Four home games for Dock­ers women

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - COMMUNITY CLASSIFIEDS | SPORT -

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.

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