Fremantle enjoy solid hitout against AFLW premiers

The pressure was on from the start. Photo: Owen Davies
The pressure was on from the start. Photo: Owen Davies

FREMANTLE’S first AFLW pre-season clash was full of positives despite going down to the reigning premiers.

A good crowd turned out at David Grays Arena on January 24 to see Fremantle tackle Adelaide.

A good crowd came out to support the Fremantle Dockers. Photo: Owen Davies

Pre-season matches can often be a rusty affair but both sides put on a good show with plenty of scoring.

It was a tight tussle in the opening term as the sides sized each other up, but it was marred when both Deni Varnhagan (Adelaide) and Aine Tighe (Fremantle) left the field with knee complaints.

The Crows recovered quickly and kicked away in the second quarter with six goals to none, despite the best efforts of Dockers key forward Gemma Houghton who was a force all day and ended the match with three goals.

Fremantle held Adelaide scoreless in the third, but the lead opened up in the second proved too much as the Crows ran out winners 8.4 (52) to (5.5) 35.

Both teams showed positive signs and will head into the biggest AFLW season yet with high hopes.

At the end of the match, players from both sides got amongst the crowd, exciting many young footballers.

The players mingled with fans after the game. Photo: Owen Davies