THE Fremantle Dockers women will be licking its wounds after a physical home loss to Brisbane yesterday.
In front of a packed Fremantle Oval , the Dockers were looking to bounce back from last week’s disappointing opening game loss against the Western Bulldogs, where they only scored one goal for the whole match.
The game was a hard-fought arm wrestle for the first three quarters, with the brutal attack on the ball from both teams drawing gasps and cheers from the crowd.
Injuries to key players Brianna Green and Kim Mickle in the second and third quarters respectively gave the Dockers fewer rotations in the pivotal final quarter, where a three quarter time deficit of eight points blew out to 13 as the Lions won the game 36-23.
South Fremantle Football Club product Sabrina Frederick-Traub was instrumental through the middle for the Lions, gathering nine disposals and nine hit outs while fellow local recruit, East Fremantle’s Jessica Wuetschner, kicked two of the Lion’s five goals.
For the Dockers, Dana Hooker and Lara Filocamo picked up a match-high 17 disposals apiece while Stacey Barr, Tayla Bresland and Gabby O’Sullivan were the goal scorers.
Filocamo said it was special to play in front of such a big home crowd.
“You feel a lot of pride because you’ve got all these supporters coming down to see you play,” she said.
“It just feels amazing and it’s great for people to get amongst AFLW and women’s sport in general.
“(The team is) trying to move forward from the loss and we are trying to regroup and get ourselves moving again and look forward to next weekend.”
Winless after two rounds, the Fremantle Dockers will be looking to get its first points on the board when it takes on Greater Western Sydney on Saturday February 18.