Freo superboot destined for AFLW stardom

FREMANTLE 'superboot' Roxanne Roux is on her way to AFLW stardom, according to coach Trent Cooper, as she leads a new generation of footballers who have grown up in the game's elite talent pathways.

Roux, who showcased her booming kick in an impressive debut against Geelong, has progressed to the top level after three years with WA's State 18s and much longer playing the game at lower levels.

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The early women's exhibition games, launched in 2013, and then three previous seasons of AFLW mean the first-year Docker has long had an elite level to aspire to and she will lead a new breed of player because of it. 

"She's one of the first group that we're going to see more and more of in the AFLW who are really good athletes but have been playing footy for a while, rather than pinching athletes across (to AFLW) who haven't played footy," Cooper said.

 

"She's got that phenomenal leap and she can do anything.

"At the moment she's not a high possession player, but she's performing a great for us and that's what we want at the moment. 

"Five or six years down the track she's going to be a star of the comp."

 

 

Roux launched shots on goals into the breeze from 45m last Sunday at Fremantle Oval and Cooper said he was comfortable with her taking shots from 50m in still conditions.  

The East Fremantle product was among the Dockers' best in their round one win against the Cats, sharing the ruck with Mim Strom to finish with 15 hit-outs and 1.2, winning five of her seven possessions in contests.

She kicked her first AFLW goal in fine style, gathering and snapping across her body off one step, showing enough in her debut to suggest she will be an early cult hero.

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"She's really exciting and she knows how to celebrate as well," teammate Sabreena Duffy said.  

Roxanne Roux celebrates a goal against the Cats in R1 of the 2020 AFLW season. Picture: AFL Photos

"She's a good character and I think she's got a good future at the club."

Heading into the historic first AFLW Western Derby, both Roux and Duffy, who booted four goals against the Cats, shape as weapons for the Dockers.

While excited about his forward line, Cooper said his team's biggest advantage could be their experience playing together.

"Our core group has played together and we know what our expectations are of each other and the girls have been fantastic in teaching those expectations to the new girls coming in," the coach said.

"That's a big advantage for us over West Coast."

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