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AFLW: Undersized ruck gamble on Parris Laurie pays off for Fremantle Dockers

Fremantle’s decision to gamble on undersized running ruck Parris Laurie this season paid off on Saturday when the basketball convert was instrumental in the 33-point win over Collingwood.

The Dockers improved to 3-0 with the impressive victory and sit second on percentage behind fellow unbeaten team North Melbourne in conference A, which is clearly stronger than conference B.

The 178cm Laurie lost the hit-out battle with the Magpies’ former volleyballer Eliza Hynes at Fremantle Community Bank Oval, but more than made up for it around the ground as she gathered 16 touches, the second-highest disposal tally for the match behind her skipper, Kara Donnellan.

“I think being a smaller ruck I have to have another area of my game, so that’s what I’ve been working on and will continue to work on,” Laurie said.

“I just try and keep changing it up so I’m not predictable and hopefully catch them off guard every now and again.

“If I can just make it competitive to bring it to ground and then hopefully beat them on the ground, then I guess I’m doing my role.”

The 24-year-old sister of Claremont defender Jesse Laurie was inspired to switch to football two years ago when the AFLW started.

“I tried footy and absolutely loved it,” she said.

“My brothers have played and I always wanted to play, so then when the opportunity arose that I had a path to follow, I was ready to change over.”

Fremantle coach Trent Cooper said Laurie was like an extra midfielder.

“We knew right from the start that Parris was going to be an undersized ruck if she did play in the ruck,” he said.

“She can play other positions as well. But today 16 disposals at 83 per cent efficiency, so it is like another midfielder.

“She probably won’t win as many hit-outs as the opposition, but if we can limit the influence of those we think Parris is a really good weapon for us.

“Our list is what it is, but we were quite happy going in at the start of the year thinking that we would get away with that and just get a few more possessions around the ground.”

Fremantle debutant Brianna Moyes was in tears post-match as she sang the song with a brace on her right leg.

The former Perth Lynx basketballer will have scans today. Moyes injured her knee in the first quarter and took no further part in the match.

The Dockers travel to Darwin to face Adelaide on Saturday night.

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