Defenders Philipa Seth and Evie Gooch return for Fremantle, Alex Williams and Ann McMahon to feature in WAFLW | Ralph Lauren

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Star defender Philipa Seth will return to Fremantle’s AFLW side after recovering from a hamstring strain.

The 27-year-old was extremely close to playing last week against Adelaide but was held back for one more week by medical staff to recover.

Seth had played every game since debuting in 2019 until her recent hamstring setback.

Fellow defender Evie Gooch will also return to the best 21 after missing Fremantle’s win over Adelaide due to her work commitments as a firefighter.


Round one debutant Mikayla Hyde and Bianca Webb have made way for the returning duo.

“It’s a really good position to be in with so many putting their hand up for selection,” coach Trent Cooper said.

“Bianca Webb and Mikayla Hyde have both had some really good moments for us and shown us they’re going to be good players, they make way this week but we’re sure they’ll be back and play an important part in our season.”

Round one of the WAFLW this weekend has also provided a chance for unselected players to push for selection at state league level.

Ann McMahon will return via the WAFLW.
Camera IconAnn McMahon will return via the WAFLW. Credit: Michael Wilson/The West Australian

Cooper flagged around six players would pull on local club colours this weekend, with defender Alex Williams (wrist and ACL) and Ann McMahon (ACL) making their return from long term injuries.

McMahon is yet to debut for Fremantle after her 2020 season was wiped out when a stolen car struck her while she was working as a police officer.

The pair will line up for East Fremantle against Peel Thunder on Saturday night.

Maggie MacLachlan (Subiaco) and Katie-Jayne Grieve (Peel) will also feature this weekend.

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