Ahead of its 27th year in partnership with the GAA, Allianz is extending its support of Gaelic Games to the international stage, by sponsoring the inaugural ‘Wild Geese Trophy’ which takes place this coming weekend in Sydney, Australia.
The historic event will see 2018 Allianz Hurling League Division 1 Champions Kilkenny face 2017 All-Ireland Hurling Championship winners Galway in the first ever full format game of Hurling to take place outside of Ireland, at Sydney Olympic Park on Sunday, November 11.
Allianz is a proud supporter of people across Ireland through its sponsorships of the arts, sport and communities. Allianz Australia shares a similar commitment to people and communities through its sponsorships including that of the Allianz Stadium in Sydney, as well as its long-standing partnership with the Australian Paralympic Committee.
The growing ties between both countries, matched by the appetite of the GAA to give Hurling an international platform through which to grow, is an ambition shared by Allianz as it pledges its support to this weekend’s game as an associate sponsor.
Commenting on the announcement, Seán McGrath, CEO Allianz Ireland said:
"We are very proud of our strong relationship with our partners in the GAA and continue to welcome the milestones this partnership brings, as we look ahead to our 27th year as sponsors of the Allianz Leagues here in Ireland in 2019.
“We are equally pleased to share in another historic milestone for the game as a whole by supporting the first ever full format game of Hurling to take place outside of Ireland in the ‘Wild Geese Trophy’.”
“I would like to extend my best wishes to the travelling teams and management from Kilkenny and Galway as they prepare for this special occasion and also commend my colleagues in the GAA for their passion and tireless commitment to growing the game overseas.”
The clash offers a repeat of the 2018 Leinster Hurling Championship final, which Galway won after a replay in Thurles last July.
Festivities will begin with the Big Irish Brunch, followed by a series of hurling clinics and live music in the build-up to the pre-game welcome parade of both counties into the stadium, before the game throws in at 3.30pm.
This will be the first major inter-county hurling match to be played in Australia. The game itself will be shown live in Australia via Fox Sports, highlights from the game will be aired here on RTE 2 on Sunday at 8pm.