It’s a long, long method from the GAA field in Adamstown to the bright lights of Australian Guidelines football, however Aileen Gilroy has plainly changed really well.

The Mayo All-Star and ex-Ireland soccer international signed up with the black and ambers in 2020 and made an instantaneous impact, leading them to the county Senior women’ football final for the first time in 29 years.

Ever since she has actually headed down under for her second season with the North Melbourne Kangaroos in the AFLW, one of several Irish females hired by skill scouts over the last few years.

Her group took pleasure in an emphatic success in the preliminary, hammering Geelong Felines by 11.5 (71) to 1.3 (9 ).

Gilroy’s outstanding stats for the game were 13 disposals, eleven kicks and seven deals with in the half-back line.

This prompted agent Jason Hill, one of those centrally involved in the recruitment process from Ireland, to declare ‘Aileen Gilroy is probably among the most exciting Irish talents out there’.