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Round 5
Friday April 27 6:40pm* Patersons
FREMANTLE v Richmond

*Time shown is Perth time

Freo win a nail-biter

FREMANTLE has pulled off a nail-biting one-point victory over Richmond at Patersons Stadium, winning 12.9 (81) to 12.8 (80) on Friday night.
When Chris Mayne kicked his third goal at the six-minute mark of the last quarter to give Fremantle a 14-point lead, its biggest of the night, the Dockers looked like they might finally break-away from the Tigers. But the visitors refused to go away in a pulsating last 10 minutes.

Dustin Martin converted a remarkable set shot from deep in the left forward pocket to cut the margin to just eight before Tyrone Vickery took a contested mark and kicked his third to bring Richmond within two points with six minutes to play.

Matt White then nearly kicked a miracle goal from the boundary, but the ball controversially hit the goal umpire straddling the line to stay in play. Fremantle’s Stephen Hill then rushed it over to cut the margin to one point.

White then gave the Tigers the lead inside the final two minutes when he goaled after running onto the football with electric pace, with Fremantle in danger of relinquishing a lead late for the second straight match at Paterson Stadium.
But Fremantle gleaned the next clearance, and Ballantyne bobbed up with his fourth goal to reclaim the lead.

The siren beat the Tigers as the football was 15 metres from their attacking goal.
Earlier, Richmond silenced the vocal Fremantle crowd with a blistering start, kicking the first three goals before Fremantle scored.
The Dockers fought back in the second term, kicking five goals to two to lead by two points at the major change.
It was an arm-wrestle in the third, with Fremantle unable to take their chances to extend their lead, whilst Richmond kicked 2.2 from just four inside 50 entries for the term to stay in touch.  
Luke McPharlin proved a pivotal inclusion for Fremantle. The All-Australian defender held reigning Coleman Medalist Jack Riewoldt to just two marks and one goal, which came from a free kick.
Chris Knights was outstanding for Richmond, kicking three goals to keep them in touch throughout the night.

FREMANTLE        2.0    7.5   10.8    12.9 (81)
RICHMOND          5.2    7.3    9.5      12.8 (80)
Fremantle: Ballantyne 4, Mayne 3, Walters 2, Crowley, Hill, Suban
Richmond: Knights 3, Vickery 3, McGuane 2, Riewoldt, Grigg, Martin, White
Fremantle: Barlow, Griffin, McPharlin, Pearce, Fyfe, Hill, Walters
Richmond: Knights, Edwards, Martin, Ellis, Cotchin, Vickery, White
Fremantle: Bradley (right knee)
Richmond: TBC
Fremantle: Nick Suban replaced Kepler Bradley during the second quarter
Richmond: Robin Nahas replaced Brad Helbig during the third quarter
Reports: TBC
Umpires: Donlon, Dalgleish, Chamberlain
Official crowd: 36,365 at Patersons Stadium

Source: Fremantlefc.com.au

Hannath gets Anzac debut

Fremantle recruit Jack Hannath will make his AFL debut in Friday night’s Len Hall Tribute Game against Richmond at Patersons Stadium.

The 21-year-old South Australian was one of three inclusions to Fremantle’s team, with champion defender Luke McPharlin and utility Garrick Ibbotson the other additions.

Tall backman Tanner Smith comes out with a minor hamstring injury, while Nick Suban and Cameron Sutcliffe were omitted.

The emergencies are Hayden Crozier, Alex Silvagni and Suban.

Freo general manager of football Chris Bond said the club was pleased with what Hannath had done since he was picked up in the Pre-season Draft last year.

“He’s trained really well and he’s had really good form down at Peel,” Bond said.

“We think he’s had great ruck form in the WAFL throughout the course of this year and we’ve got no doubt that he’ll be very competitive and he‘ll show his hand really well on Friday.”

Ibbotson will play his first AFL game of the season after beginning the year with East Fremantle in the WAFL.

Bond said Ibbotson was in Fremantle’s best side when he was playing his best football.

“He needed to go back (to the WAFL) and he also had an injury,” he said.

“Once he got through that, we thought his fitness was right to play.”

The addition of All Australian defender McPharlin and Hannath gives Freo a taller look than in round 4.

Bond said Friday night’s structure in terms of height is closer to what Freo prefers.

“We’ve got back to what we do really well with the balance of our team,” he said.

“Certainly, a couple of talls really helps us, but Luke McPharlin coming back in is a real positive for us as well.

“He’s one of the premier backmen in the competition.”

The football GM said Smith, who made his AFL debut against Hawthorn last week, had sustained a minor hamstring injury.

“It’s not severe and we’re expecting him to come back in the short-term,” he said.

Source: fremantlefc.com.au

 Fremantle Team Round 5
 B Spurr Dawson Johnson
 HB C Pearce McPharlin Duffield
 C Mzungu Crowley D Pearce
 HF Ballantyne Bradley Fyfe
 F Hannath Mayne Walters
 R Griffin Mundy Hill
Barlow Neale De Boer Ibbotson
Crozier Silvagni Suban  
In: McPharlin, Ibbotson, Hannath
Out: Suban, Sutcliffe, Smith (Hamstring)



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The Ladder after round 5
Pos Team P W L D % Pts
1 Essendon 5 5 0 0 176.70 20
2 Port Adelaide 5 5 0 0 148.45 20
3 Geelong 5 5 0 0 114.20 20
4 Hawthorn 5 4 1 0 131.57 16
5 Sydney 5 4 1 0 124.53 16
6 Richmond 5 3 2 0 112.13 12
7 Fremantle 5 3 2 0 102.57 12
8 Collingwood 5 3 2 0 93.61 12
9 Carlton 5 2 3 0 103.67 8
10 Adelaide 5 2 3 0 98.90 8
11 Gold Coast 5 2 3 0 95.13 8
12 Brisbane 5 2 3 0 77.53 8
13 North Melbourne 5 1 4 0 100.20 4
14 St Kilda 5 1 4 0 97.63 4
14 West Coast 5 1 4 0 97.46 4
16 Western Bulldogs 5 1 4 0 79.47 4
17 Melbourne 5 1 4 0 57.16 4
18 GWS 5 0 5 0 63.84 0