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April 26, 2013 @ 9:16 PM

FREMANTLE has pulled off a nail-biting one-point victory over Richmond at Patersons Stadium, winning 12.9 (81) to 12.8 (80) on Friday night.
When Chris Mayne kicked his third goal at the six-minute mark of the last quarter to give Fremantle a 14-point lead, its biggest of the night, the Dockers looked like they might finally break-away from the Tigers. But the visitors refused to go away in a pulsating last 10 minutes.

Dustin Martin converted a remarkable set shot from deep in the left forward pocket to cut the margin to just eight before Tyrone Vickery took a contested mark and kicked his third to bring Richmond within two points with six minutes to play.

Matt White then nearly kicked a miracle goal from the boundary, but ...

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April 18, 2013 @ 5:52 PM

Lachie Neale has been selected to replace injured captain Matthew Pavlich for Saturday’s match against Hawthorn in Launceston, while defensive lynchpin Luke McPharlin has been passed fit to play.

Pavlich will undergo surgery on his left Achilles and miss four to six weeks of football.

The travelling emergencies for the Aurora Stadium fixture were Hayden Crozier, Jack Hannath and Tanner Smith.

Freo chose to replace key forward Pavlich with the smaller Neale, who played 11 games in his debut 2012 season.

That included a good performance against the Hawks in Tasmania in which the 19-year-old South Australian won a Goal of the Year nomination.

Assistant coach Peter Sumich said Freo looked to mix up its forward line set-up ...

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April 12, 2013 @ 11:11 PM

ESSENDON has staged a remarkable second-half comeback to down Fremantle by four points at Patersons Stadium on Friday night and continue its unbeaten start to the season.

The Bombers, who came into the match after a tumultuous week off the field, trailed by 37 points in the second quarter but rallied with seven consecutive goals after the main break, eventually running out 10.12 (72) to 9.14 (68) winners.

After scores were locked at 66 with five minutes remaining, Paddy Ryder kicked the match-winner, the Bombers ruckman threading a left-foot snap with 90 seconds remaining to leave the majority of the 35,963 in attendance at Patersons Stadium stunned.

Both Paul Duffield and Chris Mayne had last-minute chances to steal back the lead ...

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April 11, 2013 @ 4:51 PM

Freo have swapped Hayden’s for the second week running, with Ballantyne replacing Crozier in the 22 to face Essendon in Friday night’s Starlight Purple Haze Game at Patersons Stadium.

Ballantyne was suspended for the club’s round 2 match against the Western Bulldogs but returns for the clash with the undefeated Bombers.

The emergencies are Crozier, Jack Hannath and Tom Sheridan.

Fremantle general manager of football Chris Bond said Ballantyne would be a welcome participant in any game Freo played.

“The way he goes about it is really what we stand for,” Bond said.

“We’re really expecting him to have an impact. He’d be disappointed to miss a game through suspension, so he’ll...

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April 6, 2013 @ 2:46 PM

An impressive Fremantle side have brought the Western Bulldogs back to earth with a comfortable 28-point win at Etihad Stadium.

The Dockers won 16.10 (106) to 11.12 (78) in front of 19,210 fans on Saturday to remain unbeaten after their opening-round victory over West Coast.

The Dogs had kicked 19 goals in thrashing Brisbane by 68 points last weekend.

But the run and scoring power they displayed against the Lions was expertly stifled by the well-drilled Dockers, who have let an opposition team score more than 12 goals just once in their past 13 games.

The Dockers had the game pretty much in their keeping after restricting the Dogs to just 1.1 in the first quarter, while they booted six goals themselves.

While the Bulldogs ...

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April 4, 2013 @ 3:37 PM

Hayden Crozier will replace Hayden Ballantyne in Fremantle’s team to face the Western Bulldogs at Etihad Stadium on Saturday.

That was the only change from Fremantle’s team that eclipsed the West Coast Eagles in round 1 of the home and away season.

Ruckman/forward Zac Clarke was not named because of a calf injury, while youngsters Tom Sheridan, Lachie Neale and Jack Hannath are the emergencies.

With Ballantyne suspended for the round 2 game, Crozier earned the right to come in because of his consistent efforts at WAFL level in recent weeks.

The 19-year-old made his debut in round 10 last year and made an immediate impact in his first three games before glandular fever ended his season.

He kicked four goals for ...

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