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Round 12 2013
Round 12
Sat June 15 2:40pm* Patersons
FREMANTLE v Brisbane

*Time shown is Perth time


Classic Ross Lyon style win for Fremantle

AFTER coach Michael Voss this week suggested his side needed to rely more on intent than talent, it was a switched-on Brisbane Lions unit that hit the ground at Patersons Stadium to take on Fremantle on Saturday.

Some push and shove before the opening bounce suggested the visitors were there to play, but Alex Silvagni’s torn jumper was the only lasting damage as Fremantle led all day to run out 40 point winners, 12.14.86 to 6.10.46.
The low scoring nature of the contest kept the Lions seemingly within range throughout the first three quarters and they trailed by four straight kicks at the last change, but there was never a point where the result was in doubt.

David Mundy was a stand-out for Fremantle, gathering possessions freely and chipping in with two vital goals in the third quarter, while Michael Barlow was back to his pre-injury best.
The Lions’ forward line was missing the big-bodied presence of Jonathan Brown but veteran Ashley McGrath did his best to fill the gap, his wayward kicking letting him down as he finished with 2.3 from some very gettable opportunities.

The match was always going to be remembered as the day Lions’ legend Simon Black surpassed the club games record held by Marcus Ashcroft, but even that moment went wrong when Black was subbed off in the third quarter and left to watch his big day in the red vest.
It was Fremantle lock-down artist Ryan Crowley, himself celebrating his 150th match, who shadowed the classy Black until his benching, a fitting analogy for the dour yet successful tactics of Ross Lyon.

Another minor melee broke out in the closing stages of the game but it was a last spark of life from a contest that never raised itself to particularly high levels.

The Lions, and especially Michael Voss, will be desperate to inject some vigour into their efforts through the remainder of the season, while Lyon and his Dockers would have to be happy with the way 2013 is panning out.

Mundy 2, Mayne 2, Johnson 2, De Boer, Danyle Pearce, Hannath, Clarke, Crowley, Hill
Brisbane Lions: Lisle 3, McGrath 2, Rockliff

Mundy, Barlow, Ibbotson, Danyle Pearce, McPharlin, Johnson
Brisbane Lions: Golby, Lester, McGrath, Lisle, Rich, Redden

Brisbane Lions: Nil

Fremantle: Hayden Crozier replaced Alex Silvagni in the third quarter
Brisbane Lions: Sam Docherty replaced Simon Black in the third quarter

Reports: Nil

Umpires: Fleer, Dalgleish, McBurney

Official crowd: 33,384 at Patersons Stadium

Silvagni returns

Fremantle has made just one change for Saturday’s match against Brisbane at Patersons Stadium, with Alex Silvagni named to return.

Young midfielder Cam Sutcliffe was the player to make way for the forward.

Matt Taberner, Tom Sheridan and Sutcliffe were named as emergencies.

Silvagni was a late withdrawal from Fremantle’s team that won in Adelaide before the bye.

Fremantle general manager of football Chris Bond said Silvagni added height to the team ahead of the round 12 clash.

“He went out of the team with an ankle injury, but we’re really pleased for him to get back into the team,” he said.

“He’s had a good couple of weeks of training so he’s ready to go.”

Sutcliffe was Silvagni’s replacement in round 10, starting the match against the Crows as the sub.

He came on late and turned the game Freo’s way with a goal and a goal assist deep into the fourth quarter.

Bond said the 21-year-old was unlucky to miss out and that the club was pleased with his progress.

“He’s been a great young player for us and he’ll continue to be,” he said.

“He’s gone out of the team, so we expect him to go back and get some really good form and push his way back in.”

The Lions have struggled this season, but Bond said their performances have proven they can’t be underestimated on Saturday.

“We think they’re a very talented young team,” he said.

“They’ve had some great performances without getting over the line in a few games, but they had a great win over Essendon earlier in the year.

“They’ve still got a couple of really good experienced players as well.”

Bond added that it was important for Freo to maintain the momentum it had generated in the first half of the season.

“We think we’ve played some good footy in the first half of the year, but we know there’s a long road to go and we’re not looking anywhere ahead exept Brisbane,” he said.

“We’ve got a great deal of respect for them, both as a playing group and coaching group.

“We know it’s going to be a really hard contest and our biggest effort at the moment needs to be the first quarter.”


 Fremantle Team Round 12
 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: Silvagni

Out: Sutcliffe



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The Ladder after round 12
Pos Team P W L D % Pts
1 Hawthorn 11 10 1 0 145.71 40
2 Geelong 11 10 1 0 129.49 40
3 Essendon 12 9 3 0 131.57 36
4 Sydney 11 8 2 1 134.91 34
5 Fremantle 11 8 2 1 128.57 34
6 Collingwood 12 8 4 0 108.47 32
7 Richmond 11 7 4 0 114.27 28
8 Carlton 12 6 6 0 116.89 24
9 West Coast 11 6 5 0 114.99 24
10 Port Adelaide 11 6 5 0 114.55 24
11 Adelaide 12 5 7 0 103.55 20
12 Gold Coast 12 5 7 0 92.55 20
13 North Melbourne 11 4 7 0 111.13 16
14 Western Bulldogs 11 3 8 0 75.84 12
15 Brisbane 11 3 8 0 73.56 12
16 St Kilda 11 2 9 0 85.80 8
17 Melbourne 11 1 10 0 49.76 4
18 GWS 12 0 12 0 51.40 0