SHE suffered and waited over a year so it was a dream debut in every sense as Cork’s numerous All-Ireland winner Bríd Stack made a winning AFLW debut Sunday with her GWS Giants beating the Gold Coast Suns by 15 points in North Queensland.
Stack has actually made a remarkable healing from a C7 Vertabrae fracture, which left the 35 year told her millimetres from paralysis. So the day was even sweeter as her buddy, Mayo legend Cora Staunton score 2 objectives on the day. The Mayo lady ended up being the earliest gamer in the short history of the AFLW competition and the 2nd earliest AFL gamer of all-time (40 years and 28 days).
Stack worked tirelessly throughout the video game covering from half-back to half-forward but the more video game went on, the more she turned into the game.
UP FOR GRABS: The Suns ‘Lauren Ahrens is challenged by Cora Staunton and Rebecca Privitelli of the Giants She told the Irish Examiner: “Personally, I am happy that a complete 60 minute video game under my belt. It is enormous relief to make it through the video game. I was more anxious going into the video game more than what I would be typically but look that is par for the course. The win in the preliminary is extremely crucial for the group going forward.”
The Giants travel to Victoria next weekend to deal with the Fremantle Dockers at Whitten Oval.It was a terrific opening weekend too for Leitrim’s Áine Tighe, as the Fremantle Dockers beat West Coast Eagles 43-15 at Fremantle Oval in front of 5,533. It has been a dreadful time for Tighe because signing up with the Dockers, having actually withstood 2 injury-ravaged seasons with two ACL injuries but her persistence and self-belief settled as she played a starring debut function in the win. She could have a big say for the Dockers in the Premiership. Tipperary’s Aisling McCarthy and Mayo’s Niamh and Grace Kelly all bet the Eagles in the game.
FOCUSED: Andrea Gilmore of the Eagles and the Dockers’Aine Tighe(in blue )contest the ruck throughout the round one AFLW match Fremantle and the West Coast Eagles at Fremantle Oval in Perth Sarah Rowe was a powerful force in Collingwood’s 44-25 victory over Carlton at Ikon Park. It was Rowe, with 21 disposals consisting of 16 kicks, who got the Pies opening objective of the season halfway through the 2nd quarter. The objective originating from a complimentary kick from 30 metres out and the ball just made it over the line. Cavan footballer Aishling Sheridan also got an objective of her own in the very first half, her 11th goal in the Pies jumper. Nevertheless the video game was overshadowed with a severe leg injury to last season’s Finest and Fairest in the competitors, Brianna Davey.Adelaide Crows avenged last season’s Grand Final defeat with a dominant 30-point success over the Brisbane Lions. Ailish Considine did not make the match day 23 however did not stop Ash Woodland picking up four goals for the winners. Tipperary female Orla O’Dwyer was among the better entertainers for last season’s Premiers with 21 disposals including 15 kicks and 7 tackles laid throughout the video game. The Lions also suffered 2 serious injuries for Kate Lutkins (knee )and goal-scoring device Dakota Davidson assisted from the pitch with an ankle injury.Aileen Gilroy held the Kangaroo defence together as North Melbourne defeated Geelong Cats 26-18
in a hard-fought contest at Arden Street. She went head to head with a fellow Mayo player, Rachel Kearns who made her AFLW for the Cats. Kearns has actually been working in pre-season with Zach Tuohy on her skill set and inside hopes are that she will step up to lead Geelong forward.Dublin’s Sinéad Goldrick and Lauren Magee did not function for Melbourne in their impressive 46-22 win over Western Bulldogs on Saturday.
They both remained of the video game due to Covid protocols. Round 1 outcomes: St Kilda 3.5( 23 )lost to Richmond 10.1( 61); North Melbourne 4.2(26 )bt Geelong Cats 2.6 (18); Western Bulldogs 3.4 (22 )lost to Melbourne
6.10( 46 ); Fremantle 6.7 (43) bt West Coast Eagles 2.3 (15 ); Adelaide 6.3 (39) bt Brisbane 1.3 (9 ); Carlton 3.7 (25) lost to Collingwood 6.8 (44 ); Gold Coast Suns 3.3( 21 )lost to GWS Giants 5.6 (36 ). Source