Flag hero's sister joins the Dees as Irish invasion continues

MELBOURNE has completed its season 2023 list with the addition of premiership player Blaithin Mackin's sister Aimee from Ireland. 

Aimee, who is two years older than Blaithin, is a major player in the Gaelic football scene and was named the Senior Player's Player of the Year in 2020 after returning from an ACL injury sustained in July the previous year. 

Already part of the fold at the Demons, Aimee spent several weeks in Australia late last year to support Blaithin throughout her finals journey, including a trip to Queensland for the Grand Final. 

Currently both Aimee and Blaithin are preparing for the Gaelic football Division 2 league final against Laois, set to take place at Croke Park on April 15, and are key parts of the team's success this season. 

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"I'm really excited and thankful for the opportunity that Melbourne Demons have given me," Mackin said. 

"It's extra special that I'll get to play alongside my sister and I'm really looking forward to working with all the staff and players for the 2023 season. 

"It was a big decision for me, and I'm delighted to have the support from my county Armagh and my club Shane O'Neill's here in Ireland. Things have moved really fast to make this happen and I'm grateful for their support.   

"My focus remains on our GAA campaign, and we will be hoping to give it our best shot this season. I look forward to joining my Melbourne teammates later in the year." 

The Demons now have their full list of 30 players locked away for the coming season, so will not need to take part in Tuesday's supplementary draft.