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AFLW: Freo gallant in defeat

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 24: Fremantle player Melissa Caulfield contests the ball with Brisbane player Emma Zielke during the round four AFLW match between the Brisbane Lions and the Fremantle Dockers at South Pine Sports Complex on February 24, 2018 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Jono Searle/Getty Images/AFL Media)
Fremantle were defeated by the Lions by seven-points in Brisbane on Saturday afternoon.

Brisbane defeated Fremantle by seven-points at a sodden South Pine Sports Complex on Saturday afternoon. 

With the city of Brisbane copping in excess of 200mm of rain in the past 48 hours, the match was always going to be a slog, and it turned out that way.

It was the Lions' third win from four matches and sets up a tantalising contest against premiership fancies Melbourne at Casey Fields on Friday night.

For the Freo Dockers, they will rue not capitalising on their 10 inside 50s to one during their first-quarter dominance.

Despite a strong mark and goal to Stacey Barr on the stroke of three-quarter time keeping them alive, Fremantle fought until the final siren but it was't enough for them to get over the line. 

"Brisbane played really well," Freo Dockers coach Michelle Cowan said. "I thought they took a lot of their chances and that's why they came out with the win." 

What’s next?
Fremantle is still clinging to its top-two hopes and must beat Greater Western Sydney at Fremantle Oval next Saturday afternoon (2.05pm WST) to keep their chances alive.

BRISBANE    0.0   1.1   2.2   3.4 (22)
 0.1   0.2   1.3   2.3 (15)

Brisbane Lions: 
Wuetschner 2, Gibson
Fremantle: Barr, Atkins 

Brisbane Lions: 
Lutkins, Wuetschner, Stanton, Anderson, Exon
Fremantle: Filocamo, Donnellan, O'Sullivan, Antonio, Atkins 

Brisbane Lions: 
Shannon Campbell (illness) replaced in selected side by Emma Pittman
Fremantle: Nil 

Reports: Nil

Umpires: Mirabile, Rowe, Howorth

Official crowd: 1500 (estimated) at South Pine Sports Complex (Brendale)

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