Dockers make mark
THE Fremantle Dockers have jump-started their AFL Women’s season with an historic debut at Optus Stadium against Collingwood on Saturday.
The Dockers beat the Magpies 6.4 (40) to 4.3 (27) in front of 41,975 fans, a figure that broke an 89year-old record for attendance at a women’s game of Australian rules football.
The figure also eclipsed the previous AFLW’s attendance record of 24,500, which was set in round 1 of the 2017 season when Carlton played Collingwood at Ikon Park.
On the field, the Magpies got the jump on the hosts after kicking the first two goals of the game.
But the Dockers eventually found their groove, firstly through a crowd-pleasing long-range goal from Ashlee Atkins, and dominated the middle stages of the match.
The $2 entry into the game helped raise $91,000 for the Starlight Children’s Foundation and Freo Dockers Foundation.
Fremantle will host Melbourne at Fremantle Oval on Sunday.
The winless Magpies will be out to break the shackles against the struggling Giants at Olympic Park on Sunday.
The Fremantle Dockers defeated Collingwood 6.4 (40) to 4.3 (27) in AFLW action.