AFLW 2020: The Irish Takeover

AFL Women’s 2020 Round 1 is this weekend! 👏
We cannot wait to watch all the Irish Players in action across the various clubs.

of the 18 Irish Players ☘️signed up this year that prior to heading to Australia :
– 7 have played for the Irish Banshees and represented Ireland at various International Competitions (AFL International Cup 17, Euro Cup 18, European Championships 19)
Clara Fitzpatrick (St. Kilda), Ailish Considine (Adelaide) Aisling McCarthy (Western Bulldogs),Aine Tighe ( Fremantle) , Joanne Doonan (Carlton), Kate Flood (Fremantle) Mairead Seoighe (North Melbourne)
– 9 have played in various AFL Ireland Women’s Competitions (Harvey Norman Premiership, Super 7’s, City Blitz etc). Clara Fitzpatrick (St. Kilda), Ailish Considine (Adelaide), Grace Kelly (West Coast), Niamh Kelly (West Coast), Aine Tighe (Fremantle), Aileen Gilroy (North Melbourne), Joanne Doonan (Carlton), Kate Flood (Fremantle) Mairead Seoighe (North Melbourne)

This years action begins on Friday 7th February with the clash between Richmond and last years grand finalists Carlton, where Fermanagh’s Joanne Doonan will make her AFLW competitive debut having been named on the Carlton list.

Carlton’s Joanne Doonan

There is huge excitement ahead of Round 1 as 15 of the 17 of Irish Players have been named in the club team lists for this weekend’s games, with competitive AFL Women’s Premiership debuts for Aileen Gilroy (North Melbourne), Joanne Doonan (Carlton), Sinead Goldrick (Melbourne), Orla O’Dwyer (Brisbane) , Grace Kelly (West Coast ), Niamh Kelly ( West Coast), Kate Flood (Fremantle), Clara Fitzpatrick (St. Kilda), Aisling Sheridan (Collingwood), Katy Herron (Western Bulldogs)

Round 1 Fixtures
Friday, February 7
Richmond v Carlton at Ikon Park CARLTON: HF Joanne Doonan 26

Saturday, February 8
Greater Western Sydney v Gold Coast, Blacktown International Sportspark

HF:Cora Staunton 13
I/C: Yvonne Bonner 27

Melbourne v North Melbourne, Casey Fields,
HB: Sinead Goldrick

I/C: Aileen Gilroy 8

Brisbane v Adelaide, Hickey Park,
I/C: Orla O’Dwyer 9

I/C: Ailish Considine 16

Sunday, February 9
Collingwood v West Coast, Victoria Park,
I/C: Sarah Rowe 7 Aisling Sheridan 14

C: Niamh Kelly 12
F: Grace Kelly 15

St Kilda v Western Bulldogs, RSEA Park,
B: Clara Fitzpatrick 24

Foll: Aisling McCarthy 15
I/C: Katy Herron 31

Fremantle v Geelong, Fremantle Oval, 2.10pm
C: Kate Flood 44

We are super proud of them all!! 💚

To follow the girls progress throughout AFLW 2020 or if you would like to give Women’s Aussie Rules a go in 2020 follow @aflireandwomens on Instagram and just drop us a message and you never know where it will take you 💪

Credit: AFL Ireland Women’s on Instagram

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