All the fun and games going on in New York over the last few days acted to overshadow somewhat the dispiriting news from Australia, where ex-Mayo star Cora Staunton suffered a serious leg injury on Saturday.
Cora recently completed her second season in the AFLW with Greater Western Sydney Giants. Following this, she’d already agreed terms with the Giants to continue playing with them next year as well.
On Saturday she was playing for the UNSW-ES Bulldogs against Macquarie University in the AFL Sydney Premier Division Women’s competition when she suffered an injury that turned out to be a double leg break, of both the tibia and fibula bones in her right leg.
As that report linked above confirms, Cora remained on the field of play for over twenty minutes following the incident, as the arrival of an ambulance was awaited. The match was eventually called off.
Needless to say, this serious injury represents a huge setback to the Carnacon legend. She’s expected to undergo surgery in the coming days, following which she faces a long road of rehab.
This is not an easy path for anyone to take, least of all a player with so many years of playing time racked up. But Cora’s nothing if not a fighter and if anyone has it within them to come back from such a setback it’s her.
Best of luck, Cora, and here’s hoping that you make a full and complete recovery as soon as possible.