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Round 20
Sun Aug 11 2:40m* Patersons

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Giant win for record-breaking Dockers

Sunday August 11, 2013
FREMANTLE'S bid to snare a top-two berth gained further momentum with a record 113-point thumping of Greater Western Sydney at Patersons Stadium on Sunday.

The Dockers booted the opening seven goals of the match and overcame a brief GWS fightback to post the club-record 24.13 (157) to 6.8 (44) victory.

The win was Fremantle's biggest in its history, eclipsing the 112-point winning margin against Collingwood in 2005.

But more importantly, it lifted Fremantle to within 6.2 per cent of the third-placed Sydney Swans, who face St Kilda, Geelong and Hawthorn in a tough run home.

The Dockers still trail second-placed Geelong by two competition points, but can overcome them if the Cats lose against either West Coast (away), the Sydney Swans (home) or the Brisbane Lions (home).

GWS forward Jeremy Cameron booted four goals to lift himself to within two goals of West Coast's Josh Kennedy in the race for the Coleman Medal.

But there was little else to cheer about for the Giants, who kicked just one goal after half-time as the Dockers unleashed a brutal onslaught.

Fremantle lost key midfielder Stephen Hill to a tight hamstring before the match, but utility Nick Suban, Michael Barlow and Lachie Neale starred in his absence.

Goalsneak Hayden Ballantyne kicked a contender for a goal of the year when he gathered the ball on the wing, burned off Zac Williams with three bounces before nailing the running goal.

The Giants tried their best to match Fremantle's pressure in the opening term.

But their lack of polish in tight confines proved costly as the Dockers registered six unanswered goals on the back of a strong breeze.

Fremantle registered a score from each of their 13 inside-50s for the quarter, and a 100-plus point margin looked on the cards when the home side stretched their lead out to 47 points early in the second quarter.

GWS looked every bit of a second-year club still struggling to find their feet, and had to wait until eight minutes into the second quarter before registering their first goal of the match courtesy of Cameron.

The 20-year-old had been well held by Zac Dawson up until that point.

But with the Giants' young guns suddenly finding their feet in the midfield, Cameron broke off the leash to boot three goals and set up another as GWS closed the margin to 17 points.

However, GWS would kick just one more goal for the match as Fremantle went on the rampage with a 16-goal second half.

FREMANTLE                                            6.7   8.9    15.12   24.13 (157)                  
GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY              0.3   5.3    5.5       6.8 (44)          

Fremantle: Neale 3, Ballantyne 2, Walters 2, Suban 2, Mzungu 2, Fyfe 2, Mayne 2, Pavlich 2, Duffield, Sheridan, de Boer, Barlow, Clarke, Sutcliffe, Crowley
Greater Western Sydney: Cameron 4, Hampton, Smith

Fremantle: Suban, Neale, Mayne, Barlow, Johnson, Mzungu
Greater Western Sydney: Ward, Cameron, Whiley, Greene, Treloar

Fremantle: Hill (hamstring tightness) replaced in selected side by Silvagni
Greater Western Sydney: Nil

Fremantle: Cameron Sutcliffe replaced Hayden Ballantyne in the third quarter
Greater Western Sydney: Nathan Wilson replaced Taylor Adams at three-quarter time

Reports: Nil

Umpires: Burgess, Findlay, Fisher

Official crowd: 31,390 at Patersons Stadium

Freo's final 22

Friday August 9, 2013

Fremantle has finalised its line-up for Sunday’s game against GWS at Patersons Stadium.

As expected captain Matthew Pavlich comes straight into the team after a three-week stint on the sidelines because of suspension.

The freo skipper kicked seven goals in the only meeting between the sides last year.

The players to come out of the team that played the Blues were Clancee Pearce, who has a calf injury, and Garrick Ibbotson who was a late withdrawal from last week’s win over Carlton at Etihad Stadium with an achilles injury.

Source: fremantlefc.com.au

 Fremantle Team Round 20
 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 Sutcliffe Sheridan Neale
Silvagni Crozier Chrighton  

In: Pavlich

Out: C Pearce (Calf)

Pav, Ibbotson return

Thursday August 8, 2013

Captain Matthew Pavlich is back while in-form defender Garrick Ibbotson has been included in Fremantle’s squad for Sunday’s game against GWS at Patersons Stadium.

The pair was among four additions, with Clancee Pearce the only player to come out after a calf injury.

Hayden Crozier and Jesse Chrichton were the other players added to the squad of 25, which will be trimmed to 22 on Friday.

Stay tuned to fremantlefc.com.au at 2.30pm WST on Friday for the final 22.

Fremantle general manager of football operations Chris Bond said the club captain was raring to go after a three-week stint on the sidelines because of suspension.

“He’s been able to get some training under his belt without any restrictions of injury,” Bond said.

“He’s looking forward to getting back and playing and getting some good match fitness.”

Garrick Ibbotson was a late withdrawal from the team that beat Carlton at Etihad Stadium last week.

The athletic defender has an Achilles injury, but Bond was confident he would return.

“He’s looking well, he’s been able to get through this week’s training so far,” he said.

“He’s just got to get through Friday and we’re expecting that he should be fit to play.”

Jesse Crichton has not appeared in an AFL game this season.

Bond said the Tasmanian recruit’s season had been compromised by injury but that the club was very keen to see him get some continuity on the field.

“He’s in the squad, so he’s very close,” he said.

Hayden Crozier played well for Peel Thunder in the WAFL last week, something the club had come to expect of the Victorian recruit.

“He always performs well at WAFL level for us so we’re really confident that, when he gets his chance, he’ll be able to step up and play,” Bond said.

Source: fremantlefc.com.au

 Fremantle Team Round 20
 B Spurr Dawson Duffield
 HB Suban Johnson Ibbotson
 C Hill Barlow Fyfe
 HF de Boer Clarke Mayne
 F Walters Pavlich Ballantyne
 R Sandilands Mundy Crowley
 Interchange from
D Pearce Sutcliffe Mzungu Neale
Sheridan Crozier Chrighton  


In: Pavlich, Ibbotson, Crichton, Crozier

Out: C Pearce (Calf)





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The AFL Ladder after Round 20
    P W L D % Pts
1 Hawthorn 19 16 3 0 138.36 64
2 Geelong 19 15 4 0 133.12 60
3 Sydney 19 14 4 1 138.23 58
4 Fremantle 19 14 4 1 132.03 58
5 Collingwood 19 13 6 0 116.66 52
6 Richmond 19 13 6 0 116.22 52
7 Essendon 19 13 6 0 113.08 52
8 Port Adelaide 19 11 8 0 106.41 44
9 Carlton 19 9 10 0 107.48 36
10 West Coast 19 9 10 0 106.27 36
11 North Melbourne 19 8 11 0 120.56 32
12 Adelaide 19 8 11 0 101.07 32
13 Brisbane 19 8 11 0 84.65 32
14 Gold Coast 19 7 12 0 89.27 28
15 Western Bulldogs 19 6 13 0 81.34 24
16 St Kilda 19 3 16 0 77.42 12
17 Melbourne 19 2 17 0 54.83 8
18 GWS 19 1 18 0 53.01 4