It was a day at the office to remember for Kiara Bowers, with the vice-captain’s on-field performance a standout amidst Fremantle’s fiery win at Swinburne Centre.
The weather wasn’t the only heat for the competition to be cautious about, as the reigning AFLW Best and Fairest winner was a scorcher in the matchup that saw the Fremantle Dockers, and the Richmond Tigers take on each other for the first time.
Coming off the back of her side’s win against the Giants, Bowers’ brilliance was on display once more.
Despite an early lead from an aggressive Richmond force that saw both sides going goal for goal until a break by Fremantle, the star wasted no time and was in her element on Saturday night.
Bowers stunned producing 28 disposals, 16 touches, and 16 tackles, reminding the competition about her dominance.
Consistency was key for Fremantle, who overtook a determined Tigers side and continued their momentum to clutch hold of a spectacular 11.11 (77) to 7.5 (47) victory.
The Dockers remained consistent for the majority of the quarters and impressed in their 30-point win, as they pushed out the margin at the fourth-quarter time and scored the second-highest score in the club’s AFLW history.
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It was a goal at the siren by Gemma Houghton that triggered a goal frenzy for her side – her second for the night, which lead to a 41-point lead for Fremantle. Kara Antonio also added to the goal score during her time on the field.
As Fremantle further extends their perfect start of 3-0, they head into preparations into the next round as potential favourites for the premiership.
Meanwhile, a late surge was seen by Richmond as a result of a powerful effort from the likes of captain Katie Brennan and Christina Bernardi, both of which scored a goal each. However, the late surge had come at a cost with the trailing side struggling to topple a fiery Fremantle side as their percentage on the ladder took a huge hit.
Richmond’s tough day at the office was capped off with a blow with powerhouse Harriet Cordner leaving the field in the second quarter with a suspected ACL injury.
The defeated side head into round four with potential for more heartache as they wait for news on their talented defender.
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