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Round 9 2013
Round 9
Sun May 26 2:40pm* Patersons
FREMANTLE v Melbourne

*Time shown is Perth time

Dockers demolish Dees

THE PRESSURE on Melbourne coach Mark Neeld is set to intensify following his side's 90-point loss to Fremantle at Patersons Stadium on Sunday.

The Demons kicked the first goal of the match but were simply woeful for the rest of the opening half, with Fremantle opening up a 71-point lead by the long break before cruising to the 19.16 (130) to 6.4 (40) triumph.

The result was Fremantle's biggest win over Melbourne, bettering the 61-point margin of last year's encounter.

It was also Melbourne's 14th straight loss in Perth, with its last victory out west coming way back in 2004.

The Demons have won just five of 31 games since Neeld took over as coach at the end of 2011.

But more significantly, Melbourne has failed to make any progress in that time, with some critics suggesting the club has even gone backwards.

Games against Hawthorn and Collingwood in the next fortnight are set to provide more pain for the Demons.

Everything went wrong for Melbourne in a one-sided opening half.

Neeld was forced to coach from the bench after his communication equipment malfunctioned.

And one passage of play in particular summed up Melbourne's mediocrity.

Matt Jones had the chance to set up a rare attacking foray when he marked it on the wing in the second quarter.

But his kick cannoned straight into the back of the head of teammate James Frawley, who was just five metres away and running to make space.

It took Melbourne 13 minutes to enter its attacking 50m in the second quarter. But the result was an anti-climax, with the ball sailing out on the full.

Fremantle's ruthless attack on the ball and high work rate when not in possession proved too much to handle for Melbourne, whose constant turnovers created a stream of opportunities for the Dockers.

The Demons displayed more fight in the third quarter, but by that stage the game was already over, with Fremantle even subbing off star defender Luke McPharlin.

Dockers forward Alex Silvagni faces a nervous wait after he was reported for a clumsy high bump on Melbourne's Nathan Jones.

Melbourne high flyer Jeremy Howe (27 possessions, two goals) was a rare shining light for the Demons, while midfielder Nathan Jones also battled hard.

Dockers midfielder David Mundy had 23 possessions by half-time before finishing with 34 disposals and a goal, while Nat Fyfe and Michael Barlow also ran rampant through the midfield.

Source: Fremantlefc.com.au

FREMANTLE      7.5   13.7   15.11   19.16  (130)                  
MELBOURNE     1.1    2.2       5.3       6.4    (40)          

Fremantle: Mzungu 3, Ballantyne 3, Mayne 2, Crozier 2, D. Pearce 2, Hannath, Crowley, Silvagni, Fyfe, Barlow, Mundy, Ibbotson
Melbourne: Trengove 2, Howe 2, Watts, M. Jones

Fremantle: Mundy, Ibbotson, Spurr, D. Pearce, Fyfe, Barlow, Mzungu
Melbourne: Howe, Trengove, N. Jones, McKenzie

Fremantle: Nil
Melbourne: Terlich (ribs)

Fremantle: Nick Suban replaced Luke McPharlin in the third term
Melbourne: Rohan Bail replaced Neville Jetta in thethird term

Reports: Alex Silvagni (rough conduct) on Nathan Jones in the second term

Umpires: Farmer, Hay, Fisher

Official crowd: 32,950 at Patersons Stadium


Crozier named in Final 22

The young forward was a late withdrawal from the team that drew with Sydney last weekend.

Walters is out for three to four weeks after he injured his ankle in the game against the Swans.

The emergencies for the game will be three young players who have yet to play an AFL game, Viv Michie, Matt Taberner and Josh Simpson.

Senior coach Ross Lyon said Simpson had a bright future at Freo if he applied himself.

“We see Josh as a 10-year player at this footy club, as long as he does the work,” he said.

“He’s an excitement machine, a quick and skilful, electric small forward and wingman.”

Lyon said Taberner had come to the fore quickly since having his pre-season compromised by glandular fever.

“Matt’s a key forward who has been playing really well in the WAFL,” he said.

“He’s an impressive young fella who trains real hard and runs all day.”

Stress fractures in Michie’s right foot early in both the 2011 and 2012 seasons robbed him of an opportunity to make his name in the game, but he has been in very strong form at WAFL level this season.

Source: fremantlefc.com.au

 Fremantle Team Round 9
 B Spurr Dawson Duffield
 HB Johnson McPharlin Ibbotson
 C D Pearce Barlow Fyfe
 HF de Boer Hannath C Pearce
 F Crozier Mayne Ballantyne
 R Clarke Mundy Crowley
Suban Silvagni Mzungu Crozier
Michie Taberner Simpson  
In: Crozier
Out: Walters (Ankle)

Three possible deputants for Freo

There are three possible debutants in Fremantle’s extended squad for Sunday’s Indigenous Round match against Melbourne at Patersons Stadium.

Viv Michie, Matt Taberner and Josh Simpson could make fairy-tale AFL debuts, while young forward Hayden Crozier is the other inclusion.

Crozier seems the likely replacement for the injured Michael Walters, who is out after sustaining an ankle injury in last week’s draw in Sydney.

Fremantle general manager of football Chris Bond said the club has been pleased with the WAFL form of all three possible first-gamers.

With Kepler Bradley going to the long-term injury list, 19-year-old Taberner was upgraded to Freo’s senior list, making him available for selection.

“Matt had a breakout game last week for Peel Thunder as a forward,” Bond said.

“He’s was able to get a fair bit of the footy and have shots at goal.”

Michie, 21, hadn’t played a game in two years prior to this season because of a foot injury.

He’s been performing very well in the WAFL in 2013.

“Viv’s form throughout the year has been very solid,” Bond said.

“He’s won a lot of ball and he’s really been able to improve in key areas of his game.”

If 19-year-old Simpson plays, he will join Michael Johnson and Danyle Pearce as the Indigenous players representing Freo in Indigenous Round.

“Josh has shown really steady improvement with East Fremantle, playing that half-forward/wing/on-ball role,” Bond said.

Crozier was a late withdrawal from last week’s team in Sydney with a groin injury but looks set to return.

“He’s been able to get through training and he’s in line if he gets through training tomorrow,” Bond said.

Source: fremantlefc.com.au

 Fremantle Squad Round 9
 B Spurr Dawson Johnson
 HB Ibbotson McPharlin Silvagni
 C Sutcliffe Crowley Duffield
 HF Barlow Mayne Fyfe
 F de Boer Clarke Ballantyne
 R Hannath Mundy C Pearce
Crozier Suban Simpson Mzungu
Taberner D Pearce Michie  
In: Crozier, Simpson, Taberner, Michie
Out: Walters (Ankle)



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The Ladder after round 9
Pos Team P W L D % Pts
1 Hawthorn 9 8 1 0 138.37 32
2 Geelong 9 8 1 0 122.10 32
3 Essendon 9 7 2 0 142.61 28
4 Fremantle 9 6 2 1 126.02 26
5 Sydney 9 6 2 1 124.07 26
6 West Coast 9 5 4 0 123.01 20
7 Adelaide 9 5 4 0 120.86 20
8 Carlton 9 5 4 0 112.58 20
9 Port Adelaide 9 5 4 0 108.56 20
10 Richmond 9 5 4 0 106.90 20
11 Collingwood 9 5 4 0 91.62 20
12 Gold Coast 9 4 5 0 99.64 16
13 North Melbourne 9 3 6 0 106.87 12
14 Brisbane 9 3 6 0 77.79 12
15 St Kilda 9 2 6 0 90.75 8
16 Western Bulldogs 9 2 7 0 74.51 8
17 Melbourne 9 1 8 0 53.53 4
18 GWS 9 0 9 0 52.90 0