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Ailish Considine and Sinead Goldrick

Ailish Considine and Sinead Goldrick

Ailish Considine and Sinead Goldrick

Two of Ireland’s biggest GAA stars Sinead Goldrick and Ailish Considine are set to face off at the (AFLW) Australian Football League Women’s final in Adelaide next weekend.

Sinead’s team Melbourne FC will face off against Ailish’s side Adelaide Crows on Saturday April 9th.

The grand final will be hosted at the Adelaide Oval, which has room for over 53,000 Aussie football fans.

Prior to that the 31-year-old was the captain of the senior Dublin ladies’ football team when they won the all Ireland in 2014.

She also played as part of the Dublin team that won the All Ireland Ladies’ Football Championship in 2017, 2018 and 2019.

Goldrick won her seventh All Star award in 2019.

She played with Foxrock-Cabinteely from 2012 to 2018 where she won five Dublin titles and four Leinster titles.

While at college she played for UCD GAA and DIT GAA also.

Meanwhile, Ailish signed up for the Adelaide Crows in 2018, debuting in 2019 against Western Bulldogs at Norwood Oval.

The 28-year-old from Co. Clare became the first Irish female to become a Premiership Player with the Adelaide Crows in 2019 when they defeated Carlton in the ALFW Grand Final at a full capacity Adelaide Oval.

She grew up playing Gaelic Football with Kilmihil and Camogie with Kilmaley. She also represented Clare in the All Ireland as a dual player.

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Considine writes a weekly Aussie Rules diary for RTE Sport where she documents her career as a sports star in Australia.

Sinead and Ailish are not the only Irish women playing Aussie Rules for the 2022 season.

Niamh Kelly, Grace Kelly and Aisling McCarthy all play for West Coast while Lauren Magee joins Sinead Goldrick at Melbourne.

Aishling Sheridan and Sarah Rowe both play for Collingwood.

Cora Staunton and Brid Stack play at GWS, Rachel Kearns plays for Geelong, Aine Tighe is with Freemantle and Orla O’Dwyer plays for Brisbane.

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