Collingwood will be out to record another historic win when it heads west to take on Fremantle this Saturday night.
In their first interstate game for the season, the Pies will be hoping to break their two-game losing streak against the Dockers.
How have the Pies performed to date?
The Pies have started off the season with some great signs of pressure and intensity at both ends of the field but have particularly showed a strong structure in attack. They’ve proved they can capitalise when it matters, something they’ve clearly improved on from last season.
They currently sit 2-0 having taken down the Eagles by 27-points in round one, before claiming the team’s first victory over rivals Carlton last weekend.
The dynamic work of Brit Bonnici, Steph Chiocci and Jaimee Lambert has been consistent through the midfield in the Pies’ first two games alongside the creative efforts of Sarah D’Arcy up forward.
A key focus for the Pies in round three will be to stand strong in defence with the likes of Stacey Livingstone alongside young duo Alana Porter and Lauren Butler. They’re likely to play crucial roles in combating the dominance of the Dockers forwards, including Kiara Bowers who was named the AFLW MVP of the week for round two.
2 wins on the board ?? pic.twitter.com/jXaVyAPmhv— Collingwood AFLW (@CollingwoodAFLW) February 16, 2020
How have Freo been going?
The Dockers will also arrive at Freo Oval undefeated.
They took on Geelong in round one, claiming a 16-point victory before ruining the Eagles first appearance in the West with a 45-point thrashing at Optus Stadium.
With the Dockers said to be the ‘pace setters’ of the competition, it will be crucial for the Pies to gain control of the game from the onset and bring the pressure early.
The Pies will have a watchful eye on Docker’s draftee Roxy Roux whose outstanding efforts up forward against the Eagles saw her receive a Rising Star nomination.
What does this week’s game mean?
With the Dockers dominant performance in round two, they currently sit atop of conference B with a percentage of 241.9 while the Pies are just one spot behind in second.
Collingwood’s team for Saturday’s game will be released on Thursday evening before the team departs for Perth on Friday.
Round 3: Fremantle v Collingwood
Where: Fremantle Oval
When: Sunday 22nd February
First bounce: 4.10pm AWST/7.10pm (AEDT)
Admission: FREE *Entry is subject to capacity
Broadcast: The match will be broadcast live on Foxtel nationally from 7pm AEDT and 7/7 Mate (ADL and MELB) from local start times. You can also tune in on AFL LIVE NATION. All matches will be streamed live via womens.afl and the AFLW Official App.