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07th Jan 2022

Bríd Stack can’t hold back tears as she is named to make AFWL debut after recovering from fractured neck

Lee Costello

“I’m just so excited, it’s probably a massive relief.”

Bríd Stack is finally set to make her AFLW debut this Sunday when she will line out for the GWS Giants, over a year since joining the side.

Stack will line out against the Gold Coast Suns at the Great Barrier Reef Arena in Queensland.

The Cork legend joined the Giants ahead of last season, but got horrifically injured in a challenge match against the Adelaide Crows when colliding with Ebony Marinoff, which led to her fracturing a bone in her neck.

Now, 51 weeks later, GWS Head Coach Alan McConnell gave Stack the nod in a team meeting earlier this morning along with two other debutants, Ally Morphett and Ally Dallaway.

“I’m probably just going to start crying, like I’ve been crying since Alan gave me the nod,” Stack told GIANTS TV following the announcement.

“I’m just so excited, it’s probably a massive relief. There were obviously a lot of logistics to work out at home first before I could commit to this season but there’s definitely been a burning desire in me and I definitely want to give it a go.

“I want to repay this team for the love and support they showed my family last year and hopefully I can do that on the playing field.

“I am just excited and relieved to get to this stage, just really looking forward to the weekend to get to run out with the girls,” she told Fremantle FC TV.

“I have learnt a lot in the last three years while in Australia about the game which hopefully will stand me in good stead.

“The support from everyone here has been phenomenal. A couple of curveballs thrown in along the way, but looking forward to Round 1.”

Highlights of all the Irish in action will be shown on TG4’s ‘AFL Aussie Rules na mBan’ on Monday night at 7.30pm.