Women’s Fremantle Dockers team named favourites on eve of inaugural season

Women’s Fremantle Dockers player Ebony Antonio. Photo: Fremantle DockersThe Fremantle Dockers might finally add some silverware to their empty trophy cabinet with the women’s AFL team named favourites to win the league’s inaugural season.
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Sportsbet南京夜网419论坛 has listed the Fremantle Dockets at $4.25 odds to take out the competition ahead of the Western Bulldogs ($4.50) and Carlton ($5).

“We opened Fremantle, Carlton and the Bulldogs as equal favourites, but the weight of money on the Dockers has pushed them into top spot,” Sportsbet spokesman Christian Jantzen said.

“We’ve had more money on them than any other side and we’ve received much more interest in the competition than first anticipated.”

Despite the promising end-of-season ladder prediction, the Dockers are tipped to lose their season opener against the Western Bulldogs on Saturday at Whitten Oval.

The game will be played at 7.40pm EDT and broadcast on Channel 7 and Fox Sports.

Meanwhile, punters are getting on the the men’s Fremantle Dockers to win the 2017 flag, with the club the third most back team to lift the cup this season.

Ross Lyon’s team did some serious recruiting in the off-season with Bradley Hill, Cam McCarthy Shane Kersten and Joel Hamling joining the Dockers who finished near the bottom of the ladder in 2016.

And with superstar Nat Fyfe training the house down and boom recruit Harley Bennell said to play this year after an injury-plagued 2016, the Dockers have gone from $51 to $15 to win the premiership.

One brave punter thinks the Dockers can go from cellar dwellers to premiers in one season, after placing $20,000 at $51 with the TAB in October, which will see them pocket more than $1 million if the bet comes off.

According to Channel 7’s Adrian Barich, here are the five Freo players to watch in the upcoming AFLW season.

Akec Chuot Chuot will lead Fremantle in the ruck as one of the tallest players in the competition. In Fremantle’s scratch match against Adelaide in Darwin, Chuot was a standout at stoppages, helping feed Fremantle’s midfield while winning plenty of her own ball.

Kara Donnellan Fremantle’s inaugural women’s captain, Kara Donnellan is expected to highlight the midfield as the team’s marquee player. Donnellan played for Melbourne under head coach Michelle Cowan in the exhibition matches from 2013 to 2016. For the past three years, Donnellan has successfully spearheaded the Swan Districts side in the WAWFL, leading the Swans to two premierships in 2014 and 2016.

Hayley Miller Miller is a hard running midfielder/defender, taken with pick four in the inaugural AFLW National Draft. Miller has great ability with the potential to grow into one of the elite players in the competition.

Gemma Houghton A standout-out in a talent search day, Houghton came to the club from basketball, without playing a game of football. It didn’t show in Fremantle’s scratch match against Adelaide, with the athletic Houghton one of the best on ground. Houghton is the sister of former Fremantle player Joel.

Kim Mickle An Australian Olympian and Commonwealth Games Gold Medallist, Kim Mickle is a wildcard in the side. Mickle had an interrupted pre-season as she recovers from a shoulder injury sustained at the Rio Olympic Games, kicking four goals in a scratch match against a WA State Talent Academy side.

HOW TO WATCH FREMANTLE’S UPCOMING AFLW GAMES

Round 1. Western Bulldogs v Fremantle, 4:40pm (WST) Saturday 4 February at VU Whitten Oval Broadcast live nationally Channel 7 and Fox Footy

Round 2. Fremantle v Brisbane, 4:05pm (WST) Sunday 12 February (WST) at Fremantle Oval With free entry, there’s every reason to get down to Fremantle Oval to support Freo in their first game at home! Follow WAtoday on Twitter

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