Sunday 15 December 2019

Watch: Cora Staunton bandaged, bruised but plays on after sickening blow to the nose to secure first win in Australia

Cora Stauntion with Sonia O'Sullivan
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Mayo's Cora Staunton inspired her Great Western Sydney Giants teammates to victory by playing on after receiving a hefty blow to the nose.

The triumph over Collingwood represented the club's first ever win away from home.

The Carnacon attacker scored three behinds in the second quarter of the 35-28 win but just three minutes before half time she was forced to leave the field after receiving a hefty elbow to the nose from Collingwood's Sophie Casey.

The 36-year-old re-emerged with bandaging wrapped around her head and under her nose and continued to impress.

Asked how Cora's nose was after the game, Giant coach Alan McConnell said: "Bent.

"For an Irishwoman to come here having no understanding of the game and to give herself the opportunities she had today. It's really exciting for her because she's putting a lot on the line. She's a proud woman but really good for our team because they love her and they really want her to see her do well.

"I'm thrilled for her and the rest of the group that they got a result today."

Irish athletics legend and Olympic silver medallist Sonia O'Sullivan was there to cheer her on.

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