Irish star Staunton retires from AFLW after 50 games


IRISH star Cora Staunton has announced her retirement from the AFLW after 50 games and six seasons at the Giants. 

Staunton made history as the first Irish recruit to join the competition and quickly became GWS' focal point in attack. Kicking 55 goals in that time, Staunton was the third player in competition history to hit the 50-goal milestone and did so in the fewest games. 

Cora Staunton in action during GWS' clash with Sydney in round three, S7 2022. Picture: AFL Photos

As one of the greatest athletes in Irish history, Staunton came to Australia with four All-Ireland and 11 All Star titles in her native sport of Gaelic football and brought that Irish flair to AFLW.  

A severely broken leg in the AFL Sydney competition in late 2019 threatened her career, but ever the professional, Staunton worked her way back to be ready for round one of season 2020 and played every game since, becoming the oldest player to ever take to the field in AFLW history last season. 

Giants' Irish champion calls time

01:07 Mar 28. 2023. 9:53 AM

After 50 games and 55 goals, Cora Staunton calls time on a career like no other.