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Extreme Tactics Teams Employ To Stop Cora Staunton Proves Vastness Of Her Talents

Extreme Tactics Teams Employ To Stop Cora Staunton Proves Vastness Of Her Talents
By PJ Browne

Though her scoring exploits have propelled Mayo during her lengthy inter-county career, there's a real selfless side to Cora Staunton. If Mayo won but she scored nothing, she would not care. Though, it would be an unusual situation for the 35-year-old.

Edwin McGreal of the Mayo News this week compiled stats which put a highlighter pen over a remarkable career. In 66 Championship games for her county, Staunton has scored an average of just under ten points per game. Her career total: 59-476.

Staunton's stats are even more worthy of awe when the attention which receives from other teams is taken into consideration.

Speaking to Joe Molloy on Newstalk's Off The Ball this week, Staunton explained that for more than ten years, she has been doubled marked in games. For club games - she plays for Carnacon - Staunton is regularly triple marked.

Every time you have a good performance, there's more pressure on you to have that performance day in, day out. I try not to let that get to me. Over the years I've gotten used to it.

I've got used to being double marked and triple marked at times. That takes getting used to.

Quizzed as to how being triple marked works, Staunton said you'd have to attend a club game to understand.

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Her inter-county career is now in its 21st year. Her incredible durability is not just physical but also mental. Though being doubled marked initially annoyed her, she now simply takes it as a compliment.

Most games I go out to now, you're being marked and you have a sweeper standing in front of you. It's probably been happening for well over ten years now.

Without a shadow of a doubt, I'm giving someone on our team a free role which is a great thing, a great benefit to the player.

I look at it now, at 35, and you're still being double marked, it's a bit of a compliment. I suppose when I was younger and it was happening I probably got easily frustrated, found it difficult and had to try and manage it and deal with it. As I got older it probably riles me on a bit and it's a good thing.

This weekend, Stauton will line out for Mayo in the All-Ireland ladies final against Dublin hoping to bridge a 14-year gap since her last All-Ireland title.

Picture credit: Sportsfile

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