Round 12 Sunday 13 March

Fremantle Community Bank Oval
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    Dockers too strong for Suns, but just miss home final

    FREMANTLE has fallen short of snaring a home final despite keeping their opponents goalless in a 37-point NAB AFL Women's win over Gold Coast at Fremantle Oval.

    The Dockers entered Sunday's match needing a huge win to overtake North Melbourne in fourth spot, but they were two goals short of what was required in the 7.4 (46) to 0.9 (9) victory.

    DOCKERS v SUNS Full match coverage and stats

    The result saw the Dockers finish in fifth spot, thrusting them into an away qualifying final against the fourth-placed Kangaroos.

    Gold Coast finished the season in 10th spot with three wins and a draw in a much-improved display from last year's winless wooden spoon campaign.

    AFLW Match Highlights: Fremantle v Gold Coast

    04:44 Mar 13. 2022. 7:08 PM

    The Dockers and Suns clash in round ten of the NAB AFL Women's Competition

    Fremantle's principal goal for the match was snaring the win, but making up the 16.5 percentage points to leapfrog North Melbourne would have also been front and centre.

    They appeared no hope after scoring just three goals in the first half.

    But a four-goal burst in the final term sparked life into the equation.

    Wielstra's first AFLW goal breaks drought

    00:36 Mar 13. 2022. 6:41 PM

    Fremantle's Sarah Wielstra kicks the first goal of the match in almost a half of football

    The Dockers needed two more goals in the final 68 seconds of the match, but their hopes were ended when Roxy Roux was tackled while shooting for goal 20m out with just 43 seconds remaining on the clock.

    In reality, it was Fremantle's 88-point loss to Melbourne a week earlier that cost them a home final.

    Star Fremantle midfielder Kiara Bowers marked her return from a knee injury with 18 disposals and 17 tackles, while Angelique Stannett was a rock in defence with 21 disposals.

    Suns midfielder Alison Drennan tallied a game-high 25 disposals, while Kalinda Howarth (19 disposals) provided excellent run.

    Dockers forward Gemma Houghton scored the only goal of a tight opening quarter, and the home side kicked two more goals in the second to open up a 20-5 lead at the long break.

    Houghton strikes first as Dockers hunt fourth

    00:38 Mar 13. 2022. 5:39 PM

    Gemma Houghton boots Fremantle's first in its fight for fourth spot

    That scoreline meant that even if Gold Coast were held scoreless in the second half, Fremantle would still need to reel off another 33 points in order to overtake the Kangaroos.

    Despite the Suns wasting a series of golden chances in the third quarter, the Dockers weren't able to score a goal themselves.

    But a purple patch midway through the final quarter gave them a glimmer of hope of making up the percentage required.

    In the end, Fremantle fell 4.1 percentage points short.

    Dockers captain looks lively with electrifying chase

    00:43 Mar 13. 2022. 6:52 PM

    Fremantle's Hayley Miller converts after this brilliant chase down tackle

    The Dockers must now win three away finals if they are to claim the flag.

    Although Fremantle have a 1-3 record against fellow top-six teams this season, Cooper has taken confidence from his team's strong form on the road.

    "We're undefeated in Melbourne," Cooper said.

    "When we were away, it was really difficult, but also a great experience. So we're looking forward to going back there. It will bring back some good memories.

    "Every single final is a knockout final. There's a lot of pressure on those sides who have had really good years. There's probably not as much pressure on us now where we're coming from."

    FREMANTLE    1.1    3.2    3.3    7.4 (46)
    GOLD COAST   0.1    0.5    0.8    0.9 (9) 

    GOALS
    Fremantle: Houghton 2, K.Antonio, Tighe, Wielstra, E.Antonio, Miller
    Gold Coast: Nil

    BEST
    Fremantle: Stannett, Bowers, Runnalls, Tighe, Strom
    Gold Coast: Stanton, Howarth, Surman, Drennan

    INJURIES   
    Fremantle: Nil 
    Gold Coast: Nil 
     
    Reports: Nil  
     
    Crowd: TBC at Fremantle Oval 

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