Brid Stack’s injury is 'serious' but not as bad as first feared, and is not spine-related, those close to the former Cork star have confirmed.
Stack was hospitalised Sunday in Australia after suffering an injury in the fourth quarter of her first practice game with the Greater Western Sydney Giants in Adelaide.
The game against Adelaide Crows in Norwood Oval was brought to a premature end in the wake of Stack’s scary neck/back injury, when she was met with a heavy tackle. She was placed on a stretcher and taken from the field in an ambulance.
Photos from the game show Stack’s concerned team-mates, including Mayo’s Cora Staunton, congregated around the 34-year-old as she received medical attention.
A GWS Giants spokesperson originally confirmed: “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. She’s in the best possible care and we will provide a full update when we have further information.” However, after initial tests at a nearby hospital, close friends have confirmed that Stack “will be ok and will make a full recovery.
“It may take a bit of time, but she will be fine. When it was reported first, the mention of the spine made it sound very serious, but that’s not the case,” said one family contact. "It's a neck issue and may necessitate a brace for a while, maybe six weeks or so."
Stack, who retired from inter-county football at the start of 2019 after claiming 11 All-Irelands and seven All-Stars, signed with the Giants in October and moved to Sydney with her husband Cárthach and their son Cárthach junior last month.
She told the Irish Examiner: “The opportunity to play professional football doesn’t come along too often and I know how fortunate I am to get it now, when I couldn’t have expected it at all and when circumstances such as Cárthach’s work allow us to go on the adventure as a family.”