A bandaged Cora Staunton inspired her Great Western Sydney Giants side to victory against Collingwood in the opening game of the NAB AFL women's season. 

The Mayo attacker was an influential presence during the Giants' 48-35 win, especially in the second quarter, even if her accuracy with the oval ball let her down on occasion.

She kicked three behinds in that second quarter but just before the break she hit the deck after receiving an elbow to the nose from Collingwood's Sophie Casey. 

But Staunton re-appeared for the second half with a slightly ungainly looking bandage wrapped around her head.

She proceeded to help her Sydney side claim what was their first ever away win in the women's AFL.

Her coach Alan McConnell would only describe her nose as "bent" and credited her second half re-appearance as having an inspirational impact on her teammates. 

Another Australia-based Irish sporting legend was at the venue and made sure to get a photograph afterwards.