AFLW

  • Galway star Olivia Divilly has been impressing AFLW scouts with her stunning tests, finishing in the top two in three tests during the Draft Combine in Melbourne.

    Divilly is one of three ladies footballers invited to participate in the trial, with Meath’s Vikki Wall and Cork’s Saoirse Noonan.

    Olivia, who played a key role in leading the Tribeswomen to an All-Ireland final this year, has attracted plenty of praise for her display in the drills.

    The Kilkerrin-Clonberne player came first in the Yo-Yo test, which is an endurance exercise that requires participants to complete shuttle runs over a short distance. It is also similar to the well-known beep test.

    Divilly finished the test at level 17.2, which is the third best-ever result in AFLW records. She also came second in the 20-metre sprint after clocking a time of 3.258 seconds.

    There was also a two-kilometre time trial at the combine, with Divilly finishing second in that drill in a time of 7:48.

  • Mayo sisters Niamh and Grace Kelly are set to become the latest Irish additions to the Australian Football League Women’s [AFLW], both linking up with the West Coast Eagles ahead of the new side’s first season in the league.

    The AFLW's website is reporting that the sisters have signed an agreement to join the Perth outfit as rookies.

    The Moy Davitts stars become the third and fourth Mayo players to make the move Down Under, following in the footsteps of Cora Staunton — who recently signed on for a third year at Greater Western Sydney (GWS) Giants — and Collingwood star Sarah Rowe.

    Both teachers in Dublin, Niamh and Grace will don the Green and Red for the Connacht championship and the All-Ireland series, before their focus switches to the oval ball.