Fremantle to field team in inaugural national women’s football league in 2017

Sara Lewis and Cassie Davidson of the Dockers celebrate a goal during the Women's AFL exhibition match between the West Coast Eagles and the Fremantle Dockers at Subiaco Oval. Picture: Getty Images
Sara Lewis and Cassie Davidson of the Dockers celebrate a goal during the Women's AFL exhibition match between the West Coast Eagles and the Fremantle Dockers at Subiaco Oval. Picture: Getty Images

THE Fremantle Football Club will field a side in the inaugural national women’s league next year.

The AFL announced this morning that eight teams would compete in the inaugural season, with the Fremantle Dockers beating out West Coast to host the WA team.

Fremantle Football Club president Steve Harris said the announcement recognised the club’s 10-year investment in developing women’s football in WA.

“It was a very competitive bid process and we are extremely pleased that the AFL has awarded the licence for the inaugural WA team in the new national women’s league to Fremantle,” he said.

“Female participation in football is one of the fastest growth areas in sport in WA and the talent pool for female footballers in this state is one of the strongest in the country.”

Fremantle’s successful bid included a partnership between the City of Cockburn, with the women to share the $109m elite training facility at Cockburn Central West and Curtin University, where players could earn a scholarship for further study.

On hand for the announcement in Melbourne was South Fremantle Football Club’s Sabrina Frederick-Traub, who is expected to play in the inaugural season.

The other teams that will compete in the league are Adelaide, Brisbane, Carlton, Collingwood, Greater Western Sydney, Melbourne and the Western Bulldogs.