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WAFLW Watch: Coach’s comments rd 14

Gemma Houghton kicked two goals for Swan Districts. - Fremantle,Fremantle Dockers,AFLW,WAFL
Gemma Houghton kicked two goals for Swan Districts.

Nine Fremantle-listed players were in action in round 14 of the WAFLW.

Senior Fremantle coach Trent Cooper talks us through his thoughts on the round. 

Peel Thunder 1.1 (7) def by Swan Districts 11.9 (75)
There were two very one-sided games at the weekend. Swan Districts were far too strong for Peel. Swans are really building into good form and Peel are finding it a bit hard with the youngest team by far at this stage of the season.
There is just one more round to go before we hit the finals, so we’re really looking forward to see how all the teams fare this week.

Tayla Bresland (Peel)
Tayla played back and she had a good battle with Gemma Houghton to start with, but then she copped a nasty knock in the second quarter. She tried to come back on but was limited in her movement so she didn’t have too much game time after that point.

Sabreena Duffy (Peel)
Sabreeena started really well, her first six minutes were as good as she’s played all year but after that Swans got on top and Sabreena ran out of steam a bit. She’s building and looking to get on the right track to hit her straps come AFLW season.

Stephanie Cain (Swan Districts)
Steph was outstanding. Her first half on the wing was solid but she was their best player when she went inside in the second half. She had 14 touches alone in the final quarter, she was really strong overhead and kicked a lovely goal as well. It was a good all round game and probably the first time that she’s been really dominant as an inside midfielder - which is pleasing as we see that as another string that we want her to add to her bow.

Gemma Houghton & Ebony Antonio (Swan Districts)
Gemma and Ebony were a double threat up forward all day and were really hard to contain. Ebony set up a few goals and Gemma always looked dangerous as well with two majors. We were pleased with how they worked in tandem.

Ashley Sharp (Swan Districts)
Playing on the wing, Ashley didn’t have a heap of the footy but what she did was quite important. She used the ball really long to give the Swans forwards one-on-one opportunities, so it was a solid game from her.

Subiaco 8.5 (53) def by Claremont 0.4 (4)
Claremont are very shorthanded at this stage of the season, which is unfortunate for them. Hopefully, they get a few back for finals. They took on Subi who were far too good. The score probably didn’t indicate the inside 50 count as Claremont had their chances, but they just couldn’t score while Subiaco scored quite freely at the other end. 

Hayley Miller (Subiaco)
Hayley started the game really well and she got the game on Subiaco’s terms. It wasn’t one of her high possession games but what she did was still important to keep Subiaco in control.

Lindal Rohde (Subiaco)
It was another good game for Lindal. Like Hayley, it wasn’t a high possession game but everything she did was neat and positive for the team. We’ve been really happy with her form and we’re looking forward to seeing how she handles the intensity of finals footy in a fortnight’s time.

Laura Pugh (Claremont)
Laura battled hard in the midfield but she was up against it all day. Claremont didn’t get a lot of ascendency through the middle and Laura had to shoulder a big load. Unfortunately, she couldn’t do enough to help Claremont score a reasonable total.

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