• An agent for the Australian Football Women's League says he's extremely disappointed at comments made by Peter Leahy, in which the Mayo ladies manager said footballers will have to decide whether to commit fully to their county or to the AFLW going forward.

    The Mayo boss told Midwest Radio's Sunday Sports Show that "there's a time you should put your county first".

    Currently players can do both, with the AFLW campaign running from late October until the Grand Final in April before returning home for the tail end of league and championship, but Peter Leahy said players must pick one or the other for 2021.

    AFLW agent and CrossCoders co-founder Jason Hill has described this as "quite an underhand tactic".

    Speaking to The42 from Australia, he said his initial reaction was one of extreme disappointment, and doesn't believe this conversation should have been played out in the media - he says he would rather Mr Leahy dealt directly with the players, or with the clubs in Australia.

    The AFLW agent says the players shouldn't have to make this decision, and no one is forcing them to, apart from the Mayo manager.

    Mr Hill says these girls have put over 20 years into living the dream of playing football for their county and have done everything that's been asked of them.

    He said "now that they've developed themselves - with the help of their counties and clubs- into elite athletes, to be then questioned about their commitment and loyalty when they've worked their hardest just doesn't sit right with me or the CrossCoders as an organisation - to limit opportunities for these girls when there's no real reason for them to be limited".

    Jason Hill also questioned the timing of Peter Leahy's announcement, when no one knows when Gaelic football is coming back.



  • Mayo’s Cora Staunton notched up a tally of four goals to help Greater Western Sydney Giants to a 48-28 victory over West Coast Eagles in the Women’s AFL.

    The Carnacon footballer scored the hosts' first two goals in the space of two minutes before adding two more to seal a victory by 20 points.

    Grace Kelly was in action for the opposition, making one tackle and managing seven disposals, while Tipperary's Aishling McCarthy also contributed 12 disposals and seven tackles for the Eagles.

  • 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.



  • TG4 have announced that the station will broadcast weekly matches and highlights from the upcoming Australian Football League Women’s (AFLW) season.

    The NAB AFL Women’s Competition begins on the last weekend of January with fourteen teams battling it out over twelve weekends to see who will reach the Grand Final in April.

    The agreement between TG4 and the Australian Football League (AFL) will see matches being broadcast deferred each weekend as well as weekly highlights.

    The coverage will begin on TG4 on Saturday 30th January at 5.10pm.

    There will be fourteen Irish players playing in this season's NAB AFL Women’s Competition which is Australia's national semi-professional Australian Rules Football league for female players. 

    There are five players from Mayo in the league.

    The Kelly sisters Niamh & Grace both play for the West Coast Eagles, Aileen Gilroy is with North Melbourne, Cora Staunton of the Great Western Sydney Giants and Sarah Rowe of Collingwood.

    Meanwhile, Aine Tighe from Leitrim plays for the Freemantle Dockers.

    AFL Head of Women’s Football Nicole Livingstone said she was pleased with the announcement and looked forward to the NAB AFL Women’s Competition being broadcast in Ireland.  “We are proud to expand the AFLW broadcast to Ireland, a significant announcement for Australian Football given the impact Irish footballers have had on the NAB AFL Women’s Competition,” Ms. Livingstone said.

    “We have 14 Irish players currently on AFLW lists and it is great to know that their family and friends back home will be able to watch them in action this season.”

    TG4's Head of Sport Rónán Ó Coisdealbha said: "We are extremely pleased that TG4 have agreed a deal with the Australian Football League (AFL) to broadcast matches from the NAB AFL Women’s Competition. There are a lot of players from Ireland who play in the AFLW and we would like to thank the AFL for giving us the opportunity to showcase their sport in Ireland."

  • Two Mayo Ladies Football teammates will go head to head in the Australian Football League Women’s semi finals this weekend.

    Mayo and Kilmoremoy ace Sarah Rowe will represent her Aussie club Collingwood, as she takes on her inter-county teammate and St Brigid’s clubwoman Aileen Gilroy of North Melbourne.

    The match is being played on tomorrow at 12:40pm local time.

    The winners will play a preliminary final next weekend, with the final scheduled for the first week in April.

  • After three rounds of the AFL Women's league there are two Mayo players at the top of the Irish Player of the Year Leader board.

    Aileen Gilroy is in second position while Cora Staunton is currently placed fifth with Tipperary's Aisling McCarthy leading the pack.