AFL live scores, blog: Fremantle v Hawthorn

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    All eyes turn to Pattersons Stadium in Perth tonight for the top eight clash between premiership contenders Fremantle and Hawthorn. Join us for live scores and blog from 7:30pm (AEST).

    The Dockers, who have been smashed by injury this season, have been turning their fortunes around in the last month courtesy of some good form.

    Playing without David Mundy (in his break out year) and three-time All-Australian ruckman Aaron Sandilands the Dockers consolidated their top-eight position with consecutive wins against Brisbane, Gold Coast and Sydney.

    Last week, Freo (seventh with a 9-7 record) went down in one of the greatest Western Derbies ever played. It culminated in arguably the best quarter of football played this season. And it was the Dockers who were finishing with a wet sail.

    Down by 22 with only eight minutes to play, Freo got within a point at the end. Famously, Hayden Ballantyne could’ve snatched victory with a goal after the siren.

    After going down to Collingwood by 41 points in Round 15, Hawthorn (12-4 in fourth) has flown under the radar.

    They dismissed Brisbane in Launceston before using the bye to their best advantage by getting over Melbourne by nine goals last week.

    When the Hawks were crushed by the rampant Pies they were missing at least ten players from their best team. When the teams for this game were named on Thursday that injury list had been cut in half.

    Stephen Gilham, Brent Renouf, Chance Bateman (who looked certain to return to the side but wasn’t named), Jarryd Roughead, Ben Stratton and Shane Savage (out with a shoulder and replaced by Matt Suckling) were the notable absentees from the strongest team the Hawks were set to field in at least two months.

    But last night, news broke during that captain and Norm Smith Medallist Luke Hodge didn’t fly with his teammates and won’t be taking part in the match.

    In an even match-up, the loss of Hodge is critical for Alastair Clarkson and his men.

    3500 kilometres on the other side of the country, the Dockers were also getting their injury list in order but a physical Derby has put plans of a fit Freo on ice.

    Joining Roger Hayden, Anthony Morabito, Mundy and Sandilands on the sidelines are Nick Suban who succumbs to soreness and Luke McPharlin (suspended).

    The loss of McPharlin is a devastating blow because the likely solution to the Lance Franklin (196cm and 101 kg) problem is taken away from Mark Harvey.

    Instead Alex Silvagni (191cm and 90 kg) will have to forget about his size and take inspiration from his name when he lines up against the Coleman Medal favourite tonight.

    Harvey has his own dynamo to call upon: versatile captain Matthew Pavlich. Pav has the ability to play in the midfield and win half a dozen clearances or kick a bag in the forward line.

    Where the captain plays tonight will be of great importance.

    An interesting talking point heading into tonight’s game will be to see how the Dockers perform on the quick back up (6 days) after the bruising Derby.

    In the last two seasons Freo has won the week after a Derby three times out of four. For the record, so have their cross-town rivals West Coast.

    These two teams have played in some heated encounters recently. Last year, the Dockers rested about a dozen players in their best 22 when they took on the Hawks just before the finals.

    Despite losing by over 100 points, Freo took the final against the Hawks a fortnight later by five goals.

    In their earlier encounter this season a depleted Dockers team opened up a match-winning lead against Hawthorn before being steamrolled in the final quarter. The 22-point final margin flattered the Hawks.

    This game is so hard to pick but I am going to favour the home side to win tonight. I think Freo will be buoyed by good recent form and the contract extension of Nate Fyfe (who has been compared to James Hird) earlier in the week.

    The Hawks are a fantastic team but struggle at the ground (losing their last three there). The loss of Hodge swings me towards Freo.

    I’ll nominate a winning margin of seven points for the Purple Haze. I expect it to be close.

    LAST TIME: Hawthorn 17.9 (111) d Fremantle 13.11 (89), Rnd 11, 2011, MCG
    PAST FIVE: Fremantle 1 Hawthorn 4
    RECORD OVERALL: Fremantle 7 Hawthorn 17
    AT THIS GROUND: Fremantle 5 Hawthorn 6
    SINCE 2000: Fremantle 5 Hawthorn 11
    BETTING: Fremantle $2.55 Hawthorn $1.50

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    • Roar Guru

      July 30th 2011 @ 4:11pm
      The Cattery said | July 30th 2011 @ 4:11pm | ! Report

      A couple of teams copping a bit of a shellacking at the moment, let’s hope Freo can push the Hawks for the full 120 min.

      • Roar Guru

        July 30th 2011 @ 4:14pm
        The Cattery said | July 30th 2011 @ 4:14pm | ! Report

        Actually, just noticed that dogs got back into the game that 3rd quarter – but Dees trail by 23 goals at 3/4 time. Caro has tweeted that Bailey will tender his resignation on Monday.

      • Roar Guru

        July 30th 2011 @ 5:10pm
        The Cattery said | July 30th 2011 @ 5:10pm | ! Report

        Dogs made a come back in a thrilling match, down by 50pts at one point, drew level mid way through the final, but never manged to head the Eagles:

        Full Time Western Bulldogs 15.5.95 – West Coast Eagles 15.13.103 #afldogseagles

        Controversial umpiring decision late in the quarter to give Eagles the lead.

        • July 30th 2011 @ 7:25pm
          Nathan of Perth said | July 30th 2011 @ 7:25pm | ! Report

          Came *this* close to a heartattack during the end there…

      • Roar Guru

        July 30th 2011 @ 5:11pm
        The Cattery said | July 30th 2011 @ 5:11pm | ! Report

        Meanwhile, in the other game, and no, this is not an error:

        Full Time Geelong 37.11.233 – Melbourne 7.5.47 #aflcatsdees

      • Roar Guru

        July 30th 2011 @ 5:16pm
        The Cattery said | July 30th 2011 @ 5:16pm | ! Report

        No one smashes weak opposition like Geelong.

        • Columnist

          July 30th 2011 @ 5:36pm
          Justin Cinque said | July 30th 2011 @ 5:36pm | ! Report

          That’s for sure.

          The Cats were trying to extend the highest score record (held by themselves) and the record margin defeat (held by Melbourne). Crazy. Didn’t quite get there though.

    • Columnist

      July 30th 2011 @ 5:39pm
      Justin Cinque said | July 30th 2011 @ 5:39pm | ! Report

      I was getting a bit bullish about the Dockers’ chances but after seeing the Eagles tire so badly this afternoon, I am getting a little bit nervous. Can they maintain a high standard for four quarters. You won’t beat the Hawks unless you do.

      • Columnist

        July 30th 2011 @ 6:44pm
        Justin Cinque said | July 30th 2011 @ 6:44pm | ! Report

        That Derby was bruising. It will be interesting to see if the Dockers are spritely.

    • Columnist

      July 30th 2011 @ 6:52pm
      Justin Cinque said | July 30th 2011 @ 6:52pm | ! Report

      The final teams have been submitted for tonight’s encounter.

      Fremantle have lost ruckman Jon Griffin who was under an injury cloud all week. Clancee Pearce comes into the team. That means there will be plenty of pressure on young ruckman Zac Clarke to deliver the goods as the lone man in the ruck (Michael Johnson will relieve him in a part-time role). Clarke has been in good form lately and he’d be relied upon to produce again.

      Hodge has been replaced by Rick Ladson. While the Hawks ruled out Hodge last night, his replacement was left undisclosed until now.

      The subs are the late inclusions: Pearce and Ladson.

      Fremantle: Jon Griffin replaced by Clancee Pearce in the selected side
      Hawthorn: Luke Hodge replaced by Rick Ladson in the selected side
      FINAL INTERCHANGES
      Fremantle: Rhys Palmer, Dylan Roberton, Nick Lower
      Substitute: Clancee Pearce
      Hawthorn: Kyle Cheney, Isaac Smith, Luke Breust
      Substitute: Rick Ladson

    • Columnist

      July 30th 2011 @ 7:29pm
      Justin Cinque said | July 30th 2011 @ 7:29pm | ! Report

      Bad weather in Perth. It’s been raining and thunderstorms are a possibility.

      McPhee plays his 200th tonight. Big night for the ex-Bomber.

    • Columnist

      July 30th 2011 @ 7:31pm
      Justin Cinque said | July 30th 2011 @ 7:31pm | ! Report

      Both teams on the ground.

      Ch 10 commentators suggesting the Griffin omission is tactical – looking for run and carry in the wet perhaps.

      Teams outside the eight are falling over and look remote chances for finals. So a win tonight places Freo in a fantastic position to launch for September. A loss and they don’t kick clear with consecutive losses seeing them lag at the bottom of the top eight.

      The Hawks are under pressure to hold their top three spot by virtue of wins to Carlton and West Coast this weekend already.

    • Columnist

      July 30th 2011 @ 7:35pm
      Justin Cinque said | July 30th 2011 @ 7:35pm | ! Report

      Michael Osborne has a great highlights reel. Playing in his 150th will we see some magic from the small man?

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