IT MAY HAVE been last March, but Fremantle's preliminary final loss in 2019 has been motivating the team in its unbeaten start to the year.
The Dockers saw off contender North Melbourne in a virtual elimination final in round seven last year, before the tired and battered side crashed out to Carlton in the preliminary final the following week.
Defender Ange Stannett told the Credit to the Girls podcast the loss still lingers.
"[For] players who were there last year, they're the games you never forget," Stannett said.
"It's interesting when you think of those games and those losses, you don't want to feel that again. That's a really good driver for us this season.
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"For the girls who weren't there, they've come into a team where we're constantly trying to improve and we're constantly trying to build.
"We never want to settle, and we don't want to get complacent. I think a lot of that comes off the back of the season we had last year. It's been really good to use that as a reference to … grow high standards for us this season."
In this episode…
Defender Ange Stannett joins the show to discuss Fremantle's hot start to the year, her journey from W-League soccer to football and lining up alongside international superstar striker Sam Kerr. Sarah Black and Lucy Watkin also talk goal celebrations, Collingwood's nightmare weekend and a look ahead to round five. Plus, which song gets the Dockers up and about?
1:37 – The good, bad, ugly and unique from round five of the 2020 NAB AFLW season
7:06 – Fremantle's Ange Stannett makes her Credit to the Girls debut
8:42 – Having fun playing footy and pump-up songs
11:17 – Housemate AFLW Derby tension
15:50 – Stories of GenW: Perth Glory to Fremantle
18:15 – Playing with Sam Kerr
19:51 – Stannett's AFLW mentors
21:24 – Quick hands
24:30 – Round five preview