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August 30, 2012 @ 4:28 PM

Fremantle has made three changes for Saturday’s match against Melbourne at Patersons Stadium with captain Matthew Pavlich and debutant Tom Sheridan headlining the inclusions.

Jon Griffin also returns to partner Aaron Sandilands in the ruck after Kepler Bradley could not be considered because of concussion.

Matt de Boer is out with an ankle injury, while Zac Clarke has been omitted.
Freo assistant Simon Lloyd said he expected de Boer to be available for the club’s first final the following weekend.

“Matty will be no worries at all,” he said.

“He was touch and go to come in this week but he should be right next week.”

Lloyd said Sheridan, the club’s top pick from the 2011 National ...

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August 26, 2012 @ 4:10 PM

FREMANTLE has secured a place in this year's finals series, beating North Melbourne by 53 points at Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

The runaway 20.12 (132) to 12.7 (79) win was achieved without skipper Matthew Pavlich, who withdrew before the match with a groin complaint.

Fremantle is now two games clear of ninth-placed St Kilda and 10th-ranked Carlton, with only one game to play.

The visitors dominated play in the opening quarter, crowding numbers around the ball and stifling the Kangaroos' run.

They led by 15 points at the first change, and from there held North Melbourne at arm's length, save for a three-goals-to-one burst early in the third quarter that saw Brad Scott's team briefly hit the front.

The game was ...

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August 23, 2012 @ 4:17 PM

No one is out of Fremantle’s team to face North Melbourne at Etihad Stadium on Sunday, but three players have been added to the squad.

Running defender Dylan Roberton, ruck/forward Zac Clarke and young midfielder Cam Sutcliffe are in the squad of 25, which will be trimmed to 22 at 2.30pm (WST) on Friday.

Jon Griffin remains out of the team after being a late withdrawal before last Saturday’s match against Richmond.

Clarke is coming off a strong performance in the WAFL with 22 disposals and 30 hitouts for East Perth playing most of the game in the ruck.

Freo assistant and senior development coach Simon Lloyd said Clarke was close to best on ground.

“He dominated the game ...


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August 18, 2012 @ 6:10 PM


Freo eyes finals, but Pav sore

FREMANTLE skipper Matthew Pavlich suffered a series of injury scares and ruckman Aaron Sandilands made a surprise return as Freo surged past Richmond by 22 points at Patersons Stadium on Saturday.

Pavlich never looked completely comfortable after grabbing at his right hamstring following a heavy collision with teammate Kepler Bradley just 12 minutes into the match.

The 276-game veteran went off several times to get treatment and by the third quarter was also receiving attention on his right groin after chasing down an opponent.

Pavlich finished on the bench as his teammates secured the 13.16 (94) to 11.6 (72) triumph, with Sandilands (33 hit-outs) and goalsneak Hayden ...

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August 16, 2012 @ 4:29 PM

Freo has injected a double-dose of quality into the side named to play Richmond at Patersons Stadium on Saturday with Luke McPharlin and Nat Fyfe selected to return for the club’s 400th game.

The duo - one who is up there among the greatest players in club history, and one with the potential to one day be - will boost Fremantle significantly for its massive clash against the Tigers.

The players to make way were Lachie Neale, who has a quad injury, and Dylan Roberton (omitted).

Champion ruckman Aaron Sandilands was named as an emergency along with Tom Sheridan and Roberton.

Assistant coach Mark Stone said Fyfe had ticked just about every box to make his return.

“He’s in the side,” Stone said.


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August 11, 2012 @ 3:27 PM

FOUR goals to Taylor Walker and two to Patrick Dangerfield helped Adelaide overcome its poor kicking to beat Fremantle by 28 points at AAMI Stadium on Saturday.

Dangerfield's best-on-ground performance included his two majors booted from beyond 50m as the Crows won 17.17 (119) to 14.7 (91) to consolidate their top-two position.

But the home side had 34 scoring shots to just 21 and were guilty of some costly turnovers which kept Fremantle in the contest.

Michael Walters kicked three goals for Fremantle but Matthew Pavlich was held to just two by Daniel Dalia, ending the spearhead's run of great form.

In the opening term, Adelaide dominated the play, peppering the goal without much reward.

Josh Jenkins missed an easy ...

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August 9, 2012 @ 4:28 PM

Fremantle will lose nothing in courage and hardness with experienced duo Alex Silvagni and Nick Suban picked to return in Saturday’s crucial clash with second-placed Adelaide at AAMI Stadium.

Coming out of the side was suspended key defender Luke McPharlin and running backman Dylan Roberton, who was omitted.

Freo’s emergencies for the match were Lachie Neale, Cameron Sutcliffe and Roberton.

Despite two solid seasons since his debut in 2010, Silvagni has struggled to break into a Fremantle defence that this year ranks second in the league for points conceded, behind only ladder-leading Sydney Swans.

With All Australian full-back contender McPharlin banned for a game, the courageous 24-year-old will step up to play on ...

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August 4, 2012 @ 6:17 PM

FREMANTLE has stunned West Coast to win its first derby since 2010 by a record 65 points, with captain Matthew Pavlich booting eight goals and driving his team back into finals contention.

Pavlich, who was unanimously voted the Ross Glendinning medallist as best on ground, was outstanding as Fremantle won its fifth straight match - 17.11 (113) to 6.12 (48).  

The skipper has now booted 55 goals for the season, overtaking Hawthorn's Lane Franklin and North Melbourne's Drew Petrie to lead the Coleman Medal.

Fremantle's fifth consecutive win - and the significant percentage boost that came with it - strengthened the club's finals chances, which could still hinge on a round 22 showdown against North Melbourne at ...

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August 2, 2012 @ 4:28 PM

Ross Lyon has stayed true to his word from Wednesday’s Carlton Mid Derby media conference that Freo would not be making many changes - there’s been just the one.

Key defender Zac Dawson returns to the team at the expense of promising South Australian recruit Cameron Sutcliffe.

The emergencies were Zac Clarke, who is on stand-by should Jon Griffin not come up, Josh Mellington and Sutcliffe.

Dawson returned to action via the WAFL last weekend after missing six games.

While he only had seven disposals, assistant and senior development coach Simon Lloyd said the club was pleased with Dawson’s defensive efforts.

“We were really happy with Zac’s game in regards to his positioning and his ability to ...

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