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WAFLW Watch: Coach’s comments rd 15

Seven Fremantle-listed players were in action in round 15 of the WAFLW. 

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

Claremont 4.1 (25) def by East Fremantle 5.8 (38)
Claremont started well and led East Fremantle at the first break. East Fremantle gradually wore them down and were the better team on the day. Claremont battled well with a lot of their best players still out. 

Laura Pugh (Claremont)
Laura was solid through the midfield again although the weight of numbers worked against her. She didn’t have enough support but she still had a solid game.

Philipa Seth (East Fremantle)
Phil was really good, mainly through the middle and also in defence. She had some really important passages of play with some good patches. Her short kicking was a highlight, hitting targets really nicely. 

Gabby O’Sullivan (East Fremantle)
Gabby had a reasonable game without setting the world on fire. She performed well and applied lots of pressure but she probably didn’t have a big impact on the scoreboard. 

Evie Gooch (East Fremantle)
Evie kept her form up, I thought she was one of East Fremantle’s better players. She was really consistent and we’ve been rapt with her form for the year so far.

Subiaco 14.16 (100) def Peel 4.3 (27)
This was a very one-sided affair where Subi got off to a good start and kept going. They were way too strong for Peel. 

Hayley Miller (Subiaco)
Hayley was really good and she kicked what I think was the goal of the year. She ran with three bounces and shrugged a couple of tackles to kick a goal from about 45m. Her trademark dash out of stoppages was really evident and Subiaco would be rapt with her form going into the finals.

Lindal Rohde (Subiaco)
It was another really solid game on the wing for Lindal. She just accumulates the ball, she makes really good decisions and works back into defence as well. It was a solid all round game for her and we’re happy with her form.

Sabreena Duffy (Peel)
Sabreena was beaten in the midfield in the first half but she was working hard. She moved onto the half back flank for the last two quarters and got a lot of the ball there. It’s good to see her winning so many possessions and she gave Peel a lot of drive back there. It’s good to see her get some touch back.

Finals week 1
Next week we could have 12 or 13 Freo players in the finals that that will be great for them. As good as the WAFLW season has been, we expect it to step up for finals, which is the best preparation they can get for AFLW games.
Swans take on Claremont on Bassendean Oval, Claremont will hopefully get a few more players back and if they do then they could make it really interesting against Swans.
The second semi-final should be a cracker between Subiaco and East Fremantle. There’s very little between those sides and we’re looking forward to our girls having a big impact.

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