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AFLW: Roos embrace travel

AFLW captain Emma Kearney says the North Melbourne Tasmanian Kangaroos will embrace the opportunity to travel to Perth this weekend.

North faces a do-or-die clash against the Dockers at Fremantle Oval on Saturday. The scenario is simple; win and the Roos will play finals, lose and the season is all but over.

Having played two home games in Tasmania and one away in Sydney, all resulting in victories, Kearney says her and her teammates aren’t daunted by the prospect of playing interstate. In fact, the skipper believes it could benefit North.

"We’ve played our best games when we’ve been travelling," Kearney told The Age.

"That’s a good sign for us; it gives us a lot of confidence going into this round.

"It’s nice to have the Tasmanian girls up, where we’re all in the same hotel; we’re eating meals together and bonding that way. I’m really confident going into the weekend."

Footy can be a tough game, and for one of North and Fremantle, a loss, and a premature end to their 2019 campaigns will be a bitter pill to swallow.

"We’d be pretty disappointed, I won’t lie there," Kearney said.

''I think I’d be super proud of the team’s effort and what we’ve been able to achieve as a group for the very first time. But no doubt, with the conference system in place, it’s a tricky one.

"One team in conference A is going to miss out, and they’ve probably been one of the better teams of the competition from what we’ve seen."

Fremantle is undefeated in its three home matches, and Kearney knows it’s going to be a massive challenge come 4.10pm (AWST) on Saturday.

"They [Fremantle] have been really surprising, I guess similar to Adelaide, they haven’t been affected by expansion," she said.  

"Plus they are aided by the fact they’ve had Kiara Bowers and Kelly Gibson come back from injuries, and they’ve got some young talent which has come through the ranks as well.

"There are different conditions there (at Fremantle) … generally there’s a really strong breeze that comes through.

"We haven’t played in conditions like that yet, so for us that’s when we might have a plan B to deal with Fremantle kicking with the breeze. Generally if you watch most of their games at Fremantle Oval, there’s usually that one scoring end left of screen that they score from. So that’s where we might look to change up."