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  • Goals 8
  • Behinds 11
  • Total 59

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  • Behinds 8
  • Total 50
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Match Report

Freo power through

By afl.com.au Exclusive to AFL Bigpond Network July 15, 2018 2:04 PM

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Fremantle returned to the winners list and dealt a hefty blow to Port Adelaide's top-two ambitions with an upset nine-point victory at Optus Stadium on Sunday.

Port came into the mistake-riddled contest riding a five-game winning streak but wasted a dominant opening term and left the door open for Freo, who snuck through for a morale-boosting 8.11 (59) to 7.8 (50) triumph. 

It was a golden opportunity missed for the visitors, who could've finished the round only percentage off League-leader Richmond but have now dropped to fifth spot on the ladder.

Meanwhile, the rebuilding Dockers will feel good about themselves again after notching a seventh victory in 2018 and putting two disappointing performances since the bye against Brisbane and Melbourne behind them.  

"I thought (it was) really pleasing. We disappointed against a quality team in difficult conditions last week," Freo coach Ross Lyon said post-match.

"I thought we competed really strongly, we wanted to be harder to play against and 58 entries to 39 against a top-four team speaks volumes for how intense we were and how we competed fiercely.

"Our accuracy will get better. Port Adelaide never gave up. I thought it was pleasing, a real step forward."

In a game marred by basic skill errors, Freo found avenues to goal after half-time, booting seven of the first nine majors to hold a 22-point lead at the 15-minute mark of the final term.

The Power tried to mount a late surge but Brad Ebert and Lindsay Thomas fluffed their lines in tough shots and failed to score, summing up a forgettable trip west.

The Dockers lifted after a poor opening quarter and had 20 attacking entries but missed several opportunities, booting seven unanswered behinds.

Brennan Cox's second goal at the 12-minute mark of the third term drew cheers from the 33,190-strong crowd after he snapped a run of nine behinds in a row.

The only real highlight of the first half came early when Chad Wingard drew first blood with a sublime Goal of the Year contender, a checkside from hard up on the boundary.

The Power could have had the game by the scruff of the neck at the first break, but couldn't capitalise on dominance in clearances (20-4) and contested possessions (55-29) and only led by nine points.

It came back to haunt them, with the Dockers finding a way to notch a sixth win from nine games at their new home ground.

In superstar Nat Fyfe's absence, Lachie Neale stood up in the midfield with 34 touches and nine clearances, while veteran David Mundy (29, one goal) and Ed Langdon (28) were influential, and Luke Ryan (28, seven rebound 50s) continued his excellent season across half-back.

Wingard was Port's only multiple goalkicker with two majors, to go with 24 touches and seven clearances, while midfield bulls Ollie Wines (30 disposals and five clearances) and Sam Powell-Pepper (28) could hold their heads high.

MEDICAL ROOM
Fremantle: Cam McCarthy came from the ground clutching his hip during the second term but played out the match. Sean Darcy limped off the field during the final term. 

Port Adelaide: Star ruckman Ryder was done for the day after coming off in the second term with a right hip flexor issue. Gray was out cold after his head hit the ground in a Ryan Nyhuis tackle early in the second half, while Riley Bonner limped off the ground late in the third term.

NEXT UP
The Dockers travel to Etihad Stadium to face Essendon in a must-win game for the Bombers' finals ambitions on Saturday, while Port Adelaide is facing a crucial contest against the resurgent Giants in an Adelaide Oval blockbuster next Sunday.

FREMANTLE                       1.0      1.7      5.10    8.11 (59)                  
PORT ADELAIDE                2.3      2.3      4.6      7.8 (50)           

GOALS
Fremantle: Cox 2, Sutcliffe, Hughes, Jones, Mundy, McCarthy, Walters
Port Adelaide: Wingard 2, Westhoff, S.Gray, Powell-Pepper, Watts, Boak

BEST 
Fremantle: Mundy, Neale, Ryan, Langdon, Cox, Darcy
Port Adelaide: Wines, Polec, Powell-Pepper, Wingard, Westhoff

INJURIES 
Fremantle: Nil
Port Adelaide: Ryder (hip flexor), Gray (concussion)

Reports: Nil

Umpires: Schmitt, Whetton, Mitchell

Official crowd: 33,190 at Optus Stadium

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Match Stats

Disposal Leaders
  • Lachie Neale
    Lachie Neale
    33
  • Port Adelaide
    Ollie Wines
    30
  • Fremantle
    David Mundy
    29
  • Fremantle
    Luke Ryan
    28
  • Fremantle
    Ed Langdon
    28
Fantasy Leaders
  • David Mundy
    David Mundy
    122
  • Port Adelaide
    Ollie Wines
    118
  • Fremantle
    Luke Ryan
    111
  • Fremantle
    Sean Darcy
    103
  • Fremantle
    Ed Langdon
    97
Scoring Leaders
  • Brennan Cox
    Brennan Cox
    2.0
  • Port Adelaide
    Chad Wingard
    2.0
  • Fremantle
    Cameron Sutcliffe
    1.2
  • Fremantle
    David Mundy
    1.1
  • Fremantle
    Michael Walters
    1.1

Match Stats

  • 368 Disposals 385
  • 66.3 Disposal Eff 62.3
  • 149 Contested Pos 155
  • 73 Marks 71
  • 23 Free Kicks 14
  • 36 Clearances 38
  • 58 Inside 50s 39
  • 31 Rebound 50s 48
  • 78 Tackles 67
  • 44 Hit-outs 41
  • 89 Interchanges 56

Breakdown

  • 1.0 (6)
    2.3 (15)
  • 1.7 (13)
    2.3 (15)
  • 5.10 (40)
    4.6 (30)
  • 8.11 (59)
    7.8 (50)

Player Stats

Fremantle

Player K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1David Mundy 22 7 29 5 0 0 0 5 1 1 122
2Luke Ryan 20 8 28 7 0 2 0 3 0 0 111
3Sean Darcy 6 9 15 5 33 0 1 5 0 2 103
4Ed Langdon 13 15 28 4 0 2 1 4 0 1 97
5Bradley Hill 18 3 21 6 0 0 0 4 0 0 94
6Lachie Neale 15 18 33 4 0 1 2 1 0 0 92
7Adam Cerra 11 6 17 3 0 2 1 8 0 0 85
8Brennan Cox 9 7 16 3 0 1 1 6 2 0 84
9Bailey Banfield 11 7 18 0 0 1 1 9 0 0 81
10Stefan Giro 8 11 19 2 0 1 0 6 0 0 77
11Stephen Hill 10 7 17 6 0 0 1 4 0 0 75
12Cameron Sutcliffe 8 3 11 2 0 1 0 6 1 2 69
13Nathan Wilson 13 5 18 5 0 2 1 1 0 0 67
14Michael Walters 8 6 14 3 0 2 1 3 1 1 63
15Scott Jones 5 4 9 2 11 2 0 3 1 0 60
16Joel Hamling 7 4 11 5 0 2 0 2 0 0 54
17Ethan Hughes 7 5 12 3 0 0 0 2 1 0 54
18Tommy Sheridan 9 3 12 3 0 2 0 2 0 1 53
19Brandon Matera 7 9 16 0 0 1 0 2 0 1 49
20Ryan Nyhuis 9 2 11 3 0 0 2 1 0 0 38
21Alex Pearce 5 4 9 2 0 0 1 1 0 0 30
22Cam McCarthy 2 2 4 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 14

Port Adelaide

Player K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1Ollie Wines 15 15 30 4 0 2 0 7 0 1 118
2Chad Wingard 14 10 24 0 0 2 1 6 2 0 97
3Justin Westhoff 11 7 18 6 5 1 0 4 1 1 94
4Jared Polec 18 8 26 7 0 0 1 1 0 1 93
5Travis Boak 12 10 22 3 0 1 0 4 1 0 88
6Jack Watts 6 11 17 7 0 0 1 5 1 1 85
7Sam Powell-Pepper 12 16 28 3 0 0 3 2 1 0 82
8Tom Rockliff 14 11 25 3 0 0 2 3 0 1 80
9Darcy Byrne-Jones 13 4 17 6 0 0 1 4 0 0 78
10Charlie Dixon 8 8 16 3 18 1 2 3 0 0 74
11Karl Amon 9 13 22 1 0 0 0 4 0 0 72
12Dan Houston 10 9 19 4 0 0 0 2 0 0 68
13Sam Gray 7 9 16 4 0 2 2 2 1 1 62
14Lindsay Thomas 10 3 13 3 0 0 0 3 0 0 57
15Brad Ebert 9 7 16 2 0 0 2 4 0 0 57
16Jack Hombsch 8 3 11 6 0 1 1 2 0 0 54
17Paddy Ryder 0 3 3 1 18 0 0 6 0 0 51
18Steven Motlop 9 9 18 0 0 1 2 1 0 0 44
19Tom Clurey 9 3 12 4 0 1 2 1 0 0 44
20Riley Bonner 6 6 12 0 0 1 1 2 0 0 36
21Dougal Howard 8 3 11 4 0 0 2 0 0 0 36
22Robbie Gray 2 7 9 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 25

Team Lineups

Port Adelaide

B

  • Jack Hombsch,
  • Tom Clurey,
  • Dan Houston

HB

  • Karl Amon,
  • Dougal Howard,
  • Darcy Byrne-Jones

C

  • Jack Watts,
  • Ollie Wines,
  • Jared Polec

HF

  • Travis Boak,
  • Justin Westhoff,
  • Chad Wingard

F

  • Lindsay Thomas,
  • Charlie Dixon,
  • Robbie Gray

Fol

  • Paddy Ryder,
  • Sam Powell-Pepper,
  • Brad Ebert

I/C

  • Steven Motlop,
  • Tom Rockliff,
  • Riley Bonner,
  • Sam Gray

No Late Change

In

  • Jack Hombsch,
  • Karl Amon,
  • Sam Gray

Out

  • Jack Trengove (Omitted),
  • Aidyn Johnson (Omitted),
  • Tom Jonas (Injured)

Milestones:

  • Jared Polec  - Played 100th game

Last updated: 5:36PM Sunday, July 15, 2018