Galway's Áine McDonagh makes AFLW debut for Hawthorn

September 17, 2022

Galway's Aine McDonagh. ©INPHO/Bryan Keane.

Galway's Áine McDonagh was handed her AFLW debut for Hawthorn against Western Bulldogs at Box Hill City Oval today, making her return from injury in a 37-7 defeat to the unbeaten Bulldogs.

The 24-year-old Moycullen clubwoman impressed with nine disposals and was joined in the Hawks' team by former Mayo midfielder Aileen Gilroy.

Elsewhere, two goals from Áine Tighe saw the Leitrim star bring her season tally to four goals as Fremantle Dockers drew with Carlton, 32-32.

Tighe missed a late chance to win for the Dockers at Fremantle Oval where Armagh's Amy Mulholland and Meath's Orlagh Lally also lined out for the home side.

Meanwhile, Cora Staunton, playing with a fractured nose, and Brid Stack took to the field for GWS Giants in their surprise 16-9 loss to Aisling McCarthy’s West Coast at Giants Stadium.

In the opening game of round four, Meath All-Ireland winner Vikki Wall kicked two goals as North Melbourne defeated Geelong 28-16.

Cork youngster Erika O’Shea also featured for the winners at UTAS Stadium on Friday.

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