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 aim 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 harm to ruck Parris Laurie within the third quarter, who bravely battled on as a ahead.

This newest harm 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.

Aisling McCarthy of the Eagles celebrates a goal.
Digicam IconAisling McCarthy of the Eagles celebrates a aim. Credit score: Paul Kane/by way of AFL Photographs

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

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

After some persistent ahead stress, Gemma Houghton produced one thing particular for the Dockers to break via halfway via the second, snapping a aim 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 arduous work on the scoreboard.

Fremantle appeared to have gained sufficient respiration area when Bowers kicked a long-range aim from the clearance to start the third time period.

Fremantle celebrate winning their second-consecutive AFLW derby victory.
Digicam IconFremantle rejoice successful their second-consecutive AFLW derby victory. Credit score: Paul Kane/by way of AFL Photographs

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.

In opposition to all odds, a brave West Coast refused to go away, with Imahra Cameron inspiring her teammates with an excellent run-down deal with on Eve Gooch deep in assault to arrange their second aim and cut 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 preserve 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.