Women’s Football has a Huge Debut at Freo Oval

History was made at Fremantle Oval today with the first AFL women’s game to be played in WA fought out between the Fremantle Dockers and the Brisbane Lions.

There was a capacity crowd of 10,000 people and a fun family atmosphere. While the Dockers were defeated after a tight, hard-fought game it was great to witness this historic occasion. We hope to be able to make this a regular feature at Freo Oval.

Here are a few snaps of the day:

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4 Responses to Women’s Football has a Huge Debut at Freo Oval

  1. johnwv says:

    Brad,

    When was the last time 10,000 spectators came to Fremantle for a game of footy ?
    Aside from the 2013 AFL grand final telecast; Was it a derby in the 80’s? Was it a top of the WAFL table clash in the 80’s?

    I’d be interested to know.

    John V

  2. Good to see the AFL at last recognise and embrace Womens football that has been played and supported by both Fremantle WAFL Clubs for many many years. It just shows the power of the media that can draw a crown of 10.000 to a game. Pity they don’t put as much effort into local WAFL games both mens and Womans that are played EVERY weekend during Winter. Perhaps the new development at Freo oval may see a return to the GOOD old days when Fremantle was alive for every DERBY.

  3. johnwv says:

    The late 1970s witnessed a peak in crowd attendance at Fremantle Oval with over 23,000 people attending the Foundation Day Derby in 1979. Large crowds continued to flock to the ground into the early 1980s with the WAFL proving to be the most popular spectator sport in the State.
    Attendances dropped from an average of 8000 in the early 1980s to 3000 in the early 90’s and 2000 in 1999.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fremantle_Oval

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