Melbourne decided to send Dublin duo Sinead Goldrick and Niamh McEvoy home amidst Covid-19 crisis
Dublin duo Sinead Goldrick and Niamh McEvoy are returning home from Australia with their time in the AFLW cut short due to Covid-19.
The decision was made by their club Melbourne who had concerns that the Dublin duo wouldn’t be able to travel back home after the conclusion of the season.
That means the Demons will be without the two Dublin players for the AFL Woman’s Finals Series but the red and blue were left with no other choice with the evolving Covid-19 crisis.
The final two rounds of the regular season were cancelled and eight teams were entered into into the final series.
Those teams are Melbourne, Collingwood, Carlton, and Fremantle from Conference B and Brisbane, Gold Coast, GWS and North Melbourne.
The final series commence this weekend but all games will take place behind closed doors.
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Melbourne released a statement on their website that AFLW football manager Daniel McPherson gave to the Melbourne media.
“With so much uncertainty in the world at the moment, we think what’s best for Niamh and Sinead is to be back home in Ireland with their families,” AFLW Football Manager Daniel McPherson told Melbourne Media.
“Whilst we would obviously love for both of them to be lining up for us against GWS in our first ever AFLW final this Saturday, we took the view that getting them home safely was far more important at this point in time.”
The Dublin duo impressed in the Melbourne colours this season
The Dublin duo although with no previous AFL experience have impressed in the Melbourne colours this season.
Although that’s hardly surprising given their Ladies Gaelic football resumé which includes multiple provincial and All Ireland titles and All Star awards.
They lit up the games they were involved in and both brought a competitive edge to the Demon’s side.
Melbourne are disappointed that the Dublin duo will miss the finals series due to the unforeseen circumstances but they are hopeful that Sinead and Niamh will return in 2021.
“Niamh and Sinead have been outstanding additions to our group this year,” McPherson said.
“Within a few short months, they have been able to learn a whole new game and have both become significant contributors in our performances this season.
“They are both terrific competitors who have worked incredibly hard on their AFL craft. We will miss having them with us as we head into our first AFL Women’s Finals Series.
“We know the girls are disappointed that it has ended like this for now, but we look forward to hopefully seeing them back next season.”