Four home games for Dockers women
FREMANTLE has secured four home games for the inaugural season of the upcoming AFL Women’s League.
The Dockers are one of four clubs to play four home matches, although their historic opener against the Western Bulldogs will be held at Whitten Oval in Melbourne on February 4.
Fremantle Oval will host the side’s first home game against the Brisbane Lions in round 2 on February 12.
The Parry Street venue, just off Fremantle’s iconic South Terrace, will host a second game on February 26 when the Adelaide Crows visit for a round 4 fixture.
Rushton Park in Mandurah will host Fremantle’s round 5 match-up with Collingwood on March 4.
The Dockers will play the last of their regular-season home games at Subiaco Oval a week later.
The Dockers are unable to play a match at their future base at Cockburn ARC in 2017 because the competition will finish before the facility is opened.
Fans will be able to enter matches for free, except where a double header is held with a men’s pre-season match.
Speaking to the Dockers website, senior coach Michelle Cowan was pleased with the draw.
“I’m very excited for us,” she said. “We have four home games, giving our members and supporters lots of opportunities to get behind the girls.”
AFL game and market development general manager Simon Lethlean said venue availability and travel loads were considered when the fixtures were being created.
“Clubs were consulted on their preferred venues and other requests such as a capacity to host family days,” he said.
“We endeavoured to accommodate club requests where possible, while ensuring accessibility for fans, and other issues such as venue facilities, lighting for night matches and double-headers.”
Minimum six-day breaks between matches were among the other considerations.