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Round 21
Sun Aug 18 11:10am* MCG
Melbourne v FREMANTLE

*Time shown is Perth time

Dockers demolish Demons

Sunday August 18, 2013

Ruckman Aaron Sandilands was subbed off in a concern for the premiership hopes of Fremantle, who cruised to a 95-point win over Melbourne on Sunday.

Fremantle's 20.13 (133) to 5.8 (38) victory keeps the Dockers only half a win away from second-placed Geelong with two rounds remaining.

Zippy small forward Hayden Ballantyne appeared to suffer an arm injury as he jogged off late in the game in pain in another possible concern for the Dockers.

The round-21 clash, which at times was little more than a training run for the Dockers, attracted a tiny crowd of 13,768 fans at the MCG.

Ballantyne and skipper Matthew Pavlich booted four goals each for Fremantle while David Mundy dominated midfield and athletic big man Zac Clarke was also influential in the absence of Sandilands.

Nineteen-year-old Jack Viney with 28 disposals was one of Melbourne's better contributors as the Demons suffered their 18th loss from 20 games.

Melbourne's 103kg defender Jake Spencer ran with his back to the ball and crashed his forearm into Sandilands' head during a marking contest early in the first term in an incident which will be assessed on Monday by the match review panel.

The 211cm Sandilands left the field looking unsteady on his feet as blood streamed from a gash on his forehead, which appeared bruised and swollen.

Fremantle led by 27 points at quarter-time after holding the Demons goal-less in the opening term.

The Dockers slammed on another five goals in a six-minute burst to jump out to a 50-point lead at the 17-minute mark of the second term, but the Demons scored the last three goals of the half to narrow the margin to 31 points at halftime.

Fremantle stretched their lead to 58 points at three-quarter time after a five-goal third term to Melbourne's solitary major.

Nathan Fyfe's goal just before the siren, after a frustrated Lynden Dunn crashed into his back and conceded a 50-metre penalty, was one of several disciplinary lapses from the Demons in defence.

Fremantle helped themselves to another six goals in the final term to Melbourne's one behind.

The Dockers host top-eight rivals Port Adelaide next Saturday while Melbourne face Adelaide at AAMI Stadium on the same day.

Source: fremantlefc.com.au

MELBOURNE          0.2   4.5        5.5   5.8   (38)                 
FREMANTLE           4.5   9.6      14.11   20.13   (133)         
Kent, Howe, Davis, Viney, Fitzpatrick
Fremantle: Ballantyne 4, Pavlich 4, Hill 2, Mayne 2, Sandilands, Silvagni, Walters, Clarke, Sheridan, Spurr,Fyfe, Pearce
Viney, Trengove, McDonald, M. Jones
Fremantle: Pearce, Barlow, Mundy, Hill, Mzungu, Crowley, Clarke
Blease (leg), Strauss (shoulder), Shannon Byrnes (TBC)
Fremantle: Aaron Sandilands (concussion), Ballantyne (wrist)
Aaron Davey replaced Sam Blease in the second quarter
Fremantle: Tom Sheridan replaced Aaron Sandilands in the first quarter
Reports: Nil
Umpires: Fila, Burgess, Schmitt
Official crowd:
13,768 at the MCG

The Final 22 - Hill confirmed to start

Friday August 16, 2013

Fremantle has confirmed Stephen Hill's return to the side, with the talented midfielder the only change to the 22 to take on Melbourne at the MCG on Sunday.

The 23-year-old Hill was a late withdrawal from the game against the Giants because of hamstring tightness.

He proved his fitness at training this week and has been cleared to tackle the Demons.

The club is still without key defenders Luke McPharlin (calf) and Garrick Ibbotson (Achiles), and midfield utilituy Clancee Pearce (calf).

Source: fremantlefc.com.au

 Fremantle Team Round 21
 B Spurr Dawson Duffield
 HB Suban Johnson Mzungu
 C Hill Barlow Fyfe
 HF de Boer Clarke Mayne
 F Walters Pavlich Ballantyne
 R Sandilands Mundy Crowley
D Pearce Sheridan Silvagni Neale
Sutcliffe Crozier Taberner  


In: Hill

Out: Sutcliffe


Hill added to squad

Thursday August 15, 2013

Fremantle has added three players to the squad for Sunday’s clash with Melbourne at the MCG.

Stephen Hill returns, while Matt Taberner and Hayden Crozier have been rewarded for solid WAFL form with inclusion in the 25-man squad, which will be cut to a final 22 on Friday afternoon.

Stay tuned to fremantlefc.com.au at 2.30pm (WST) on Friday to find out the final 22.

Fremantle assistant/senior development coach Simon Lloyd said Hill was a big inclusion.

“Stephen Hill gives off a fair bit of run to the team and great ball use as well,” he said.

“Come Sunday at the MCG, ‘Hilly’ is really going to give us a fair bit of explosive speed and he also allows some of our other runners to get in to the game.”

Crozier has consistently been among Peel Thunder’s best players and could get his chance to show form at AFL level again.

“We saw last week down at Peel that he got a fair bit of the football and made some really good decisions,” Lloyd said.

“He’s a classy ball user and he’s just going to improve.”

Lloyd described Taberner as a ‘workhorse’ who would have earned his spot in the senior side if selected.

“Matt runs himself into the ground,” he said.

“He’s one that, last week, was very impressive for Peel. The amount of times he provides that outlet lead and he’s got a strong set of hands on him.

“And we’ve seen at different times this year he can be called upon and he’s improving.”

Garrick Ibbotson will miss a third game in succession with an Achilles injury, but Lloyd said the classy defender was working hard to return.

“Over the coming week, we’ll increase his running, and he’ll come back into our program and before we know it, he’ll hopefully be back playing senior football,” he said.

“He’s very important to us.”

Melbourne sits 17th on the AFL ladder, but Lloyd said the Demons had improved in a number of key performance indicators under Neil Craig.

“We really respect Neil Craig, he’s been in the game a long period of time,” he said.

“Neil’s forcing them to play a lot more contested football, there’s a lot more stoppages for Melbourne now.

“Also they’ve been more impressive in recent weeks with their ball movement, some of their chains coming out of defensive 50.

“We’ve got to make sure we play our brand of football.”


Source: fremantlefc.com.au

 Fremantle Squad Round 21
 B Spurr Dawson Duffield
 HB Suban Johnson Mzungu
 C Hill Barlow Fyfe
 HF de Boer Clarke Mayne
 F Walters Pavlich Ballantyne
 R Sandilands Mundy Crowley
 Interchange from
D Pearce Sutcliffe Silvagni Neale
Sheridan Crozier Taberner  

In: Hill, Crozier, Taberner






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The AFL Ladder after Round 21
    P W L D % Pts
1 Hawthorn 20 17 3 0 138.53 68
2 Geelong 20 16 4 0 136.26 64
3 Sydney 20 15 4 1 140.67 62
4 Fremantle 20 15 4 1 138.19 62
5 Richmond 20 13 7 0 114.57 52
6 Collingwood 20 13 7 0 113.44 52
7 Essendon 20 13 7 0 109.78 52
8 Port Adelaide 20 12 8 0 107.03 48
9 Carlton 20 10 10 0 107.64 36
10 North Melbourne 20 9 11 0 122.37 36
11 West Coast 20 9 11 0 102.46 36
12 Brisbane 20 9 11 0 88.24 36
13 Adelaide 20 8 12 0 100.06 32
14 Gold Coast 20 7 13 0 89.02 28
15 Western Bulldogs 20 7 13 0 83.18 28
16 St Kilda 20 3 17 0 75.81 12
17 Melbourne 20 2 18 0 53.41 8
18 GWS 20 1 19 0 52.93 4