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September 18, 2012 @ 2:33 PM

Luke McPharlin’s excellent season has been recognised with selection in the 2012 Four'N Twenty All Australian team.

The 30-year-old defender was named at the full-back position after an outstanding year in which he helped Freo record the second-fewest points conceded in the AFL behind Sydney.

More often than not, McPharlin played on the opposition’s most dangerous forward and rarely lowered his colours.

He said it was a great honour to be named All Australian and credited Freo’s rise up the ladder for helping him achieve it.

“I think I’ve had a couple of very good years over the journey, but, by virtue of the fact that I’ve played in a really good side that’s competed strongly and ...

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September 13, 2012 @ 4:32 PM

Fremantle has made one change, with Zac Clarke replacing Kepler Bradley for Friday night’s sudden-death Semi Final against Adelaide at AAMI Stadium.

Dylan Roberton, Cam Sutcliffe and the omitted Bradley will be the emergencies.

Clarke’s inclusion could stretch Adelaide’s backline for height considering it has lost key defender Daniel Talia.

Freo assistant Peter Sumich agreed playing at a hostile AAMI Stadium against Adelaide was a tough challenge, but he said it was no tougher than facing the reigning premiers at the MCG.

“They’re all tough,” Sumich said.

“Adelaide are a great side. A top two finish and they deserve the double chance and two ...

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September 6, 2012 @ 4:55 PM

Alex Silvagni has earned the right to replace Luke McPharlin in the Fremantle defence that will face reigning premiers Geelong in a do-or-die final at the MCG on Saturday night.

Kepler Bradley was also preferred over Jon Griffin, while Matt de Boer was an automatic inclusion after his rest last week.

The emergencies, who all travelled to Melbourne, were Dylan Roberton, Cameron Sutcliffe and Zac Clarke.

Senior coach Ross Lyon said Silvagni was in the side not to replace McPharlin, but to add something in his own right.

“We are not going to replace Luke specifically,” Lyon said

“We just want Alex to be himself, not play like Luke. Just give great effort. I’m sure ...


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September 1, 2012 @ 9:18 PM

ROSS Lyon's mantra that Fremantle is an "anywhere, anytime" team will be tested in week one of the finals after the club's 61-point win over Melbourne on Saturday night.

Fremantle booked itself into an elimination final against Geelong in Melbourne, beating the Demons 14.17 (101) to 5.10 (40) at Patersons Stadium to secure seventh place on the ladder with a 14-8 record.  

Earlier results left Fremantle needing to win by roughly less than two goals to finish eighth, which would have resulted in a derby elimination final against West Coast next weekend.

Lyon said pre-match that the margin was too fine for him to consider "managing" Saturday night's outcome, so Fremantle instead went all out and ...

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