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Dockers defeat Demons in AFL classic

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    The Fremantle Dockers have come away from the MCG with a two-point victory against the Melbourne Demons to make it back-to-back wins.

    It was a tight contest in the first quarter with only Melbourne’s poor kicking putting them behind, being down by three at the end of one.

    Both teams traded goals up until about ten minutes to go in the second quarter when Melbourne put on a spurt of five goals in a row, led by Jeff Garlett who ended with three and was manic with his pressure up forward early.

    Lachie Neale kicked one after the siren to bring the margin back to 21 points but it looked like Melbourne were going to run away at half time.

    Things changed big time in the third quarter. Fremantle kicked seven goals to nothing and had blown the game wide open. Neale was instrumental in the comeback, kicking four goals for the game along side fellow midfielder David Mundy who kicked three.

    The final term was nothing but chaos. As you would have hoped Melbourne got back into the game and even hit the front late on when Viney took a strong contested mark to put them up by three with two minutes to play.

    Cam Mccarthy kicked the winner with a minute to play as the ball spilt out the back and he got his boot to the ball to put the away side ahead. James Harmes had a long range shot with seconds left to play but only managed a point.

    The suspensions of Jesse Hogan and Jordan Lewis are still costing the team as they both may have changed the result of the previous two weeks.

    It looked all doom and gloom after the first two rounds but you must give credit to Ross Lyon for bringing in the youth and turning things around with Fremantle now two and two, with a strong push looking possible.

    Final score
    Melbourne Demons 15.14 104
    Fremantle Dockers 16.10 106

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    • Roar Guru

      April 15th 2017 @ 5:29pm
      AdelaideDocker said | April 15th 2017 @ 5:29pm | ! Report

      Last week was sweet, but this week was sweeter.

      Over the moon right now.

      • April 16th 2017 @ 1:07pm
        Tom from Perth said | April 16th 2017 @ 1:07pm | ! Report

        Great win, and hopefully more to come. We will go in as favourites against North Melbourne, we’re always a shot in the Derby and I rate our chances against Essendon. We could be 5-2 in a few weeks!

        Who was your best on ground for Freo?

        • Roar Guru

          April 16th 2017 @ 1:15pm
          AdelaideDocker said | April 16th 2017 @ 1:15pm | ! Report

          Yeah dude, I’m liking our next few weeks. We don’t leave Perth for three weeks either, which is fantastic.

          I’d say Neale was my best on ground, but honestly loads of our players had great games. Weller was fantastic in the second half, Mundy was great, Fyfe’s kicking wasn’t the best but it was a very decent game from him, and second-gamer Balic looked lively.

          • April 16th 2017 @ 3:26pm
            Tom from Perth said | April 16th 2017 @ 3:26pm | ! Report

            Yeah good points. Less travel is always good. Another great point about yesterday’s win was that it was at the mcg – probably our worst venue.

            Neale was also my best on ground, followed by Mundy then Fyfe. A number of the boys had great games. The new fellas (Brad Hill, Kersten and McCarthy in particular) played well too. Blakely played another good tagging role.

            • Roar Guru

              April 16th 2017 @ 3:37pm
              AdelaideDocker said | April 16th 2017 @ 3:37pm | ! Report

              Yup, getting a win at the MCG was great. Ironically enough our next trip interstate is back to the MCG to face Richmond..

              Hm, yeah. I did like how the new fellas looked great. Brad Hill frustrated me at times in the second quarter, giving away a few needless 50’s against us (I’m pretty sure he gave away two fifties in a row at one point which equalled a 100 metre penalty essentially!).

              • April 16th 2017 @ 3:55pm
                Tom from Perth said | April 16th 2017 @ 3:55pm | ! Report

                The game against Richmond will be a huge test. If (when) we win the next 3 I’ll give us a strong chance against Richmond, provided we keep improving a bit every game as the team starts to gel. Richmond will start as favourites obviously though, assuming they keep playing well and Dustin keeps on killing it. But it’s always nice for Freo to start as the underdogs!

                Yeah Brad gave 100m away (so a goal) for umpire abuse. Stephen gave 50m for not handing the ball back quick enough. If we had of lost those moments would have been pivotal in hindsight. Ross had words with them at half time and they didn’t make the same mistake again

              • April 17th 2017 @ 12:56am
                dontknowmuchaboutfootball said | April 17th 2017 @ 12:56am | ! Report

                You sure Still gave one away?

                I know Son Son did. Was right in front of us, and I could see it unfolding in slow motion before our eyes. There was an inevitability about it.

        • April 16th 2017 @ 11:41pm
          Don Freo said | April 16th 2017 @ 11:41pm | ! Report

          Sandi for me Tom.

          His work on the ground is stunning…oh…and just the 53 hit outs.

          • April 17th 2017 @ 11:49am
            Ken said | April 17th 2017 @ 11:49am | ! Report

            53 hit outs against Jake Spencer, who has played about 5 minutes in the ruck. Sandi looks old and slow.

            • April 17th 2017 @ 12:13pm
              Don Freo said | April 17th 2017 @ 12:13pm | ! Report

              Old, slow and 3 Brownlow votes.

              If he looked that way to you, it says much about you.

            • Roar Guru

              April 18th 2017 @ 11:43am
              Steve J said | April 18th 2017 @ 11:43am | ! Report

              14 disposals, 5 marks, 4 of which were contested. Thats what I like to see from the big fella. Clunking some contested marks.

              53 hit outs was nice, feeding the mids some quality ball.

              Spencer was quite good around the ground, held his own and kick some nice goals. Would do well as a number one ruck for another team if he and Gawn can’t play in the same side. Hawks always keen to buy players

              • April 18th 2017 @ 12:17pm
                Don Freo said | April 18th 2017 @ 12:17pm | ! Report

                13 of those disposals were contested too. That is monstrous.

    • April 15th 2017 @ 5:33pm
      dave said | April 15th 2017 @ 5:33pm | ! Report

      Mcarthy is going to be great for Freo,given the chance we would have paid bucketloads of cash for Hogan.
      I’m quite happy with the way things turned out.
      And even though the game has passed by Ross Lyon as a supporter I’m happy he coaches my team and not the oppositions.

    • Roar Guru

      April 15th 2017 @ 5:53pm
      Col from Brissie said | April 15th 2017 @ 5:53pm | ! Report

      Good win away for the Dockers. I don’t know if their absence made a difference but since the suspensions of Hogan and Lewis the Demons have lost both games. Now with the loss of Gawn for a couple of months they may struggle in their finals quest.

      • April 16th 2017 @ 11:49pm
        Don Freo said | April 16th 2017 @ 11:49pm | ! Report

        Ballas, Pearce, Apeness, Clarke, Bennell, Ryan…

        Gawn would not have made any difference against Sandi, Lewis would not even get a game at Freo. Hogan’s absence is cancelled out by Alex Pearce’s absence.

        Nup. That made no difference at all.

    • April 15th 2017 @ 5:54pm
      Sal said | April 15th 2017 @ 5:54pm | ! Report

      Full credit to freo outplayed us in the end, lachie Neale especially what a player he is! Meanwhile melksham is the most useless player in the afl, butchers the ball and is soft as butter and weidman should be developing in the vfl did nothing all day and misses a sitter in the last quarter 🙁

    • April 15th 2017 @ 6:47pm
      mattyb said | April 15th 2017 @ 6:47pm | ! Report

      Great win by the Dockers away from Perth,they looked a lot more like the Dockers of old while increasing their scoring at the same time.
      They’ll be playing finals again this year and are shaping as a,premiership favourite.
      Still early days but this group is only going to get better.
      Some of us coped a fair bit of flack tipping the Dockers to make the eight pre season if I recall correctly.

      • April 15th 2017 @ 8:21pm
        dave said | April 15th 2017 @ 8:21pm | ! Report

        I put some money on Freo for the flag at 22/1..My reasoning was Dogs not going back to back,GWS choking,Hawthorn belly full,Sydney and Geelong the biggest threats.Oh crap I forget about Adelaide.
        Freo has been in some big finals and losing a GF is one of the best motivaters to go that one step further.
        I just hope they make the finals and then anything can happen.

    • Roar Guru

      April 15th 2017 @ 7:19pm
      Lano said | April 15th 2017 @ 7:19pm | ! Report

      A classic all right just too many pony tails.

      • April 16th 2017 @ 11:54pm
        Don Freo said | April 16th 2017 @ 11:54pm | ! Report

        Why don’t you grow one?

        Mind you, your style looks just as good. McCarthy’s haircut might just be the worst of all time.

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