Stack's on: Irish rookie rounds out Giants' list

GREATER Western Sydney has rounded out its 2021 AFLW list with the acquisition of Irish rookie Bríd Stack. 

The 34-year-old is a Gaelic footballer for County Cork, with whom she has won 11 All-Ireland championships, and was named Ladies Footballer of the Year in 2016.

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A defender, Stack will be joining countrywomen Cora Staunton and Yvonne Bonner at the Giants.

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The spot was available following Jacinda Barclay's move to the inactive list.

GWS coach Alan McConnell said it was a signing three years in the making.

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"Bríd is a key defender with great speed, good agility, is very competitive and has a long history of having high-level success in women’s football in Ireland," McConnell said. 

What an amazing thing for our footy club, that a young woman is willing to not just move herself here to play Aussie Rules but to bring her 12-month old son and her husband as well, in the current COVID-19 environment

Alan McConnell

"This is a recruiting model that we’ve followed with our two other Irish girls and have had great success with Cora and Yvonne in recent years and we hope to get the same outcome with Bríd.

"What an amazing thing for our footy club, that a young woman is willing to not just move herself here to play Aussie Rules but to bring her 12-month old son and her husband as well, in the current COVID-19 environment.  

"It’s just an amazingly courageous thing to do. We’re grateful and hopefully we can make the best of the opportunity for all involved." 

While the majority of the GWS list will return for pre-season training for the induction period at the start of November, the Giants have said the Irish trio will return to Australia at a later date.

The Giants added tall utility Tarni Evans, pacey flanker Emily Pease and defender Libby Graham to their list during Tuesday's NAB AFLW Draft.