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Fremantle defender Alex Williams hopes she can continue to rise to any challenge this season after playing a crucial role in Freo’s 27-point win against Brisbane on Sunday at Fremantle Oval.
After making the request to senior coach Trent Cooper earlier in the week, Williams was tasked with the difficult role of limiting the impact of star Brisbane forward Sabrina Frederick-Traub.
With the help of fellow defender Tayla Bresland, Williams kept the dangerous Frederick-Traub goalless.
“I went to the coaches at the start of the week and asked for the challenge,” Williams said.
“Sabrina's one of the best forwards in the competition so I quite enjoy playing on her.
“I like to challenge myself. For me, it’s just seeing how I can go against the best. You want to play the best to see how you go and that’s just really the plan for me.”
Williams said that she and her teammates will take a similar philosophy into the rest of the season.
After two rounds, Fremantle is one of three unbeaten teams in Conference A but sit outside of the top-two places that earn a finals berth.
Williams said that the playing group know they need to be able to beat the best teams in order to earn a finals spot.
“That’s the plan (to finish on top of Conference A),” Williams said.
“We can only control what we can control and that’s by performaning well against the best teams in the competition.
“It’s nice to (be considered as a contender) but we don’t want to get too far ahead of ourselves at the moment. It’s good to have our name out there and people recognising the good work we are doing.”
Williams said Fremantle are wary of facing off against Collingwood, who are hungry for their first win of the season.
“You can never underestimate any team so we’ll go in like we do every week and act like we’re playing the best team in the competition,” Williams said.
“Obviously, they beat us in the first season and we beat them last year so we’d like to take our momentum from the last two weeks and continue that on.
“They’ve got a couple of tall forwards, I think Sharni Layton drops down there which will be quite a challenge to match her height, so we’ll see how we go.”