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July 27, 2013 @ 9:15 PM

FREMANTLE reaffirmed its top-four credentials and ended the unlikely finals hopes of a gallant but inaccurate Adelaide with a 22-point win at a windy and wet Patersons Stadium.     

The horrible weather in Perth meant only 28,765 fans braved the conditions to see the Dockers notch their 12th win of the season, 11.9 (75) to 7.11 (53).

Remarkably, the Dockers had just 33 inside 50s - the equal-lowest of any winning team since the statistic has been measured.

The Crows had 45 entries, won the total possession, contested possession, clearance and tackle counts for the match but lost in the only column that matters - the scoreboard.

Nathan Fyfe was the chief architect, kicking a career-best four goals in an ...

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July 25, 2013 @ 4:46 PM

Fremantle has brought back Aaron Sandilands and Nick Suban for Saturday night’s clash with Adelaide at Patersons Stadium.

Recruit Matt Taberner was the other inclusion, with Alex Silvagni, Tom Sheridan and Jack Hannath the three omissions.

They will be the emergencies for the match.

Fremantle general manager of football Chris Bond said Sandilands had been sorely missed against Richmond last Sunday.

“Because he’s been out for such a long period of time it was a hiccup he didn’t need, but he’s trained really well this week and we’re expecting him to be fully fit for the rest of the year,” he said.

Bond said Suban was also a welcomed addition.

“Nick’s had a pretty good ...

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July 21, 2013 @ 2:02 PM

RICHMOND has tightened its grip on its first finals berth since 2001 after recording a fighting 27-point win over top-four contender Fremantle at the MCG on Sunday.
 
The Tigers led from the opening minute - when Jack Riewoldt opened the game's scoring with a goal - to the final siren, defying slippery and blustery conditions to win 12.12 (84) to 8.9 (57).
 
Richmond's win was its 11th for the season and not only strengthened its grip on sixth spot on the ladder but also took it three games clear of ninth-placed Carlton.
 
With key players such as Matthew Pavlich, Aaron Sandilands and Hayden Ballantyne sidelined, the Dockers never quite found their rhythm ...
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July 18, 2013 @ 4:32 PM

Paul Duffield is among five inclusions to Fremantle’s squad for Sunday’s crucial clash with Richmond at the MCG.

Lachie Neale, Jesse Crichton, Matt Taberner and Jack Hannath joined the defender in the 25-man squad thatwill be trimmed to 22 at 2.30pm on Friday.

The two players out were captain Matthew Pavlich who has been suspeded for three matches and Hayden Ballantyne, who comes out for two weeks with a hamstring injury.

Fremantle general manager of football Chris Bond said Duffield was a crucial cog in a league-leading backline and would be welcomed back.

“He’s been able to do a fair bit of work over the past couple of weeks so he‘s not going to lose any conditioning and he’ll definitely play,...

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July 14, 2013 @ 7:19 PM

A SCINTILLATING final term was enough for Fremantle to put away a gallant but undermanned Eagles outfit by 28 points in front of 39,839 fans at Patersons Stadium on Sunday.
 
The Dockers won their third consecutive derby under Ross Lyon 19.7 (121) to 14.9 (83).
 
They were made to earn it.
 
West Coast was missing eight senior players but through fanatical tackling pressure and an outstanding five-goal display from Jack Darling, led by two points at three-quarter time.
 
But the Dockers kicked eight goals to three in the final term to make a significant statement that they are unequivocally the No.1 team in town in 2013.
 
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July 11, 2013 @ 4:24 PM

Alex Silvagni has been included in Fremantle’s 25-man squad for Sunday’s Carlton Mid Derby.

He appears to be the logical replacement for Luke McPharlin, who comes out of the team with a calf injury.

The other inclusions were Lachie Neale, Cam Sutcliffe and Matt Taberner.

The final 22 will be named on fremantlefc.com.au at 2.30pm on Friday.

Freo general manager offootball Chris Bond said Silvagni was the player most likely to replace McPharlin.

“We’ve still got to get through training tomorrow, we’ll have a better idea to finalise the team then,” he said.

Second-year player Neale had an interrupted pre-season and has battled injury for the majority of the 2013 season.

But he has been ...

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July 7, 2013 @ 5:27 PM

Star Fremantle duo Matthew Pavlich and Aaron Sandilands made it through their comeback games unscathed, but fellow veteran Luke McPharlin is set to miss Sunday's Western Derby against West Coast with a calf injury.
 
Pavlich kicked two goals from 21 possessions in his side's 30-point win over a plucky St Kilda in Perth on Sunday, while Sandilands (six disposals, 11 hit-outs) got some much-needed game time before being subbed off in the third term.
 
The pair represent the final pieces of the puzzle in Fremantle's bid to win this year's premiership.
 
But the Dockers will have to make do without their rock in defence against the Eagles after McPharlin tweaked his calf in ...
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July 4, 2013 @ 5:12 PM

Club greats Matthew Pavlich and Aaron Sandilands and midfield stars Michael Barlow and David Mundy are back for Sunday’s clash with St Kilda at Patersons Stadium.

Lee Spurr also returns after he missed last weekend’s loss to Geelong with a bout of gastro.

The defender replaces fellow backman Paul Duffield, who is out for a fortnight with a calf injury.

Defender Alex Silvagni and midfielder Cam Sutcliffe were also added to the extended 25-man squad.

Going out of the team are youngsters Jack Hannath and Viv Michie, while Hayden Crozier misses with a groin injury.

Three players will be cut from the squad after Friday morning’s training session on Fremantle Oval.

General manager of football Chris Bond ...

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