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The Fremantle Dockers have defeated the North Melbourne Kangaroos by 82 points at Optus Stadium.
It was a terrific performance from the Dockers, who were just far too good for the Kangaroos. The pressure and efficiency from Fremantle was the clear difference between the two sides.
Cam McCarthy had a superb game kicking five majors. Nat Fyfe led the way in terms of possessions for Fremantle, finishing the game with 32 touches.
As for North Melbourne, where do they go from here? That will go down as one of the worst performances under Brad Scott.
Bailey Scott was the only real positive for North, as the debutant finished the game with 21 disposals and two goals.
Fremantle Dockers 21.15.141
North Melbourne Kangaroos 9.5.59
The Fremantle Dockers begin the 2019 AFL season by welcoming the North Melbourne Kangaroos to Optus Stadium. Join The Roar for live scores and a blog of the match, starting from 6:20pm (AEDT).
It has been a long weekend for these two sides waiting to get out onto the park.
Being the last game of the round is never ideal. Both sides have been forced to sit back and watch the others strut their stuff.
Nevertheless, that should not impact the mentality of either side too much.
Fremantle enter the season coming off finishing 14th on the ladder in the previous campaign.
It was a poor campaign for Ross Lyon’s men, and there is no denying they will be looking to improve in 2019.
The Dockers did lose both games in the JLT Series, but that cannot be a real indicator into what to expect from them this season.
The Dockers recruited Jesse Hogan in the off-season, although he will not be available due to well-documented reasons.
In other team news, draftee Lachie Schultz will make his AFL debut. Rory Lobb, Reece Conca and Travis Colyer all arrived at the club in the offseason, and will play their first games for the Dockers this week.
As for North Melbourne, they are coming off a season where they finished ninth on the ladder, showing glimpses of brilliance and mediocrity.
Similar to the Dockers, the JLT Series was not great in terms of results for Brad Scott’s side, as they lost both their games, but that is not a true reflection of what is to come.
In the offseason, the Kangaroos were busy in terms of recruiting.
Jared Polec, Aaron Hall, Jasper Pittard and Dom Tyson are the four standout recruits for the Kangaroos, and they will all make their debut for the club from Arden Street this weekend.
In other team news for North, draftee Bailey Scott will make his AFL debut.
Robbie Tarrant is a welcome inclusion, as there were fears he would be unavailable for the early parts of the season after injuring his shoulder during pre-season.
This game is such an even fixture. The home ground advantage means you can mount an argument for the Dockers, but North’s stirring won in this corresponding fixture last season should stick with Scott’s men.
No Hogan for Fremantle also makes a massive difference, as the Kangaroos are missing a few down back.
The Kangaroos by 11 points.
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When: 6:20pm (AEDT)
Where: Optus Stadium, Perth
TV: Fox Footy
Betting: Dockers $2.05, Kangaroos $1.78
B: Hamling, Pearce, Ryan
HB: Conca, Wilson, Colyer
C: Langdon, Fyfe, Hill
HF: Cerra, McCarthy, Walters
F: Ballantyne, Taberner, Lobb
FOLL: Darcy, Brayshaw, Mundy
I/C: Banfield, Hughes, Tucker, Schultz
North Melbourne Kangaroos
B: Williams, Tarrant, McKay
HB: Atley, Vickers-Willis, Pittard
C: Polec, Higgins, McDonald
HF: Hall, Wood, Scott
F: Ziebell, Brown, Turner
FOLL: Goldstein, Cunnington, Simpkin
I/C: Davies-Uniacke, Dumont, Tyson, Macmillan