Fremantle coach Trent Cooper and West Coast coach Daniel Pratt embrace wet AFLW derby after Perth fires

Each Fremantle and West Coast are praying for rain to this weekend as the 2 sides put together to satisfy within the second AFLW derby.

Following per week of fixture chaos, the AFL confirmed yesterday the match would go forward behind closed doorways after each golf equipment spent per week in lockdown.

However quite than embrace the chance to show slick, attacking recreation plans, each Dockers coach Trent Cooper and Eagles mentor Daniel Pratt have known as upon the heavens to open to assist douse the fires raging in Perth’s east.

Each golf equipment have a private connection to the unfolding emergency with West Coast captain Emma Swanson and Fremantle defender Evie Gooch, each profession firefighters, who’ve spent the week battling the blaze.


Heavy rain is forecast for Sunday which might deliver welcome reduction to these on the fireplace entrance line.

It comes as derby sponsor RAC dedicated to donating $500 for each mark taken and $2000 for each derby aim, which means each coaches must discover the important thing to excelling in wet circumstances.

“The entire state is cheering for rain to assist with the bushfire circumstances so we’ll be rapt if we’re enjoying in rain,” stated Cooper.

“We’re positive the women will regulate shortly if these are the circumstances.

Evie Gooch (pictured) and Emma Swanson have been fighting Perth’s fire all week.
Digital camera IconEvie Gooch (pictured) and Emma Swanson have been combating Perth’s hearth all week. Credit score: Justin Benson-Cooper/The Sunday Occasions

“In some methods, we’re hoping there’s loads of rain this week and we don’t get as many marks and targets as a result of that’ll be excellent news for the fires as properly however we’ll be doing our greatest to maintain that ticking over for the neighborhood who’ve been so badly impacted by the fires.”

Pratt added: “Like him, we’re hoping for the rain, targets and marks.”

Each coaches have been not sure whether or not their resident firefighting heroes could be out there to play after per week on the entrance line.

“If we are able to get Emma to play this week, that may be unbelievable however the fires are clearly the precedence for the neighborhood so if she will’t play, she’ll go and do her job for the neighborhood,” Pratt stated.

Cooper added: “She’s (Gooch) rostered off on Sunday, however there are greater issues at play so if she’s known as in, we’ll be supporting that.”

“We’ve obtained people who find themselves keen to play footy and sacrifice there however give a lot again to the neighborhood so hopefully we see each ladies on the market Sunday.”

Each coaches imagine the shortage of crowd might be a non-issue after present process the identical expertise final season when followers have been locked out of spherical six clashes on account of restrict the unfold of coronavirus.

Pratt stated his aspect was embracing the check of enjoying one of many AFLW’s “type groups” after a 38-point loss to Adelaide in spherical one.

Who will win the second AFLW derby?
Digital camera IconWho will win the second AFLW derby? Credit score: Paul Kane/Getty Photographs

 “In some methods, the women being at residence has helped with our off-field training and whether or not that interprets onto the sector for longer, we’ll discover out Sunday,” the first-year coach stated.

“For us, it’s minimising the alternatives (for Fremantle to attain) as a lot as we are able to.

“We’ll get stress examined once more which is de facto good for our ladies.”

Spherical two additionally marks AFLW delight spherical as West Coast took to social media to have a good time their “range,” posting their brand framed inside a rainbow flag.