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AFLW: Giants take the points at Freo Oval

Michelle Cowan addressed the media after Saturday's loss to the Giants. Michelle Cowan addressed the media after Saturday's loss to the Giants

GWS have seriously dented Fremantle’s NAB AFL Women’s finals chances with an 18-point win at Fremantle Oval on Saturday.

The Giants ran away with the contest with a three-goal to none second term, led by Courtney Gum who collected 16 disposals and one goal for the game.

Ebony Antonio led Fremantle from defence with 19 disposals, the most of any player, while midfielders Dana Hooker, Kara Donnellan and Lara Filocamo saw Freo get first use, dominating the clearances 28-15.

Despite winning the ball from the stoppages, the Giants created the most opportunities with nine more inside 50s.

Fremantle had three individual goalkickers in Stacey Barr, Gabby O’Sullivan and Stephanie Cain, with Cain’s goal coming from an impressive 65 metre bomb that dribbled through for the only goal of the fourth quarter.

The loss sees Fremantle fall to fifth in the AFLW standings, and likely to sixth by the end of the day, with sixth placed Carlton taking on seventh-placed Adelaide on Saturday night.

Despite having two wins from five games, Fremantle remain one win outside of the top two, however with a percentage of 80.4 the team will need big wins to close the season to have any mathematical chance of making the Grand Final.

Fremantle has six days to regroup, heading to Darwin next week for a Friday night clash with Adelaide at TIO Stadium.

FREMANTLE                          1.0   1.2   2.3   3.3 (21)
GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY 2.0   4.1   6.2   6.3 (39)

Barr, O'Sullivan, Cain
GWS Giants: McWilliams, Staunton, Farrugia, Gum, Beeson, Barclay

Fremantle: Antonio, Cain, Hooker, Donnellan, Filocamo, Webb
GWS Giants: Gum, Brush, McWilliams, Eva, Barclay, McKinnon

Fremantle: Nil
GWS Giants: Nil
Reports: Nil
Umpires: Simmonds, Johansen, McPhee
Official crowd: 2571 at Fremantle Oval

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