It was announced yesterday that Cora Staunton has returned to the Mayo ladies senior football panel and will be involved with Peter Leahy’s team as they embark on their championship campaign this summer.
For Cora it’ll be yet another tilt at the championship – she was involved at this level for the first time at the tender age of fourteen back in 1996 and apparently hasn’t missed a single championship match the county has played since then (what a record that is). If that information about her debut year is correct then my – admittedly poor – mental maths makes 2018 her 23rd championship season. However, a piece by RTÉ (here) reckons this one will be her 21st successive summer campaign while The 42 (here) quotes Peter Leahy saying it’ll be her 24th. Whatever the correct number is, it’s an extremely impressive one.
This was’t the only news involving Cora this week, as a few days earlier it was confirmed that she’d signed up with Great Western Sydney Giants for a second season of Aussie Rules this coming winter. I wouldn’t dare hazard a guess at how many seasons she’ll rack up Down Under before finally hanging up her boots.
In the meantime, though, Cora and her Mayo colleagues have the not insignificant task of facing Galway in the LGFA Connacht final on which to focus. No more than the lads, the ladies have found the going tough against the neighbours in the championship in recent seasons so a win for the Green and Red on 24th June would be a nice boost.