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Match Report

Freo's brave loss to Saints

By Travis King - afl.com.au Exclusive to AFL Bigpond Network July 2, 2017 4:15 PM

Watch the last two minutes: Freo v Saints
Watch the thrilling final minutes of the nine-point loss. Relive the thrilling final moments between the Freo and Saints at Domain Stadium.

Fremantle have fought bravely for a second week in a row to go down by nine points against St Kilda at Domain Stadium on Sunday. 

In a white-knuckle contest, Fremantle led at every change but the persistence of the Saints paid off as they clinched victory in the dying stages of the game.

Despite Freo star Michael Walters' stunning six-goal performance, it was St Kilda forward Josh Bruce who was the hero in the last two minutes when he snapped a magnificent goal from heavy congestion to put his side in front.

Fremantle surged the ball forward from the centre bounce but couldn't score, and Bruce sealed the hard-fought 12.17 (89) to 12.8 (80) victory by running into an open goal on the final siren.

Fremantle livewire Walters slumped to the ground exhausted at the final siren after doing everything in his power to lead his side to victory, coming off the heartbreak of shanking a shot in the dying seconds to upset Geelong last round.

Walters had 32 touches – 18 contested – to go with his three clearances and 6.2 – including his sixth major late in the fourth quarter that put Fremantle back in front.

But the Saints started to convert late in the game, despite shooting themselves in the foot with inaccuracy in front of goal.

St Kilda led for two minutes in the first term, but despite levelling the scores several times only hit the front again eight minutes into the last stanza when Tim Membrey kicked truly after skipper Nick Riewoldt won a controversial 50m penalty on his teammate's behalf.

Fremantle lost giant ruckman Aaron Sandilands in the first quarter to another hamstring injury in his comeback game after six weeks on the sidelines. 

Lyon's decision to stick with raw ruckman Sean Darcy (16 disposals, 33 hit-outs) paid off, with the second-gamer competing strongly against Billy Longer (48 hit-outs) and kicking a memorable first goal off one step outside 50. 

Darcy sent a scare through the camp minutes after Sandilands went down when stumbled punch-drunk after copping Longer's knee to his head at a centre bounce. But showed that Fremantle have a tough player on their hands by pushing the trainers away and playing on.

The clash came at a cost for both sides, with veteran St Kilda defender Sam Gilbert stretchered off in the third quarter after being driven forward in a Cam McCarthy tackle and hitting his head on the ground.

McCarthy showed great sportsmanship checking on Gilbert after the incident.

But amid the drama Fremantle charged to a 16-point quarter-time lead, inspired by fleet-footed smalls Walters and Hayden Ballantyne (two goals). 

It was only the fourth time this season Fremantle have led at the first change, and their biggest advantage since round three's stunning win over the Western Bulldogs (19). 

But the Saints stormed back with Jake Carlisle igniting the fightback with two goals from defence.

Carlisle sparked an ugly melee after pushing Ballantyne as he lay prone on the ground following a heavy landing, and then booted his first team-lifter minutes later, before Jade Gresham (three goals) seized on Lachie Weller's ballooned switch across half-back.

Darcy and Brennan Cox's first career majors ensured Freo just kept their noses in front 47-44 at the long break.

A solid performance from Ethan Hughes (30 disposals) in defence was a positive sign to come from the loss.

FREMANTLE       4.3     7.5      10.7    12.8 (80)                  
ST KILDA           1.5      6.8     8.14    12.17 (89)           

GOALS
Fremantle: Walters 6, Ballantyne 2, Neale, Darcy, Cox, B.Hill
St Kilda: Gresham 3, Bruce 3, Carlisle 2, Membrey 2, Billings, Steele,

BEST 
Fremantle: Walters, Neale, Hill, Johnson, Darcy, Hamling
St Kilda: Carlisle, Stevens, Gresham, Ross, Steele 

INJURIES 
Fremantle: Sandilands (right hamstring)
St Kilda: Gilbert (concussion)

Reports: Jack Steven for striking Hayden Ballantyne in the second quarter

Umpires: Margetts, Deboy, Williamson

Official crowd: 30,541 at Domain Stadium

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Match Stats

Disposal Leaders
  • Sebastian Ross
    Sebastian Ross
    34
  • Fremantle
    Michael Walters
    32
  • Fremantle
    Ethan Hughes
    30
  • Fremantle
    Lachie Neale
    29
  • Fremantle
    Bradley Hill
    29
Fantasy Leaders
  • Michael Walters
    Michael Walters
    145
  • Fremantle
    Ethan Hughes
    137
  • Fremantle
    Bradley Hill
    121
  • St Kilda
    Jack Steele
    119
  • Fremantle
    Lachie Neale
    117
Scoring Leaders
  • Michael Walters
    Michael Walters
    6.2
  • St Kilda
    Jade Gresham
    3.1
  • St Kilda
    Josh Bruce
    3.0
  • Fremantle
    Hayden Ballantyne
    2.1
  • St Kilda
    Jake Carlisle
    2.1

Match Stats

  • 419 Disposals 388
  • 72.6 Disposal Eff 72.9
  • 150 Contested Pos 144
  • 117 Marks 84
  • 17 Free Kicks 18
  • 30 Clearances 36
  • 47 Inside 50s 48
  • 35 Rebound 50s 35
  • 76 Tackles 74
  • 35 Hit-outs 51
  • 82 Interchanges 88

Breakdown

  • 4.3 (27)
    1.5 (11)
  • 7.5 (47)
    6.8 (44)
  • 10.7 (67)
    8.14 (62)
  • 12.8 (80)
    12.17 (89)

Player Stats

Fremantle

Player K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1Michael Walters 21 11 32 6 0 5 3 2 6 2 145
2Ethan Hughes 15 15 30 14 0 0 0 5 0 0 137
3Bradley Hill 21 8 29 8 0 0 0 3 1 0 121
4Lachie Neale 11 18 29 7 0 0 1 6 1 0 117
5Sean Darcy 8 8 16 2 33 1 0 7 1 0 114
6David Mundy 15 13 28 5 0 0 0 7 0 0 114
7Lee Spurr 15 8 23 9 0 2 1 6 0 0 111
8Nick Suban 13 14 27 5 0 1 1 4 0 0 96
9Michael Johnson 16 10 26 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 95
10Nat Fyfe 8 15 23 4 0 1 2 7 0 0 89
11Joel Hamling 9 13 22 7 0 1 0 2 0 0 83
12Luke Ryan 8 7 15 7 0 1 1 5 0 0 77
13Hayden Crozier 7 7 14 6 0 0 0 4 0 1 70
14Brennan Cox 9 4 13 6 2 1 2 2 1 3 67
15Tommy Sheridan 9 7 16 4 0 0 0 3 0 0 65
16Hayden Ballantyne 9 5 14 3 0 3 2 0 2 1 56
17Lachie Weller 6 10 16 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 51
18Cam McCarthy 7 2 9 3 0 0 1 5 0 0 51
19Brady Grey 6 5 11 2 0 0 2 5 0 0 48
20Darcy Tucker 5 10 15 3 0 0 1 1 0 0 45
21Griffin Logue 4 5 9 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 28
22Aaron Sandilands 2 0 2 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 15

St Kilda

Player K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1Jack Steele 7 8 15 2 0 1 0 17 1 1 119
2Sebastian Ross 21 13 34 2 0 0 0 3 0 0 107
3Koby Stevens 9 19 28 5 0 1 1 7 0 0 106
4Jack Billings 12 15 27 9 0 1 0 0 1 2 102
5Leigh Montagna 13 9 22 8 0 1 1 4 0 0 95
6Billy Longer 1 7 8 4 48 1 1 4 0 0 91
7Jack Newnes 17 7 24 7 0 0 1 1 0 1 88
8Jake Carlisle 13 4 17 7 0 0 1 1 2 1 82
9Josh Bruce 8 5 13 6 3 1 2 2 3 0 76
10Jack Lonie 9 3 12 5 0 0 1 7 0 1 74
11Jarryn Geary 12 9 21 4 0 2 1 2 0 0 73
12Jade Gresham 9 8 17 2 0 2 1 1 3 1 71
13Jack Sinclair 10 12 22 2 0 0 0 2 0 1 69
14Dylan Roberton 9 6 15 4 0 1 0 4 0 0 68
15Jack Steven 7 10 17 0 0 3 1 5 0 2 63
16Tim Membrey 7 8 15 5 0 0 1 0 2 0 61
17Sam Gilbert 8 7 15 3 0 2 1 3 0 2 60
18Luke Dunstan 3 8 11 2 0 0 1 7 0 0 56
19Jimmy Webster 9 9 18 3 0 1 1 1 0 0 56
20Nick Riewoldt 10 6 16 3 0 1 0 0 0 2 54
21Maverick Weller 4 11 15 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 45
22Nathan J. Brown 0 6 6 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 10

Team Lineups

St Kilda

B

  • Jarryn Geary,
  • Nathan J. Brown,
  • Dylan Roberton

HB

  • Jack Newnes,
  • Jake Carlisle,
  • Jimmy Webster

C

  • Sam Gilbert,
  • Koby Stevens,
  • Jack Billings

HF

  • Jack Sinclair,
  • Nick Riewoldt,
  • Maverick Weller

F

  • Jade Gresham,
  • Josh Bruce,
  • Tim Membrey

Fol

  • Billy Longer,
  • Sebastian Ross,
  • Jack Steven

I/C

  • Luke Dunstan,
  • Jack Steele,
  • Leigh Montagna,
  • Jack Lonie

No Late Change

In

  • Jack Steele

Out

  • Blake Acres (Omitted)

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