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AFLW: Miller sees hard work paying off

Hayley Miller speaks to Docker TV. Curtin University students chat to Hayley Miller after Freo's win over the Demons.

Fremantle’s Hayley Miller said the team’s hard work in the off-season is paying off after securing their second win of the season against Melbourne on Sunday at Fremantle Oval.

The Freo NAB AFL women’s team pulled off a five-point victory against the previously undefeated Melbourne on Sunday at Fremantle Oval.

The second-year player said the team had developed well during the pre-season and is looking to continue this growth as the competition progresses.

“I think from the first game of this season we’ve come a long way,” Miller said.

“We’ve been able to pick ourselves back up and move forward from that.”

“We worked really hard over the offseason on our structures, fitness, skills, all-around game plan and I think it’s really paid off for us this year.”

Miller said the feeling of winning against Melbourne was sweetened knowing that they weren’t expected to win and fought hard to achieve it.

“I think not a lot of people expected us to win, so it was awesome to come out on top,” Miller said.

“We knew that if we played our brand of footy and played it well that we could give them a good run for their money.” 

The midfielder praised skipper Kara Donnellan for her skills not only as a player but also as the captain. 

“She leads by example and gets her hands on the footy and gets that real drive forward for us,” Miller said. 

“She is a pivotal player in the team and as captain, she leads from the front.”

Fremantle takes on Brisbane Lions at South Pine Sports Complex at 3:35 EST on Saturday, 23 February.

The views in this article are those of the author and not necessarily those of the AFL or its clubs