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Round 10
Sat June 1 12:10pm* AAMI
Adelaide v FREMANTLE

*Time shown is Perth time

Fremantle down Crows in a thriller

FREMANTLE has held onto its place inside the AFL's top four and broken a three-game losing streak against Adelaide with a gritty seven-point win at AAMI Stadium on Saturday.
The Crows mounted a late challenge and took the lead early in the final quarter, but goals to Michael Barlow and late inclusion Cameron Sutcliffe ensured the Dockers edged home, the visitors winning 10.6 (66) to 8.11 (59).

Barlow was in superb touch for Fremantle with 32 disposals, eight tackles and a goal while defender Michael Johnson (19 touches, nine marks) was sensational in defence.

Dockers coach Ross Lyon said that while pleased with the interstate win, his side still had a long way to go before it could start thinking finals.
"The bottom line is we're two and a half wins ahead of 12th, which is the Gold Coast, with over half the season to go," Lyon said.

"We've got nothing to be pleased about bar the fact that we're in a position where we can control our own destiny, but we're far from where we want to be.

"You've got to earn the right to play finals and until you earn that right it's about home and away focus."

As if on cue, the first official day of winter arrived with soaking conditions and it spurred Adelaide to replace key forward Shaun McKernan with a smaller, more weather-appropriate option in Brodie Martin.
The conditions suited Crows workhorse Rory Sloane to a tee and early signs suggested a prolific performance from the 23-year-old.
He had 10 first-term disposals and finished with 30.
Patrick Dangerfield was at his best as well with 21 possessions and three goals, while ruckman Sam Jacobs ended his run of poor form with 50 hit-outs.
Last week's hero Jared Petrenko kicked Adelaide's third goal, but the Crows were forced to rue missed opportunities when Docker Nick Suban's second goal handed the visitors the lead 10 minutes into the second quarter.
They extended it to 11 points through Nat Fyfe, and while Crows Brodie Smith and Andy Otten were impressive across half-back, their teammates struggled to work the ball past half-forward.
When Adelaide did manage to attack, Johnson and Paul Duffield were there waiting.

Crows coach Brenton Sanderson said his side struggled to deal with Fremantle's extreme pressure.

"We were handballing it backwards when we should’ve been surging it forwards," Sanderson said.

"Their pressure at times, we couldn’t handle [it].

"We just gifted them momentum when we shouldn’t have."

The third term loomed vital for the Crows and after Fremantle appeared be in control of the contest, a long-range goal from Jason Porplyzia re-ignited Adelaide's hopes.
A quick goal or two might have been enough for the Dockers to ice the game in the last, but it was Adelaide who goaled first through Richard Douglas, reducing the margin to just four points.
Dangerfield thought he had given his side the lead at the 13-minute mark, but after nearly a minute of consultation the umpires decided to review his shot at goal, which was eventually deemed to have nicked the post.
There was no such confusion over his second shot, 'Danger' snapping truly within 30 seconds of his miss.
The lead was short-lived though, with Barlow then Sutcliffe sealing the game.

Source: Fremantle fc.com.au

ADELAIDE                         3.5   4.5    6.8   8.11       (59)
FREMANTLE                     2.1   6.4    8.4   10.6       (66)                  

Adelaide: Dangerfield 3, Petrenko, Jenkins, Laird, Porplyzia, Douglas
Fremantle: Suban 2, Crozier, Mzungu, Ballantyne, Fyfe, Mayne, Clarke, Barlow, Sutcliffe
Adelaide: Dangerfield, Laird, Sloane, Rutten, Jacobs, Smith
Fremantle: Barlow, Mundy, McPharlin, Johnson, Fyfe, Mzungu
Adelaide: Nil
Fremantle: Alex Silvagni (Ankle) replaced in the starting line-up by Cameron Sutcliffe
Adelaide: Brodie Martin replaced David Mackay in the third quarter
Fremantle: Cameron Sutcliffe replaced Jack Hannath in the second quarter
Reports: Nil
Umpires: Stewart, Meredith, Wenn
Official crowd: 27,684 at AAMI Stadium

Hill back to face Crows

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.”

Making way for Hill was young midfielder Sutcliffe, who Bond said had impressed the club this season.

“He’s been the sub a few times but he’s also come into the team and played full-game roles for us as well, and he’s done that very well,” he said.

“Cam’s got a great level of fitness about him and he’s a second year player that’s really improved.”

Adelaide lost a heartbreaking preliminary final to Hawthorn in 2012, a week after knocking Freo out of the finals.

They had a remarkable win over North Melbourne last Sunday in which they erased a 30-point final quarter deficit.

“We think they have a talented list and they’re certainly coming off an excellent season last year,” Bond said.

“They had an outstanding win last weekend that will give them a great deal of confidence.

“Even though they’ve had their fair share of injuries throughout this year, like everyone has, they’re a very even squad and they’re going to be a very dangerous team.”

The Crows defeated Fremantle three times in 2012, and Bond said the side had to improve all over the field to turn the tables.

“We obviously weren’t good enough in offence as well as our defence,” he said.

“We know it’s going to be a tough game, they’ve got some elite players on their team, so we’re going to have to make sure we counteract them really well.”

Source: fremantlefc.com.au


 Fremantle Team Round 10
 B Spurr Dawson Duffield
 HB Johnson McPharlin Ibbotson
 C Hill Barlow Fyfe
 HF de Boer Hannath C Pearce
 F Crozier Mayne Ballantyne
 R Clarke Mundy Crowley
Suban Silvagni Mzungu D Pearce
Sutcliffe Taberner Sheridan  


In: Hill

Out: Sutcliffe




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2 Geelong 10 9 1 0 126.14 36
3 Sydney 10 7 2 1 127.44 30
4 Fremantle 10 7 2 1 124.86 30
5 Essendon 10 7 3 0 131.26 28
6 Carlton 10 6 4 0 122.75 24
7 Richmond 10 6 4 0 111.10 24
8 Collingwood 10 5 5 0 97.18 24
9 Adelaide 10 5 5 0 118.27 20
10 West Coast 10 5 5 0 115.88 20
11 Port Adelaide 10 5 5 0 106.89 20
12 North Melbourne 10 4 6 0 113.44 16
13 Gold Coast 10 4 6 0 94.20 16
14 Western Bulldogs 10 3 7 0 76.83 12
15 Brisbane 10 3 7 0 75.22 12
16 St Kilda 10 2 8 0 84.97 8
17 Melbourne 10 1 9 0 51.39 4
18 GWS 10 0 10 0 51.20 0