15/04/2024

Cora Staunton (Photo: GWS Giants)

After a close loss to the Western Bulldogs, the GWS Giants are hoping to surprise one of the premiership favourites in the Brisbane Lions. Giants star Cora Staunton spoke about her 50 goal milestone and the upcoming game on Sunday.

The Greater Western Sydney Giants will come up against second-placed Brisbane Lions this round. The Giants were disappointed not to get the win against the Western Bulldogs last round. Pushing them all the way in the match, they only lost by seven points.

The team will be looking to put on a good performance against the Lions and deliver an upset as the Lions are coming off a 49-point victory against the Fremantle Dockers.

Playing against the Western Bulldogs, Staunton achieved her 50th goal milestone in the AFLW. She ended the game with three goals, kicking at 100 per cent goal accuracy. Along with the goals, she had nine disposals, two marks and four kicks as she nearly helped the Giants defeat the Bulldogs.

“I didn’t even realise I was up to 50 goals before the game. I come from obviously a Gaelic football background where we don’t really take much notice of score taken and records and all of that,” Staunton explained.

“It’s obviously nice to kick 50 goals. We play a team sport so, it’s more for the team rather than me. My role every week is to go out and kick goals and try and get the team over the line.”

Finishing 9th last season, they missed the finals by one win. The squad is hoping for redemption, especially Staunton who has improved on herself in the off-season.

“I’ll always be learning. I’ve obviously tried to refine (my kicking) from season one to now,” she said.

“My job is to kick goals, so I want to be good at that. The only way to be good at anything is to practise. I probably do a lot of kicking every week and have done (that) for the past five and a half seasons now.”

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Disappointed with the result against the Western Bulldogs, she spoke to the media about their performance last week.

“We put in quite a good performance and it was a game when we looked back at that, if we were a little bit more composed in a couple of things we did, it was a game we could easily have won,” she said.

“We gave away some easy scores, easy goals, and we had opportunities that we didn’t probably capitalize on.”

The Giants faced Brisbane earlier this year losing by 38 points, even though they were outclassed they were able to accumulate more disposals, clearances and kicks than their opposition. Staunton was unable to kick any goals but had five disposals which included a tackle and three kicks.

“Brisbane are a brilliant side. We’ve seen the results and their game against Freo and their results over the past number of years,” she said about her opposition.

“They’re in the top two in the competition, so it’s going to be a very difficult game, but certainly we’re going in with a new game plan and we’re enjoying the way we play. “

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