McEvoy And Goldrick Are The First International AFLW Players To Sign For Melbourne FC
Dublin’s All Ireland winning duo Niamh McEvoy and Sinead Goldrick are heading Down Under to play for Melbourne FC in the 2020 AFLW season.
McEvoy and Goldrick are the first two international AFLW players to sign with the club. The two Dublin stars are fresh from winning their third All Ireland title in a row and will now bring their undoubted talent to Australia to represent the Demons.
Speaking to the Melbourne media coach Todd Patterson said it was a significant announcement for Melbourne FC.
“This is a significant announcement not only for our women’s program, but for our football club in its entirety.
“Over the past six to eight years, Sinead and Niamh have created impressive on-field profiles through their hard work and team success, and as a result, have become two of the best-credentialed female athletes in the country.
“They are terrific people, who we think will truly align with the values of our club, and with Dublin GAA being the closest thing you can get to a professional sporting organisation in Ireland, we have full confidence they will be well prepared for the demands of AFLW.”
Six time All Star winner Sinead Goldrick is looking forward to the challenge and to living and training in a professional environment.
“I’ve always been a fan of AFLW and in many ways, they have been setting the standard in women’s sport globally,” Goldrick told Melbourne Media.
“To be able to have the chance to join a team, and live and train in a professional environment in a sporting city like Melbourne, is something that I’m extremely fortunate to be able to try.
“There are so many transferable skills between the two games, the high fielding and foot passing in particular, and I am hoping my direct running and tackling can add something to the team.”
— Sinead Goldrick (@Goldieface) October 2, 2019
Four time All Ireland winner Niamh McEvoy believes that the attributes she has as a Gaelic footballer will transfer to the AFLW.
“There has been Irish girls who have went to Australia to play AFLW and have been able to successfully adapt to the game, and I felt that the attributes I have as a Gaelic footballer would be well suited,” the 29-year-old told Melbourne Media.
“I think the high catch and fielding in general is a strength of mine that will be the most applicable transferring from Gaelic football to AFLW, and I’m looking forward to working hard on the skills of the game.”
Really looking forward to getting over to Melbourne to take on this new exciting challenge. https://t.co/xPYBVRHqme
— Niamh McEvoy (@NiamhoMc) October 2, 2019
Dublin GAA has strong links to Melbourne FC in legendary figure Jim Stynes who played for the Demons for 11 years. So the signings of McEvoy and Goldrick have extra meaning for the Melbourne club and coach Patterson says it extends the bond with Dublin and continues Jim Stynes legacy.
“Dublin holds a special place in our heart, given the connection to Jimmy and the Stynes family,” Patterson said.
“To be able to have our first AFLW international players come from Dublin is really special, as it extends that bond and continues Jim’s legacy.
“We’re looking forward to building on this association with Dublin, to share ideas and player development strategies. We see this as a real opportunity to continue to explore the best practices for our program.”