Fremantle shall be with out their two finest midfielders after they face Richmond in a apply match on Saturday with reigning membership champion Hayley Miller (calf) and star Kiara Bowers (COVID) dominated out.
The Dockers named a 28-player squad to sort out the Tigers at Lane Group Stadium however Miller, Bowers, defender Sarah Verrier (COVID) and ahead Kara Antonio (hamstring) couldn’t be thought of.
Irish recruit Orlagh Lally, who touched down in Perth on Thursday days after successful back-to-back championships along with her county Meath, may also get her first style of AFLW from the stands.
The absences have paved approach for all 5 draftees – Madi Scanlon, Tara Stribley, Megan Kauffman, Amy Mulholland and Tahlia Read – to stake their claims for choice.
The Dockers may also get their first take a look at low season recruit Nikki Gore, the premiership Adelaide star pushing for a midfield spot after spending her time on the Crows in defence.
“It’s a really exciting time for our players to play together against opposition, particularly a really evolving team like Richmond who I expect will be challenging to play finals,” coach Trent Cooper mentioned.
“We’ll experiment with different positions as well and it’s a good opportunity for the players to play with each other and get used to the minor tweaks to the game plan.”
West Coast may also get likelihood to tune up for the upcoming season after they face AFLW growth outfit Hawthorn on Sunday at Mineral Resources Park.
Midfielder Bella Lewis mentioned followers can anticipate a extra related Eagles unit because the membership prepares to rebound from a picket spoon earlier within the yr.
“We want each other to succeed so I think there is going to be a lot of that in the way that we gel on the field and our drive and consistency to do better,” she mentioned.
The pre-season will culminate in a derby subsequent Saturday at Fremantle Oval.
The match was initially scheduled as a curtain raiser to the spherical 22 AFL western derby however has been relocated to ease the load on the Optus Stadium turf.