Friday 7 February
    Completed Match between Richmond and Carlton
    Saturday 8 February
    Completed Match between GWS Giants and Gold Coast Suns
    Saturday 8 February
    Completed Match between Melbourne and Kangaroos
    Saturday 8 February
    Completed Match between Brisbane Lions and Adelaide Crows
    Sunday 9 February
    Completed Match between Collingwood and West Coast Eagles
    Sunday 9 February
    Completed Match between St Kilda and Western Bulldogs
    Sunday 9 February
    Completed Match between Fremantle and Geelong Cats
    Friday 14 February
    Completed Match between Western Bulldogs and Melbourne
    Saturday 15 February
    Completed Match between Kangaroos and GWS Giants
    Saturday 15 February
    Completed Match between Gold Coast Suns and Richmond
    Saturday 15 February
    Completed Match between West Coast Eagles and Fremantle
    Sunday 16 February
    Completed Match between Geelong Cats and Brisbane Lions
    Sunday 16 February
    Completed Match between Carlton and Collingwood
    Sunday 16 February
    Completed Match between Adelaide Crows and St Kilda
    Friday 21 February
    Completed Match between St Kilda and Melbourne
    Saturday 22 February
    Completed Match between Western Bulldogs and Carlton
    Saturday 22 February
    Completed Match between Gold Coast Suns and Brisbane Lions
    Saturday 22 February
    Completed Match between Fremantle and Collingwood
    Sunday 23 February
    Completed Match between GWS Giants and West Coast Eagles
    Sunday 23 February
    Completed Match between Richmond and Kangaroos
    Sunday 23 February
    Completed Match between Geelong Cats and Adelaide Crows
    Friday 28 February
    Completed Match between Collingwood and Melbourne
    Saturday 29 February
    Completed Match between Richmond and Geelong Cats
    Saturday 29 February
    Completed Match between Kangaroos and Gold Coast Suns
    Saturday 29 February
    Completed Match between West Coast Eagles and Western Bulldogs
    Sunday 1 March
    Completed Match between Adelaide Crows and Carlton
    Sunday 1 March
    Completed Match between St Kilda and Fremantle
    Sunday 1 March
    Completed Match between Brisbane Lions and GWS Giants
    Friday 6 March
    Completed Match between Gold Coast Suns and Geelong Cats
    Saturday 7 March
    Completed Match between Kangaroos and Adelaide Crows
    Saturday 7 March
    Completed Match between GWS Giants and Richmond
    Saturday 7 March
    Completed Match between Carlton and St Kilda
    Sunday 8 March
    Completed Match between Collingwood and Western Bulldogs
    Sunday 8 March
    Completed Match between Melbourne and West Coast Eagles
    Sunday 8 March
    Completed Match between Fremantle and Brisbane Lions
    Friday 13 March
    Completed Match between Geelong Cats and Kangaroos
    Saturday 14 March
    Completed Match between Brisbane Lions and Collingwood
    Saturday 14 March
    Completed Match between St Kilda and Richmond
    Saturday 14 March
    Completed Match between Melbourne and Carlton
    Sunday 15 March
    Completed Match between Western Bulldogs and Fremantle
    Sunday 15 March
    Completed Match between Adelaide Crows and GWS Giants
    Sunday 15 March
    Completed Match between West Coast Eagles and Gold Coast Suns
    Saturday 21 March
    Completed Match between Kangaroos and Collingwood
    Saturday 21 March
    Completed Match between GWS Giants and Melbourne
    Saturday 21 March
    Completed Match between Fremantle and Gold Coast Suns
    Sunday 22 March
    Completed Match between Carlton and Brisbane Lions

Round 1 Sunday 3 February

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    Match report: Dockers defeat Demons in scorching shootout

    FREMANTLE broke through for its first success on the road with a come-from-behind win against Melbourne in searing heat in the opening round of the NAB AFLW on Sunday.

    The determined Dockers booted the last three goals of the even contest to win by four points at Casey Fields in Cranbourne.

    The 9.5 (59) to 8.7 (55) result was the second-highest aggregate score in AFLW history.

    AFLW Match Highlights: Melbourne v Fremantle

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    The Demons and Dockers clash in Round 1 of the AFLW

    With last use of a second half cooling southerly breeze, Fremantle grabbed back the lead when Gemma Houghton marked and goalled from 20m to seal the victory.

    Co-captain Shelley Scott sparked Melbourne's second-half challenge with a goal from a snap shot and the Demons were on the march back into the contest.

    With the breeze at their back, the Demons dominated the third quarter, piling on five unanswered goals to take the 14-point lead into the final change.

    The game started with the temperature at 38 degrees and the AFL's heat rule allowed both teams extended rests for players to retreat into the change rooms at the quarter-time and three-quarter time breaks.

    It was a fluctuating battle from the opening bounce. Melbourne made a fast start when the pacy Aliesha Newman goalled on the run and Kate Hore converted after a strong mark.

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    But Fremantle hit back hard with goals from top draft pick Sabreena Duffy, Stephanie Cain and Ashley Sharp to lead at the first change.

    The Demons briefly hit the front again when Eden Zanker goalled after a mark from a long kick from Cat Phillips early in the second term.

    Again, the Dockers' response was emphatic as best and fairest winner Ebony Antonio led up, gathered, turned and goalled on the run, the first of a three-goal burst that set up the 20-point lead at the main break, a substantial scoreboard buffer in such sapping heat. 

    Game-changer

    Fremantle used Kiara Bowers' grand comeback as the spur for the last-quarter rally that overran Melbourne. In one of football's finest feel-good stories, Bowers made a significant contribution in her first AFLW game after overcoming three knee reconstructions. One of the Dockers' original marquee signings, the 27-year-old had 13 possessions, 12 tackles and slotted the first goal of the last quarter to kick-start the final term recovery. "We spoke about her at three-quarter time. 30 months of training, we wanted everyone to jump on board with her," coach Trent Cooper said. Forward Ebony Antonio said the Bowers tribute "made the hair on the back of your neck stand on end. Her nickname is 'Turbo', she's just a workhorse."

    The hard-luck story

    While Bowers was the toast of WA, spare a thought for Melbourne debutant Shae Sloane. She lasted less than a half in her ill-fated debut before twisting a knee in a contest and had to be assisted to the bench. The former Australian volleyball captain, sister of Adelaide ace Rory Sloane, will know her immediate playing future on Monday. "Obviously, it was disappointing to lose her during the game. It was a twist to the knee and she will get a scan tomorrow. We're hopeful it's only a minor injury," Melbourne coach Mick Stinear said. "Having five on the bench helps in that scenario. Katherine Smith went back for us and did a fine job."

    How easy is this coaching caper?

    Lost in the Dockers' stirring triumph was another first-gamer success story - that of new coach Trent Cooper. Cooper produced a masterstroke by using Bowers to fire up his team when the heat rule allowed him to gather the players around him in the privacy of the dressing rooms. "It was handy being able to go into the rooms at three-quarter time and refocus," he said. "There was a lot happening during the game, but I loved it. I didn't feel the pressure too much and overall I was reasonably calm. We had seven debutants and it's all about belief. They all jumped in today and did their bit."

    No points, but no excuses either

    Demons co-captain Elise O'Dea refuted any suggestion that Fremantle had an edge by training at home in the cruel conditions with the temperature 38 degrees at the opening bounce. While disappointed with the narrow loss, O'Dea said the team performed creditably. And the team lost nothing without expectant Daisy Pearce as O'Dea and fellow midfielder Karen Paxman formed a dominant duo with hard-working ruck Lauren Pearce.

    Say what?

    "We were still confident at three-quarter time that we could do what we needed to do, so it was great for the girls had the belief to do it."
    - Fremantle coach Trent Cooper

    "It's disappointing, obviously we came here to win, but credit to Freo to be able to play four quarters. We didn't play our best footy for long enough."
    - Melbourne coach Mick Stinear

    What's next?

    Melbourne will play Collingwood next Saturday afternoon in the first AFLW at Victoria Park, the Magpies' previous home. Fremantle hosts grand finalist Brisbane at Fremantle Oval next Sunday.

    (L-R) Dockers Ebony Antonio, Kiara Bowers and Alex Williams sing the team song

    MELBOURNE     2.2     3.2     8.6     8.7     (55)
    FREMANTLE      3.1     6.4     6.4     9.5     (59)

    GOALS
    Melbourne: Zanker 2 Newman, Hore, Scott, Cunningham, Gay, Jakobsson
    Fremantle: Sharp, Houghton 2, Duffy, Caulfield, Antonio, Cain, Bowers 

    BEST
    Melbourne: Paxman, L Pearce, Mithen, O'Dea, Hore, Zanker
    Fremantle: Hooker, Bowers, Bresland, Antonio, Donnellan, Sharp, Houghton

    INJURIES
    Melbourne: Sloane (knee)
    Fremantle: Nil

    Reports: Nil 

    Umpires: TBC

    Crowd: 1800 at Casey Fields, Cranbourne

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