Great Southern pair soar in derby loss
Parris Laurie and Belinda Smith impressed for the West Coast Eagles in the first AFLW derby played at Optus Stadium in front of more than 35,000 spectators on Saturday.
The Great Southern pair were both named among the Eagles’ best players despite the heavy 45-point loss to Fremantle.
In their first season of AFLW competition, the Eagles slipped to their loss after managing two goals as the Dockers powered away from their cross-town rivals to win 9.6 (60) to 2.3 (15).
Smith was outstanding in defence, helping quell the influence of Dockers forward Sabreena Duffy while Laurie worked tirelessly in the ruck.
Hailing from Pingrup, Smith produced a great shutdown role to limit Duffy to just one goal and won a number of one-on-one battles against the lively forward while collecting nine disposals and laying three tackles herself.
Denmark product Laurie was also terrific for the Eagles racking up 27 hit-outs and four touches.
Albany’s Sophie McDonald was the third Great Southern footballer to play in the derby as she had four disposals and two tackles in Eagles colours.
The match was the first time Smith and Laurie had come up against their former side, having both spent a season with the Dockers previously.
The Eagles will be searching for their first-ever win when they face GWS Giants at Blacktown International Sportspark on Sunday.
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