The similarities between Gaelic and AFL have long been exploited - often unsuccessfully - by the AFL.

But the first-round AFLW clash between Collingwood and West Coast saw a total of four Irish players take to the field in AFLW guernseys.

It became clear early on that they would be making a big impression on the Aussie stage.

Collingwood players Sarah Rowe and Aishling Sheridan were listed as interchange players and were clearly keen to prove their worth, racking up 8 and 9 disposals respectively, and a behind apiece.

On the opposing squad, the Kelly sisters, Grace and Niamh, made their presence known through a number of meaningful touches.

Grace made it into the highlight reel with a particularly ferocious tackle against Sarah D’Arcy in the third quarter.

Three of the four Irish stars hail from a single county (Mayo), an area known for its strength in Gaelic Football.

Indeed, a total of five of the eighteen Irish recruits on AFLW lists in the 2020 season come from County Mayo, ensuring plenty of future interest in players from that region.