Fremantle Dockers women’s team hold talent search to find potential players

Fremantle Dockers women's coach Michelle Cowan talks with marquee signing Kara Donnellan.
Two potential Fremantle Dockers players show their stuff during the talent search.
Fremantle Dockers women's coach Michelle Cowan talks with marquee signing Kara Donnellan. Two potential Fremantle Dockers players show their stuff during the talent search.

DOZENS of AFL hopefuls have been put through their paces as part of a talent search held by the Fremantle Dockers in Success this morning.

Held at Emmanuel Catholic College, the aim was to identify potential female players from outside the current footballing systems.

The Dockers were flooded with more than 300 registrations from players from a number of sporting backgrounds right across the state.

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One even came from Broken Hill in New South Wales.

Of the 300 that applied, about 60 took part in tests measuring fitness and footballing ability.

Coach Michelle Cowan said about ten would be shortlisted and invited down to the club.

“They select themselves when you put them in this environment and see who has the ability; the physical ability and the footballing ability to be part of our team,” she said.

“Everyone has their opportunity – it’s a clean slate.”

The Dockers have 23 positions to fill on a roster of 25, having already locked in two marquee stars.

Many of those positions are likely to be filled by players taking part in the WA Women’s Football League finals over the coming weeks.

Cowan said today’s exercise was about creating the best squad possible.

“We want to make sure we tick every single box in this draft process to make sure we get the right fit for our team and build one of the strongest teams in the competition,” she said.

“Today’s really important for us.”