State of Ori­gin nod for women

Cockburn Gazette - - SPORT -

FRE­MAN­TLE, South Fre­man­tle and East Fre­man­tle fe­male foot­ball play­ers have made their mark on this year’s in­au­gu­ral AFLW sea­son, so much so that they have been se­lected to play in next month’s AFLW State of Ori­gin game.

Fre­man­tle cap­tain Kara Don­nel­lan is the sole Docker to make the Vic­to­rian side, but the Al­lies team has plenty of lo­cal play­ers.

Don­nel­lan will have to play against fel­low Dock­ers Kirby Bentley, Dana Hooker and Ebony An­to­nio, while three play­ers orig­i­nally from East Fre­man­tle and South Fre­man­tle have also made the Al­lies team.

AFL head of fe­male foot­ball Josh Van­der­loo said it would be an en­ter­tain­ing game, show­cas­ing the best fe­male foot­ballers from the AFLW com­pe­ti­tion.

“The State of Ori­gin match pro­vides a great op­por­tu­nity for us to be cre­ative about how we show­case the best fe­male play­ers in the coun­try,” he said.

The game will be played at Eti­had Sta­dium on Septem­ber 2 and will be broad­cast on free-to-air TV.

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