East Fremantle made Western Australian football history by winning the inaugural WAFLW premiership at Mineral Resources Park on Saturday.
The Sharks got a jump on arch rivals Swan Districts with five goals in the first half and didn’t look back, running out 8.3 (51) to 4.4 (28) victors.
The contest featured five West Coast-listed AFLW players.
Ashlee Atkins and Ashton Hill represented the victorious Sharks, while Kellie Gibson, Mikayla Bowen and Emily McGuire fought valiantly for the Swans.
Eagles AFLW senior coach Luke Dwyer offered a three-point assessment of each player’s WAFLW Grand Final performance.
Ashlee Atkins: (midfielder/forward)
- Superb over four quarters. Hunted and won her own possessions.
- Kicked the ball with penetration and applied great pressure on the opposition
- Great performance and clearly one of the best players in the Grand Final
Ashton Hill: (defender)
- A very impressive four-quarter game. She used the ball effectively, won her one-on-one contests and provided East Fremantle with plenty of run and drive from defence
- Predictable in spoIling the ball and bringing it to ground
- Played her role perfectly for the premiers
Kellie Gibson: (midfielder/forward)
- Was one of Swan Districts’ best players in a losing side
- Looked dangerous forward. Took a great contested mark in the last quarter and kicked the goal
- Contested ball and repeat efforts were great throughout the whole game. She never gave up and can hold her head high
Mikayla Bowen: (midfielder)
- Played a solid game. Found plenty of possessions and never gave up
- Kicked the ball really well; penetration and decision making was good
- A great experience for a young player. She will be a better player for it
Emily McGuire (defender)
- Defended really well. Cleared the defence with some excellent kicking and passing
- Took some really important drop off marks under pressure
- Tackled well and played with intensity