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Curtin Students play AFLW First Match

[Posted: 7 Feb 2017]

A historic week for AFL as the first round of women’s football was under way. Eight sides took to the field with Carlton and Collingwood first up with over 24, 500 supporters followed by Adelaide and GWS, the Bulldogs and Fremantle, and finally Brisbane and Melbourne.

The first round was definitely considered a success with many inspiring athletes and great talent on display showing the strength the competition has to offer.

Saturdays game was a great example of this despite Fremantle being defeated by Western Bulldogs by 32 points at Whitten Oval, the match was played in front of a 10, 100 supporters almost reaching capacity.

The Bulldogs led the match by 7 at half time, and excelled on that lead in the second half. While Fremantle held momentum in the second term they could not make the most of their opportunities, finishing up after the siren with 12 points on the board to the Bulldogs 44.

Four Curtin students played in Saturday’s game including Belinda Smith, Hayley Miller, Stephanie Cain and Brianna Green. Belinda Smith had a strong individual performance in the backline, being named one of Fremantle’s best on ground with 17 disposals, 12 kicks and 2 marks.

Hayley Miller received 5 disposals and 5 tackles, Stephanie Cain 10 disposals, 2 marks and 3 tackles, and Brianna Green 8 disposals, 2 marks and 4 tackles.

Curtin student Belinda Smith admitted it was hard to come off on the wrong side of their historic opening game.

“I’m pretty shattered at the moment,” Smith said.

“We didn’t perform our best but our eyes are firmly on next week now. We’ll review this on Monday and then we’ll set our sights on the Lions.”

Fremantle play their first home game next weekend taking on the Brisbane Lions Sunday afternoon. Smith is excited for the first home round considering all the support they have already received.

“Hopefully it can continue for the season because we have got a lot to show our fans, and we’ve been working really hard,” Smith said.

Bounce down for their first home game is at 4.05 pm WST at Fremantle Oval on Sunday, 12 February.