Irish sensation Tighe steers Dockers past Hawks in AFLW

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Irish sensation Aine Tighe has monstered Hawthorn to deliver Fremantle a 13-point victory and their second win of the AFLW season.

The key forward starred, booting three goals and hauling in 12 marks (five contested) and 20 disposals as the Dockers prevailed 5.5 (35) to 3.4 (22) at Fremantle Community Bank Oval.

"Pretty handy," coach Lisa Webb said.

"She just goes from strength to strength. I'm excited to see her continue to grow.

"She's still got elements of her game but she's an important player for our team.

"She was (the difference)."

Incredibly, six of the game's eight goals were kicked by Irish players, but Tighe was clearly the star of the show.

The 31-year-old teed up teammate Orlagh Lally for a first-quarter goal while Hawks Aine McDonagh and Aileen Gilroy kicked a major apiece.

Fremantle midfield duo Kiara Bowers (25 disposals and eight clearances) and Hayley Miller (22 touches, six clearances) were busy throughout.

For the Hawks, midfield recruit Emily Bates (22) and Tilly Lucas-Rodd (21 touches, five clearances) were busy throughout.

Fremantle got off to the perfect start when Tighe clunked an early mark and kicked truly.

The forward booted two first-quarter majors and had a hand in another to nudge the Dockers out to an early three-goal lead, prompting a quarter-time rebuke from Hawthorn coach Bec Goddard.

The Hawks responded and kicked the next three goals, via Gilroy, Greta Bodey and McDonagh.

"That's the thing though, you don't really want to have to wait to quarter-time and deliver a message like that to get going," Goddard said.

"If we'd gotten going right from the start, the outcome might have been a little bit different."

Fremantle appeared on the ropes when McDonagh burst away and ran into an open goal to cut the deficit to a point early in the third term.

But Tighe stood tall at the top of the goal square to take her 10th mark, over Kaitlyn Ashmore, and converted to give the Dockers some breathing room.

The ever-reliable Ebony Antonio then pulled off a classy pick-up and kicked what proved to be the sealing goal early in the fourth quarter.

The Dockers (2-1) travel to play Essendon (2-1) next Sunday, while Hawthorn (1-2) next face reigning premiers Melbourne (3-0) on Friday night.