Fremantle’s network of partner clubs has grown, with two more Australian clubs and an international club joining the Freo Docker’s fold.
Sydney-based Niagara Park Junior Australian Football Club, formerly known as “The Demons”, has begun a formal partnership with Freo and Sydney club the Balmain Dockers.
The Niagara Park Dockers JAFC players will have the opportunity of meet with Fremantle Dockers players and coaching staff when Fremantle play the Sydney Swans in July at the SCG this year.
Another Sydney-based club, Lake Macquarie Australian Football Club has also joined in a formal partnership with the Freo Dockers and Balmain.
In Portugal, the Lisbon Dockers have been created with the support of the Fremantle Dockers Football Club, and regular training sessions have been held in the Portuguese capital with approximately 15 players taking part so far.
Unfortunately the Lisbon Dockers were unable to carry the flag for Portugal at the Euro Cup in 2010, and competing at the 2011 International Cup looks unlikely at this stage of its development, but the foundations have been laid for Portuguese footy to compete on the European stage in the future.