All Ange Stannett wanted for her 50th AFLW game was a win, and she was thrilled to celebrate the achievement with her teammates after Freo’s 13-point win against Hawthorn at Fremantle Oval on Saturday.
The defender turned forward hasn’t missed a game since making her debut in 2019 and has enjoyed a fast rise at Fremantle as the Club’s vice captain, with the fourth-most AFLW games played in Freo history.
Senior Coach Lisa Webb said post game the team ‘absolutely loved’ Stannett, and Stannett said the feeling was mutual.
“The thing that makes it so special is the people you share it with,” Stannett said.
“There’s been many people who have made my journey special, so I’m very grateful for the Club, my teammates that I play alongside and all the staff that have helped me get here as well.
“The main focus was getting the win and we managed to do that.
“It’s great especially being in front of the home crowd. It’s been a great journey so far.”
Fremantle raced out of the blocks with the opening three goals before an arm wrestle set in.
Stannett was proud to see the team hold the Hawks at bay after they pushed Freo in the middle two terms.
“We knew they were going to challenge us, especially around the contest and stoppage,” Stannett said.
“Our mids really went to work, particularly early on to get us on the front foot.
“It was nice to get some score on the board early and then we were able to maintain that throughout the game and embrace the challenge that they brought in the second and third quarter.”
With their second win in three games, Fremantle currently sit fifth - however there are five Clubs fixtured to play on Sunday who are also looking for their second win of the season in Gold Coast, Brisbane, Sydney, Collingwood and Carlton.
Freo turn their attention to a week in Melbourne, where they face Essendon and Richmond – two clubs who also have a 2-1 record.
“Everyone’s pretty excited to get away for a week,” Stannett said.
“It’s an opportunity for connection on and off the field with no distractions.
“We’re over there for footy to play a couple of really different sides who are both challenges.
“We’ve always been a side that likes to travel. If we can get away as a group, connect, have fun and then once we get out there, we’re there to do a job.”