Cora Staunton’s incredible playing career continues and, as it does, the list of accolades she has collected keeps growing.
The latest award to be added to the list came from her latest season in the AFLW in Australia where, following another impressive campaign Down Under with the Great Western Sydney Giants, the Carnacon legend has been named in the 2021 AFLW Team of the Year. The eleven-times LGFA All-Star was named in the team among the forwards, having kicked ten goals for her club this season.
Cora’s achievement is all the more noteworthy seeing as she battled back from a triple leg break suffered in 2019. Back in flying form once again in this campaign, the 39 year-old has already indicated that she plans to play on once again next season. What an incredible player she is.
The Great Western Sydney Giants didn’t make it through to the AFLW play-offs so Cora’s season Down Under is over. Not so Sarah Rowe’s, as Collingwood did make it through and they now take on the Brisbane Lions in next weekend’s preliminary finals. Best of luck to her in that.
Back on home soil, meanwhile, the LGFA today confirmed the format for this year’s National Football League. The action is set to get going on 23rd May and Mayo, now managed by Michael Moyles, are in a regionalised Division 1A along with Connacht rivals Galway, as well as Donegal and Westmeath. Three rounds of group fixtures will be followed by semi-finals on 13th June, with the divisional League deciders set for 27th June.
Finally, the death was announced earlier today of Leitrim footballing legend Packie McGarty. One of the finest footballers of his era, his inter-county career touched four decades, spanning a 22-year period from 1949 to 1971. A native of Mohill, he played for Leitrim in five Connacht finals in the Fifties and Sixties and also won Railway Cup honours with Connacht. He died today at the age of 87. May he rest in peace.