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Cora Staunton hits the headlines with four goals as Giants fight off Eagles

Blow for the Eagles as Tipp’s Aisling McCarthy helped from the field with a suspected knee injury.

Staunton bagged a brace in either half for the Giants.
Staunton bagged a brace in either half for the Giants.

CORA STAUNTON FIRED in four goals as the Greater Western Sydney Giants kickstarted their AFLW campaign with a second-straight win.

Staunton’s quadruple helped the Giants to 7.6 (48) to 4.4 (28) win against the West Coast Eagles on Sunday.

But a good day from an Irish perspective was overshadowed by injury to Aisling McCarthy.

The Tipp star was helped from the field by the Eagles trainers with a suspected knee injury after she landed awkwardly in the fourth quarter.

Having lost their first two games of the season, the Giants now move up to 10th while the Eagles — who have Mayo sisters Grace and Niamh Kelly in their ranks as well as McCarthy — remain winless.

Staunton opened the scoring in the first minute when she wriggled free and poked home the first of her four goals, before she followed up with a second to give the Giants a 12-6 lead.

The Giants led 33-25 at the break but two more Staunton goals in quick succession settled the contest in the fourth quarter and set the hosts on course for a comfortable 20-point win.

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Elsewhere, Tipp’s Orla O’Dwyer impressed for Brisbane with 14 disposals and five tackles but it wasn’t enough to prevent the Lions from falling to their first defeat of the season, a 45-33 loss against the Adelaide Crows.

Meanwhile, Niamh McEvoy and Lauren Magee both lined out for Melbourne who also lost their 100% record in a 37-24 defeat against the Western Bulldogs.

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