Former Dublin Gaelic football minor star Jim Stynes talks about his move to Australian Rules Football.
Jim Stynes from Rathfarnham played Gaelic football with Ballyboden St Enda's from a young age and came to national attention when he played on the Dublin team who won the All-Ireland Minor title against Tipperary in 1984.
Not long after that he was recruited for the Melbourne Demons and has been playing Australian rules football semi-professionally for the past three years. Despite having a solid sporting background, Stynes admits that it was a challenge to adjust to the training schedule and discipline that Aussie rules demands,
The mental part of the game is very very hard as well...it was totally different.
In Dublin for a three-match GAA (Gaelic Athletic Association) International Series against Australia, part of Jim’s contract with the Victoria Football League is a trip back home to Ireland once a year. He hasn’t thought about making the move to Melbourne permanent just yet,
I just like to take it year by year.
This episode of 'Saturday Live' was broadcast on 24 October 1987. The presenter is Alice Glenn TD (Teachta Dála). Also present in the studio are Finbarr Furey, Lieutenant Colonel Bill Callaghan and Jim Shannon.
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