Nick Dal Santo has pinpointed kicking ability alongside AFL-ready athleticism and conditioning for making GAA players increasingly attractive to Aussie Rules clubs, with many of the native products not possessing the same ball skills.
While many in Kerry are decrying the so-called poaching of the county’s top GAA players by Aussie Rules clubs, teenage AFL hopeful Stefan Okunbor insists that even the slightest chance to reach his athletic optimum and play sport professionally is too much of a lure to turn his back on.
Five years after leaving home to carve out an AFL career, 26-year-old Tommy Walsh will shortly return home to Kerry with no regrets and three things on his mind — family, friends and football. The truth is he never left the Kingdom. Nor did it leave him.