September 26, 2013 @ 4:23 PM
The Fremantle Dockers have selected the first ever team to represent it in an AFL Grand Final, and it’s the same 22 that got the club there by winning the prelim.
Ross Lyon and the selectors made no changes for the clash with Hawthorn at the MCG on Saturday.
Alex Silvagni, Tom Sheridan and Kack Hannath were named as the emergencies and will all travel to Melbourne.
Freo general manager of football operations Chris Bond said it was pleasing to enter the Grand Final with a stable line-up, but he spared a thought for those who will miss out,including Garrick Ibbotson and Clancee Pearce, who sustained season-ending injuries close to the finals.
“Garrick and Clancee are both really important players to our...
September 22, 2013 @ 10:44 AM
FREMANTLE has qualified for its first Grand Final with a comprehensive 25-point victory over the reigning premiers the Sydney Swans.
The Dockers produced the most extraordinary display of team pressure to suffocate the Swans and win 14.15 (99) to 11.8 (74) in front of 43,249 fans, the second biggest crowd Fremantle has hosted at Patersons Stadium.
The deficit stood at 54 points midway through the last quarter before the Swans massaged the margin by kicking six of the last seven goals.
Nathan Fyfe and David Mundy were both outstanding contributors for the Dockers, while Michael Walters was electric up forward with three goals and a spectacular mark.
"It’s pleasing that we get the opportunity to go to ...
September 19, 2013 @ 4:24 PM
Fremantle has included All Australian defender Michael Johnson o the 22 that will represent the club against Sydney in its first home preliminary final.
Midfielder Tom Sheridan was the player to make way. He has been named as an emergency along with Alex Silvagni and Jack Hannath.
Johnson missed the qualifying final win over Geelong with a calf injury.
Fremantle general manager of football Chris Bond said the 28-year-old had trained well this week and would slot straight back into the league’s best defence.
“We obviously know the year that he’s had,” he said.
“He plays a very important part of our back six and he’s up against some real quality opposition as ...
September 12, 2013 @ 4:22 PM
The Fremantle Dockers raised eyebrows when they elected to rest half of the team for their round 23 match against St Kilda.
This week the Dockers have gone one step further, and will rest the entire team.
Fremantle earned the week off by beating Geelong against all odds in last Saturday’s Qualifying final.
The Dockers not only had to be better than their opponents last Saturday, they also had to be better the AFL’s decision to send them down to Kardina Park where Geelong had lost only twice in 40 games.
They were also required to be better than the umpiring on the day.
Fortunately, Freo is a now a win anywhere, win anytime, team.
Fremantle will host their first ever home preliminary final on Saturday September 21 at ...
September 7, 2013 @ 5:58 AM
FREMANTLE has emerged as a genuine premiership contender after invading Geelong's Simonds Stadium fortress and scoring a 15-point win in a gripping and fiery qualifying final on Saturday afternoon.
Having gone into the game as outsiders, the Dockers were 20 points down early in the second quarter, before they hauled themselves back into the contest with a five-goal run that handed them a four-point lead ......
September 5, 2013 @ 4:40 PM
Luke McPharlin’s return has not been confirmed, with the champion defender named as an emergency for Saturday’s qualifying final against Geelong at Simonds Stadium.
Fremantle made ten changes for the match with the bad news being the loss of defender Michael Johnson with a calf injury.
Stephen Hill, Nick Suban and Michael Walters, who all missed the round 23 game against St Kilda have been named.
Also coming back into the side are rested stars David Mundy, Lee Spurr, Hayden Ballantyne, Chris Mayne, Zac Clarke, Zac Dawson and Nat Fyfe
Clancee Pearce comes out of the team with an Achilles injury while Jack Hannath, Alex Forster, Jesse Crichton, Josh Mellington, Hayden Crozier, Matt Taberner, Josh Simpson, Craig Moller ...