WATCH: Cora Staunton scores on her competitive debut in Australia but 'got lost a couple of times'
CORA Staunton didn’t get the win in her first competitive game in Aussie Rules but another Irishwoman was victorious for her direct opponents.
The 36-year-old Mayo star bagged a goal and caught three marks when her side the Great Western Sydney Giants, bottom of last year’s inaugural WAFL, looked like causing a big shock in the opening round of fixtures this year.
Melbourne only got level with them in the fourth quarter and nicked a late goal to win 45-39.
On the winning side was Laura Duryea (nee Corrigan), the ex-Cavan footballer who made history last year as the first Irishwoman to play in the AFL.
Giants’ coach Alan McConnell was satisfied, if not exactly gushing, about Staunton’s debut: “I think she got lost a couple of times on running patterns, but it’s not surprising when you’re trying to learn the game in eight weeks.”