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Round 13 2013
Round 13
Sun June 23 1:15pm* Patersons
FREMANTLE v North Melbourne

*Time shown is Perth time


Dockers strangle Roos

FREMANTLE has entrenched itself in the top four with a 38-point victory over North Melbourne on a wet Sunday at Patersons Stadium.
The Dockers extended their unbeaten run to eight matches, winning 10.7 (67) to 4.5 (29), in front of 31,637 fans who braved the weather.
The wet conditions played into the Dockers' hands. Neither side managed a goal until Michael Barlow soccered a goal from the goalsquare in the dying seconds of the opening term to give Fremantle a seven-point lead at the first change.
It was the class of Nathan Fyfe that separated the two sides in the second. After Aaron Mullet produced a fabulous running goal to start the term, Fyfe's brilliance shone brightly on a dull day.
He took a clutch contested mark and converted from a tight angle. His skills and poise in the wet stood out and Fremantle's pressure suffocated the Kangaroos who managed just 1.3 for the first half, trailing by 27 points at the long break.
Fremantle's pressure dropped off in the third term and opened the door for North Melbourne.
Brent Harvey took a courageous mark going back with the flight and converted the set shot to cut the margin to 21.
Harvey gave that goal back immediately with an ill-disciplined act.
Frustrated with the close attention of tagger Ryan Crowley, Harvey struck Crowley in the throat leading to a 50m penalty and a goal to Michael Johnson.
The Kangaroos stuck to their task admirably but couldn't make significant inroads into the Dockers' lead.
The Dockers' 25-point margin at three-quarter time was cut to 19 when Aaron Black kicked a goal early in the final term to give North Melbourne hope.
But the glimmer was snuffed out with a steadying set shot from Hayden Crozier who had been subbed in for Jack Hannath at the last change.
Michael Walters added to a burgeoning highlight reel with a sublime snap from hard against the boundary line to seal the Dockers' ninth win of the year.   
Lindsay Thomas was subbed out during the third term with a left-hamstring injury. The leader in the Coleman Medal race coming into round 13 was held goalless for just the second time this season before he was substituted.
Freo's Stephen Hill ran to the bench in the final term after hurting his shoulder in an innocuous-looking clash. 

Fremantle: Suban 2, Barlow, Crozier, de Boer, Fyfe, Johnson, Mayne, Hannath, Walters
North Melbourne: Black, Macmillan, Mullett, Harvey
Fremantle: Fyfe, Barlow, Crowley, Clarke, Ibbotson, de Boer
North Melbourne: Swallow, Bastinac, Atley, Gibson, Mullett
Fremantle: Mundy (calf) replaced in selected side by Hayden Crozier, Hill (shoulder)
North Melbourne: Thomas (left hamstring)
Fremantle: Hayden Crozier replaced Jack Hannath at three-quarter time
North Melbourne: Brad McKenzie replaced Lindsay Thomas during the third quarter
Reports: TBC
Umpires: Rosebury, Stevic, Mollison
Official crowd: 31,637 at the Patersons Stadium

Rookie forward to debut

Friday June 21, 2013

Fremantle will unveil rookie key forward Matt Taberner in Sunday’s game against North Melbourne at Patersons Stadium.

The 20-year-old was named in the final 22 along with classy forward Michael Walters, who returns after an injury-enforced stint on the sidelines.

Alex Silvagni and Hayden Crozier were the players to make way.

The pair have been named as emergencies along with Tom Sheridan.

Taberner was selected with pick 11 in the 2012 Rookie Draft.

He was elevated onto the senior list on 23 May after solid form for Peel Thunder at WAFL level.

General manager of football Chris Bond said in ‘The Freo Line-Up’ on Thursday that Taberner had impressed the club’s coaching staff this season.

“Matt’s got a really high work rate and we’ve been very happy with his form,” Bond said.

Walters was injured in the round 8 draw with Sydney at the SCG but returns to take his place in attack, where he had been among the best small forwards in the AFL this season.

Source: fremantlefc.com.au

 Fremantle Team Round 13
 B Dawson McPharlin Spurr
 HB C Pearce Johnson Ibbotson
 C Duffield Crowley Mzungu
 HF Fyfe Mayne Hill
 F Ballantyne Hannath Walters
 R Clarke Barlow Mundy
de Boer D Pearce Suban Taberner
Silvagni Sheridan Crozier  

In: Walters, Taberner

Out: Silvagni, Crozier

Walters returns

Thursday June 20, 2013

Exciting forward Michael Walters has been named in Fremantle’s 25-man squad for Sunday’s clash with North Melbourne at Patersons Stadium.

Youngsters Tom Sheridan and Matt Taberner were also included in the preliminary team.

The final 22 and emergencies will be finalised at 2.30pm on Friday afternoon and can be seen on fremantlefc.com.au.

Freo general manager of football Chris Bond said Walters would be a welcomed inclusion, but he still had to tick a few boxes at the club’s final training session on Friday morning.

“He should be fine and ready to go,” Bond said.

“He’ll obviously just want to get through our main training session tomorrow, but we’re expecting him to get through and play.

“He adds an enormous amount to us with his form before he went out of the side.”

Bond said the club had been very pleased with the form of tall forward Taberner and midfielder Sheridan at Peel Thunder this season.

“Matt’s got a really high work rate and we’ve been very happy with his form,” he said.

“Tom has still got a bit of work to do tomorrow but we’ve been very pleased with the way he’s gone about his football, especially in the past couple of week’s, he’s been very impressive.

“He’s been able to get inside and outside as a midfielder and we rate him very highly.”

Sunday’s game against the Kangaroos will be Tendai Mzungu’s 50th match if he is selected in the final 22.

Luke McPharlin will move into equal fourth with Paul Hasleby on 208 games on the club’s games record list.

Source: fremantlefc.com.au

 Fremantle Squad Round 13
 B Dawson McPharlin Spurr
 HB C Pearce Johnson Ibbotson
 C Duffield Crowley Mzungu
 HF Fyfe Mayne Hill
 F Ballantyne Crozier Walters
 R Clarke Mundy Barlow
Silvagni Suban Taberner de Boer
D Pearce Sheridan Hannath  

In: Walters, Taberner, Sheridan

Out: -



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The Ladder after round 13
Pos Team P W L D % Pts
1 Hawthorn 12 11 1 0 143.00 44
2 Geelong 12 10 2 0 126.27 40
3 Fremantle 12 9 2 1 132.29 38
4 Essendon 12 9 3 0 131.57 36
5 Sydney 12 8 3 1 130.22 34
6 Richmond 12 8 4 0 119.36 32
7 Collingwood 12 8 4 0 108.47 32
8 Port Adelaide 12 7 5 0 115.57 28
9 Carlton 12 6 6 0 116.89 24
10 West Coast 12 6 6 0 111.53 24
11 Adelaide 12 5 7 0 103.55 20
12 Gold Coast 12 5 7 0 92.55 20
13 North Melbourne 12 4 8 0 107.00 16
14 Brisbane 12 4 8 0 76.08 16
15 St Kilda 12 3 9 0 89.80 12
16 Western Bulldogs 12 3 9 0 73.38 12
17 Melbourne 12 1 11 0 50.87 4
18 GWS 12 0 12 0 51.41 0