After a determined comeback, the Fremantle Dockers triumphantly ended their season, sending out a retiring icon in style.
In the highly-anticipated game that saw Fremantle and Hawthorn meet for the first time in league history, it was the Dockers who came out on top in the thrilling win. The five-point win capped off Kara Antonio’s career who recently revealed that she would be retiring at the end of the season.
Antonio was a key contributor for her side at Fremantle Oval, with the 30-year-old making sure she went out in style, kicking two goals.
Though Fremantle’s fortunes looked unlikely at first with Hawthorn leading the charge in the first quarter.
A shower of goals, including from the night’s other departing star Jess Duffin, kept Fremantle unable to break through and make a significant impact on the scoreboard. Fremantle’s woes in the first term saw them hand their opponents a 13-point advantage.
However, a snap goal from Aine Tighe in the second quarter saw the Dockers’ misfortunes turn quickly. It was from then on that Fremantle was able to gain control of the game, crawling back to take the lead.
Tighe’s breakout night was a standout in the memorable win, with the Irish powerhouse kicking a career-best of four goals. Along with her impressive goals, Tighe also had 14 disposals and three tackles.
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Kiara Bowers also dazzled on Saturday night continuing to once again break records. The midfielder improved on last week’s tackle count, this time registering a whopping 22 tackles. Bowers also finished the night with a game-high 34 disposals to her name.
Ebony Antonio was next best with 21 disposals, whilst Megan Kauffman had 19. Roxanne Roux also helped with Fremantle’s win, kicking a goal during the second term.
Whilst the 49-41 win made Antonio’s night a memorable one, it had slightly soured the occasion for Duffin.
Although the departing Hawk made an impact early in the game, she wasn’t able to end her final game on a high note. The Hawks’ vice-captain bagged a goal in the first quarter and as well in the remaining seconds of the fourth.
Tilly Lucas-Rodd was on fire in a performance that consisted of 26 disposals, seven tackles, and a goal.
Charlotte Baskaran (14 disposals, one goal), Aileen Gilroy (14 disposals, one goal), Tahlia Fellows (one goal), Aine McDonagh (one goal) and Kaitlyn Ashmore (18 disposals) also impressed for the Hawks.
Fremantle finish a disappointing season in 12th, while Hawthorn finishes its inaugural season with three wins, sitting 15th.
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