Cora Staunton was on the scoresheet but ultimately ended up on the losing side as her Greater Western Sydney Giants were beaten in the conference semi-final playoffs by Melbourne.

The Mayo woman played her part in a highly entertaining encounter against the top-rated Melbourne side, scoring one goal and three behinds but lost out 29-26 at the Giants Stadium.

Heading into the final stages of the games, Staunton's Giants held a slender lead, however, the experience of the visitors proved vital as they came from behind to snatch the victory.

Melbourne were missing some key players for the vital encounter as Dublin duo Sinead Goldrick and Niamh McEvoy returned to Ireland during the week due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

There was better news, however, for Mayo woman Aileen Gilroy as she helped the North Melbourne Kangaroos progress to the preliminary final, beating Collingwood 34-32 at Ikon Park.

Fellow Green and Red County native, Sarah Rowe, was on the losing side as the Pies' season came to a close, while Cavan's Aishling Sheridan was also on the losing side in that close encounter.

Kate Flood will also contest a preliminary final as her Freemantle Dockers side romped to a 80-10 victory over the Gold Coast Suns.

Louth native, Flood, chipped in with two goals in the demolition of the Queensland side and will now face Melbourne for a place in this year's Grand Final.

On Sunday, Tipperary's Orla O'Dwyer is set to line out for the Brisbane Lions as they look to progress to the preliminary final, taking on Carlton Blues, who will be without Fermanagh's Joanne Doonan, who has returned to Ireland.