Tag: Women’s Footy

Banshee selected by Melbourne

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.


Ladies National Trials – November 30th Dublin

Ladies National Trials are to be held on the 30th Nov in Dublin.

We would like to put together a national team to travel to Melbourne next August (8th until 23rd) to participate in the ‘International cup’, a two week tournament run by the AFL!

We are hoping to pick 14 players from Ireland to travel to Melbourne for the tournament.

It is important to note – Players that train with us have NO PREVIOUS AUSSIE RULES EXPERIENCE. Everyone is welcome to try out for the team.

This trials session will double as a mini tournament between DCU, Dublin angels and Ulster Kookaburras.

This will be DCU’s first ever match! So don’t miss out!


Location: DCU pitches

Time 12 noon


Warm up 12 noon – 12:30pm

DCU v ANGELS ( Match) (12:30pm – 1pm)

ANGELS V KOOKABURRAS (Match) (1pm – 1:30pm)

KOOKABURRAS V DCU (Match) (1:30pm – 2pm)
Want a chance to represent your country?
Want a chance to travel the world?
Want a chance at winning an international medal for Ireland?

Who are we?
The Australian Football League of Ireland (ARFLI)
The national team – the ‘Irish Banshees’ hold 3 Euro Cup Titles and 1 International Cup (IC2011) title.
The local teams – 1 team in Dublin ‘Dublin Angels’ (sister team to the men’s – ‘Dublin Demons’) and the ‘Ulster Kookaburras’ (sister team to the men’s – ‘Belfast Redbacks’)

What do we do?
Play Aussie Rules of course!


We train in DUBLIN, BELFAST AND inbetween!
We have seen some teams travel to Melbourne, Sydney, Edinburgh and Milan to compete!

Yearly – Training sessions and games held locally throughout the summer
Yearly – Euro Cup tournament. To be held in London next Oct 2014. (National Team attends)

Every 3 years – International Cup tournament. To be held in Melbourne next August 2014. (National Team attends)

ARFLI hold full country membership with AFL Europe. ARFLI has a president (Cian Quigley) and selected committee members who volunteer their own time to help organise and run the league. Each volunteer has a role at ARFLI, currently there are about 4-5 of us trying to organise Female footy. This includes recruitment, training, organizing game days, seeking sponsorship; generally working towards providing opportunities for female footballers to play our great game that is Australian Rules Football.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me for more information.


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Leiha Shrubsall – ARFLI female footy