Hooker is Dock­ers’ fe­male club champ

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - SPORT -

HARDNOSED Fre­man­tle Dock­ers mid­fielder Dana Hooker has been crowned the club’s in­au­gu­ral fe­male club cham­pion.

The 26-year-old polled 73 points from her seven games, beat­ing cap­tain Kara Donnellan by just one point af­ter pip­ping her at the post in the last game.

Donnellan had what seemed like an un­beat­able nine-point lead go­ing into the fi­nal game, which she missed through in­jury, but Hooker man­aged to poll 10 points af­ter amass­ing 21 dis­pos­als and be­ing named among the best on field.

Lara Filo­camo fin­ished third with 56 points.

Fre­man­tle coach Michelle Cowan cred­ited Hooker’s ef­fort on the field for her win.

“It was one of the most con­sis­tent sea­sons from any player in­volved in AFLW,” she said.

“She was a pro­fes­sional with her prepa­ra­tion, mak­ing sure she got the best out of ev­ery train­ing ses­sion and ev­ery game. What I love the most about her winning this award is that she has grabbed her op­por­tu­nity with both hands and made the most out of it. She’s been an out­stand­ing leader for our club as a part of our lead­er­ship group, too.”

Donnellan would end up go­ing home with an award, tak­ing out the Play­ers’ Award while Amy Lavell won Best Club­woman.

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