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WHAT a week it’s been for football in Fremantle.
The East Fremantle Sharks women’s side are inaugural WAFLW premiers, South Fremantle earned the final chance to dethrone WAFL powerhouse Subiaco in 2019’s football finale at Optus Stadium, and Fremantle CBC‘s surprise win in the A-grade amateurs gives them a real shot at success in Saturday’s Perth Football League grand final.
EAST Fremantle claimed the inaugural WAFLW Premiership after a hard-fought 33point victory over Swan Districts at Mineral Resources Park on Saturday.
The club’s secondstraight flag – coming after their success in the final season of the old WAWFL – was built off the back of a dominant three-goal second quarter, which gave the Sharks a 25-point lead at long break.
Roxy Roux kicked the first goal of the final quarter to all but seal the 8.3 (51) to 4.4 (28) victory for the women in blue.
The historic win was built off the back of midfield dominance through the likes of Evie Gooch, Ashlee Atkins and Gabby O’Sullivan getting plenty of the ball.
O’Sullivan was awarded the Lou Knitter Medal for the best afield, while Gooch had the honour of holding the cup aloft as captain.
East Fremantle president Darren O’Donnell said the Sharks had peaked at the business end of the season, thanks to the return of AFLW players and State under-18 players.
“We probably had our strongest team when we wanted it and we probably played our best two games in the semi-final and the grand final,” he said.
Atkins’ goal on the quarter-time siren from a 50m free kick saw the momentum swing the way of the Sharks, before a classy checkside from O’Sullivan in the second pushed East Fremantle clear.
Stephanie Sparke added her second early in the third term, while Ashley Sharpe tried desperately for the Swans outfit with a goal of her own late in the quarter.
Despite a late challenge from the Swans, East Fremantle held firm in the last to run out 33-point victors.
Ashlee Atkins led from the front with great support from ruckman Kimberley Bowey as East Fremantle sewed up the WAFLW premiership.