AFLW: Fremantle Dockers forward Gemma Houghton almost landed midfield role in derby

Recognized for boasting among the finest ahead strains in the competitors, Fremantle’s power via the midfield may quickly earn the identical exterior plaudits.

Dockers head coach Trent Cooper revealed he contemplated deploying key ahead Gemma Houghton via the center to maximise her affect in difficult situations however determined towards the transfer on account of Fremantle’s midfield domination.

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

“Kiara Bowers loves enjoying in the moist and Hayley Miller was actually good via there as properly.

“We did talk about how we may use Gemma and Gabby O’Sullivan and if we may use them in a special manner which was a chance, we may have thrown them up on the ball however we felt we had management so we didn’t want to try this.”


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

Kiara Bowers was dominant in the midfield
Digicam IconKiara Bowers was dominant in the midfield Credit score: Paul Kane/through AFL Pictures

“After the primary half of the primary quarter, we most likely dominated proceedings, we simply couldn’t get in on the scoreboard,” Cooper mentioned.

“Credit score to West Coast and the best way they defended, they obtained a number of numbers again which made it tough to get photographs on purpose.

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

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

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

“I used to be happy we completed as strongly as what we did.”

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

“We have to put together ourselves to play in addition to we are able to,” Cooper mentioned.

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