU, Fearghal 6-3 210 30 Dublin Rebels
27 COLEMAN, Padraig 6-3 200 23 UL Vikings
 
OFFENSIVE LINE
65 BAKER, Glenn 6-3 240 17 Cork Admirals
67 COEN, Kieran 6-3 250 19 UL Vikings
50 CONNOLLY, Alan 6-0 230 22 Dublin Dragons
69 EGGE, Jeroen 6-3 300 31 Belfast Bulls
55 HANSSON, Tobias 6-1 210 33 Dublin Rebels
61 HARRISON, Glenn 6-3 260 21 Belfast Bulls
54 HENNESSEY, Robert 6-0 210 27 Cork Admirals
68 LORDAN, James 6-0 220 16 Cork Admirals
64 MURPHY, Eoghan 6-6 280 32 Belfast Bulls
51 MURPHY, Garrett 6-0 200 32 Cork Admirals
57 O’BRIEN, Jamie 5-10 280 19 UL Vikings
53 SMITH, Robert 5-11 280 36 Cork Admirals
60 SHERWIN, Dave 6-0 275 27 Dublin Rebels
63 WALSH, Eoin 6-0 240 32 Dublin Dragons
78 WALSH, Sean 6-3 210 18 UL Vikings
 
DEFENSIVE LINE
77 BOLTON, Barry 6-3 280 17 Dublin Dragons
98 BURKE, Thomas 5-11 190 20 UL Vikings
62 COLLINS, John 5-11 250 24 Dublin Dragons
92 CONNELLAN, Simon 6-0 260 24 Dublin Rebels
91 COSGROVE, Jonathon 6-0 240 19 Dublin Dragons
95 GAUGHAN, Chris 6-1 225 31 Cork Admirals
74 KELLY, Alan 6-0 210 33 Dublin Rebels
93 O’BRIEN, Garry 5-11 255 32 Belfast Bulls
71 O’HERLIHY, Colm 6-0 220 22 Cork Admirals
76 ROONEY, Conor 5-10 210 20 UL Vikings
97 STACK, Kieran 5-9 205 18 UL Vikings
90 WAGNER, Erin 6-2 220 20 Belfast Bulls
94 WALSH, Steven 6-2 240 18 Dublin Dragons
 
LINEBACKERS
46 CONNOLLY, Lez 6-0 195 29 Dublin Dragons
3 DURRAD, John 6-1 190 34 Dublin Dragons
52 O’CARROLL, Alan 6-0 215 24 Cork Admirals
56 O’SULLIVAN, Ciaran 5-6 170 36 Cork Admirals
14 QUINN, Matt 5-11 180 23 Dublin Dragons
35 McDOWELL, Spencer 6-1 200 21 Carrickfergus Knights
58 ROBINSON, Scott 6-0 200 23 Carrickfergus Knights
27 SHANAHAN, Sean 5-9 175 27 Dublin Rebels
47 THOMPSON, Rod 5-11 210 21 Belfast Bulls
45 WEIR, Chris 5-11 205 22 Belfast Bulls
 
SAFETIES
37 CARMODY, Barry 6-0 170 20 UL Vikings
41 FARRELL, Darragh 6-1 170 19 Dublin Rebels
44 HELFERTY, Mark 5-10 180 31 Belfast Bulls
4 KINNUNEN, Jari 5-10 180 30 Cork Admirals
40 RAFFERTY, Barry 6-1 160 19 Cork Admirals
17 RYAN, Liam 6-0 170 19 UL Vikings
 
CORNERBACKS
22 ARCHIBALD, Steve 5-9 160 27 Dublin Rebels
43 BRESLIN, Daniel 5-10 155 18 Dublin Dragons
32 DAVIDSON, Chris 6-3 170 21 Carrickfergus Knights
28 O’BYRNE, Eric 5-10 170 18 Dublin Rebels
33 O’TOOLE, Darren 5-6 180 26 Dublin Rebels
25 POLLOCK, Mark 5-11 170 23 Carrickfergus Knights
42 QUINN, Patrick 5-6 160 19 Dublin Rebels
38 ROCHFORD, John 6-1 170 18 Dublin Dragons
 
KICKER
1 RYAN, Patrick 6-2 225 21 UL Vikings
 
HEAD COACH
DeMONTE, Phil
 
ASSISTANT HEAD COACH
MAGEE, Barry

JOHN CARROLL UNIV. ROSTER FOR 2004 CELTIC CLASSIC

No. Name Height Weight Year Hometown
QUARTERBACKS
10 SPENCE, Stephen 6-0 175 Fr Steubenville, Ohio
18 TROY, Paul 6-1 240 Fr North Olmsted, Ohio
 
RUNNING BACKS
5 KEHOE, Matt 5-9 200 Fr Fairport, New York
21 CERNI, Nick 5-10 175 Jr Boradman, Ohio
40 JOHNSTON, Jeff 6-1 200 So North Lima, Ohio
 
WIDE RECEIVERS
7 VOLK, Mike 6-3 180 Fr Elyria, Ohio
9 BERNINI, Pete 5-9 170 Jr Cranberry Twp, Pennsylvania
14 MATTEUCCI, Matt 6-2 180 So Mentor, Ohio
24 McDONALD, Tommy 5-9 155 So South Uniontown, Ohio
80 BOSTICK, Matt 6-0 170 Jr Trafford, Pennsylvania
81 BORUCH, Justin 5-8 160 Fr Fort Lauderdale, Florida
86 SCHMIDT, Mike 5-9 165 Jr Parma, Ohio
88 NATALE, Gene 6-0 190 So Erie, Pennsylvania
89 HYLAND, Kevin 5-9 155 Fr Lakewood, Ohio
 
TIGHT ENDS
8 PRATUS, Rob 6-2 240 Sr Hinckley, Ohio
25 BEIGIE, Bryan 6-4 205 Sr Shaker Heights, Ohio
 
OFFENSIVE LINE
51 MEEKER, Colin 6-2 280 So Akron, Ohio
52 GLUSS, James 6-4 275 Jr Highland Heights, Ohio
64 FORTUNA, Ken 6-0 210 Jr Mentor, Ohio
69 DeBOER, Victor 6-5 240 Jr Elmwood Park, Illinois
72 SULLIVAN, Daniel 6-2 265 Fr Middleburg Heights, Ohio
73 LLOYD, Mark 6-2 245 Fr Coral Springs, Florida
74 HAMLIN, Zach 5-9 250 So Munroe Falls, Ohio
78 TAYLOR, Aaron 6-0 295 Sr Southfield, Michigan
 
DEFENSIVE LINE
6 COYNE, McPat 6-2 235 Jr Willoughby, Ohio
15 FINK, Jim 6-3 220 Jr Willoughby, Ohio
31 CAVLAK, Greg 6-1 235 So Brunswick, Ohio
44 ANDREOULAKIS, Mark 5-10 250 Fr Naples, Florida
48 WARREN, Mark 5-11 250 So Patasaka, Ohio
91 BOROWY, Greg 6-2 185 Fr Independence, Ohio
 
LINEBACKERS
34 TOMBA, Nicholas 5-10 200 Fr Eastlake, Ohio
35 MOTLEY, Joe 6-0 200 So Chagrin Falls, Ohio
55 LOPE, Matt 6-1 210 Jr Harmony, Pennsylvania
56 RAVKIN, Vadim 5-9 185 Fr South Euclid, Ohio
93 NARDINI, Nick 6-3 215 Jr Cincinnati, Ohio
 
DEFENSIVE BACKS
1 CATANIA, Ray 5-9 165 So Mentor, Ohio
4 O’DONNELL, Brendan 6-1 195 So Fort Lauderdale, Florida
13 PROVOST, Andrew 6-2 190 Fr Naples, Florida
17 FANELLI, Anthony 5-10 170 So Green, Ohio
19 CRIDER, Drew 5-10 175 Jr Columbiana, Ohio
20 QUAYLE, Paul 5-11 160 Fr Baltimore, Maryland
32 CORALL, Dan 5-8 175 Jr Medina, Ohio
47 DEJA, Greg 5-10 170 Jr St. Joseph, Michigan
 
KICKER/PUNTER
2 GOODRICH, Bill 5-9 170 Fr Seven Hills, Ohio
 
HEAD COACH
SCAFE, Regis
COORDINATORS
BANTON, Ben
HOFFMAN, Andy