AFLW rivals’ firefighting heroics

Fremantle’s Evangeline Gooch and West Coast’s Emma Swanson. Pictures: Wikipedia.

On weekends, Fremantle’s Evangeline Gooch and West Coast’s Emma Swanson are fierce cross-town rivals in the AFLW. 

Earlier this month, the pair of firefighters pulled on their 20 kilograms of personal protective equipment to fight the blaze that was decimating Perth’s east. 

Over 60 homes have been lost in Wooroloo over the last three weeks, with Gooch and Swanson joining the 200-strong mass of firefighters attempting to contain the flames. 

Just days after their round one AFLW clashes, the hard-nosed defender Gooch and the Eagles captain Swanson donned their protective equipment to help save lives of those in their community.

In a social media post, Gooch admired the efforts of those fighting the blaze alongside her.

“Hundreds of people have put their heart, soul and continuous effort in to help wherever they can throughout this heartbreaking time in Western Australia,” Gooch wrote.

“Some have gone without sleep, some are doing it for free. I am proud to be able to help in the capacity I have trained for, alongside so many selfless and brave individuals.”

“The media doesn’t show a story for each person out there on the fire ground, risking their life to save people and property.”

After Perth’s five-day lockdown, Fremantle and West Coast played each other in a revised schedule after their respective clashes against Adelaide and GWS were postponed. 

Swanson had 16 disposals West Coast’s loss, whilst Gooch had six touches in the nine-point victory. 

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