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Duffy praises ‘insane’ support from Purple Army

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Sabreena Duffy was thrilled with the support behind her and her teammates when she made her home debut in front of 6007 fans against Brisbane at Fremantle Oval on Sunday.

The young forward kicked two goals alongside her 11 disposals in Freo’s 27-point win, building on her impressive debut performance against Melbourne in round one.

A life-long Freo fan, the 18-year-old relished playing in front of a big crowd.

“The support has been crazy,” Duffy said.

“I haven’t had this much support ever, just having random fans call out my name and hearing the crowd is really surreal.

“When I kicked my first goal the crowd went insane. And even before I came out, the drums were going and my heart was pumping. It was so much fun.”

Duffy said that she has enjoyed the step up to AFLW due to the quality of her teammates and opponents.

“It’s a faster game but in essence, it’s a lot cleaner,” Duffy said.

“In a way, that makes it easier to play because you’re playing with girls who are really good and it makes you play a lot better.”

Fremantle senior coach Trent Cooper said that Fremantle fans can be excited about what Duffy brings to the club.

“Sabreena can play anywhere. I coached her in the WA state 18s last year, she was captain and played at half-back and a bit through the middle,” Cooper said.

“It’s great having her on the list as she can play in any position. At the moment she’s settled into that forward role really well.

“She’s a really smart footballer, so as a young kid coming it, that’s something she doesn’t need to focus on as much as other things.

“She’s always going to be learning but she’s probably more of a natural footballer than many of the girls in the AFLW already.”

Freo will return to Fremantle Oval in six days when they take on Collingwood on Saturday as they look to maintain their unbeaten record.

The views in this article are those of the author and not necessarily those of the AFL or its clubs