• Jason Regan

Antonio magic sees Dockers sink AFLW Dogs

Ebony Antonio has produced yet another goal-of-the-year contender to lift Fremantle to a thrilling six-point AFLW victory over the Western Bulldogs at Whitten Oval.


Ebony Antonio of the Dockers celebrates after kicking a goal during the Round 5 AFL match between the Fremantle Dockers and the Brisbane Lions at Fremantle Oval in Fremantle, Sunday, March 8, 2020. (AAP Image/Richard Wainwright)

The Bulldogs, aided by a strong breeze, dominated for long periods in the final term of Tuesday night's match and closed to within a point early in the quarter. Fremantle dug deep to maintain the lead and Antonio produced the match-winning play with just under four minutes remaining.


After dropping a chest mark, Antonio tapped the ball forward twice while being harassed by defender Sarah Hartwig. When Hartwig fell over, Antonio scooped up the ball and threw it on her right foot while being tackled by Jessica Fitzgerald.


The Dockers veteran celebrated wildly as the ball sailed through, with the clutch goal proving to be the defining moment in the 3.7 (25) to 2.7 (19) win.


Antonio also kicked a stunning goal-of-the-year contender in the round one win over West Coast when she scooped the ball up and burnt off an opponent before nailing a check side from the pocket.

"This one was probably better because of the stage of the game," Dockers coach Trent Cooper said.
"And with the wind conditions - to kick a goal from that far out was pretty special.
"I thought we were in real trouble at three-quarter time. To the girls' credit, they fought it out really well. 

Fremantle midfielder Kiara Bowers finished with 20 disposals and 12 tackles, while debutant forward Amy Franklin booted two goals in an impressive display.