Áine Tighe's Goals Continue In Mixed Weekend In AFLW Round 5

Áine Tighe's Goals Continue In Mixed Weekend In AFLW Round 5
By Michael Bolton
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Historic victories, goals and heavy defeats were all included in a mixed weekend for the Irish in round five of the AFLW.

Áine Tighe’s two goals secured a 26-23 win for Fremantle in the derby as they overcame Aisling McCarthy's West Coast Eagles.

Tighe’s six goals in five games helped the Dockers, alongside the superb Orlagh Lally and Amy Mulholland to a late derby win, despite another huge display by Aisling McCarthy, who made 17 disposals, a behind and five tackles for the Eagles.

It was a memorable weekend for two particular Irish women in Australia, as Aileen Gilroy was on the scoresheet for Hawthorn as they recorded their first ever AFLW win with a 35-31 win over the Sydney Swans.

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Gilroy made history alongside Galway’s Aine McDonagh, who will hope to build on this historic moment.

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Goals continued for the Irish players as Vikki Wall incredible start in Australia continued as her fourth goal of the season helped North Melbourne to a 43-28 victory over the Western Bulldogs, with Erika O’Shea making six disposals alongside Wall.

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In Melbourne, Dublin’s Sinead Goldrick made a successful comeback from injury as Melbourne easily dispatched Carlton 50-8, with Armagh’s Blaithin Mackin putting in another solid performance.

In one of the biggest upsets of the season so far, Orla O’Dwyer’s Brisbane Lions suffered a shock defeat to Richmond. The Tipperary native made five disposals and six tackles, as her side remain joint top despite the defeat.

O’Dwyer’s Tipperary team-mate Megan Ryan made her AFLW debut for Essendon alongside Joanne Doonan, but it was Sarah Rowe’s Collingwood who emerged victorious in a 28-17 victory, with Rowe making eight disposals.

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There was heavy defeats for the rest of the Irish players, as Down’s Clara Fitzpatrick’s seven disposals were not enough to stop St Kilda suffering a heavy 71-21 defeat to the Geelong Cats.

While in the final fixture of this weekend, Cora Staunton and Brid Stack’s Greater Western Sydney Giants had a day to forget as the Adelaide Crows put them to the sword in a 97-1 victory, which sent them joint top of the table with Brisbane.

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