Peter Ross, a Legan native, will be travelling to Australia to line out alongside the Irish charges in this year’s Aussie Rules Word Cup. With just a year’s competitive experience cultivated at the South Dublin Swans club, Peter has emerged as a talent worth including in the International panel for the fourth Aussie Rules World Cup.
His hectic working schedule, coupled with an equally busy training regime, has resulted in difficulties in commuting home to train with his local club Legan.
“I only started playing this year because I knew that it would clash with club games and that’s going to happen when I go to Australia for the World Cup in August,” Peter confessed.
According to Peter, the Australian Rules football League of Ireland (ARFLI) has been in existence for seven years which testifies to the rapid growth of interest of playing the sport.
“Aussie Rules in Ireland is not about recruiting players to play in Australia, it’s just about playing the sport and enjoying it. On the panel that is travelling to Australia, 15 of the members are living in Ireland and the rest are either temporarily or permanently living in Australia. As long as they are not linked to an AFL side, they’re eligible to play.”
Currently living in south Dublin with his wife, and practising chiropractor Tammy, Peter is the operating manager of a market research and data analysis, while also offering assistance in his wife’s chiropractor and wellness clinic. “Working for yourself makes things more flexible and because I can train here in Dublin or go to the gym, it keeps me fit for when I go back to club training”.
Peter’s sporting prowess is bred from a sporting influenced upbringing. His brother Paul and sister Michelle share a strong providence at inter-county level in football and his mother Rosemary is a national hunt horse breeder and a former amateur jockey.
Ireland will be elevated as one of the favourites in the lead-up to this tournament having reached the ’05 and ’08 finals.
You can keep track of Peter’s progress and also enter his fundraising competition to win fabulous prizes including a stay at Lough Rynn Castle. The blog address is www.irishwarriorsaussierules.wordpress.com.