The John Carroll University Blue Streaks football team are Ireland to play in the Global Ireland Football tournament(GIFT) in Dublin, Ireland. On Friday, the Blue Streaks will be taking on the St. Nortbert Green Knights in Donnybrook Stadium in South Dublin. GIFT will offer a live stream of the game for local fans wanting to see the team in action.
All week, Anthony D'Aurizio, a senior and starting fullback/running back and Jack Corrigan, a sophmore offensive lineman for the Blue Streaks, will be blogging about and sending pictures of what they and their teammates are experiencing during their time abroad for Channel 3.
9/2 - 6:02pm Our final day in Dublin was one to remember. It started out with a mass and brunch with our families in downtown Dublin. After we had a little bit of free time to talk and hang out with our families or walk around the city. Then we left to go to the Gaelic Football match which was electric. I see why the Irish love their version of football so much. My home county of Mayo was victorious over Dublin! With the game going on the city was buzzing with people and we were able to walk around for a few hours after the game. The area of Temple Bar was packed with people! The atmosphere downtown was awesome, and being able to experience it was a once in a life time event. I love Ireland but I am excited to get back to America and get ready for BW! - JC
9/1 - 5:00pm Today was another great day that added to an amazing trip so far. We woke up and there was a tailgate/pep rally before we left for the Notre Dame vs Navy game. The pep rally was lots of fun, there was food available and there were Irish dancers performing on stage. Then we loaded up our brigade of busses and ventured back into Dublin to Aviva stadium. Aviva stadium is an incredible place. It looks like a gigantic fish bowl placed in the middle of a neighborhood. We had great seats for the game and had lots of fun watching Notre Dame win. After the game we walked right around the corner to a race track where we got dinner and watched a couple dog races. Another great day on the Emerald Isle, excited for tomorrow's Gaelic Football match we are going to! - JC
8/31 - 7:53pm Today is a great day to be a Blue Streak!! We had a great game in every aspect. We won 40-3 with over 450 yards in total offense. Time to celebrate with the team!! Go streaks!! - JC
8/31 - 8:52am Game day is finally here!
The moment we all have been waiting for, we have been working towards this day since the very moment the clock expired against Baldwin-Wallace at the end of last season. The Streaks are hungry, you can see it in our faces. We are ready and excited for this opportunity to be the first John Carroll Football Team to play and WIN in Ireland. This is not only a historic game, but it also sets the tone for the rest of the season and we all understand how crucial it is to walk away with the W.
After a hearty Irish breakfast we had a short Mass with Father Bernie and then broke off into position meetings and films this morning. Now is time for the Streaks to relax and get mentally focused for this battle. Team lunch will be at 3:00pm then its off to the Donnybrook Stadium for pregame. Can't wait for this game!
GO BLUE STREAKS! - AD
8/30 - 6:01pm The second day in Dublin was another exciting day! We woke up and we're served a magnificent full Irish breakfast, then it was off to practice at the world renowned University College Dublin. We had a lot of positive energy at practice and we were mentally sharp in our final preparation for Friday. After practice was over we drove into the city of Dublin for the afternoon.
Our first stop was at Donnybrook stadium where we play St. Norbert. The field had a great feel to it. Perfectly manicured grass, a large section of stands and a large section for standing room. I am very excited to be able to play on this field. After we loaded back onto the buses we headed to St. Patrick Cathedral, which is Ireland's national cathedral. It is a breath taking Church with centuries old stained glass windows and eloquent decorations. Then we made our way to Trinity College to visit the Book of Kells. It was incredible to think that a few monks hand wrote and illustrated such an elaborate book.
After examining the book we walked up stairs to the Trinity College Library, which looked like something out of the Harry Potter movies. Then finally we walked from the College to St. Stephen Green for the start of the parade. There we were joined by all the other teams who are also playing this weekend. Besides us there are teams here from Illinois, Texas, Arizona, California, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and two teams from Canada. During the parade all of the JCU players were given plastic footballs to toss to the crowd, and we could tell that the crowd enjoyed that. The atmosphere during the parade was great. I could tell that the people of Dublin are very excited to have us there and are excited for a weekend full of American Football! - JC
8/29 - 5:47pm Day 1 in Dublin was quite hectic to say the least!
The Streaks landed safely this morning around 9am, directly from the Airport we took a Bus Tour to the Irish countryside visiting the Ardgillan Castle. Although everyone was exhausted from the long day of travel our coaches insisted on us staying up to shake our jet lag.
After the bus tour we stopped for a quick lunch and then were on our way to check-in at the Citywest Hotel! What a beautiful hotel and the atmosphere in this place right now is chaos, not only is our whole team plus some parents and alumni staying here BUTTTT that's not all... so are two or three of the High School teams playing in the G.I.F.T. plus their parents, alumni, and cheerleaders. There are people every corner you turn in this place and you can smell the excitement and anticipation in the air... or maybe that's just the smell of all our nasty football equipment!
After check-in we went straight to practice for 2 hours at a local rugby stadium, followed by dinner and a team meeting to wrap up the day. As I;m sure you can see it has been quite the busy day for the Blue Streaks, finally time for bed to catch up on some much needed ZZZ's, then its right back at it tomorrow morning bright and early for a 8:30am practice.
STREAK NATION! - AD
8/29 - 3:41pm We are finally in Ireland! The first thing that you notice about the Irish people is how friendly and out going they all are. Many people approached our group and we're curious about what kind of team we were, and when we explained that we played American Football they were very excited to hear about a sport that is not common to their area. Today we had practice on a local Gaelic Football Clubs pitch. At practice there were many locals watching and they seem as excited as we are for our game on Friday! Go streaks! - JC
8/28 - 8:21pm After a long 5 hr layover at JFK we have finally boarded our plane for Dublin! Some guys on the team have never flown international before or have never been on a plane until this morning so everyone's amped for the trip! Can't wait till tomorrow, see you guys in Dublin! - AD