May 30, 2013 @ 5:47 PM

Fremantle has regained the talents of Stephen Hill for Saturday’s clash with Adelaide at AAMI Stadium.

Cam Sutcliffe was the only player to come out of the team that defeated Melbourne by 90 points last week.

He was listed as an emergency for the match against the Crows, along with Tom Sheridan and Matt Taberner.

Fremantle general manager of football Chris Bond said Hill, who was close to resuming from a quad injury last week, had ticked all the boxes to play against Adelaide.

“We’re really pleased with how Stephen’s trained and how he’s worked through it,” Bond said.

“He’s got through today’s (training) session really well, so he’ll come back into the team.”
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May 26, 2013 @ 7:41 PM

The pressure on Melbourne coach Mark Neeld is set to intensify following his side's 90-point loss to Fremantle at Patersons Stadium on Sunday.

The Demons kicked the first goal of the match but were simply woeful for the rest of the opening half, with Fremantle opening up a 71-point lead by the long break before cruising to the 19.16 (130) to 6.4 (40) triumph.

The result was Fremantle's biggest win over Melbourne, bettering the 61-point margin of last year's encounter.

It was also Melbourne's 14th straight loss in Perth, with its last victory out west coming way back in 2004.

The Demons have won just five of 31 games since Neeld took over as coach at the end of 2011.

But more significantly, Melbourne has failed...

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May 23, 2013 @ 5:54 PM

There are three possible debutants in Fremantle’s extended squad for Sunday’s Indigenous Round match against Melbourne at Patersons Stadium.

Viv Michie, Matt Taberner and Josh Simpson could make fairy-tale AFL debuts, while young forward Hayden Crozier is the other inclusion.

Crozier seems the likely replacement for the injured Michael Walters, who is out after sustaining an ankle injury in last week’s draw in Sydney.

Fremantle general manager of football Chris Bond said the club has been pleased with the WAFL form of all three possible first-gamers.

With Kepler Bradley going to the long-term injury list, 19-year-old Taberner was upgraded to Freo’s senior list, making him available for selection.

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May 18, 2013 @ 9:46 PM

THE SYDNEY Swans and Fremantle have played out a thrilling draw at the SCG.

The Dockers trailed by 27 points midway through the final term before unleashing a withering four-goal burst to draw level in the final minute.

Michael Johnson had a set shot in the last 10 seconds from which any score would have given Fremantle a famous win but Sam Reid - who had done precious little all night - took a soaring mark that saved the Swans from defeat.

The siren sounded seconds later to register the first draw between the two clubs, and the first in Fremantle's history - the Swans' 11.4 (70) tied with Fremantle's 9.16 (70).

However, the Dockers' relief at escaping with a share of the points was tempered by an ankle injury to...

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May 16, 2013 @ 5:54 PM

Zac Clarke has been selected in the Freo team to face defending premiers Sydney at the SCG on Saturday night.

The ruckman’s inclusion alleviates some of the dilemmas Freo faced in the big man department after Jon Griffin joined Aaron Sandilands and Kepler Bradley on the sidelines.

Nay Fyfe has served his two-game suspension and returns at the expense of Tendai Mzungu, who was omitted.

Tom Sheridan, Tanner Smith and Mzungu are the emergencies.

Freo general manager of football Chris Bond said, ideally, the club would have liked to play Clarke in the WAFL.

Although the ruckman was fit to play last week, the state fixture between WA and Victoria meant there were no WAFL games.

But Bond was confident Clarke would stand up...

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May 11, 2013 @ 10:18 PM

Fremantle held its nerve to survive a spirited comeback from Collingwood and claim a thrilling 27-point win at Patersons Stadium.

Having dominated the first half to lead by 44 points at the main break, the Dockers were headed by the Magpies when Caolan Mooney kicked his first goal four minutes into the last quarter.

But the home side rallied to kick the last five goals of the match to claim their fifth win of the season, 15.10 (100) to 10.13 (73).

Fremantle simply mauled the Magpies in the opening term.

The pressure of the Dockers was immense. They outnumbered the Magpies at every contest and their run and spread, led by David Mundy, was extraordinary.  

Fremantle had 124 disposals in the opening term, the most of any ...

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May 9, 2013 @ 5:54 PM

Fremantle welcomes back Stephen Hill’s pace and skill for Saturday’s clash with Collingwood after the classy midfielder was passed fit to play.

Hill, who missed the round 6 win over Gold Coast with a quad injury, was the only change, with young midfielder Cam Sutcliffe omitted.

The emergencies are Tom Sheridan, Tanner Smith and Sutcliffe.

Fremantle general manager of football Chris Bond said Hill’s inclusion was a big boost.

"He’s done everything right to get himself up for the game and obviously he’s a valuable player for us so we’re looking forward to seeing how he goes,” he said.

Bond said the club was pleased to get continuity at the selection table, with just the one change ...

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May 4, 2013 @ 10:02 PM

A DEPLETED Fremantle has strangled the life out of Gold Coast and cruised to a comfortable 45-point win at Metricon Stadium on Saturday night.

The Dockers kicked the first four goals of the match and held that advantage for most of the night, being rarely troubled in winning 15.9 (99) to 7.12 (54).

Despite missing key players Aaron Sandilands (hamstring), Matthew Pavlich (Achilles), Nat Fyfe (suspended) and Stephen Hill (quad), the Dockers did what they do best – harassed, tackled, competed and eventually won.

Michael Walters was the spark-plug up forward, kicking three of his four goals in the third quarter to keep the Suns at bay.

They won thanks to an even midfield contribution from David Mundy (22) Nick Suban (21) and ...

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May 2, 2013 @ 6:06 PM

Fremantle will be without Stephen Hill for Saturday night’s clash with the Gold Coast Suns at Metricon Stadium.

The injured midfielder was among four changes to the Freo team for the Suns’ clash, with the inclusions being Paul Duffield, Alex Silvagni, Hayden Crozier and Cam Sutcliffe.

Kepler Bradley (knee) and Nat Fyfe (suspension) were unavailable and midfielder Lachie Neale was omitted.

The emergencies are Tom Sheridan, Tanner Smith and Neale.

Fremantle assistant and senior development coach Simon Lloyd said Hill was close to playing this week and that his injury was only minor.

“He’s got a tight quad at the moment,” Lloyd said.

“We’re hoping that he’ll be right to go for ...

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