Fremantle Dockers women’s team won’t play at Cockburn ARC in first year of AFLW


Aerial view of how Cockburn ARC will look when it’s finished next year.
Aerial view of how Cockburn ARC will look when it’s finished next year.

THE Fremantle Dockers will not play a game at Cockburn ARC in the first year of the AFLW competition.

Former Dockers president Steve Harris flagged in June that a women’s match at the $109 million facility at Cockburn Central West was likely.

The club, which is co-funding the build with the City of Cockburn, Curtin University and the help of state and federal grants, will be based at the site when it is finished.

Match dates for the 2017 women’s competition are set to be released next Friday, with the season likely to run through February and March.

But with completion of the aquatic and recreation centre not expected until after that, a fixture at the grand build next year is unviable.

In a letter to the City, the AFL club said it could not pursue playing a game at the Cockburn ARC facility in 2017 “specifically due to the timing of the games and completion of the facility not coinciding”.

“We are however committed to playing games at the Cockburn ARC facility for 2018 and beyond,” the club said.