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AFLW: O’Sullivan gets a taste of 2019

Gabby O'Sullivan is excited for season 2019 after the girls played a trial AFLX game on Saturday. Gabby O'Sullivan says the opportunity to have an AFLX trial game is helping the girls prepare for 2019.

Fremantle’s AFLW side displayed a taste of what is to come in 2019 with their first AFLX trial game on Saturday at Victor George Kailis Oval.

Midfielder Gabby O’Sullivan said the game was a good test for their skills, which Fremantle have working hard on during the pre-season.

“The last few weeks we’ve been focusing on the fundamentals,” O’Sullivan said. 

“Today we did a decent job at hitting our marks with kicking efficiency and our ability to take the game on.

“I think we can take a lot of confidence out of (today).”

The team split into two sides and played a high-speed game on an unfamiliar rectangular pitch.

O’Sullivan said the experience showed how the team has developed and gelled over the past two months of training. 

“It was really fast-paced, something new for all the girls but it was a really good chance to see some game-play, get a few kilometres under our legs and test out our fitness, O’Sullivan said.

“There’s a really good chemistry amongst the group and I think that showed today.”

The AFLW season is only seven weeks away, when the girls face Melbourne in the opening round at Casey Fields on Sunday 3 February.

O’Sullivan said the girls are ready to hit the ground running following the new year.

“I think all the girls are hanging out not to have a break but because we know as soon as we come back, that’s when the real stuff starts,” O’Sullivan said.

“We’re just all hanging out for (round one).”

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