GWS’ Irish AFLW recruit Brid Stack suffered a neck fracture in a practice match against Adelaide but has been cleared of a major spinal injury or nerve damage and is expected to make a full recovery.
Stack was rushed to hospital after she was hurt attempting to make a tackle during the fourth quarter of the practice match at Adelaide’s Norwood Oval on Sunday.
Scans confirmed Stack had suffered a stable fracture of the C7 vertebra but no injury to the surrounding nerves.
The 34-year-old was discharged from hospital on Sunday night and does not require surgery but will wear a neck brace in the short-term.
Stack, who is in Australia with her husband and one-year-old son, will remain with the Giants’ squad as she rehabilitates her injury.
“This was an incredibly unfortunate accident and we’re thankful that Brid has avoided serious injury,” GWS head of women’s football Bri Harvey said.
“Brid 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 Brid with the best possible care both at the ground and in hospital across Sunday.”
The practice match – which was called off after the injury – was Stack’s first game of football after a decorated career in Gaelic football.
Stack is an 11-time All-Ireland winner for Cork and was named the 2016 Ladies Footballer of the Year.
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