Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Galway footballer Áine McDonagh has become the second Irish woman to join newly formed AFLW club Hawthorn Hawks.

The Moycullen star broke onto the scene for Galway in 2018 as a half-forward before switching to midfield the following year, where they lost to Dublin in the All-Ireland final.

She also plays basketball with the NUIG Mystics and most recently won the Women’s Division One National Cup with the team.

McDonagh is the fourth Irish player currently at the club, joining Killala’s Aileen Gilroy as well as Conor Nash and Fionn O’Hara in the men’s program.


AFLW List Manager Mitch Cashion was excited to sign McDonagh as the club’s first rookie signing.

“We’re really excited about Áine’s potential in the brown and gold,” Cashion said.

“As a forward and midfielder in Gaelic football, she is someone who can be relied on for speed, athleticism and endurance.

“Aileen Gilroy will hopefully prove a valuable resource for Áine as she looks to emulate her successful transition into AFLW football.”

Prior to joining the club, McDonagh has been working with AFL Talent ID and Elite Skills Coach Mike Currane to prepare for her foray into AFLW.

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