Our Irish Banshee Laura Corrigan (on right in photo) has been chosen by Melbourne FC as one of its three free agents for its 2017 women’s squad to play in the first national women’s AFL competition. She becomes the first Irish women to be selected at this level of competition in what will be a semi-professional league being played next February and March.
Women’s football operations manager Debbie Lee said Corrigan (affectionately known as Irish, as she hails from County Cavan) was an experienced recruit.
“’Irish’ is a really good addition to the team. She brings experience, given that we’ve got 10 players under 20 years of age,” she told melbournefc.com.au.
“She’s a really tough, competitive player and also brings height to the team, so we see her as a tall defender and a second ruck option.
Corrigan, who has been in Australia for nine years, said it was a great opportunity to become the first female Irish player for Melbourne. And she is fully aware of the legacy held by the late, great Jim Stynes at the club.
“It’s all pretty surreal at the moment … but it’s a dream,” she said.
“I came to Australia backpacking nine years ago and I wanted to give the game a go.
“Now I’m getting the opportunity to play AFL – it’s unbelievable.”
Corrigan, 33, will play under her married name Laura Duryea. She started her career with Melbourne University, but has played the past seven seasons with Diamond Creek. She has also played in seven Grand Finals and also captained Victoria Gaelic football team in 2016. Laura has played in the last two International Cups for the Irish Banshees, winning in 2011 and being a runner up in 2014. She hopes to don the green again next August at the 2017 International Cup in Melbourne.