Brid Stack has been released from hospital after a nasty incident in the AFLW Giants’ practice match against the Crows on Sunday 17 January.
The 34-year-old Irish recruit was playing in her first game when she was injured in a tackle late in the match at Norwood Oval, Adelaide.
Play was called off after the incident and Stack was taken to hospital by paramedics, following spinal protocols.
Subsequent scans revealed Stack has a stable fracture of the C7 vertebra and no injury to the surrounding nerves. She does not require surgery but will wear a neck brace in the short term.
She will remain in Australia and a key part of the team as she rehabilitates from her injury with recovery expected to take six weeks.
Stack was released from hospital late on Sunday night to re-join the Giants AFLW squad who are based in Adelaide for at least the next two weeks.
Stack is a star Gaelic footballer in Ireland having won 11 All-Ireland titles for Cork and was named the 2016 Ladies Footballer of the Year.
After three years of trying, the Giants finally landed their woman in 2021 and she is now in Australia with her husband and one-year-old son.
GIANTS Head of Women’s Football Bri Harvey said the club will continue to support Stack and her family as she recovers.
“This was an incredibly unfortunate accident and we’re thankful that Bríd has avoided serious injury.
“Bríd and her family have made incredible sacrifices to come to Australia to play in the AFL Women’s competition and we will be supporting them all the way through her recovery.
“We’d like to thank all those who provided Bríd with the best possible care both at the ground and in hospital across Sunday.”
For more sport: