Leitrim’s Aine Tighe Moves To Aussie Rules

Leitrim’s Aine Tighe has completed a move to Australian Rules Women’s side Freemantle for the 2020 season.

27-year-old Tighe is part of a double Irish swoop with Louth’s Kate Flood also switching codes to women’s Australian Rules football.

“I’m really looking forward to getting over there and getting into the thick of the practice,” Tighe told the Freemantle website.

“The (Australian Rules) games I’ve played here have been great to get a feel for it” added Tighe.

“That’s making it all the more real I think.  Just getting over, getting started into the actual games, match sim and stuff like that to see what it’s really like.”

“The girls were identified firstly through CrossCoders, who supplied vision of over 30 International Rookie prospects and then run a camp for them in Athlone, Ireland,” explained Freemantle coach Trent Cooper.

“We’re really excited to get Aine on board, obviously we have a list deficiency in the ruck so to have someone who is 185cm in itself is great but she’s so athletic, she runs really well and I think she’ll translate to AFLW really quickly,” Cooper said.

“To have her on board is going to be fantastic. Her athleticism is next level for someone of that height and we think she’ll adapt really quickly. We can’t wait to see her arrive at the club later in the year.”

Flood joins Fremantle as a potential forward who has experience at the elite level in Gaelic football and soccer.