Thursday 18 January 2018

Mayo star Cora Staunton signs up for Aussie Rules league

Mayo's Cora Staunton
Mayo's Cora Staunton
Cormac Byrne

Cormac Byrne

Cora Staunton will feature in the Australian Rules Women's League next year.

She will be the first international athlete to be drafted to play in the league, which gets underway in January after she joined the Greater Western Sydney Giants.

The 34-year-old flew out to Australia three days ago to meet with head coach Alan McConnell and men's assistant coach Nick Walsh, a former Cavan footballer.

"It will be a huge challenge but us Irish love a challenge," Staunton told the 'Herald Sun' in Australia.

A four-time All-Ireland winner with Mayo, Cora has also won a FAI Women's Cup winner's medal with the Mayo Ladies League representative team in 2006 and played rugby in the Connacht Women's League.

She follows in the footsteps of the likes of Kerry's Tadhg Kennelly and Melbourne legend Jim Stynes in making the move Down Under.

Irish Independent

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