FREMANTLE forward Roxy Roux has kicked a goal-of-the-year contender in her team’s Kiara Bowers-inspired 49-point AFLW win over Gold Coast at Fremantle Oval.
The Dockers were held scoreless in the opening term, but Roux ensured their first goal was memorable when she nailed a set-shot banana kick from deep in the right pocket during the second quarter.
The spectacular moment gave the Dockers a much-needed spark, with the home side dominating from that point on to secure a 7.13 (55) to 1.0 (6) win in front of 2410 fans on Saturday.
The result improved Fremantle’s record for the season to 4-0, with their winning streak now at 11 games stretching back to last year.
Gold Coast are 0-4 and face a monumental task to get into the finals mix.
Fremantle hard nut Kiara Bowers finished with 17 disposals, five clearances, and a whopping 15 tackles in yet another best afield display, while Gabby O’Sullivan was influential with 16 possessions and two goals.
Midfielder Hayley Miller (17 disposals, one goal) also starred.
Gold Coast ruck Lauren Bella tallied 25 hitouts to give her side a chance to even out the clearances, while midfielder Jamie Stanton finished with 17 possessions and seven clearances.
The Dockers thumped Gold Coast 80-10 in last year’s semi-final, but the Suns put up stiff resistance in the opening half.
The visitors controlled large patches of the opening quarter and defended stoutly whenever the Dockers made a foray forward.
Gold Coast’s Leah Kaslar scored the only goal of the term, burning off Evie Gooch and kicking truly from 40m out.
But it was one-way traffic in the second quarter as Fremantle launched wave after wave of attack.
Roux’s spectacular strike set the scoreboard ticking, but the Dockers wasted a series of other chances.
The Suns were scoreless in the second quarter, but there was even more pain to come in the third as Fremantle piled on three unanswered goals.
O’Sullivan’s snap over her shoulder was the best of the lot, while first-year utility Sarah Verrier was mobbed by teammates after kicking her first AFLW goal.
The Suns needed something special to peg back the 25-point deficit in the final term, but they struggled to get the ball out of their defensive 50m for most of the quarter.
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FREMANTLE 0.0 1.5 4.7 7.13 (55)
GOLD COAST 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 (6)
Goals: Fremantle: G O’Sullivan 2 A Sharp E Antonio H Miller R Roux S Verrier. Gold Coast: L Kaslar.
Official Crowd: 2,295 at Fremantle Oval.