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Match Report

Freo run home in the rain

By Travis King - afl.com.au Exclusive to fremantlefc.com.au May 21, 2017 2:45 PM

Watch the highlights from our win over Carlton.

The Fremantle and Carlton clash.

Reborn Fremantle has surged into the top eight after prevailing over an undermanned but dogged Carlton by 35 points in wet and slippery conditions at Domain Stadium. 

As difficult as it may have seemed after a 0-2 start to the season, Ross Lyon's youthful and resilient outfit has stepped up to sit fifth on the AFL ladder.

Freo's percentage is 90.7 – the fifth-lowest in the competition – but they once again found a way to win in Sunday's scrappy 13.8 (86) to 7.9 (51) triumph. 

Fremantle's sixth victory from seven games was another comeback special, this time from 28-0 down in the first quarter.

Freo was dragged back into the contest by ball magnet Lachie Neale (37 disposals, one goal) and ruckman Aaron Sandilands' influence at stoppages, but it was Michael Walters' magic that broke the Blues' resistance.

Walters ended his four-game goal drought early in the third quarter when he put the Freo Dockers ahead for the first time and ignited a five-goal-to-one term. 

The star small forward, thrown back into attack following Stephen Hill's subdued return from injury, then added a near carbon copy goal and rolled through an instinctive third major as Freo surged to a 22-point lead at the final change.

Carlton, without Sam Rowe (knee) and Dale Thomas (blurred vision), refused to go away but didn't have the manpower or firepower to muster a serious fightback. 

However, the Blues deserve credit for another competitive showing coming off wins over Sydney and Collingwood, plus a spirited loss to St Kilda last round, and they landed first-quarter body blows on Fremantle.

In driving rain, Brendon Bolton's men executed his precision-kicking gameplan (78-37) to perfection, and alarm bells were ringing when Thomas' miraculous banana and Marc Murphy's snap as he was tackled to the ground both sailed through.

Fremantle's first inside 50 came at the 18-minute mark, but Bradley Hill's running goal gave the Dockers some impetus and they got to work at the coalface as the rain eased in the second stanza. 

The Freo Dockers dominated contested ball (45-25) and clearances (13-3) on the back of Sandilands' efforts, booting four goals to Carlton's one to only trail by two points at the long break.

"It was really pleasing. We were disappointed with our first quarter – it was the last thing we expected – we thought we'd planned and prepared, but to Carlton's credit they jumped out of the blocks," Lyon said post-match.

"We adjusted accordingly at quarter-time and I thought from there we played very well and they persisted and fought (it) out."

Neale ran rampant in custom-made conditions and tagger Connor Blakely (33) was prolific again in an even battle with Murphy (32, one goal).

An equal career-best three goals from Hayden Crozier – two in the second-quarter surge – were telling, while usual suspects Nat Fyfe (30 disposals) and David Mundy (28) gave their all to secure another victory. 

Carlton's vaunted engine room – led by Bryce Gibbs (34), Ed Curnow (31) and Matthew Kreuzer (22, 26 hit-outs) – fought hard but the Blues struggled to find an avenue to score, with Levi Casboult (two) the only multiple goalkicker.

With a clash against North Melbourne to come, the Blues will be sweating on the fitness of Rowe, who is suspected to have suffered a medial ligament injury after Fyfe came across his kicking leg attempting a smother.

The big defender tried to return late in the opening term with his knee strapped but his legs buckled in a marking contest and he played no further part, while Thomas missed most of the second half after colliding with former Freo Docker Alex Silvagni. 

FREMANTLE     1.2     5.4    10.7   13.8 (86)                  
CARLTON         4.4     5.6     6.9     7.9 (51)           

GOALS
Fremantle: Walters 3, Crozier 3, Kersten 2, B.Hill 2, Neale, McCarthy, Taberner
Carlton: Casboult 2, Fisher, Thomas, Murphy, Gibbs, Docherty

BEST 
Fremantle: Neale, Blakely, Johnson, Weller, Walters, Crozier, Sandilands
Carlton: Docherty, Murphy, Gibbs, A.Silvagni, Curnow, Cripps

INJURIES 
Fremantle: Nil
Carlton: Sam Rowe (knee), Dale Thomas (concussion)

Reports: Nil

Umpires: Foot, Dalgleish, Chamberlain

Official crowd: 30,313 at Domain Stadium

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Match Stats

Disposal Leaders
  • Lachie Neale
    Lachie Neale
    37
  • Carlton
    Bryce Gibbs
    34
  • Fremantle
    Connor Blakely
    33
  • Carlton
    Marc Murphy
    32
  • Carlton
    Ed Curnow
    31
Fantasy Leaders
  • Connor Blakely
    Connor Blakely
    134
  • Carlton
    Bryce Gibbs
    133
  • Carlton
    Sam Docherty
    119
  • Carlton
    Matthew Kreuzer
    119
  • Fremantle
    Michael Walters
    118
Scoring Leaders
  • Michael Walters
    Michael Walters
    3.2
  • Fremantle
    Hayden Crozier
    3.0
  • Fremantle
    Shane Kersten
    2.1
  • Fremantle
    Bradley Hill
    2.0
  • Carlton
    Levi Casboult
    2.0

Match Stats

  • 379 Disposals 378
  • 68.6 Disposal Eff 69.6
  • 162 Contested Pos 150
  • 69 Marks 100
  • 24 Free Kicks 21
  • 44 Clearances 35
  • 52 Inside 50s 43
  • 36 Rebound 50s 39
  • 79 Tackles 72
  • 43 Hit-outs 36
  • 85 Interchanges 76

Breakdown

  • 1.2 (8)
    4.4 (28)
  • 5.4 (34)
    5.6 (36)
  • 10.7 (67)
    6.9 (45)
  • 13.8 (86)
    7.9 (51)

Player Stats

Fremantle

Player K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1Connor Blakely 19 14 33 7 0 1 3 9 0 0 134
2Michael Walters 17 10 27 3 0 5 1 4 3 2 118
3Lachie Neale 14 23 37 4 0 1 2 1 1 1 106
4David Mundy 11 17 28 2 0 2 1 7 0 0 100
5Lachie Weller 17 9 26 5 0 0 0 2 0 0 92
6Nat Fyfe 14 16 30 5 0 2 1 0 0 2 90
7Bradley Hill 12 6 18 3 0 0 0 5 2 0 89
8Aaron Sandilands 5 6 11 0 39 2 1 3 0 0 77
9Danyle Pearce 13 6 19 2 0 1 1 5 0 0 75
10Michael Johnson 13 2 15 6 0 1 0 3 0 0 74
11Hayden Crozier 9 3 12 1 0 1 0 4 3 0 71
12Stephen Hill 12 5 17 1 0 0 0 5 0 0 69
13Joel Hamling 7 7 14 4 0 2 0 4 0 0 65
14Shane Kersten 9 4 13 3 0 2 0 1 2 1 63
15Cam McCarthy 5 3 8 2 0 1 0 6 1 0 58
16Ed Langdon 4 8 12 2 0 0 0 4 0 0 50
17Lee Spurr 8 2 10 4 0 0 2 3 0 0 46
18Ethan Hughes 7 7 14 4 0 0 3 2 0 0 46
19Garrick Ibbotson 7 5 12 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 44
20Cameron Sutcliffe 7 4 11 3 0 0 3 3 0 0 41
21Matt Taberner 5 0 5 1 4 2 2 4 1 0 40
22Brady Grey 3 4 7 3 0 0 1 4 0 0 39

Carlton

Player K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1Bryce Gibbs 19 15 34 5 0 1 0 6 1 0 133
2Sam Docherty 23 4 27 11 0 2 1 1 1 0 119
3Matthew Kreuzer 11 11 22 5 26 0 1 6 0 2 119
4Ed Curnow 17 14 31 4 0 1 0 6 0 0 116
5Marc Murphy 21 11 32 3 0 1 1 2 1 1 107
6Patrick Cripps 10 11 21 3 0 2 0 8 0 0 95
7Nick Graham 14 3 17 1 0 3 1 8 0 0 83
8Kade Simpson 15 4 19 6 0 0 2 2 0 1 74
9Tom Williamson 14 3 17 8 0 0 1 1 0 0 73
10Jacob Weitering 14 3 17 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 72
11Alex Silvagni 6 9 15 8 0 0 2 4 0 0 70
12Sam Petrevski-Seton 5 3 8 3 0 0 1 10 0 0 67
13Caleb Marchbank 13 4 17 6 0 1 4 3 0 0 66
14Lachie Plowman 12 6 18 7 0 2 3 1 0 0 66
15Matthew Wright 13 4 17 2 0 1 0 2 0 1 63
16Jack Silvagni 9 3 12 7 0 0 0 1 0 2 60
17Levi Casboult 5 4 9 4 10 0 4 3 2 0 57
18Zac Fisher 7 6 13 1 0 4 0 2 1 0 54
19David Cuningham 6 7 13 1 0 2 2 5 0 0 51
20Charlie Curnow 7 2 9 4 0 1 0 1 0 0 42
21Dale Thomas 5 3 8 2 0 0 1 0 1 0 30
22Sam Rowe 1 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 8

Team Lineups

Carlton

B

  • Lachie Plowman,
  • Sam Rowe,
  • Caleb Marchbank

HB

  • Kade Simpson,
  • Alex Silvagni,
  • Ed Curnow

C

  • Sam Docherty,
  • Patrick Cripps,
  • Bryce Gibbs

HF

  • Sam Petrevski-Seton,
  • Jacob Weitering,
  • Matthew Wright

F

  • Zac Fisher,
  • Jack Silvagni,
  • Matthew Kreuzer

Fol

  • Levi Casboult,
  • Charlie Curnow,
  • Marc Murphy

I/C

  • David Cuningham,
  • Tom Williamson,
  • Nick Graham,
  • Dale Thomas

No Late Change

In

  • David Cuningham

Out

  • Simon White (Omitted)

Last updated: 5:35PM Sunday, May 21, 2017

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