Triumphant Tighe has newfound freedom and consistency

SPEAKING after her side’s hard-fought win over Richmond on Friday, Fremantle star forward Aine Tighe was proud of how her team had won, especially after the performance against Essendon.

“Yeah really proud of the girls,” Tighe said.

“Obviously a tough result last week, so to be able to bounce back and show the fight and hunger and grit to get a result today is really good.”

Richmond came back and fought hard in the second half, but Tighe said that Dockers’ coach Lisa Webb just told her and her teammates to trust the process.

“I think it was just us going back to playing our own game,” Tighe said. “Bring the pressure, bring the fight. We knew they were going to come, three of their wins have come from them coming over the top at the end, so we trusted our fitness, trust the work we’d done, stuck to our process and try and play our game.”

It was hot conditions out at Ikon Park on Friday, but Tighe said that the Dockers girls were used to it.

“We’re used to training in it in the preseason, our nutritionist was cooling us down at all the quarter time breaks, getting fluids into us, and it’s something I guess we embrace and we love when we can play when it’s hot because it’s something we’re used to and we can use it to our advantage.”

Tighe had another strong game with one major to her name, and she put her success down to having the freedom to play her natural game.

“I’m just lucky enough to have the freedom to just go out and play, and our forwards coach really instills in us just to play on instinct,” Tighe said. “Whatever we see in front of us try and get it off, and not try and overthink it and get too caught up in structures. If then opportunity comes to shoot do it, if an opportunity comes to play a team mate into the game then do that too.”

Friday’s match was a continuation of an overall strong season from the Tighe, which the Irishwoman puts down to something pretty simple.

“For me it’s probably consistency and getting a really good preseason block in,” she said. “Obviously with injury over the last couple of years, this is the first proper preseason and I’ve done really well, so to be able to to put time into the body and skills and just build consistency week after week has been really good.”

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