EM – WATCH: Bríd Stack bursts into tears of joy after being selected to debut AFLW after a career-threatening injury

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There were emotional scenes in Sydney today when Cork legend Bríd Stack was selected to finally make her debut in the Australian Football League Women (AFLW) this weekend, a year after She sustained a career-threatening neck injury in a pre-season game.

The Greater Western Sydney (GWS) Giants player will face the Gold Coast Suns at Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef Arena after head coach Alan McConnell Stack It ended 51 weeks after her 2021 season as one of three debutants alongside Ally Morphett and Ally Dallaway was finished before it started.

Stack, who won eleven All-Ireland Ladies Football titles with her home country, is said to have collided after a collision with Adelaide’s Ebony Marinoff being paralyzed by just millimeters, which led to a vertebral fracture. The Adelaide player was initially punished with a three-game suspension, the longest in AFLW history, for negligent behavior, heavy contact and severe impact, which was later overturned on appeal.

However, the injury meant that Stack missed her entire rookie season, which made the moment she was told she would be there for the weekend all the sweeter as the congratulations from teammates drove the player to tears of joy.

“I probably will just start crying like I’ve been crying since Alan nodded to me, “Stack told GIANTS TV afterwards.

” I’m just so excited, it’s probably a great relief. Of course, I had to work out a lot of logistics at home first before I could commit myself to this season, but it was definitely a burning desire in me and I definitely want to give it a try.

“I want to love this team and Paying back the support they gave my family over the past year and hopefully I can do that on the field. “

Stacks Irish compatriots Cora Staunton are also expected to compete for the Giants, while Aine Tighe and Rachel Kearns are expected Together with Stack, they will make their AFLW debut this weekend for Freemantle and Geelong against the West Coast Eagles and North Melbourne respectively.

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