AFLW: Fremantle Dockers coach Trent Cooper says forward Gemma Houghton was almost sent into the midfield

Identified for boasting one in all the greatest ahead strains in the competitors, Fremantle’s energy by the midfield may quickly earn the identical exterior plaudits.

Dockers head coach Trent Cooper revealed he contemplated deploying key ahead Gemma Houghton by the center to maximise her influence in difficult situations however determined in opposition to the transfer resulting from Fremantle’s midfield domination.

 “When the situations are like that, Gemma Houghton isn’t going to point out her operating bounces and some of our different gamers nevertheless it brings in a couple of others.

“Kiara Bowers loves taking part in in the moist and Hayley Miller was actually good by there as nicely.

“We did focus on how we may use Gemma and Gabby O’Sullivan and if we may use them otherwise which was a risk, we may have thrown them up on the ball however we felt we had management so we didn’t want to do this.”

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Whereas Fremantle solely completed with two targets from 13 scoring pictures, Houghton snapping one round her physique, Cooper believed West Coast had been too defensive to threaten victory.

Kiara Bowers was dominant in the midfield
Digital camera IconKiara Bowers was dominant in the midfield Credit score: Paul Kane/through AFL Images

“After the first half of the first quarter, we in all probability dominated proceedings, we simply couldn’t get in on the scoreboard,” Cooper stated.

“Credit score to West Coast and the manner they defended, they obtained a whole lot of numbers again which made it tough to get pictures on objective.

“That they had at instances 14 or 15 gamers again behind the ball.

“As irritating because it was, we didn’t really feel any hazard they had been going to attain on the different finish.

“It didn’t really feel like they had been going to interrupt it open.

“I was happy we completed as strongly as what we did.”

An announcement from the AFL on spherical three fixtures is imminent however Cooper stated the uncertainty regarding their upcoming opponent wasn’t a problem.

“We have to put together ourselves to play in addition to we will,” Cooper stated.

“It’s not too large of a problem for us.”