Fremantle AFLW captain Hayley Miller said a head-to-head midfield battle with North Melbourne is shaping up as one to watch in Saturday’s qualifying final at Arden Street.

Fremantle’s midfield stars in Miller, Kiara Bowers and Gabby O’Sullivan will square off against the likes of Ashleigh Riddell, Jasmine Garner and Emma Kearney in the do-or-die clash.

Riddell showed her ball-winning ability last weekend, setting a new record for most disposals in North’s round 10 clash with West Coast.

The record surpassed the previous best mark of 35, which she held jointly with Adelaide pair Anne Hatchard and Ebony Marinoff.

Meanwhile, reigning AFLW Fairest and Best winner Kiara Bowers picked up 18 disposals, 17 tackles, six clearances, 356 metres gained and a game-high 128 AFL fantasy pints off just 60 per cent game time.

Returning for her first game last week against the Suns after over a month off football, Bowers is expected to return to full minutes in this weekend’s final.

Miller said she was looking forward to the challenge of matching it with North’s engine room.

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'We want to win a premiership, we don't shy away from that.' | Hayley Miller

Fremantle's AFLW skipper spoke to the media on Thursday morning ahead of the team's fly out to Melbourne for this weekend's do or die final.

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“They are an incredible midfield and what Ash Riddell was able to do last week was fantastic,” Miller said.

“We have talked about ‘do you tag or do you not’ and they are some of the ongoing conversations with the coaching staff.

“At this stage, I think we will try and back in our mids to go head-to-head with theirs and it should be a great battle.”

Departing for Melbourne early on Thursday afternoon, Miller said the playing group will draw on their previous time spent on the east coast earlier this season.

The three-week hub saw Fremantle play four games in Victoria and one in Tasmania through the middle part of the season.

“We have a good record in Melbourne this year,” Miller said.

“As a footy team, you are already with each other pretty much every day of the week but going away in a hub together just heightens that and we are even stronger for it.

“To have those experiences previously in Melbourne and all the hardships that came with it, we will draw from that for this weekend’s game.”

Fremantle will be hoping to capitalise on last week’s winning momentum against Gold Coast, with a final quarter blitz that saw Freo kick four goals to run-out 37-point winners.

“The feeling going into this one is a little bit different to what we had last year,” Miller said.

“We came off the back of a few losses at the end of the season heading into finals, but coming off a nice win last week with Gold Coast has put some confidence back in the group, and we finished really strongly.

“To have fallen at that last hurdle the last couple of years in finals, for the girls who have previously been in that situation you take from that and don’t want to feel that feeling again.”

Miller said the hard work put in across the entire season has shaped her side’s preparation for Saturday’s final.

“Everything you sort of build towards throughout the year comes to finals, everyone wants to play finals,” Miller said.

“Everything we have done up until this point will go towards our preparations for this weekend.”

“At this level, you are trying to win a premiership for your Club and for your team, so I certainly don’t shy away from that.”