Fremantle’s emerging talent has taken another step in their match simulation against West Coast at Mineral Resources Park on Saturday beating the Eagles by 52 points.
Saturday’s match was the first official hitout against an opposition Club for senior coach Lisa Webb who was able to see her fast game plan come to life.
There has been an emphasis on everyone having a role out on the field this pre-season, with the role clarity assisting Fremantle in dominating play all game to beat West Coast 11.10 (76) to 3.6 (24).
Ruck Mim Strom threw praise at the way the entire playing group embraced the clarity of Webb’s game plan.
“We've got a super clear game plan and we've all been studying up and it's great that we get to put it into practice,” Strom said.
“Hopefully we'll just keep building from there, but the main thing is playing all our roles.”
The likes of senior players Hayley Miller, Gabby O’Sullivan and Kiara Bowers had their usual impact around the ground, but it was the noticeable elevation of the Club’s emerging talent in midfielders Dana East, Tahleah Mulder and ruck Strom that will give the team confidence heading into the season.
Strom credited the standards of the senior players and the battles they have had against each other in the pre-season as to why the Club’s emerging talent is primed to improve their game this upcoming season.
“You couldn't ask for better midfielders especially, 'Turbo' and Miller leading in there,” Strom said.
“You just feel so confident having them in there, to tell you where we're going and where we're hitting it.
“We're starting to see the new players emerge as well, I think ‘Easty’ is doing really well.
“She has to match up on Kiara Bowers each week, so good luck to whoever has to line up on her this season.”
Strom was also impressed with first-gamers Ariana Hetherington and Serena Gibbs, who have recently added to Fremantle’s lineup in the off-season.
Hetherington was only announced as an injury replacement player for Mikayla Morrison last week and was dominant down back and in the ruck, while recruit Gibbs was controlled in defence and is proving to be a handy recruit after moving from Carlton this season.
“I thought all the new players were very impressive,” Strom said.
“(Serena) Gibbs down back was super solid.
“Ariana looks like she's been playing forever and slotted in beautifully and ‘TJ’ (Tahleah Mulder) in the midfield was getting to work, which is really good.”
Fremantle will play Collingwood next Saturday 19 August at Victor George Kailis Oval in their second pre-season match.
Strom is excited to play another opposition but more importantly, continues to focus on executing the game plan they have been practising all pre-season.
“It's good to have these hitouts against other teams because we don't know how any team is going to shape up against last year,” Strom said.
“I think we're pretty different from last year and likewise some of the other teams might be different too.
“We're more focused on our game and how we can execute but it will be a really good hit out against Collingwood next week.”