Tighe stars as Dockers pip Eagles in AFLW derby

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Fremantle forward Aine Tighe has played a starring role as the Dockers kept their perfect AFLW western derby record intact with an eight-point win over West Coast.

Tighe kicked two first-half goals before taking a series of crucial defensive marks in the final quarter to lead her side to the 4.3 (27) to 2.7 (19) win at Fremantle Oval on Sunday.

The result improved Fremantle's derby record to 6-0, and ensured Lisa Webb started her coaching tenure at the club with a win.

West Coast forward/midfielder Ella Roberts (24 disposals, five clearances, 0.2) was electric throughout, with her hot display enough to earn the derby medal for best afield despite being on the losing side.

Fremantle suffered a huge late blow when gun midfielder Kiara Bowers was ruled out with knee soreness.

In her absence, Laura Pugh (19 disposals, 359m gained) shone in defence, while Gabby O'Sullivan (11 disposals, 14 tackles), Hayley Miller (12 disposals, four clearances), ruck Mim Strom (12 disposals, 26 hitouts) and Emma O'Driscoll (14 disposals) were also important.

Webb was proud of her team's efforts, and she's confident Bowers will be able to return for next week's match against Collingwood.

"She'll be OK. She just had a bit of soreness. We're pretty confident she'll be OK for next week," Webb said.

"Not playing today with Turbo (Bowers), it's a really good confidence booster for our girls (to still get the win).

"I was really proud of the hard work we put in, and hopefully we're on the way up from here."

Tighe was arguably her team's most critical player with two goals, four marks and eight tackles alongside 10 disposals.

The Irishwoman kicked the opening goal of the match when she soccered the ball through from close range while lying on the ground.

Her second was an early goal-of-the-year contender, with Tighe dribbling the ball through with the outside of her right boot on the stroke of half-time.

That piece of magic gave Fremantle a 3.3 (21) to 0.6 (6) edge at the long break, with West Coast left to rue their inaccuracy.

The margin was whittled down to just two points when the Eagles scored two goals in the space of a minute midway through the third quarter, including one on the run from former Docker Amy Franklin.

But a strong mark in the goalsquare by Makaela Tuhakaraina helped settle Fremantle's nerves, with the third-quarter goal proving to be the last score of the match.

"Disappointing not to get the result. We had a couple more scoring shots than they did," West Coast coach Michael Prior said.

"I thought our effort and intensity around the footy was strong all day.

"If we keep playing footy like that, it's going to hold us in good stead."