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AFLW: Duffy lives out childhood dream

Sabreena Duffy is settling into AFLW life after an impressive first pre-season. First-year player Sabreena Duffy was thrilled to pull on the purple jumper for the first time on Saturday against Adelaide.
It was obviously a dream come true to pull on the purple jumper
Sabreena Duffy

Sabreena Duffy was thrilled to finally fulfil a childhood dream in Freo’s trial match against the Adelaide Crows at TIO Stadium on Saturday.

In a tight contest against the Crows the midfielder was one of nine first-year players to make the journey to Darwin.

“It was obviously a dream come true to pull on the purple jumper for the first time around,” she said.

“It was a real honour.”

The 18-year-old was Fremantle’s second pick in the 2018 AFLW Draft after playing an impressive six years with the Peel Thunderbirds, where she made her mark as one of the state’s best up-and-comers.

Duffy captained the State Under 18's side in 2018 and was named All-Australian before being drafted to Fremantle.

The first-year player says there was a definite step up from the WAWFL in the 20-point loss to Adelaide.

“I felt the tackles that’s for sure, I got dumped on my head about three times, so I felt that, but yeah it was quite fast,” she said.

Despite the hot conditions, Duffy put in a solid four quarters in the midfield but says she’ll put in the work wherever the team needs her.

“(I have) No set position, just where the team needs me to fill my roll…I guess wherever Trent feels I can be most dangerous and the most damaging for the team,” she said.

The match was an opportunity for the girls to put their pre-season training into practice.

Duffy says it’s still business as usual at the club this week as they prepare for their first game of the 2019 season in less than two weeks.

“I think we just need to trust our game plan," she said.

"At training, we’re really just focusing on ticking all the boxes that we need to tick to get to round one.

“We haven’t changed anything, we’re still training three times a week at the club and doing our own strength outside of our training days, so I think we’re preparing really well and I can’t wait to get started.”

The girls kick off their season away against Melbourne next Sunday 3 February at 3:05pm EDT at Casey Fields.

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