Dock­ers make mark

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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.­mu­ni­ d479302

The Fre­man­tle Dock­ers de­feated Colling­wood 6.4 (40) to 4.3 (27) in AFLW ac­tion.

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