Will the luck of the Irish continue here in Ballarat?

Ireland will head to Ballarat looking to continue a strong start to the 2017 AFL International Cup.

The Irish men’s and women’s teams started the tournament with wins on Sunday and will look to notch up round two victories at St Patrick’s College on Wednesday.

Ireland’s men beat Papua New Guinea by 11 points at the weekend and will tackle France in Ballarat, while the Irish women defeated USA on Sunday and are preparing to meet the European Crusaders.

Four games will be played in Ballarat on Wednesday, with the other two – both men’s fixtures – hosted by Mount Clear College at Sebastopol’s Marty Busch Reserve.

Division two sides Pakistan and Japan will lock horns in the opening match, followed by a battle between division one combatants Papua New Guinea and Nauru.

Of that quartet, Japan was the only successful team in round one after beating India by 72 points.

The AFL International Cup is played every three years and doesn’t allow expatriate Australians to compete. Teams comprise of amateurs, who must be nationals of the country they represent

HOSTS: St Patrick's College students Joe Dodd, Jordan Johnston and Mitch Tuddenham are looking forward to a round of the AFL International Cup at their school on Wednesday. Picture: Luka Kauzlaric.

HOSTS: St Patrick's College students Joe Dodd, Jordan Johnston and Mitch Tuddenham are looking forward to a round of the AFL International Cup at their school on Wednesday. Picture: Luka Kauzlaric.

SCHEDULE

Mount Clear College: Pakistan v Japan (men) – 11am; Papua New Guinea v Nauru (men) – 12.45pm

St Patrick’s College: Ireland v European Crusaders (women) – 10.45am; Ireland v France (men) – 12.30pm