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AFLW: Freo fan becomes a star

AFLW: Rising star nominee Sabreena Duffy Sabreena Duffy has been nominated for the NAB women rising star award for her efforts against Brisbane on the weekend.

Sensational young forward Sabreena Duffy has earned a well-deserved NAB AFL Women’s Rising Star nomination following Fremantle’s 27-point win against Brisbane at Fremantle Oval.

The 18-year-old kicked two goals and collected 11 disposals to back up her impressive AFLW debut in round one. 

The forward, who captained WA’s U18s in 2018, said she purely focused on helping Fremantle get the result against last year’s runner-ups.

“It’s pretty crazy, I didn’t really expect anything of it,” Duffy said. 

“I just went into the game hoping to play my role for the team and get the win which was really good.”

Duffy paid credit to the Fremantle coaches and support staff for helping take her football to the next level

“It’s all thanks to the coaching staff for having faith in me,” Duffy said.

“Kate Starre (high performance manager) has pushed me to my limits and also to (senior coach) Trent Cooper for believing in me, as I wouldn’t have this opportunity if it wasn’t for him.

“My fitness has been a massive focus as when I get fatigued I tend to back out from certain situations, I’ve been working really hard on that and it’s all come together quite nicely.”

A life-long Freo fan, Duffy said she relished playing in front of the Purple Army.

“I said yesterday when the drums started playing when we ran out my heart was pumping,” Duffy said.

“You can’t really put words into it, it’s just a massive privilege.

“We had 6000 fans, we didn’t expect that so hopefully it’s even better this Saturday against Collingwood.

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