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Round 17 2013
Round 17
Sun July 21 11:10am* MCG
Richmond v FREMANTLE

*Time shown is Perth time


Depleted Dockers downed at the G

Sunday July 21, 2013
RICHMOND has tightened its grip on its first finals berth since 2001 after recording a fighting 27-point win over top-four contender Fremantle at the MCG on Sunday.
The Tigers led from the opening minute - when Jack Riewoldt opened the game's scoring with a goal - to the final siren, defying slippery and blustery conditions to win 12.12 (84) to 8.9 (57).
Richmond's win was its 11th for the season and not only strengthened its grip on sixth spot on the ladder but also took it three games clear of ninth-placed Carlton.
With key players such as Matthew Pavlich, Aaron Sandilands and Hayden Ballantyne sidelined, the Dockers never quite found their rhythm against a patient Tigers team that used pinpoint passing to cut through the visitors' renowned defence.
However, the Dockers never gave up and threatened to stage a remarkable comeback victory when they kicked the first two goals of the final term to cut a three-quarter deficit of 21 points to just eight points at the 10-minute mark.
But the Tigers steadied, kicking the final three goals to put the result beyond doubt, two coming from spearhead Jack Riewoldt, who had been well held by Zac Dawson.
Skipper Trent Cotchin was outstanding for the Tigers, racking up a game-high 34 possessions. With midfield partner Brett Deledio contained by the game's toughest tagger Ryan Crowley, Cotchin's run through the middle was vital for the Tigers.
Dustin Martin (30 possessions) was also important for the Tigers in attack and through the midfield, while young defender Nick Vlastuin again underlined his courage and poise under pressure.
The Tigers have a tough run home with games against the Sydney Swans (SCG) and Hawthorn in the next two rounds and Essendon in round 23. But they might need only one more win to book their spot in September and will start favourites against the Brisbane Lions (MCG, round 20), Carlton (MCG, round 21) and Greater Western Sydney (Skoda Stadium, round 22).
Although Riewoldt finished with four goals, Dawson was one of the Dockers' best players, holding the Tiger spearhead to just two marks, all coming in the final term.
Tendai Mzungu was excellent for the Dockers, kicking three goals in the third term, while Nathan Fyfe (27 possessions) and David Mundy (25) toiled hard on a frustrating day for the visitors.
The Tigers made a fast start, kicking the first three goals of the game to skip out to a 19-point lead at the 18-minute mark of the first term. 
But the Dockers suddenly found space through the middle of the ground, kicking two late goals to cut the deficit to seven points at quarter-time.
The second term was defined by clangers and turnovers as both teams struggled to cope with the MCG's slippery surface and a swirling wind.
Tiger Matt White kicked the only goal of the term that ran just 24 minutes and 59 seconds – the shortest quarter of the season – as Richmond took a 13-point lead into half-time.
RICHMOND       3.3   4.6     9.9   12.12 (84)
FREMANTLE     2.2    2.5    6.6    8.9 (57)
Richmond: Riewoldt 4, Deledio, White, Martin, King, S. Edwards, Vickery, Cotchin, Jackson
Fremantle: Mzungu 3, Mayne 2, Walters, Silvagni, de Boer
Richmond: Cotchin, Rance, Ellis, Vlastuin, Jackson, S. Edwards 
Fremantle: Mzungu, Crowley, Dawson, Clarke, Johnson, Fyfe, Mundy
Richmond: Nil
Fremantle: Nil
Richmond: Matt Arnot substituted out for Nathan Foley in the third quarter
Fremantle: Alex Silvagni substituted out for Cam Sutcliffe in the third quarter
Reports: Nil
Umpires: Donlon, McBurney, Stewart
Official crowd: 40,125 at the MCG

Final 22 for Tigers named

Friday July 19, 2013

Fremantle has finalised its 22 for Sunday’s clash with Richmond at the MCG, with Paul Duffield and Lachie Neale the players to come in.

They replace suspended captain Matthew pavlich and Hayfen Ballantyne who has a hamstring injury.

The emergencies for fifth-placed Freo’s match against the sixth-placed Tigers will be

Duffield injured a calf in the game against Geelong at Simonds Stadium and was subbed out.

He missed the next two games against St Kilda and West Coast but returns to slot straight back into a defence that has conceded the fewest points in the AFL this season.

The small Neale is a like-for-like replacement for Hayden Ballantyne.

He has been injure for a chunk of the season but has returned to play well at WAFL level.

Source; fremantlefc.com.au

 Fremantle Team Round 17
 B Spurr Dawson Duffield
 HB Johnson Silvagni Ibbotson
 C Hill Barlow Fyfe
 HF de Boer Mzungu Sheridan
 F Walters Sandilands Mayne
 R Clarke Mundy Crowley
Sutcliffe Neale C Pearce D Pearce
Taberner Hannath Crichton  

In: Duffield, Neale

Out: Pavlich (Suspension), Ballantyne (Hamstring)


Five in for Tigers match

Thursday July 18, 2013

Paul Duffield is among five inclusions to Fremantle’s squad for Sunday’s crucial clash with Richmond at the MCG.

Lachie Neale, Jesse Crichton, Matt Taberner and Jack Hannath joined the defender in the 25-man squad thatwill be trimmed to 22 at 2.30pm on Friday.

The two players out were captain Matthew Pavlich who has been suspeded for three matches and Hayden Ballantyne, who comes out for two weeks with a hamstring injury.

Fremantle general manager of football Chris Bond said Duffield was a crucial cog in a league-leading backline and would be welcomed back.

“He’s been able to do a fair bit of work over the past couple of weeks so he‘s not going to lose any conditioning and he’ll definitely play,” he said.

Neale missed a chunk of the season through injury but he played four of the past five games in the WAFL.

“His form has been really solid, so whenever he gets his opportunity we’re sure he’ll be able to perform,” Bond said.

Crichton was another whose season has been compromised by injury, but his return to WAFL action has seen him play the past three games and put his hand up for AFL selection.

“Jesse’s been really unlucky this year, but his form has been very good at Peel.

“He can play in a variety of roles.”

Bond said one of the two young talls, Jack Hannath and Matt Taberner, were likely to come in as a replacement for Pavlich up forward.

“We’ve got to get through training tomorrow and see how everyone gets through that,” he said.

“We’ll jump on the plane (on Friday) and finalise our team before that.”

The MCC has estimated Sunday’s crowd will be around 52,000, which would smash Fremantle’s highest ever attendance of 45,436 for a regular season away game.

“It’s our first game at the MCG for the year and our players love playing there,” Bond said.

“We know that the big games get played there so it’s a very exciting time for the club and we know that we’ve got a very tough, hard game ahead of us.”

Source: fremantlefc.com.au

 Fremantle Squad Round 17
 B Spurr Dawson Duffield
 HB Johnson Silvagni Ibbotson
 C Hill Barlow Fyfe
 HF de Boer Hannath Sheridan
 F Walters Sandilands Mayne
 R Clarke Mundy Crowley
 Interchange from
Taberner Neale Crichton D Pearce
Sutcliffe Mzungu C Pearce  

In: Duffield, hannath, Crichton, Neale

Out: Pavlich (Suspension), Ballantyne (Hamstring)




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The AFL Ladder after Round 17
    P W L D % Pts
1 Hawthorn 16 14 2 0 141.00 56
2 Essendon 16 13 3 0 131.40 52
3 Geelong 16 13 3 0 130.30 52
4 Sydney 16 12 3 1 142.26 50
5 Fremantle 16 11 4 1 121.93 46
6 Richmond 16 11 5 0 118.05 44
7 Collingwood 16 10 6 0 108.32 40
8 Port Adelaide 16 9 7 0 108.66 36
9 Carlton 16 8 8 0 110.64 32
10 West Coast 16 7 9 0 104.30 28
11 Adelaide 16 7 9 0 102.45 28
12 Brisbane 16 7 9 0 82.40 28
13 North melbourne 16 6 10 0 114.76 24
14 Gold Coast 16 6 10 0 90.08 24
15 Western Bulldogs 16 4 12 0 76.90 16
16 St kilda 16 3 13 0 83.87 12
17 Melbourne 16 2 14 0 55.21 8
18 GWS 16 0 16 0 50.28 0