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  • Goals 15
  • Behinds 14
  • Total 104

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  • Behinds 10
  • Total 106
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Match Report

Freo outlast Dees

By Marc McGowan, afl.com.au Exclusive to AFL Bigpond Network April 15, 2017 11:57 AM

Watch the final two minutes of Saturday's win over Melbourne.

The Demons and Freo play out an epic finish on Easter Saturday at the 'G

A resurgent Fremantle has outlasted fast-finishing Melbourne by two points to level its win-loss ledger after four rounds in a remarkable game of momentum changes at the MCG on Easter Saturday.

Both teams appeared to have a stranglehold on the contest at different stages.

The Demons led by a game-high 27 points in the second term thanks to five-straight goals, only for the Freo Dockers to surge 22 points clear at three-quarter time after eight consecutive majors of their own.

But it was Cam McCarthy's effort to get a foot to an incoming ball in the goal square as the clock ticked towards 30 minutes in the final term that delivered Freo the win, 16.10 (106) to 15.14 (104).

Melbourne had snatched the lead only minutes earlier, when co-captain Jack Viney marked and goaled from 40m after Alex Neal-Bullen set him up.

The Demons had slotted six of the past eight majors to that stage.

Jack Watts and Jake Spencer kicked goals in the opening three minutes of the fourth quarter to first threaten a fightback in front of the 27,829-strong crowd.

Fremantle's road to success owed most to a breathtaking third quarter, where it kept Melbourne goalless and dominated inside 50s (22-10) and tackles (26-14) and extended their buffer in clearances (12-9).


The lead changed hands five times in a frenetic first half of the second term as both sides put a turnover-filled opening behind them.

Lachie Neale's accurate after-the-siren set shot snapped the Freo Dockers' drought and gave them some impetus for the second half.

Neale is used to terrorising Melbourne through weight of possession, but it was instead his goal-kicking that put his opponent to the sword.


He kicked a pair of majors in the second and third terms, to go with former skipper David Mundy's three goals, to be a major player in the result.

MELBOURNE     2.5 9.7 9.10 15.14 (104)
FREMANTLE      3.2 6.4 13.8 16.10 (106)

GOALS
Melbourne: 
Garlett 3, Harmes 2, Spencer 2, Petracca 2, Watts, Kent, Neal-Bullen, Watts, Salem, Viney
Fremantle: Neale 4, Mundy 3, McCarthy 2, Kersten, Fyfe, Balic, Walters, Crozier, S.Hill, Grey 

BEST 
Melbourne: 
Oliver, Tyson, Petracca, Watts, Harmes, Garlett
Fremantle: Mundy, Sandilands, Fyfe, Weller, Neale, S.Hill

INJURIES 
Melbourne: 
Nil
Fremantle: S.Hill (corked thigh)

Reports: Nil

Umpires: Stevic, Harris, Mitchell

Official crowd: 27,829 at the MCG 

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Match Stats

Disposal Leaders
  • Dom Tyson
    Dom Tyson
    28
  • Fremantle
    Lachie Weller
    27
  • Melbourne
    Clayton Oliver
    26
  • Melbourne
    Bernie Vince
    25
  • Fremantle
    Nat Fyfe
    25
Fantasy Leaders
  • Lachie Neale
    Lachie Neale
    119
  • Melbourne
    Dom Tyson
    116
  • Fremantle
    David Mundy
    111
  • Melbourne
    Jeff Garlett
    106
  • Melbourne
    Clayton Oliver
    99
Scoring Leaders
  • Lachie Neale
    Lachie Neale
    4.1
  • Melbourne
    Jeff Garlett
    3.1
  • Fremantle
    David Mundy
    3.0
  • Fremantle
    Cam McCarthy
    2.3
  • Melbourne
    Jack Watts
    2.2

Match Stats

  • 389 Disposals 355
  • 72.8 Disposal Eff 74.6
  • 144 Contested Pos 135
  • 95 Marks 85
  • 21 Free Kicks 15
  • 36 Clearances 38
  • 51 Inside 50s 58
  • 41 Rebound 50s 36
  • 72 Tackles 73
  • 22 Hit-outs 58
  • 89 Interchanges 84

Breakdown

  • 2.5 (17)
    3.2 (20)
  • 9.7 (61)
    6.4 (40)
  • 9.10 (64)
    13.8 (86)
  • 15.14 (104)
    16.10 (106)

Player Stats

Melbourne

Player K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1Dom Tyson 18 10 28 9 0 0 2 5 0 1 116
2Jeff Garlett 9 6 15 5 0 1 0 8 3 1 106
3Clayton Oliver 9 17 26 3 0 3 2 8 0 0 99
4Alex Neal-Bullen 12 12 24 3 0 0 0 5 1 0 95
5James Harmes 12 7 19 8 0 1 1 2 2 2 94
6Bernie Vince 17 8 25 6 0 1 0 1 0 0 90
7Jack Viney 6 10 16 4 0 2 1 8 1 1 88
8Christian Salem 14 9 23 4 0 1 0 2 1 0 87
9Christian Petracca 9 11 20 4 0 0 1 4 2 0 86
10Jack Watts 8 6 14 5 7 0 0 2 2 2 80
11Tomas Bugg 6 16 22 3 0 2 0 4 0 1 78
12Jake Spencer 6 7 13 4 15 3 3 3 2 0 77
13Nathan Jones 8 10 18 1 0 1 1 8 0 0 77
14Tom McDonald 15 6 21 6 0 0 2 0 0 0 69
15Dean Kent 10 6 16 6 0 0 1 1 1 1 68
16Jayden Hunt 10 8 18 4 0 0 0 2 0 0 66
17Sam Frost 9 7 16 6 0 0 0 1 0 0 63
18Neville Jetta 5 7 12 3 0 3 0 4 0 0 57
19Mitch Hannan 9 3 12 5 0 2 0 0 0 1 51
20Jake Melksham 10 0 10 3 0 0 1 3 0 1 49
21Billy Stretch 5 11 16 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 47
22Sam Weideman 3 2 5 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 18

Fremantle

Player K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1Lachie Neale 11 11 22 4 0 3 0 6 4 1 119
2David Mundy 9 14 23 3 0 1 0 7 3 0 111
3Cam McCarthy 15 5 20 6 0 0 0 2 2 3 96
4Aaron Sandilands 2 12 14 5 53 1 4 2 0 0 95
5Nat Fyfe 11 14 25 6 0 2 3 4 1 1 95
6Bradley Hill 12 7 19 7 0 1 1 3 0 2 83
7Lachie Weller 14 13 27 4 0 0 2 2 0 1 83
8Michael Walters 13 7 20 5 0 1 3 3 1 0 78
9Ethan Hughes 14 3 17 5 0 1 0 3 0 0 76
10Connor Blakely 9 14 23 3 0 3 0 2 0 0 75
11Michael Johnson 9 9 18 5 5 1 1 3 0 0 75
12Harley Balic 8 7 15 4 0 0 1 5 1 0 73
13Stephen Hill 10 8 18 2 0 0 0 3 1 0 70
14Shane Kersten 8 6 14 5 0 0 1 2 1 0 62
15Hayden Crozier 7 2 9 2 0 0 0 6 1 0 61
16Tommy Sheridan 6 5 11 5 0 1 0 4 0 0 60
17Lee Spurr 12 6 18 2 0 0 2 3 0 0 60
18Ed Langdon 10 4 14 4 0 0 0 1 0 0 54
19Brady Grey 5 1 6 1 0 0 2 7 1 0 48
20Garrick Ibbotson 2 6 8 3 0 0 0 3 0 0 39
21Joel Hamling 2 6 8 3 0 0 1 1 0 0 28
22Griffin Logue 4 2 6 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 23

Team Lineups

Melbourne

B

  • Jake Melksham,
  • Tom McDonald,
  • Jayden Hunt

HB

  • Neville Jetta,
  • Sam Frost,
  • Nathan Jones

C

  • Bernie Vince,
  • Clayton Oliver,
  • Billy Stretch

HF

  • Alex Neal-Bullen,
  • Sam Weideman,
  • Mitch Hannan

F

  • Jeff Garlett,
  • Jack Watts,
  • Christian Petracca

Fol

  • Jake Spencer,
  • Tomas Bugg,
  • Jack Viney

I/C

  • Christian Salem,
  • Dom Tyson,
  • Dean Kent,
  • James Harmes

No Late Change

In

  • Sam Frost,
  • Jake Spencer,
  • Tomas Bugg

Out

  • Oscar McDonald (Omitted),
  • Max Gawn (Hamstring),
  • Timothy Smith (Omitted)

Milestones:

  • Jeff Garlett  - Played 150th game

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