AFLW fixture: Fremantle Oval locked in to host round one derby between Fremantle Dockers and West Coast Eagles
Saturday night lights at Fremantle Oval will be the backdrop for next week’s AFLW western derby opener, with the league locking in the blockbuster fixture change before Fremantle and West Coast head east.
The Dockers and Eagles will clash in front of an expected bumper crowd for a 5.50pm bouncedown on January 8, with their originally-scheduled games against Adelaide and Brisbane respectively pushed back until later in the campaign in round eight.
Seven will broadcast the game live into WA as the Eagles eye an inaugural derby triumph and Fremantle look to underline their premiership credentials with a strong start to the year.
The WA clubs then face a lengthy stint over east ahead of the state’s February 5 reopening date, beginning with a double-header at Whitten Oval in Melbourne’s western suburbs.
West Coast take on Gold Coast before Freo meet GWS at the same venue later in the afternoon for their round two clashes.
The Eagles’ round three match, originally scheduled for Mineral Resources Park against the Suns, will now be at Punt Road Oval against the Crows, again forming the first leg of a double-header before Richmond host the Dockers.
The AFLW’s hand had been forced by WA border changes involving Queensland and South Australia, with those states now considered extreme risk for travel.
Both WA clubs will be eyeing extra home matches at the back end of the season to compensate for their early shifted fixtures.
AFL women’s football manager Nicole Livingstone said the competition would continue to adapt on the fly in the challenging COVID environment.
“While COVID-19 continues to impact our community, we will continue to make changes that best manage the current environment, progresses our season and protects the health and safety of those in our game and the wider community,” she said.
“We continue to work closely with each stakeholder to ensure the best possible outcome for everyone in the game. As we have done over the course of the pandemic, we will be led by and work closely with respective governments, all AFL clubs and other key stakeholders while ensuring the health and safety of the community remains paramount.”
WA CLUBS’ FIRST THREE WEEKS (all times WA)
- Fremantle v West Coast
Fremantle Oval, Saturday January 8, 5.50pm
- West Coast v Gold Coast
Whitten Oval, Sunday January 16, 9.40am
- Fremantle v GWS
Whitten Oval, Sunday January 16, 2.10pm
- West Coast v Adelaide
Punt Road Oval, Saturday January 22, 9.40am
- Richmond v Fremantle
Punt Road Oval, Saturday January 22, 2.10pm
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