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Fremantle v West Coast
AFLW Round 2, 2021
Gibson contests the ruck. Photo: aflphotos.com.au
Sun, 7 February 2021 (4.15pm WST)
Lost by 9
FRE 2.11.23 - 2.2.14 WCE
3 K.Bowers (FRE)
2 M.Bowen (WCE)
1 H.Miller (FRE)

A brave West Coast side fell to the Dockers in a hastily-rescheduled derby, held in unseasonably wet conditions behind closed doors at Fremantle Oval. In the midst of an injury crisis and coming off a midweek training ban thanks to a city-wide coronavirus lockdown, the Eagles held the highly-fancied Fremantle to just two goals but lost rucks Parris Laurie (leg) and Andrea Gilmore (finger) and midfielder Niamh Kelly (finger) to injury during the match. Recruit Aisling McCarthy laid seven tackles and kicked her first goal as an Eagle, and defender Belinda Smith tallied 17 touches.


1/4 time 1/2 time 3/4 time Final
Fremantle 0.3.3 1.6.12 2.8.20 2.11.23
West Coast 1.1.7 1.1.7 1.2.8 2.2.14

Goals: Cameron, McCarthy

Best: Bowen, Smith, McCarthy, Swanson, Laurie, Bullas

Injuries: N.Kelly (finger), Laurie (leg), Gilmore (finger)

Milestones: Pope AFLW debut

Named sides[]

West Coast Fremantle
B: 33.Ward 27.Perera B: 8.Gooch 29.Cuthbertson
HB: 14.Smith 35.McDonald 20.Bresland HB: 4.Stannett 3.O'Driscoll 32.Pugh
C: 1.Bowen 11.McCarthy 32.Orme C: 12.E.Antonio 19.Miller 15.K.Antonio
HF: 12.N.Kelly 28.Davison 15.G.Kelly HF: 6.Duffy 17.Roux 22.O'Sullivan
F: 22.Gilmore 2.Gibson F: 27.Houghton 23.Sergeant
R: 25.Laurie 13.Swanson 6.Lewis R: 21.Strom 2.Bowers 7.Stewart
I: 19.Cameron 9.Atkins 29.Pope I: 33.Haynes 5.Verrier 26.Webb
24.Bullas 4.Guard 28.Hyde 20.Cain
E: 31.Goranova 30.Low E: 16.Maclachlan 13.Grieve

In: Cameron, Perera, Orme, Pope

Out: Hooker (foot), Collier (concussion), Green (ankle), Liddle (back)

New: Katelyn Pope (North Adelaide)

From the papers[]

The West Australian[]

"West Coast's game got off to a fine start when Irish imports Niamh Kelly and Aisling McCarthy combined to give the underdogs the first goal.

The Eagles' ability to adapt quicker to the slippery conditions combined with their efforts to get back into defence in strong numbers allowed them to hold the usually potent Dockers goalless in the first quarter.

After some persistent forward pressure, Gemma Houghton produced something special for the Dockers to break through midway through the second, snapping a goal over her left shoulder to give her side the lead.

This ignited Fremantle, who dominated the inside 50s 35-14, but a mix of the slippery conditions and stubborn West Coast defence ensured they could not put their hard work on the scoreboard.[1]



  1. Mitchell Woodcock, The West Australian (8 February 2021, p.48), "Crowing rights remain at Freo"