There have been 44 players selected to represent the Fremantle Dockers and West Coast Eagles in a WA All Stars game to be played on April 9. In similar fashion to the Western Bulldogs versus Melbourne game in Victoria, the Dockers and Eagles teams have been selected from the WA Female Talent Academy.
The match will be played as a curtain raiser to the AFL’s Round Three Western Derby at Domain Stadium in Perth. Coastal Titans Renee Forth has been named captain of the Dockers, while Swan Districts Kara Donnellan has been named captain of the Eagles.
Forth, who was also recently appointed as the 2016 WA State Female Football Ambassador, is thrilled with the captaincy but still has her eyes firmly on the bigger picture of women’s football.
“I’ve always loved watching footy but coming from the country I wasn’t really sure if there was a pathway available for me,” she told fremantle.com.au.
“If someone is passionate about the sport, all you want is a means of getting to the highest level you can.
“That’s another reason why being an ambassador is so important because it helps the community know that footy is available for females.”
Fremantle v West Coast
3:10pm (local time)
Saturday 9 April
Fremantle Dockers: 1.Cassie Davidson, 2. Renee Forth (C), 3. Lara Filacamo, 4. Tarnica Golisano, 5. Melissa Caulfield, 6. Courtney Ugle, 7. Gemma DiLello, 8. Emily Bonser, 9. Leah Mascall, 10. Jessica Wuetschner, 11. Kahla Bradshaw, 12. Ashley Sharp, 13. Erin Fox, 14. Bree Mahoney, 15. Chloe Taylor, 16. Ashton Hill, 17. Chloe Colegate, 18. Eliza Gelmi, 19. Ebony Antonio, 20. Brooke Whyte, 21. Sara Lewis, 22. Sabrina Frederick-Traub, Emergency: Raine Vawser, Head Coach: Patrick Litherland, Assistant Coach: Jenna Allomes, Assistant Coach: Rob Kennedy, Assistant Coach: Amanda Robertson, Strength & Conditioning Coach: Bryan Bennington.
West Coast Eagles: 1. Brianna Green, 2. Rheanne Lugg, 3. Chelsea Randall, 4. Demi Okley, 5. Kahra Sprlyan, 6. Georgia Perry, 7. Milly Burns, 8. Tayla Bresland, 9. Hayley Miller, 10. Kara Donnellan (C), 11. Emma Swanson, 12. Kellie Gibson, 13. Caitlyn Edwards, 14. Susan Chuot, 15. Alex Williams, 16. Aimee Schmidt, 17. Taylah Angel, 18. Katrina Tinson, 19. Allana Dickie, 20. Trisha Lake, 21. Kira Phillips, 22. Laura Pugh, Emergency: Zoe Palandri, Head Coach Martine Pearman, Assistant Coach: Nicole Graves, Assistant Coach: Lauren Stammers, Assistant Coach: Matt Templeton, Strength & Conditioning Coach: Scott Goodin.
In other WA women's football news, Martine Pearman has been appointed coach of the WA State Open Women's team for 2016. Pearman is currently the head coach of reigning premiers the Coastal Titans and an assistant coach for the Melbourne Football Club's women's team.
State trials begin on April 2, with the final WA State team to play the Western Bulldogs at Etihad Stadium on June 5.