August 31, 2013 @ 4:04 PM
THE HISTORY books will show that 16th-placed St Kilda rounded out season 2013 with a 71-point win over third-placed Fremantle at Etihad Stadium.
But the score will only tell a fraction of the tale. Fremantle left half its full-strength team at home ahead of its opening final next weekend, then left two more out before the start of the game.
Add an injury to Clancee Pearce within the opening five minutes and the Dockers could no longer be called even a half-strength outfit.
The Saints were particularly souped up for their big day, with club stalwarts Justin Koschitzke, Stephen Milne and all playing their final games for the club and in the case of Koschitzke and Adam Schneider, their 200th matches as well.
So the 16.16...
August 29, 2013 @ 5:40 PM
Fremantle has made 10 changes for Saturday’s match against St Kilda at Etihad Stadium, with seven players rested.
With a likely trip to Melbourne in week one of the finals in mind, the club opted to leave David Mundy, Nat Fyfe, Hayden Ballantyne, Michael Johnson, Zac Dawson, Zac Clarke and Lee Spurr out.
Nick Suban (hamstring soreness), Stephen Hill (hamstring soreness) and Michael Walters (knee) were the forced outs.
Fremantle general manager of football Chris Bond said the decision to rest so many players had not been made in haste.
“It's been a long week in match committee, but obviously the first final will be in Melbourne which means there is two travels in a row,” he said.
August 24, 2013 @ 10:29 PM
Port Adelaide booked its spot in the finals despite suffering a 74-point defeat to Fremantle at Patersons Stadium on Saturday night.
Dockers goalsneak Hayden Ballantyne and skipper Matthew Pavlich booted four goals apiece as the home side cruised toa 21.8 (134) to 9.6 (60) victory.
The loss was arguably Port Adelaide's worst effort of the year, but the Power had plenty of reasons to celebrate after the game as news filtered through that Essendon had upset Carlton in Saturday night's game at the MCG.
That result guaranteed Port Adelaide would finish in the top eight, even if it loses to ninth-placed Blues at AAMI Stadium next Saturday.
The finals berth under new coach Ken Hinkley caps ...
August 22, 2013 @ 5:37 PM
Dynamic Fremantle forward Hayden Ballantyne has been named to play against Port Adelaide in Saturday night’s member recognition game at Patersons Stadium.
Ballantyne had been in some doubt after sustaining a shpilder subluxation in last week’s win over Melbourne.
Freo made two changes for the clash against the eighth-placed Power, one forced after ruckman Aaron Sandilands hurt his cheekbone against the demons.
Young tall Jack Hannath comes into the team, as does hard running midfielder Cam Sutcliffe.
Defender Alex Silvagni was omitted and has been named a s an emergency with Hayden Crozier and Jesse Crichton.
Fremantle general manager of football Chris Bond said the club was confident Ballantyne would play.
August 18, 2013 @ 3:22 PM
Ruckman Aaron Sandilands was subbed off in a concern for the premiership hopes of Fremantle, who cruised to a 95-point win over Melbourne on Sunday.
Fremantle's 20.13 (133) to 5.8 (38) victory keeps the Dockers only half a win away from second-placed Geelong with two rounds remaining.
Zippy small forward Hayden Ballantyne appeared to suffer an arm injury as he jogged off late in the game in pain in another possible concern for the Dockers.
The round-21 clash, which at times was little more than a training run for the Dockers, attracted a tiny crowd of 13,768 fans at the MCG.
Ballantyne and skipper Matthew Pavlich booted four goals each for Fremantle while David Mundy dominated midfield and athletic big man Zac Clarke was ...
August 16, 2013 @ 3:38 PM
Fremantle has confirmed Stephen Hill's return to the side, with the talented midfielder the only change to the 22 to take on Melbourne at the MCG on Sunday.
The 23-year-old Hill was a late withdrawal from the game against the Giants because of hamstring tightness.
He proved his fitness at training this week and has been cleared to tackle the Demons.
The club is still without key defenders Luke McPharlin (calf) and Garrick Ibbotson (Achiles), and midfield utilituy Clancee Pearce (calf).
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August 15, 2013 @ 5:37 PM
Fremantle has added three players to the squad for Sunday’s clash with Melbourne at the MCG.
Stephen Hill returns, while Matt Taberner and Hayden Crozier have been rewarded for solid WAFL form with inclusion in the 25-man squad, which will be cut to a final 22 on Friday afternoon.
Stay tuned to fremantlefc.com.au at 2.30pm (WST) on Friday to find out the final 22.
Fremantle assistant/senior development coach Simon Lloyd said Hill was a big inclusion.
“Stephen Hill gives off a fair bit of run to the team and great ball use as well,” he said.
“Come Sunday at the MCG, ‘Hilly’ is really going to give us a fair bit of explosive speed and he also allows some of our other runners to get in to the ...
August 11, 2013 @ 7:17 PM
FREMANTLE'S bid to snare a top-two berth gained further momentum with a record 113-point thumping of Greater Western Sydney at Patersons Stadium on Sunday.
The Dockers booted the opening seven goals of the match and overcame a brief GWS fightback to post the club-record 24.13 (157) to 6.8 (44) victory.
The win was Fremantle's biggest in its history, eclipsing the 112-point winning margin against Collingwood in 2005.
But more importantly, it lifted Fremantle to within 6.2 per cent of the third-placed Sydney Swans, who face St Kilda, Geelong and Hawthorn in a tough run home.
The Dockers still trail second-placed Geelong by two competition points, but can overcome them if the Cats lose against either West Coast (away), the ...
August 9, 2013 @ 4:39 PM
Fremantle has finalised its line-up for Sunday’s game against GWS at Patersons Stadium.
As expected captain Matthew Pavlich comes straight into the team after a three-week stint on the sidelines because of suspension.
The freo skipper kicked seven goals in the only meeting between the sides last year.
The players to come out of the team that played the Blues were Clancee Pearce, who has a calf injury, and Garrick Ibbotson who was a late withdrawal from last week’s win over Carlton at Etihad Stadium with an achilles injury.
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August 8, 2013 @ 5:52 PM
Captain Matthew Pavlich is back while in-form defender Garrick Ibbotson has been included in Fremantle’s squad for Sunday’s game against GWS at Patersons Stadium.
The pair was among four additions, with Clancee Pearce the only player to come out after a calf injury.
Hayden Crozier and Jesse Chrichton were the other players added to the squad of 25, which will be trimmed to 22 on Friday.
Stay tuned to fremantlefc.com.au at 2.30pm WST on Friday for the final 22.
Fremantle general manager of football operations Chris Bond said the club captain was raring to go after a three-week stint on the sidelines because of suspension.
“He’s been able to get some training under his belt without any restrictions of ...