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Round 18 2013
Round 18
Sat July 27 5:40m* Patersons
FREMANTLE v Adelaide

*Time shown is Perth time

FREMANTLE reaffirmed its top-four credentials and ended the unlikely finals hopes of a gallant but inaccurate Adelaide with a 22-point win at a windy and wet Patersons Stadium.     

The horrible weather in Perth meant only 28,765 fans braved the conditions to see the Dockers notch their 12th win of the season, 11.9 (75) to 7.11 (53).

Remarkably, the Dockers had just 33 inside 50s - the equal-lowest of any winning team since the statistic has been measured.

The Crows had 45 entries, won the total possession, contested possession, clearance and tackle counts for the match but lost in the only column that matters - the scoreboard.

Nathan Fyfe was the chief architect, kicking a career-best four goals in an outstanding display of class and skill that stood out above all others.

The match started with a melee and a free kick to the Crows instead of the customary bounce. Nathan van Berlo was confronted by Michael Walters and Danyle Pearce in the centre square as the players walked to their positions and the push and shove sparked an all-in wrestle involving a dozen players from both teams.  

The Crows jumped out to a 15-point lead as a result using the aid of a strong breeze and should have been further in front, having dominated the play, but they missed several crucial set shots.

The Dockers made the Crows pay for those missed opportunities, kicking the next five goals of the match on the back of the class of Fyfe and the supreme skill and smarts of Walters.   

Fremantle led by four points at quarter-time and extended that to 23 at half-time as the Crows managed just two behinds in the second term despite more inside 50s.

Rory Sloane got the Crows back into the contest with an enormous third quarter. Sloane had 10 disposals, six marks, and three tackles for the term and had a hand in the Crows' three goals, which cut the margin to just five points.

But Fyfe stood tall again, kicking two goals for the quarter to take his tally to four and restore the lead to 23 at the final change.

Adelaide threatened a comeback in the final term but more missed opportunities from convertible set-shots saw the Crows fall short.  

Adelaide's night was soured further with Josh Jenkins stretchered off with a nasty injury to his right ankle. After launching for a mark, Jenkins landed awkwardly with the full weight of his 104kg frame buckling his ankle underneath him.  

Source: fremantlefc.com.au

FREMANTLE      3.2   6.5   9.8  11.9 (75)                   
ADELAIDE          2.4   2.6   5.9   7.11 (53)        
Fremantle: Fyfe 4, Walters 2, Mayne 2, de Boer, Clarke, Hill
Adelaide: Lynch 2, Vince, Thompson, Henderson, McKernan, Lyons
Fremantle: Fyfe, Johnson, Hill, Barlow, Neale, Walters, Clarke
Adelaide: Sloane, Crouch, Thompson, Lynch, Henderson, Vince
Fremantle: TBA
Adelaide: Jenkins (leg), Vince (head) , McKernan (leg)
Fremantle: Cameron Sutcliffe replaced Matt Taberner in the third quarter.
Adelaide: Richard Tambling replaced Shaun McKernan in the third quarter
Reports: Nil
Umpires: Donlon, Dalgleish, Kamolins
Official crowd: 28,765 at Patersons Stadium

Sandilands, Suban return for clash with Crows

Thursday July 25, 2013

Fremantle has brought back Aaron Sandilands and Nick Suban for Saturday night’s clash with Adelaide at Patersons Stadium.

Recruit Matt Taberner was the other inclusion, with Alex Silvagni, Tom Sheridan and Jack Hannath the three omissions.

They will be the emergencies for the match.

Fremantle general manager of football Chris Bond said Sandilands had been sorely missed against Richmond last Sunday.

“Because he’s been out for such a long period of time it was a hiccup he didn’t need, but he’s trained really well this week and we’re expecting him to be fully fit for the rest of the year,” he said.

Bond said Suban was also a welcomed addition.

“Nick’s had a pretty good year for us,” he said.

“He’s had a couple of week’s off, so we’re really keen to get him back playing the footy that he was in the earlier part of the year.”

The football manager said Taberner, who debuted against North Melbourne in round 13 and played two games, had earned another crack at AFL level.
“It’s really exciting for him and us,” he said.

“We feel that he’s got a great future at the club.

“It’s going to be a really tough ask against some quality players but we wouldn’t pick him if we weren’t confident he could perform.”

Bond said it was disappointing for the three omitted players, but he added all had the ability to come back into the side.

“We’re still really keen to see those guys force their way back in the future and we’ve got no doubt that they will,” he said.

The Crows will be without superstar Patrick Dangerfield, but as Geelong found out last week, Brenton Sanderson’s side still had plenty of class on all lines.

“We were able to beat them earlier this year, but before that they’ve certainly had the wood on us,” Bond said.

“We’ve got a great deal of respect for their playing list, the way they play, the way they’re coached, so we’re in for a hell of a game this weekend.”

Source: fremantlefc.com.au

 Fremantle Team Round 18
 B Spurr Dawson Duffield
 HB Suban Johnson Ibbotson
 C Hill Barlow Fyfe
 HF de Boer Mayne Mzungu
 F Walters Clarke C Pearce
 R Sandilands Mundy Crowley
Neale D Pearce Taberner Sutcliffe
Hannath Silvagni Sheridan  

In: Sandilnds, Suban, Taberner

Out: Hannath, Silvagni, Sheridan






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The AFL Ladder after Round 18
    P W L D % Pts
1 Hawthorn 17 15 2 0 142.44 60
2 Geelong 17 14 3 0 136.85 56
3 Sydney 17 13 3 1 143.91 54
4 Essendon 17 13 4 0 124.45 52
5 Fremantle 17 12 4 1 122.80 50
6 Richmond 17 11 6 0 113.28 44
7 Collingwood 17 11 6 0 110.68 44
8 Port Adelaide 17 10 7 0 108.91 40
9 Carlton 17 9 8 0 112.99 36
10 North Melbourne 17 7 10 0 122.81 28
11 West Coast 17 7 10 0 102.65 28
12 Adelaide 17 7 10 0 100.86 28
13 Brisbane 17 7 10 0 82.61 28
14 Gold Coast 17 6 11 0 88.13 24
15 Western Bulldogs 17 5 12 0 79.34 20
16 St Kilda 17 3 14 0 79.18 12
17 Melbourne 17 2 15 0 52.62 8
18 GWS 17 0 17 0 51.34 0