AFLW 2021: Fremantle Dockers hold off brave West Coast Eagles to claim second Western Derby

Fremantle and dynamic midfielder Kiara Bowers have saved their good AFLW derby intact, defeating a brave however undermanned West Coast by nine-points.

Bowers was merely dominant with 22 disposals, 14 tackles, seven clearances and a purpose to unanimously win back-to-back Derby Medals within the 2.11 (23) to 2.2 (14) win at Fremantle Neighborhood Financial institution Oval.

After a dramatic week, an empty venue and torrential rain met the 2 rivals, who lower than 12 months in the past performed in entrance of greater than 35,000 at Optus Stadium.

But one factor that didn’t change was Bowers’ intent to stamp her authority on the rivalry, with the midfielder a category above from the primary bounce to prolong the Dockers’ successful streak to 9 matches.

West Coast’s loss was made worse what appeared to be a severe proper knee damage to ruck Parris Laurie within the third quarter, who bravely battled on as a ahead.

This newest damage information got here simply days after inaugural membership champion Dana Hooker was dominated out for the season after requiring surgical procedure on her foot following an accident within the kitchen.

Gemma Houghton snaps a goal over her shoulder in the second term.
Digital camera IconGemma Houghton snaps a purpose over her shoulder within the second time period. Credit score: Paul Kane/by way of AFL Pictures

West Coast’s day received off to the proper begin when Irish imports of Niamh Kelly and Aisling McCarthy mixed to give the underdogs the primary purpose.

The Eagles’ means to adapt faster to the slippery situations mixed with their efforts to get again into defence in sturdy numbers allowed them to hold off the often potent Dockers goalless within the first quarter regardless of the house staff’s power on the clearances.

After some persistent ahead strain, Gemma Houghton produced one thing particular for the Dockers to break by means of halfway by means of the second, snapping a purpose over her left shoulder to give her aspect the lead. 

This ignited Fremantle, who dominated the within 50s 35-14, however a mixture of the slippery situations and cussed West Coast defence ensured they may not put their exhausting work on the scoreboard.

Fremantle appeared to have gained sufficient respiratory house when Bowers kicked a long-range purpose from the clearance to start the third time period.

Mounting accidents for the Eagles made the duty of a comeback much more difficult with Laurie joined by Kelly and Andrea Gilmore on the sidelines.

Towards all odds, a brave West Coast refused to go away, with Imahra Cameron inspiring her teammates with a superb run-down deal with on Eve Gooch deep in assault to arrange their second purpose and scale back the margin to only one kick.

However the Dockers efficiently locked the ball inside their entrance half to hold territory because the likes of Bowers, Hayley Miller (14 disposals and 5 clearances) and Stephanie Cain (12 disposals) managed the stoppages to maintain the plucky Eagles at bay.

Scoreboard

Fremantle 0.3, 1.6, 2.8, 2.11 (23)

West Coast 1.1, 1.1, 1.2, 2.2 (14)

Objectives — Fremantle: G Houghton, Okay Bowers. West Coast: A McCarthy, I Cameron.

Greatest — Fremantle: Okay Bowers, S Cain, H Miller, S Duffy, L Pugh, G Houghton. West Coast: M Bowen, B Smith, A McCarthy, E Swanson, T Bresland, A Ward.

Accidents — West Coast: N Kelly (finger), P Laurie (knee), A Gilmore (finger)

Umpires: J Dalgleish, J Fry, G Simmonds. Venue: Fremantle Neighborhood Financial institution Oval.