Greater Western Sydney player Brid Stack rushed to hospital with possible spinal injury in AFLW match

Shayne HopeThe West Australian
The AFLW practice match between Adelaide and GWS has been called off after Giants recruit Brid Stack was seriously injured.
Camera IconThe AFLW practice match between Adelaide and GWS has been called off after Giants recruit Brid Stack was seriously injured. Credit: Getty Images

Greater Western Sydney player Brid Stack has been rushed to hospital amid fears over a possible spine injury after a collision in an AFLW practice match against Adelaide.

The 34-year-old Irish import was hurt during the fourth quarter of the match at Adelaide’s Norwood Oval on Sunday.

She was placed on a stretcher and taken from the field in an ambulance, while the match was called off with just a few minutes remaining.

“Unfortunately Irish recruit Brid Stack has been taken to hospital following spinal precaution protocols after a collision in a tackle late in the fourth quarter,” the Giants said in a statement.

“She’s in the best possible care and we will provide a full update when we have further information.”

Medical staff surround injured GWS recruit Brid Stack.
Camera IconMedical staff surround injured GWS recruit Brid Stack. Credit: Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images

Stack is entering her first AFLW season after a successful career in Gaelic football.

She spent Christmas in hotel quarantine in Perth with her partner and child before joining her new teammates Sydney.

GWS have twice moved to temporary bases this month - in Albury and Adelaide - because of Sydney’s coronavirus outbreak.

It will allow them to enter Western Australia for the round-one fixture against Fremantle on January 31.

Before the opening bounce in their practice match, Giants and Crows players observed a minute’s silence in honour of former GWS player Jacinda Barclay, who died in October.

Despite their inaccuracy in front of goal, Adelaide led by 20 points when the match was called off, kicking 2.21 (33) to 2.1 (13).

In Sunday’s other AFLW practice match, Collingwood beat North Melbourne 7.5 (47) to 5.5 (35) at Ikon Park.

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