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Round 15 2013
Round 15
Sat July 7 1:15pm* Patersons

*Time shown is Perth time


Fighting Fremantle rolls on

Star Fremantle duo Matthew Pavlich and Aaron Sandilands made it through their comeback games unscathed, but fellow veteran Luke McPharlin is set to miss Sunday's Western Derby against West Coast with a calf injury.
Pavlich kicked two goals from 21 possessions in his side's 30-point win over a plucky St Kilda in Perth on Sunday, while Sandilands (six disposals, 11 hit-outs) got some much-needed game time before being subbed off in the third term.
The pair represent the final pieces of the puzzle in Fremantle's bid to win this year's premiership.
But the Dockers will have to make do without their rock in defence against the Eagles after McPharlin tweaked his calf in the 15.10 (100) to 11.4 (70) triumph over the Saints.
Fremantle coach Ross Lyon is hopeful McPharlin will only miss one week, but scans will determine the extent of the damage.
Lyon said either Alex Silvagni or Peter Faulks would replace McPharlin against the Eagles, who boast marking targets such as Josh Kennedy, Jack Darling, Nic Naitanui and Dean Cox.
The Dockers remain just percentage adrift of fourth spot, but they did it the hard way against St Kilda, whose relentless tackling and ferocious pressure stunned Fremantle in the opening half. The Saints led by five points midway through the third quarter, but two long-range goals from Pavlich within the space of a minute swung momentum Fremantle's way.
Goalsneak Hayden Ballanytne kicked five goals in a best afield display, with four of those goals coming in the opening half when the Saints were dominating.
Lyon said he was disappointed with his team's first-half effort, describing it as the "elephant in the room".
He also conceded Pavlich, who hadn't played since round three, and Sandilands, who was playing his first game of the season, were a tad rusty.
"It's a hard business when Aaron got a Bronx cheer when he gloved one," Lyon said.
"But I think they'll be better for the run."
Jack Steven, Leigh Montagna and Lenny Hayes were terrific for the Saints, while recalled forward Lee booted three goals in the absence of injured skipper Nick Riewoldt.
Riewoldt, who was rested against the Dockers due to soreness in his knee, said he was "locked in" to take on Carlton next Saturday night.
Fellow Saints forward Stephen Milne, who is facing four charges of rape, and Justin Koschitzke could also return against the Blues.
St Kilda won the tackle count 77-46 against Fremantle, but coach Scott Watters said they needed to sustain their effort for longer periods.
"Our efforts from first quarter to fourth quarter slowly taper at the moment and we're aware of that," Watters said.
"We are striving for competitiveness every week, but until you have got three, four, five pre-seasons into a large proportion of your group, you are not going to get that.
"But we will keep striving for it."
Fremantle: Ballantyne 5, Pavlich 2, Mundy 2, Mayne 2, Mzungu, De Boer, Walters, D Pearce
St Kilda: Lee 3, Dennis-Lane 2, Saad 2, Saunders, McEvoy, Dal Santo, Jones
Fremantle: Ballantyne, Mzungu, Mundy, Fyfe, C Pearce, Spurr, Crowley
St Kilda: Montagna, Steven, Hayes, Jones, Lee, Ray
Fremantle: McPharlin (calf)
St Kilda: Nil
Fremantle: Tom Sheridan replaced Aaron Sandilands in the third term
St Kilda: Terry Milera replaced Nathan Wright in the third term
Reports: Nil
Umpires: Farmer, Pannell, Fisher
Official crowd: 34,064 at Patersons Stadium

Dockers name a star-studded squad for Sunday's St Kilda clash

Club greats Matthew Pavlich and Aaron Sandilands and midfield stars Michael Barlow and David Mundy are back for Sunday’s clash with St Kilda at Patersons Stadium.

Lee Spurr also returns after he missed last weekend’s loss to Geelong with a bout of gastro.

The defender replaces fellow backman Paul Duffield, who is out for a fortnight with a calf injury.

Defender Alex Silvagni and midfielder Cam Sutcliffe were also added to the extended 25-man squad.

Going out of the team are youngsters Jack Hannath and Viv Michie, while Hayden Crozier misses with a groin injury.

Three players will be cut from the squad after Friday morning’s training session on Fremantle Oval.

General manager of football Chris Bond confirmed Pavlich and Sandilands as definite starters on Sunday if they get through Friday’s session.

“It’s been a long road back for both of them, so we expect them to get through training and we expect them to play,” Bond said.
He said it was a similar case for midfielders Mundy (calf) and Barlow (jaw).

Mundy has missed the past two games with a calf injury, while Barlow sat out the Cats encounter following a jaw procedure.

“Both of them have had a good week on the track,” Bond said.

“There’s four players that are definitely in if they can get through the week.”

With Spurr missing last week and now Duffield out, Bond admitted that the continuity of Freo’s league-best defence had been slightly affected.

“When good players go out, yes, it does affect it,” he said.

“Paul’s had a very good year for us, but Lee Spurr coming back is very important to us.”

Bond said second-year midfielder/forward Crozier was out with groin soreness.

“It’s nothing serious… it’s a chance to de-load him and we still think he’ll play an important part towards the end of the year,” he said.

Source: fremantlefc.com.au

 Fremantle Squad Round 15
 B Spurr Dawson Suban
 HB Johnson McPharlin Ibbotson
 C Hill Barlow Fyfe
 HF de Boer Pavlich Ballantyne
 F Walters Sandilands Mayne
 R Clarke Mundy Crowleu
 Interchange from
Silvagni Taberner Sherridan D Pearce
Suttcliffe Mzungu C Pearce  


In:Pavlich, Sandilands, Mundy, Barlow, Spurr, Suttcliffe, Silvagni

Out: Duffield (Calf), Crozier (Groin), Hannath, Michie



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The Ladder after round 15
Pos Team P W L D % Pts
1 Hawthorn 14 12 2 0 140.96 48
2 Geelong 14 12 2 0 127.96 48
3 Essendon 14 11 3 0 129.86 44
4 Sydney 14 10 3 1 131.58 42
5 Fremantle 14 10 3 1 125.89 42
6 Richmond 14 9 5 0 116.55 36
7 Port Adelaide 14 9 5 0 107.84 36
8 Collingwood 14 8 6 0 113.73 32
9 Carlton 14 7 7 0 109.95 28
10 West Coast 14 6 8 0 118.60 24
11 Adelaide 14 6 8 0 109.19 24
12 North Melbourne 14 6 8 0 104.89 24
13 Gold Coast 14 5 9 0 89.26 20
14 Brisbane 14 5 9 0 78.08 20
15 St Kilda 14 4 10 0 76.90 16
16 Western Bulldogs 14 3 11 0 84.44 12
17 Melbourne 14 2 12 0 55.27 8
18 GWS 14 0 14 0 52.21 0