Fremantle are preparing to unleash their latest attacking weapon on the AFLW but she’s already well known to Dockers fans.
It’s been one year since former captain Kara Antonio was thrown forward in the days before round one when a handful of untimely injuries left Fremantle short in attack on the eve of the 2021 season.
After kicking two goals in her new role last season, the 29-year-old has finally had the chance to spend a pre-season there.
Coupled with a renewed approach to football after relinquishing leadership, senior coach Trent Cooper believes Antonio could make a big impact especially in conjunction with new forwards coach Jay Van Berlo.
“She did that with zero training and as good a player Kara is on instinct, she loves to be planned and put in a body of work,” Cooper said.
“She’s been able to do that this pre-season under the guidance of Jay and she’s lapped that up.
“She goes into this season really confident in her role. She’s been playing really well in our match sim.”
While unofficial, Antonio hopes to take on a leadership role up forward and help educate emerging Dockers Amy Franklin and Makaela Tuhakaraina.
“It’s been nice to do a whole pre-season, get to know the girls, how they play,” she said.
“We’re a unit down there and have an important job to hit the scoreboard. I’ve enjoyed learning a different craft.
“My whole career I’ve played in the midfield so it’s been really nice to use my tank and work up and down the ground and create some scoring opportunities.
“We’ve got an important role down there, hitting the scoreboard so I can’t wait to see what impact I can have during the season.”