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Round 2 2013
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Round 2
Sat April 6 11:10am* Etihad
Western Bulldogs v Fremantle

*Time shown is Perth time

Dockers get the points

An impressive Fremantle side have brought the Western Bulldogs back to earth with a comfortable 28-point win at Etihad Stadium.

The Dockers won 16.10 (106) to 11.12 (78) in front of 19,210 fans on Saturday to remain unbeaten after their opening-round victory over West Coast.

The Dogs had kicked 19 goals in thrashing Brisbane by 68 points last weekend.

But the run and scoring power they displayed against the Lions was expertly stifled by the well-drilled Dockers, who have let an opposition team score more than 12 goals just once in their past 13 games.

The Dockers had the game pretty much in their keeping after restricting the Dogs to just 1.1 in the first quarter, while they booted six goals themselves.

While the Bulldogs briefly fought back with the first three goals of the second term, the Dockers kicked three of the next four to lead by 25 points at the long break.

They sewed up the contest with a burst of four goals to open the second half and build a 49-point lead, with midfield gun David Mundy involved in setting up the first two after he had been well held by former teammate Nick Lower in the first half.

Versatile midfielder Nathan Fyfe was excellent for Fremantle, with 25 touches and a goal, while the run of Stephen Hill and Danyle Pearce through the middle of the ground was important.

Agile forward pocket Michael Walters was a danger man with three goals, tall forwards Matthew Pavlich and Kepler Bradley kicked two each and Luke McPharlin was extremely solid in defence.

The contribution of tagger Ryan Crowley, who blanketed Dogs' midfield star Ryan Griffen, was also a key factor.

For the Bulldogs, Brownlow Medallist Adam Cooney showed plenty of dash and picked up 31 touches to continue his fine early-season form, Tom Liberatore worked strongly in close, winning 12 clearances, small forward Luke Dahlhaus kicked three majors and Jordan Roughead worked hard on Pavlich.

source: fremantlefc.com.au

WESTERN BULLDOGS       1.1 5.5 7.7 11.12 (78)
FREMANTLE                         6.2 9.6 13.9 16.10 (106)

GOALS
Western Bulldogs: Dahlhaus 3, Cross 2, Murphy 2, Cooney, Smith, Lower, Cordy
Fremantle: Walters 3, Bradley 2, Pavlich 2, Crozier 2, Fyfe, Mayne, Barlow, Mzungu, Hill, Sutcliffe, de Boer

BEST
Western Bulldogs: Liberatore, Cooney, Lower, Dahlhaus, Minson
Fremantle: Fyfe, Crowley, Walters, McPharlin, Barlow, Mayne

INJURIES
Western Bulldogs: Nil
Fremantle: Pearce (calf)

SUBSTITUTES
Western Bulldogs: Mitch Wallis replaced by Koby Stevens in the third quarter
Fremantle: Clancee Pearce replaced by Cameron Sutcliffe at three-quarter time

Reports: Nil

Umpires: Ray Chamberlain, Jason Armstrong, Andrew Mitchell

Official crowd: 19,210 at Etihad Stadium

Crozier gets the nod

Hayden Crozier will replace Hayden Ballantyne in Fremantle’s team to face the Western Bulldogs at Etihad Stadium on Saturday.

That was the only change from Fremantle’s team that eclipsed the West Coast Eagles in round 1 of the home and away season.

Ruckman/forward Zac Clarke was not named because of a calf injury, while youngsters Tom Sheridan, Lachie Neale and Jack Hannath are the emergencies.

With Ballantyne suspended for the round 2 game, Crozier earned the right to come in because of his consistent efforts at WAFL level in recent weeks.

The 19-year-old made his debut in round 10 last year and made an immediate impact in his first three games before glandular fever ended his season.

He kicked four goals for Peel Thunder on the weekend, and Freo assistant coach Peter Sumich was confident the Victorian would fit in seamlessly into the club’s forward set-up.

“We’re just replacing a small forward with a small forward,” Sumich said.

“Last year against Richmond in round 11, Hayden came in and won eight ground balls in the wet. He was terrific.

“We know he can do it and exposing another kid is what we’re about.”

Sumich said the decision to replace Ballantyne was not made easy by the sheer volume of young players performing well in the WAFL.

Crozier’s teammate at the Thunder, Sheridan, had 27 disposals on the weekend, while Neale has been among Swan Districts’ best.

Josh Mellington has also put his hand up with some very good efforts for West Perth.

Sumich was in Melbourne to watch the Bulldogs defy the doubters in round 1 by smashing NAB Cup premiers Brisbane by 68 points.

Brendan McCartney’s side led the AFL in a number of key performance indicators, including scores from stoppages.

The Freo forwards coach was impressed by the Dogs’ ability to play as a team.

“They really bonded well together and their set-ups were very good,” Sumich said.

“Brendan McCartney’s a very good coach. He’s moulded the group in his second year and they look like they’re going to play some decent footy.”

Source: fremantlefc.com.au

 Fremantle Team Round 2
 B Spurr Dawson Duffield
 HB Johnson McPharlin D. Pearce
 C Hill Barlow Fyfe
 HF de Boer Pavlich Crozier
 F Walters Bradley Mayne
 R Griffin Mundy Crowley
 Interchange
Suban C Pearce Mzungu Sutcliffe
 Emergencies
Sherridan Hannath Neale  
 
In: Crozier
 
Out: Ballantyne (Suspended)
 

 

 

 
                     
 
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The Ladder after round 2
Pos Team P W L D % Pts
1 Essendon 2 2 0 0 258.08 8
2 Port Adelaide 2 2 0 0 202.27 8
3 Sydney 2 2 0 0 147.65 8
4 Fremantle 2 2 0 0 135.44 8
5 Collingwood 2 2 0 0 117.65 8
6 Richmond 2 2 0 0 112.02 8
7 Geelong 2 2 0 0 105.67 8
8 Western Bulldogs 2 1 1 0 124.24 4
9 Hawthorn 2 1 1 0 122.51 4
10 Adelaide 2 1 1 0 91.75 4
11 Gold Coast 2 1 1 0 85.34 4
12 North melbourne 2 0 0 0 90.70 0
13 Carlton 2 0 0 0 90.13 0
14 St Kilda 2 0 0 0 84.13 0
14 West Coast 2 0 0 0 69.53 0
16 GWS 2 0 0 0 64.17 0
17 Brisbane 2 0 0 0 60.99 0
18 Melbourne 2 0 0 0 28.39 0
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