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Fremantle Dockers vs Adelaide Crows highlights: AFL scores, blog, result

28th February, 2016

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Fremantle vs. Adelaide Crows

Sounness Park
2016 NAB Challenge February 29, 2016
Fremantle won by 2 points
Fremantle Adelaide Crows
 G B Pts G B Pts
Q13018   4529
Q23431   41135
Q36449   61450
Q49669   81967
When: Sunday 4:40pm AEDT
Where: Sounness Park, Mount Barker
TV: Fox Footy
Last Meeting: Fremantle 68-57 Adelaide
Betting: Fremantle $1.28, Adelaide $3.60

3. Zac Dawson, 5. Garrick Ibbotson, 6. Danyle Pearce, 7. Nat Fyfe, 8. Nick Suban, 9. Matt de Boer, 10. Michael Walters, 11. Tommy Sheridan, 12. Jonathon Griffin, 13. Tendai Mzungu, 14. Lachie Weller, 15. Ethan Hughes, 17. Hayden Crozier, 19. Connor Blakely, 20. Matt Taberner, 21. Michael Barlow, 23. Chris Mayne, 26. Ed Langdon, 27. Lachie Neale, 28. Brady Grey, 29. Matthew Pavlich, 31. Aaron Sandilands, 32. Stephen Hill, 33. Cameron Sutcliffe, 36. Alex Silvagni, 37. Michael Johnson, 38. Jack Hannath, 40. Sam Collins, 46. Clancee Pearce.

4. Josh Jenkins, 6. Jake Lever, 7. Nathan van Berlo, 8. Mitch Grigg, 9. Rory Sloane, 11. Paul Seedsman, 14. David Mackay, 15. Kyle Hartigan, 16. Luke Brown, 17. Curtly Hampton, 21. Rory Atkins, 25. Kyle Cheney, 26. Richard Douglas, 27. Tom Lynch, 28. Cam Ellis-Yolmen, 29. Rory Laird, 30. Wayne Milera, 31. Jarryd Lyons, 32. Troy Menzel, 33. Brodie Smith, 34. Sam Shaw, 35. Harrison Wigg, 36. Dean Gore, 38. Harry Dear, 40. Luke Lowden, 41. Mitch McGovern, 43. Reilly O’Brien, 44. Matt Crouch, 47. Jake Kelly.
Michael Walters was one of the Dockers' best this year. (AAP Image/Tony McDonough)
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The Fremantle Dockers and the Adelaide Crows will both be looking to continue their strong starts to the AFL pre-season when they meet at Sounness Park in Week 2 of the NAB Challenge this afternoon. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 4:40pm (AEDT).

Week 1 of the NAB Challenge saw both Fremantle and Adelaide feast on inexperienced opponents. The Dockers cruised to a 60-point win against a Richmond side containing twelve players aged 21 or younger. Similarly, the Crows easily accounted for a West Coast team that included only seven of the players that suited up for last year’s grand final.

For Fremantle, new captain David Mundy will again sit out as he recovers from a groin complaint, while mobile phone enthusiast Hayden Ballantyne drops out of the side due to a minor hamstring that shouldn’t cause him to miss any regular season games.

More concerning is the knee issue suffered by promising second-round draft pick Darcy Tucker. Initially thought to be a cork, scans have prompted the club to send the 19-year old to see a specialist in Melbourne.

Chris Mayne, Hayden Crozier and second-year players Ed Langdon and Ethan Hughes are among the inclusions to what will again amount to an almost full strength team, however Dockers fans will have to wait at least another two weeks to see big off-season addition Harley Bennell.

On the other side of the field, the perennially injured Brad Crouch will again miss out on suiting up for his first game since Round 23, 2014. A healthy Crouch could make a huge difference to Adelaide’s finals hopes this season and therefore the club is being very cautious with the injury-plagued midfielder.

In better news for Crows fans, Rory Sloane is set to play his first match for 2016, along with ex-Blue Troy Menzel. First-round pick Wayne Milera and new acquisition Paul Seedsman will both play their second matches of the pre-season, however veterans Eddie Betts, Sam Jacobs, Scott Thompson and the newly re-signed Daniel Talia will be rested from the trip to Mount Barker.

Second-year players Harrison Wigg and Reilly O’Brien are among the inclusions with no senior games to their name who will be looking to make the most of their opportunities. O’Brien in particular is one to watch after finishing second in the SANFL best and fairest in 2015.

Players to watch
Fremantle: Matthew Taberner. If Fremantle are to win a premiership in the Ross Lyon era they must develop a more potent forward line. The end of Matthew Pavlich’s outstanding career is very much in sight and Taberner is a player that needs to make a leap this year if the Dockers are to be serious contenders.


Adelaide: The off-season pickups. The loss of Patrick Dangerfield has created an unintentional yet very interesting case study on the merits of retaining a single superstar versus acquiring several solid players to fill gaps across the roster. It remains to be seen how Adelaide will fare without the services of Dangerfield, however the hope for the Crows is that new recruits Menzel, Seedsman, Dean Gore and Curtly Hampton will add depth across multiple positions, limiting the impact of Dangerfield’s departure.

The scoreboard is likely to favour the more experienced Dockers against a Crows side missing a number of key contributors. However, both teams can walk off as winners by avoiding any serious injuries.

Fremantle 76-50 Adelaide

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