No Fyfe no problems, Freo outlast clipped Crows

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    Fremantle have answered their detractors with a show of toughness, grit and determination to keep the flickering hopes of their season still alive.

    The match was as close as the scoreline suggested, and it was Fremantle who came out firing in the first quarter, to take a 22-point lead into quarter time.

    Adelaide responded as you knew they would, controlling the second term with a six-goals-to-nil showing, and an 11-point lead at half-time.

    The third quarter was the quarter that mattered the most, as Fremantle kicked four goals to nil, and took what would turn out to be an insurmountable lead at three-quarter time.

    Much was made during the week about the absence of Nat Fyfe, and whether or not the Dockers could limit the damage to be applied by Adelaide, let alone win.

    The likes of Connor Blakely, Adam Cerra, Ed Langdon, and Brennan Cox (who gave a best on ground performance) stepped out of the great Fyfe’s shadow to lead the team around the park, and ultimately to victory.

    Michael Walters was at his enigmatic best, coming in and out of the contest, and while getting heavily involved in scoring, late in the game he gave away what at other times might have been a game-turning free with a stomach punch, and then to make matters worse, a 50m free kick for remonstrating. He was placed on report and taken from the field by Ross Lyon.

    Walters sat and watched on nervously as Adelaide pressed for a win, and while Myles Poholke kicked a goal after the siren, Fremantle managed to steal a win that their performance deserved.

    For the Crows, Bryce Gibbs was a standout, the team always looking stronger when he was on the field, while Sam Gibson played strongly.

    Eddie Betts had a lively game, though he will look back on his wastefulness in the fourth quarter, and know that he could have done more.

    So each team will travel to Melbourne next weekend with differing confidence levels. Fremantle will like their chances against Carlton, while Adelaide must now pull themselves together for a daunting journey to the MCG to face Hawthorn, for Shaun Burgoyne’s 350th.

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    • Roar Rookie

      June 10th 2018 @ 8:12pm
      Mattician6x6 said | June 10th 2018 @ 8:12pm | ! Report

      Was a great effort by freo but need to take that pressure to Melbourne next week against Carlton.
      Adelaide with those midfield injures were ripe for the picking
      Walters as a senior player is going to be spoken to and he’ll need to cop whatever is said was a silly moment that could’ve damaged the lead or could lead to suspension.

    • Roar Pro

      June 10th 2018 @ 9:24pm
      anon said | June 10th 2018 @ 9:24pm | ! Report

      Something was off about Walters.

      I saw him play for free kicks a few times then lashing out with the cheap shot.

      • June 11th 2018 @ 7:28am
        Don Freo said | June 11th 2018 @ 7:28am | ! Report

        Did you?

      • Roar Guru

        June 11th 2018 @ 8:11am
        Dalgety Carrington said | June 11th 2018 @ 8:11am | ! Report

        Haha “Look, a bear”.

      • June 13th 2018 @ 12:57pm
        Jon Boy said | June 13th 2018 @ 12:57pm | ! Report

        Your right Trump ,would love to see Walters come back and stop playing for easy kicks, the umpires woke up to that a long time ago.He is a brilliant player does not have to do it.

    • June 10th 2018 @ 10:10pm
      ScottD said | June 10th 2018 @ 10:10pm | ! Report

      The young Freo players stood up well but a lot of unforced handling errors by Freo and they are a long way from being a top 8 side.
      Good to see they have started to move the ball a bit faster though (finally) and they need to keep that going. The 2nd quarter was noticeable that they lost a bit of confidence and slowed the ball movement down. I guess that is partly a function of having so many young players.

      Overall a good outing but lots of improvement needed.

    • June 10th 2018 @ 11:09pm
      13th Man said | June 10th 2018 @ 11:09pm | ! Report

      Much improved performance without Fyfe. Playing Cerra in the midfield was a great move. Clearly a star in the making and hopefully one we can hold on to for years to come!
      Brennan Cox also looked good, have doubted his kicking in the past but has always been a good grab. Him and Tabs in the same side will be better.
      Ballantyne did very little to show why he deserved a recall however but may be saved due to Walters absolute dumb brain fade, will probably cop 2 weeks.
      All well and good to beat a weakened Adelaide at home but the pleasing aspect was obviously the performance of the young players especially without Fyfe. I’d like to see Cerra permanately playing in the middle, absolute star.

      As for the Crows well it’s hard not to feel a little bit sorry for them as they have copped an absolute shocking run of injuries but still they would have been expected to get past a Freo side with no Fyfe and Sandi. Can’t see Adelaide being much of a factor in September.

      • June 11th 2018 @ 12:17am
        Don Freo said | June 11th 2018 @ 12:17am | ! Report

        Cerra played at half back. Matera and Blakely played in the middle.

        I have told you that the key forwards are not an issue. Cox and Apeness will hold the fort well until Tabs turns a dearth into a glut.

        Cox should edge out Cerra for the Rising Star nomination this round.

        Ballantyne was outstanding again. His work is stunning. You need to watch him live to see what he offers.

        • June 11th 2018 @ 11:53am
          13th Man said | June 11th 2018 @ 11:53am | ! Report

          I did watch him live and he was our 22nd best player out there. Don’t see what he adds to the team, I’d rather McCarthy.
          I was glad to see that they moved Blakely into the guts where he belonged and yes you are quite right Cerra played half back in the second half after starting the first half in the middle, was good in both but a kicking efficiency of 87% is what stood out for me.
          I’ll agree that I’ve been proven wrong on Cox and Apeness is showing something, still slow but creates a contest and goes ok in the ruck, when Darcy is fit, he replaces Apeness.
          As for Jones however, he tries hard but is a bit of a spud who is clearly not up to AFL standard, I’d rather see them try Strnadica or Meek personally.
          Must continue playing 2 rucks though.

        • June 11th 2018 @ 2:29pm
          Jon Boy said | June 11th 2018 @ 2:29pm | ! Report

          Have to agree with Don Freo on Ballantyne watched the replay last night on the TV he only fell over 4 times but if you watched it live it was ten .Why persevere with a old dud ? Young Crowden would have been a better option.

          • June 11th 2018 @ 3:12pm
            Don Freo said | June 11th 2018 @ 3:12pm | ! Report

            There’s no agreement there.

            • June 11th 2018 @ 5:48pm
              Mitcher said | June 11th 2018 @ 5:48pm | ! Report

              Nothing like seeing a Tomato ROLL get Tomato ROLLED.

        • June 12th 2018 @ 9:17am
          dan ced said | June 12th 2018 @ 9:17am | ! Report

          I was disgusted by the Crow’s performance. I liked the look of Langdon though.

    • June 11th 2018 @ 12:37am
      dontknowmuchaboutfootball said | June 11th 2018 @ 12:37am | ! Report

      Really needed that win. Was a great showing from young and old alike. Cerra was excellent off half-back. And Cox’s extra sessions on goal kicking have paid off. He’s been a very reliable contested mark from the get go, so if he can become just as reliable with the goal kicking, he’s going to have plenty to offer Freo in the coming years. He got himself 11 contested possessions too!

      Personally, though, it’s Ed Langdon who’s been impressing me the most. Has really stepped up in Bill’s absence, using his pace to great impact. He’s been getting a bit overlooked in the commentary because he doesn’t rack up the possessions like Fyfe and Neale, but he’s been enormously influential pretty much every game this season — certainly in every win. I’d have him top 3 in the Doig right now.

      The injury to A Pearce is a real blow, but by the sounds of it, it could just be two or three weeks, so hopefully he’ll be back for the Melbourne game.

    • June 11th 2018 @ 6:58am
      johno said | June 11th 2018 @ 6:58am | ! Report

      Next week

      IN: Fyfe, Johnson
      OUT: Walters (susp), A Pearce (inj)

      Johno for the experience down back.

      No other change required, rest Sandi another week, else bring him.in for Jones if they must, but play Apeness 50% ruck. Apeness really shows something on the ball.

      To think this Freo team was without Fyfe, Sandi, B Hill, S Hill, McCarthy, Darcy and Logue …. all were in my best 22 at the start of the season.

      Sheridan’s form.in the past 2 weeks has been career saving

      • June 11th 2018 @ 11:42am
        Jonboy said | June 11th 2018 @ 11:42am | ! Report

        Johnno, we just won a game of football without Johnson,Sandilands and Fyfe, which indicates we do not need the experience of Johnson back ln the side, get games into Hughes and Duman instead, but Ross said he was the first one to hug him so I guess he gets the nod.Your right on Sandilands though stick with what we got, he is not needed, pump the games into the young guys, 13th.man is right Ballantyne is still under performing.
        Out…Walters. In….Fyfe
        Out…Pearce. In….Duman or Hughes
        Out…Ballantyne In… McCarthy or Crowden

        • June 11th 2018 @ 11:58am
          13th Man said | June 11th 2018 @ 11:58am | ! Report

          Agree completely Jonboy, why after a win does everyone want to bring the old guys back? We have just proven we are better off without them.
          I’d keep Sandi out but replace Jones with Strnadica who is killing it in the WAFL.
          This week
          A Pearce – Hughes
          Walters – Fyfe
          Jones – Strnadica
          Ballantyne – McCarthy

          • Roar Pro

            June 12th 2018 @ 4:40pm
            anon said | June 12th 2018 @ 4:40pm | ! Report

            I’m absolutely baffled by the logic of bringing back guys who have only half a season left in their careers and are barely in the best 18.

            2.5 years into a rebuild and still stuffing around with old guys like Ballantyne and Daniel Pearce.

            There’s a reason Fremantle have so many players under 50 games. The coach won’t commit to playing them.

            • June 12th 2018 @ 4:56pm
              Don Freo said | June 12th 2018 @ 4:56pm | ! Report

              “I’m absolutely baffled…”

              That is your constant state of mind.

      • June 11th 2018 @ 11:55am
        13th Man said | June 11th 2018 @ 11:55am | ! Report

        Nooo don’t bring Johnson back! Give Ethan Hughes a go. Let Kersten have a go on Carltons second forward and keep blooding the young blokes.
        Fyfe comes in to play Walters fwd/mid role

        • Roar Rookie

          June 11th 2018 @ 12:01pm
          Mattician6x6 said | June 11th 2018 @ 12:01pm | ! Report

          A lot will come down to Carlton selection but idea of Johnson lining up on curnow or mackay would make Bolton happy you’d think. Ballantyne is cooked, can’t keep his feet so etihad will see him falling over after 1 step.

      • Roar Guru

        June 11th 2018 @ 12:36pm
        AdelaideDocker said | June 11th 2018 @ 12:36pm | ! Report

        Duman was a late out for yesterday’s clash, so I’d be sending him back into the side as a replacement for A Pearce. Johsnon would probably go alright, but against a team like Carlton why not match their youth with youth of our own?

        Agree on everything else, though.

        • June 12th 2018 @ 4:23pm
          johno said | June 12th 2018 @ 4:23pm | ! Report

          Johnson is out anyway

          Just think we do need some experience down back and Pearce is a big loss.

          This week

          OUT: Walters, Ballas, Pearce
          IN: Fyfe, Duman, Crowden

          As far as experience go – against the Pies we had our most inexperienced team since 2003
          Changes since over the 2 weeks is likely to be

          OUT: Walters, Pearce, McCarthy
          IN: Crowden, Matera, Nyhuis

          So by my calcs we’ll be even less experienced this week if these are the only changes between the Pies and Blues teams

          • Roar Pro

            June 12th 2018 @ 4:37pm
            anon said | June 12th 2018 @ 4:37pm | ! Report

            You say that Fremantle had their most inexperienced line up since 2003, but they went 14-8 that year.

            And the weekend proved that Johnson and Sandilands aren’t really needed (Ballantyne didn’t do much either).

            In order to give young players experience you actually have to play them otherwise they’ll still be sitting on under 50 games 2 years from now.

            It’s why Geelong were ruthless with guys like Bartel, North ruthless with Harvey (who was their best small forward), West Coast ruthless with Priddis.

            • June 12th 2018 @ 7:11pm
              Don Freo said | June 12th 2018 @ 7:11pm | ! Report

              How on earth did Freo “prove” Sandilands wasn’t needed? If he plays, Apeness is free to support Cox up forward, which releases Mundy to the ball and supports Neale. This, in turn, releases Sunny forward.

              You have no idea and demonstrate it more with each post. Jones better than Sandi? My goodness!

              Those clubs were not “ruthless” with those players. They were at their end. Sandi has 2, maybe 3 or more years in him. Johnno will go at the end of this year, now that it is clear he is dropping off. His experience at Peel, however is essential in bringing through our range of talls.

              You seem to think Johnno is playing AFL. Just strange.

              • June 12th 2018 @ 7:48pm
                Jon Boy said | June 12th 2018 @ 7:48pm | ! Report

                Apeness is only backup for now till Darcy returns and Taberner. Strnadica and Dixon will pass Apeness before season ends as well.

              • June 12th 2018 @ 8:42pm
                Don Freo said | June 12th 2018 @ 8:42pm | ! Report

                Haven’t watched Apeness over the past 2 weeks? Unaware that he is not primarily a ruckman?

            • June 12th 2018 @ 7:13pm
              Don Freo said | June 12th 2018 @ 7:13pm | ! Report

              You don’t think playing 16 players with under 50 games experience is enough? 8 with under 15 games?

              It is clear you are guessing.

            • June 13th 2018 @ 2:30pm
              johno said | June 13th 2018 @ 2:30pm | ! Report

              Of the 13 players under 50 games who played for Freo on the weekend how many have actually been available for 50 games?

              I think I answered this for you before. I think it is about 3 – Blakely, Tucker (maybe just now) and maybe Langdon (although not sure due to his injuries)

              the rest haven’t even had 50 games that they could have been selected for – Giro, Jones, Pearce and Apeness due to injruy, Banfield, Brayshaw, Cerra, Ryan, Cox, Nyhuis

              Others who haven’t been at Freo for 50 games are Logue and Darcy … should thay have plaeyd 50?

              • Roar Guru

                June 13th 2018 @ 3:07pm
                Dalgety Carrington said | June 13th 2018 @ 3:07pm | ! Report

                As an aside, I’ve got to say, while I’m not all that appreciative of the introduction of the aged and decrepitly avaricious mug of Trump into these forums for me to look at, I commend anon for choosing an avatar that so closely aligns in spirit his relationship to facts and shares a seemingly insatiable desire for infantilism and attention seeking.

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