Often criticised for his struggles against a tight tag, exciting Freo midfielder Stephen Hill seems to have sprouted wings in the past fortnight and exploded into the best form of his young career.
A match-winning second half display against St Kilda in round 4, where he beat his nemesis Clinton Jones, was backed up by a gut-busting attempt to lift his team in last Friday night’s close loss to Carlton.
Hill tried to inspire Freo with a series of scintillating runs against the Blues, often with the ball in hand.
And when his team had caused a turnover, Hill brilliantly managed to get over the top of the Carlton defence on numerous occasions and create an option for his teammates when one didn’t initially exist.
CARLTON has bounced back to form, downing a fast-finishing Fremantle by eight points at Patersons Stadium on Friday night.
The Blues lost their first match of the season to Essendon last weekend, but took control of Friday night's contest either side of half-time, an unbroken five-goal run propelling them to a 10.5 (65) to 7.15 (57) victory.
It was a contested, low-scoring game, increasing typical of Fremantle under Ross Lyon, but Carlton was up to the challenge, taking more risks and using the ball supremely to carve through their opponents' zone.
The Blues built a 30-point lead late in the third quarter, but were forced to withstand a late rally, with the home team booting the last three goals of the match...
ROSS Lyon's first game coaching against his old club has been a success, with Fremantle beating St Kilda by 13 points at Etihad Stadium on Friday night.
Fremantle kicked 14. 8 (92) to the Saints' 11.13 (79) to notch up their first win over St Kilda at Etihad Stadium.
For such a hyped-up contest, the spectacle lacked polish. Turnovers, clangers and smothers were the order of the night for both teams in the first half but it was a slightly different story after the half-time break.
For all the talk about Lyon returning to face his old team, the Saints seemed to save the most spite for former defender Zac Dawson.
Dawson, who was a part of St Kilda's Grand Final years in 2009 and 2010, was the subject of some ...
The much publicised and controversial switching of clubs by coach Ross Lyon last year adds an intriguing subplot to tonight’s game between St Kilda and Fremantle.
But the Lyon controversy is just one of many that has occurred between the two clubs over the years.
We thought it an opportune time to revisit those controversies:
1999: Umpire Peter Carey marks the ball
During the first quarter of the teams Round 15, 1999 match at Subiaco Oval, veteran field umpire Peter Carey(umpiring in his 299th game) took a chest mark in general play. Carey took the mark instinctively, after a short pass from Fremantle's Adrian Fletcher to Brad Wirra, travelled directly into Carey's path. Carey stopped play ...
AFTER being a regular in Fremantle's midfield last year, Nick Lower faced a frustrating build-up to the 2012 season knowing he could not be selected for the opening two rounds.
The 24-year-old had two weeks remaining on a three-week ban for making forceful front-on contact to Collingwood's Dale Thomas in round 23 last season and spent the summer knowing his second season at Fremantle would begin on the sidelines.
With his suspension served, Lower made his return to football with WAFL club Perth last Saturday and was impressive, finishing with 27 possessions and seven clearances playing midfield.
A shoulder reconstruction at the end of last season and some hiccups in his recovery also presented challenges for...
ETIHAD Stadium is confident its security staff will be prepared for the barrage of abuse that is expected to come from angry Saints fans when new Fremantle coach Ross Lyon makes an appearance on the field.
Lyon will coach against his former club for the first time on Friday night and many St Kilda supporters remain furious at the way he walked out on the club.
"We don't go into detail about our level of security or police numbers at events," Etihad Stadium spokesman Bill Lane told AFL.com.au on Thursday.
"However, in this instance we are confident that the patrons who attend the game will behave in an appropriate manner."
Bill Cobb is one of the most senior members of the St Kilda ...