A SPECIAL 21ST ANNIVERSARY A number of Carnacon's players were winning their 21st Mayo LGFA SFC medals last weekend. From left: Cora Staunton, Sharon McGing, Beatrice Casey (manager), Martha Carter and Michelle McGing. Pic: Michael Donnelly
CARNACON legend Cora Staunton has ruled out a return to the Mayo jersey but says that she cherishes every county championship victory with her record-breaking club.
“It’s obviously great,” the 38 year-old told The Mayo News after scoring 0-11 in Carnacon’s latest success over last Saturday.
“There are some girls that are winning their first one tonight and there’s other girls that have won five or six of them. We cherish every one of them because you don’t know when the next one will be.”
On the subject of Carnacon players being selected for the Mayo senior squad (no Carnacon player has featured for Mayo for more than two years), Staunton had this to say:
“For myself, I’m retired since 2018. [But] the girls have never made themselves unavailable and they’re always available there to play.
“There’s plenty of good talent from Marie Corbett to Fiona McHale, right down to Amy Dowling, Sadhbh Larkin, I could name more. I’m sure they’re available to play, you’d have to ask them. I’ve given quite a lot of years to Mayo and I’d certainly love to see them don the Mayo jersey in the near future.”
Staunton also confirmed that she will be returning to Australia later this year after signing up for next season with the Great Western Sydney Giants team in the Womens’ AFL.
“I’m signed on to go back next year but I’ll stay around with Carnacon,” she explained.
“We don’t know the situation with the All-Ireland series if that’s going to go ahead yet. I’ll wait until the Connacht series ends and then head back down under in November.”
The record-breaking 22-time county senior champions played into a stiff breeze in the first half and they were a point down at the break. But there was no panic in the Carnacon ranks.
“The elements weren’t great,” recalled Cora. “There was a huge wind. Playing against that in the first half [was difficult], particularly when Moy Davitss played quite defensive even though they had the breeze.
“It was all about being patient, … we spoke about not conceding any goals and limiting the amount of opportunities Moy Davitts would get.
“I think we did well, and to go in a point down [at half-time] and concede no goals was a big thing for us.”
Staunton says that it was ‘disappointing’ that many people involved with both clubs were unable to attend the game, which was played ‘behind closed doors’ at MacHale Park.
“Women’s sport is probably a bit different to men’s in that you’ve the same people that come out all the time and are hugely passionate,” she said.
“I know my own family aren’t here and I’ve nieces who aren’t here that come to every Carnacon match. There’s people like that, especially the older generation.”
“We were lucky that it was streamed live. The atmosphere was bit different because you’d normally have the crowd behind you.”