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Round 1 2013
Round 1
Sat March 23 4:40pm Patersons
Fremantle v West Coast

Freo too strong in Derby

Good luck playing Fremantle in Perth this year. Ross Lyon's team will be one tough unit to crack if its 28-point round one derby victory against West Coast is anything to go by.

Fremantle took some time to get going, unable to convert field position dominance into scoreboard success in the first half, but when it raised the stakes in the third quarter West Coast was left floundering at Patersons Stadium.

And in pain.

The Eagles have lost gun forward Mark LeCras for some time with a broken arm after a heavy clash with Tendai Mzungu, key defender Eric Mackenzie is doubtful for the round two clash against Hawthorn with a hamstring injury, and captain Darren Glass copped a painful corky.

LeCras - who missed all of last season with a knee injury - left the field in a makeshift sling and appears set for another lengthy stint on the sidelines.

On the negative side for Freo, skipper Matthew Pavlich was reported after a late challenge on Will Schofield in a marking contest and Hayden Ballantyne has a corked calf.

But it was a small negative on a night to savour for Freo fans at their home derby which they won 16.12 (108) to 11.14 (80).

It had been a tight match before Freo’s third quarter rampage.

The Eagles were ahead by nine points at the long break despite Fremantle having a 26-19 advantage in the inside 50s.

The reason was that the Eagles had a winning forward in Josh Kennedy, while Fremantle’s go-to man Pavlich was struggling after an interrupted pre-season. Consequently Freo was losing the aerial battle in its forward line and its smalls close to goal couldn’t get near it.

But how that changed in the third term when Kepler Bradley went forward, competed hard and brought Freo’s mosquito fleet into the game.

Michael Walters (three goals for the game), Danyle Pearce (two) and Nick Suban (three) took full advantage of their team's dominance at the centre clearances and blew the game apart.

David Mundy, Michael Barlow (who tied for the Ross Glendinning Medal) and Nat Fyfe slaughtered the Eagles in the clinches and eventually the weight of numbers told.

Fremantle had three times as many centre clearances by three-quarter time (12-4) and with its forward line pressure ramped up, booted 6.6 to 1.3 for the term to turn the game on its head.

"They dominated that early part of the third quarter," West Coast coach John Worsfold lamented post-match.

"The game was pretty even in the first half … we had better opportunities to score more than we did. That cost us."
Fremantle coach Ross Lyon said he had been confident of hitting back after half-time.

"I think you’ve got to admire the Eagles. We know paper teams mean nothing, but the reality is they were depleted in some areas, particularly in midfield, and I thought the way they came out and took the game right up to us," Lyon said.

"But in the end, I thought our preparation and our total teamsmanship in the end was quite dominant.

"And probably there were signs well before half-time but we just couldn’t hurt them on the scoreboard and they scored pretty easily.

"So once we tidied a few of those things up I thought our third quarter was dominant and then there was a real arm wrestle in the last and it opened up a bit. So, a lot to like but a lot to improve on."

West Coast was missing Nic Naitanui, Daniel Kerr and Matt Rosa while Fremantle’s losses were giant – galloping lamp post Aaron Sandilands and his back-up Zac Clarke.

The Eagles had a couple of bright lights with Adam Selwood magnificent in his shutdown job on Hayden Ballantyne, Kennedy the dominant tall forward on the field and St Kilda recruit Jamie Cripps handy with a couple of goals.

Worsfold said Kerr and Naitanui had been key members of their midfield last season and he was looking forward to having a full midfield complement in coming weeks.

Fremantle: Walters 3, Suban 3, Mayne 2, Pearce 2, Bradley 2, Crowley, De Boer, Barlow, Ballantyne
West Coast: Hams 2, Kennedy 2, Lecras 2, Cripps 2, Hill 2, Masten
Fremantle: Barlow, Mundy, D Pearce, Hill, Fyfe, Mayne, Griffin
West Coast: Kennedy, A Selwood, Waters, Glass, Priddis
Fremantle: Ballantyne (knee)
West Coast: LeCras (arm), Mackenzie (hamstring)
Fremantle: Cameron Sutcliffe replaced Hayden Ballantyne during the last quarter
West Coast: Andrew Embley replaced Mark Lecras at three-quarter time
Reports: Pavlich for charging Schofield in the second quarter
Umpires: Margetts, Stevic, McInerney
Official crowd: 39,629 at the Patersons Stadium

The Freo line-up - Clarke ruled out

Zac Clarke has failed to prove his fitness ahead of Saturday’s Carlton Mid Derby at Patersons Stadium, with Kepler Bradley named to assist Jon Griffin in the ruck.

Clarke limped off the track with an injury at training on Tuesday and wasn’t able to come up for the round 1 game.

Young South Australian midfielder Cam Sutcliffe was also named in the 22.

The emergencies for the game will be Jesse Crichton, Lachie Neale and Jack Hannath.

Three-time All Australian ruckman Aaron Sandilands is unavailable after he aggravated his injured left hamstring this week.

In his absence, Jon Griffin will lead Freo’s ruck division against champion West Coast big man Dean Cox.

The Eagles will be without Cox’s All Australian ruck partner Nic Naitanui.

Freo general manager of football Chris Bond said young South Australian ruckman Hannath was close to earning his debut.

“Jack’s a young developing player for us who has fit really well into our team,” he said.

“He’s an emergency, so he’s obviously close.

“If he continues with his form, he’s sure to get an opportunity sooner rather than later.”

There were few surprises in Freo’s line-up, with the 22 players named almost identical to the team that played in round 3 of the NAB Cup a fortnight ago.

Sutcliffe did not play in Freo’s last two NAB Cup games, but Bond said the 20-year-old had earned his opportunity after a strong summer on the track.

“Cameron’s a player that’s very versatile for us,” he said.

“He can play in different roles and he’s got some real strengths to his game.

“We see him as a player of the future.”

Bond said Freo had confidence going into Saturday’s match, but the club would not be underestimating their opponents.

“We know it’s going to be an incredibly tough game,” he said.

“The Eagles have a very deep list. They’re well coached and they are a great club, so we’re expecting a very hard battle.”

Bond added that Clarke’s injury was not serious and he expected the ruckman/forward to recover quickly.

“After the initial injury he worked incredibly hard to get up for this week and just failed,” he said.

“We don’t think it’s anything major and we expect him to train next week.”

The 37th Carlton Mid Derby will also be Freo defender Michael Johnson’s 150th AFL game.

Source: fremantlefc.com.au

 Fremantle Team Round 1
 B Bradley Dawson Johnson
 HB Duffield McPharlin Suban
 C D Pearce Barlow C Pearce
 HF Crowley Pavlich Fyfe
 F Ballantyne Mayne Walters
 R Griffin Mundy Hill
de Boer Mzungu Spurr Sutcliffe
Crichton Hannath Neale  



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The Ladder after round 1, 2013
Pos Team P W L D % Pts
1 Port Adelaide 1 1 0 0 246.30 4
2 Western Bulldogs 1 1 0 0 215.25 4
3 Essensdon 1 1 0 0 142.688 4
4 Sydney 1 1 0 0 139.47 4
5 Fremantle 1 1 0 0 135.00 4
6 Collingwood 1 1 0 0 118.39 4
7 Gold Coast 1 1 0 0 126.88 4
8 Geelong 1 1 0 0 108.14 4
9 Richmond 1 1 0 0 104.95 4
10 Carlton 1 0 1 0 95.28 0
11 Hawthorn 1 0 1 0 92.47 0
12 St Kilda 1 0 1 0 85.56 0
13 North Melbourne 1 0 1 0 84.47 0
14 West Coast 1 0 1 0 74.07 0
14 GWS 1 0 1 0 71.70 0
16 Adelaide 1 0 1 0 70.09 0
17 Brisbane 1 0 1 0 46.46 0
18 Melbourne 1 0 1 0 40.60 0